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March 21 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Mar 21 2014, 07:57:00

Governments need to encourage entrepreneurship and provide job-focused training to help the millions of young unemployed people on the continent, says OECD

This is a tough time to be young in Africa. Although the growth prospects of the continent are good - growth rate estimates are 4.8% in 2013 and 5.3% in 2014 - 40 million young people are estimated to be out of work and many more in poor employment .

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Mar 21 2014, 05:35:52

Security issues, damaged health infrastructure and large-scale displacement pose major obstacles to immunisation coverage

A UN agency has described the reappearance of polio in Syria and Iraq as perhaps "the most challenging outbreak in the history of polio eradication" and repeated warnings that the virus could spread across the Middle East.

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Mar 21 2014, 03:00:00

Rights groups call for repeal of rarely used colonial-era code in country where stigmatised gay men remain hidden

A law criminalising "unnatural" sex is reinforcing the stigma that leaves gay men in Burma hidden, silenced and shamed, hindering efforts to contain HIV/Aids, claim experts and activists.

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March 20 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 12:40:54

Chronic scarcity, overuse, waste and a surge in demand caused by refugees has paved the way for desalination plan

Jordan, one of the most water-scarce states, is facing a perfect storm of pressures including chronic scarcity, overuse, waste and a surge in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report by Mercy Corps, an NGO.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 11:24:55

Catholic church finally weighs in with its usual list of demands, but campaigners sense that the Holy See is losing influence

Before the start of the commission on the status of women (CSW) - the annual two-week gathering of member states at the UN to discuss progress towards gender equality and women's empowerment - there was disquiet at the Vatican's apparent silence over the wording of the conference's outcome document.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 11:23:00

Maximising Persian Gulf oil flows to avert a potential global energy crisis motivated Iraq War planners - not WMD or democracy

Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the 2003 Iraq War - yet to this day, few media reflections on the conflict accurately explore the extent to which opening up Persian Gulf energy resources to the world economy was a prime driver behind the Anglo-American invasion.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 11:02:51

Tanzania's largest city to tackle effects of growing urbanisation by introducing high-capacity, low-carbon commuter buses

Moving from one point to another is a nightmare for most Dar es Salaam residents, who must endure agonisingly hot days and long hours stuck in traffic jams.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 11:02:49

Zabaleen waste pickers are finally being re-integrated into the city's services, a decade after they were sidelined

For the waste pickers that have traditionally made a living sifting through the mountain of discarded litter that blights the streets of Cairo, there has been scant cause for celebration these past 10 years. Marginalised by a 2004 Mubarak goverment directive that placed household waste collection in the hands of multinationals, their existence has been one of ever increasing struggle for steadily declining return.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 07:22:00

On the UN Day of Happiness, should happiness economics, wellbeing and quality of life become key determinants of policy?

Happiness economics is a new field that strives to find out what really makes people happy based on surveys asking citizens: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?" or "How happy are you?". Rather than letting experts define what makes for the good life from an armchair perspective, happiness economics allows us to identify the factors that matter for people's wellbeing as they themselves experience it.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Mar 20 2014, 05:55:00

Smartphones are owned by one in five people and have changed how many of the world's most important industries work - from journalism to farming. But their production carries a cost; using more than 40 elements that are mined with untold environmental and social effects on every inhabited continent on earth.

Use our interactive to take a detailed look at positive and negative impacts your smartphone has made on people and planet

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