Learning from "Chennai floods": Development Paradigms and Disasters

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, January 7 2016 - Living in Chennai at the time of 2015 floods (which in fact hit several coastal districts of the state Tamil Nadu), and hearing commentaries of how climate change and poor disaster reduction/management were responsible for the deaths and the crisis that followed, I was thinking there is something missing in the debate. The missing element was the direction of development followed in Tamil Nadu, and perhaps globally.

FAO resources contribute to knowledge on food and agriculture

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made critical contributions to technical knowledge and analysis on food and agriculture with its knowledge products and services, thus strengthening the evidence base for policies and programmes in this area, according to a recently completed evaluation report. At the same time, FAO needs to improve user-orientation in the design and dissemination of these knowledge products, the report suggested.

Evaluation stakeholders highlight key issues in evaluating hunger, food security and improved nutrition

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Rome, Italy, November 18 2015. After two days of enriching and stimulating discussions, evaluation stakeholders have identified some priorities for evaluating actions to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition.

Polio in State House

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hodan Ibrahim, January 7 2016 - I didn’t know that a simple radio programme could help change lives, until I began working as a researcher for BBC Media Action [Somalia].

Nigeria's seven lessons from polio and Ebola response

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Author: Ayodeji Oluwole Odutolu (co-authors: Ritgak Dimka, Mayowa Oluwatosin Alade), cross-posted from the World Bank blog Investing in Health (see below), January 5 2016 - Amid the devastating effects of West Africa's Ebola outbreak to human lives, communities, institutions, systems and the economy, there are lessons to be learned for the region to be better prepared to handle future outbreaks.

To achieve the sustainable development goals, evaluation needs to become an agent of change

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Rome, IFAD Headquarters, November 17-18 2015.

Challenging Environment for Niche NGOs

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Authors: Wendy A Darby, ex-CEO Target TB; Jeffrey W. Mecaskey, Advisor, January 13 2015: Target Tuberculosis Closes

Target Tuberculosis (2003-2015).  Following a period of growth and development in supporting critical efforts to improve the health of poor and disadvantaged people in Africa and Asia, Target Tuberculosis (TTB) has closed. 

Kutubdia: the vanishing island

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Author: BBC Media Action's Saad Shahriar, December 11 2015 - Supti Nath lives on an island that is disappearing. Kutubdia, in the Bay of Bengal in Bangladesh, has halved in size over the last 20 years with water levels rising an average of 8mm a year. It has the fastest recorded sea level rises in the world.

"Most of the people on this island are living very near to the sea. As the dam [sea defence] is not very well made, during the high tide these areas are regularly flooded which destroys our fertile lands and damages the houses." Supti told me.

Tanzania's all-female production crew

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Author: BBC Media Action's Jo Casserly, December 11 2015 - "There's one thing I felt today and it was sisterhood and I've never felt that before during a production."

Putting Traditional Leaders in the driving seat for ending inequalities

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Author: PSAf's Exectutive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 10 2015 - Traditional leaders are an important institution in the formulation of public opinion and internalisation of social change processes in Zambia. Traditional leaders such as chiefs and headmen equally play a critical role in fostering good governance and democracy by encouraging citizen participation. They must therefore be an integral part of various developmental processes. These processes must include all aspects of socioeconomic development including human rights and citizen engagement.

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