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Humanitarian action in emergencies

Apr 21, 2008 03:11 AM 16-year old Ekleema waits to deliver her first baby after being in labour for 24 hours. She knows that childbearing is a risky business in Afghanistan, a country facing dearth of trained medical professionals due to escalating conflict.

Measuring progress on children and AIDS

Apr 21, 2008 02:04 AM Co-authored by UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO, Children and AIDS: Second Stocktaking Report, is a review of progress on how AIDS affects children and young people. Focusing on low and middle income countries, the report reveals that there is a strong need for more evidence-based information for HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.

Edu-tainment as tool for behaviour change

Apr 10, 2008 06:30 PM Using Edu-tainment for Distance Education in Community Work is a guide to creating distance education radio, TV and internet programmes in the Edu-tainment format. Clear and concise, the book is a valuable resource for NGOs, donors, programme managers, writers and producers working in developing countries.

Lending ear to minority voices

Apr 07, 2008 06:30 PM Often marginalised from the political power, minorities all over the world have little or no voice in decision-making. State of the World’s Minorities 2008, a flagship publication of Minority Rights Group provides a comprehensive account of the impact of climate change on the minorities and indigenous people and highlights some opportunities for change.
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A guide for advocacy on safe water

Apr 03, 2008 06:30 PM Access to safe water and sanitation can be ensured through effective advocacy and planning by involving grassroots voices, says WaterAid's Advocacy Source Book . The book is a useful resource for monitoring policies and programmes in the context of Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation.

Urban health under serious stress

Feb 28, 2008 06:30 PM Two studies by the Urban Health Resource Centre talk of maternal and newborn care among the poor in central India and state of urban health in the national capital. Apart from highlighting the need for better access to healthcare facilities, the reports underline the cultural factors and prevalence of poverty as obstacles.

Targeted approach to ensure child survival

Feb 18, 2008 06:30 PM Child mortality cannot be divorced from broader political and socio-economic development, says a report by Save the Children, a UK-based organisation. The report argues that policy choices and efficient resource allocation are crucial to tackle the issue of child survival in developing countries.

Dying young, very young

Feb 12, 2008 06:30 PM UNICEF’s report: The State of the World’s Children 2008, provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of child survival and primary health care for mothers. The report gives an assessment of factors affecting child health and outlines the approaches to reduce under-five mortality rate.

Uplifting the socially disadvantaged for the success of MDGs

Feb 02, 2008 09:00 AM Measuring India’s Progress on the Millennium Development Goals – A Citizens’ Report, published by Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) provides an overview of the progress made on MDGs in India with a strong focus on the challenges faced by dalits, denotified tribes and the Muslims.

Environmental action driving global economy

Jan 22, 2008 02:50 AM As the world grapples with the impact of climate change, a book titled: State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy by WorldWatch Institute highlights the shift towards innovative environmental policies. Corporate groups are investing huge capital to make the global economy environment friendly.

Mainstreaming gender to reduce poverty

Jan 16, 2008 03:15 AM Gender mainstreaming project: the gender issue gives a brief introduction to gender disparities and how mainstreaming relates to poverty reduction. It also provides an overview of gender inequality in Pakistan and attempts to illustrate the relation between gender and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how to make MDG reporting gender-sensitive.

Communication lessons

Jan 10, 2008 06:30 PM Taking a critical look at the 2004 Tsunami and its lessons, Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book by TVE Asia Pacific explores how the public and citizen media and disaster managers can work in cohesion to help communities be better prepared for natural calamities.
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Tsunami report card

Jan 02, 2008 06:30 PM UNICEF has recently released 2007 Tsunami Report, highlighting progress made for children in last three years. In 2004, tsunami waves had claimed more than 200,000 lives and devastated towns and communities.
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Development from mining is a chimera

Jan 02, 2008 02:50 AM The Centre for Science and Environment has released its sixth State of India’s Environment report, titled: Rich Lands, Poor People – Is Sustainable Mining Possible? The report argues that mining in India rarely benefits the regions from where these minerals are extracted; on the contrary it has lead to further impoverishment of people.

Act before it becomes irreversible

Dec 28, 2007 02:55 AM UNDP’s latest Human Development Report 2007-08 titled: Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world, talks of how people across the globe have already started facing the adverse effects of climate change. It makes a passionate call to act now before this ecological catastrophe becomes unavoidable.

Revisiting tsunami's communication lessons

Dec 26, 2007 06:30 PM A new book, Communicating Disasters: An Asia Pacific Resource Book released during Third Global Knowledge Conference held in Kuala Lumpur in mid December takes a critical look at the communication lessons of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, and explores the role of good communications before, during and after disasters.
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Rapidly warming Asia Pacific

Nov 23, 2007 02:55 AM Up in Smoke? Asia and the Pacific, released by Oxfam and others, focuses on the threat from climate change to around four billion people in the region and its environment. More than half live along the coast, exposing them to the fury of rising seas. Bangladesh, featuring prominently in the report, is currently trying to recover from the Cyclone Sidr.

The humble yet vital toilet

Nov 18, 2007 06:30 PM Today is World Toilet Day, WaterAid has marked the date with the launch of a report: The State of the World's Toilets. While most people avoid the subject, WaterAid is embracing the opportunity to get the world talking about toilets – the good, the bad and the ugly.
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People in Conservation - Community Conserved Areas in India

Sep 11, 2007 06:30 PM This booklet, from Kalpavriksh, offers examples and insights from Community Conserved Areas for resolving conflicts and improving the management of official protected areas. It highlights the need for legal, political, financial or technical support from governments and civil society and suggests the implementation, in India, of provisions regarding CCAs that are now incorporated under the international Convention on Biological Diversity.

Hindon River: Gasping for Breath

Jun 20, 2007 06:30 PM The report “Hindon River: Gasping for Breath” is the result of a comprehensive scientific study undertaken by Janhit Foundation to evaluate the presence and extent of toxic pollutants within surface and groundwater resources of the Hindon River catchment. This report highlights the devastating impact of this contami

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