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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

Indian women speak out against poverty

Mar 31, 2007 06:30 PM On the occasion of International Women's Day, over 5000 women across India linked by partners of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan to remind the government of it promise to end Poverty & Social Exclusion, and reinforce that this change will not be possible unless women's concerns and rights are mainstreamed in governance. A perspective report entitled "Gender & Governance: Reviewing the Women's Agenda in the National Common Minimum Programme" had been released across several Indian states on the occasion.

Partnerships for improving girls' education

Feb 15, 2007 01:30 AM Gender equality in education can only be met by concerted action. Stronger partnerships are needed to increase opportunities for the millions of girls and women excluded from education, but of what kind? A new publication by Oxfam takes a close look at the issue.

ICT tools in behavioural change communications for safe motherhood

Oct 26, 2006 06:30 PM Dr.Anjana Maitra explores ways in which Information Communication Technology tools can be used to facilitate behavioural change communication for safe motherhood. This paper was presented at a Consultation and Experience Sharing on Safe Motherhood at BITS, Pilani on September 8-9 2006.

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