MTV’s 16 and Pregnant helped to cut teen pregnancy by more than 5% in the US, say researchers.
New attacks on polio vaccine volunteers in Pakistan left ten people dead this week. However, recent Taliban statements point toward a decrease in attacks.
The UN and HRW want the government in Myanmar to investigate reported killings in Rakhine State, where more than 40 people were killed two weeks ago.
This years movers and shakers on the microblogging site include the Filipino climate change commissioner and the co-founder of Food Tank
Honored to be listed. There are so many others worth following on Twitter to stay up on development conversations. Here are my two essential lists that include roughly 400 accounts: http://bit.ly/1d2Oefs & http://bit.ly/1d2Oeft
When the Guardian published their list of global development Twitter All Stars to watch in 2014, the reverberation of #facepalms across the global north and south exposed the glaring holes of its list. Brendan got a crack team together to fill in these holes.
More than happy to add to this list.
The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages.
Long considered an issue of human rights, the conversation about child marriage is shifting to that of health and education. Girls married too young are denied the educational opportunities of their peers and are put at greater health risks, such as HIV and teen pregnancy.
What may seem like a distant problem, child marriage is found in every part of the world. Ending the global practice will unleash opportunity for millions of women and girls.
The number of global child marriages is declining, but not quickly enough. Rates are staggering in places like Chad, Niger and the Central African Republic. More than two out of every three girls are married before eighteen. Roughly half of the girls married early in Niger do so before turning fifteen.
Thousands of people fled the Anbar province of Iraq due to heavy fighting, says the UN.
The world body estimates that some 5,000 families have run to neighboring provinces.
“There is a critical humanitarian situation in Anbar province which is likely to worsen as operations continue,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Nickolay Mladenov.
Human Rights Watch also decried the violence, calling attention to the attacks on civilians. It accused both sides fighting of using ‘unlawful methods of fighting,’ causing damage to property and civilian deaths. The group urged the government of Iraq to protect its people while fighting back the problem of al-Qaeda.
Jessica Alexander opens her memoir with her breaking point.
The stress of aid work and the loss of idealism wore her down. She realized it when she reacted to being pelted by pebbles, thrown by two boys in Darfur, by grabbing rocks to throw back.
The rocks did not leave Alexander’s hands. She thought better of it quickly. She knew she was at her mental tipping point.
“I tossed the rocks aside, my hands stained brown from the scooped earth,” she writes. “I need to get the hell out of here.”
Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid covers the trajectory of an idealistic young girl who started aid work in Rwanda to a hardened aid veteran responding to the earthquake in Haiti. The honest telling of the life of an aid worker is a compelling read, even for aid worker set.
Some great reporting from the NY Times on the Kenyan musical group Just a Band as a window into growing notice of African artists. The article does a nice job tying the political changes with the emergence of the arts across the continent and in Kenya specifically. It is the internet that has helped artists reach more people.
Binyavanga Wainaina, a writer and a founding editor of the Nairobi literary magazine Kwani?, said that the changes went beyond his country to include much of sub-Saharan Africa.
“The growth of democracy in Africa in the ‘90s led to the growth of many, many, many independent artistic institutions and artist production houses,” Mr. Wainaina said, “some to do with technology but also increased freedoms for people to imagine things for themselves.”
From the anti-colonialism movement to the decades after independence, successive waves of African art, whether writers like Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o or musicians like Fela Kuti and Youssou N’Dour, have reached well beyond the continent’s shores.