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Political Violence, Drought and Child Malnutrition: Empirical Evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India

We analyse the combined effect of political violence and adverse climatic shocks on child nutrition. Instrumental variable models using longitudinal data from Andhra Pradesh, India, yield two key results: (i) drought has an adverse effect on child nutritio n in Andhra Pradesh only in violence - affected communities, and (ii) political violence has large negative effects on child nutrition through a reduction of the ability of households to cope with drought. FE - 2SLS results are complemented by the use of a unique natural experiment created by a ceasefire in 2004.

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Programming on the Right to be Heard: A learning companion (Revised Edition)


The Revised Edition of the Right to be Heard is about people claiming their right to a better life. This Learning Companion aims to guide work and strengthen focus in this area.

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Exploring the Potential and Limits of the Resilience Agenda in Rapidly Urbanising Contexts

More than half the world’s population now live in urban areas. In developing countries, these areas will become home to almost all of the projected 50 per cent population growth that will occur between now and 2030, swelling urban populations by a further 1.3 billion by 2030 and 2.5 billion by 2050 (GMR 2013).

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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The Gender Advantage: Women on the front line of climate change

A new report highlights the vital role women smallholder farmers play in delivering both economic and social benefits when provided the right tools for adapting to climate change.

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In Mortal Danger: Journalist & Media Staff Killed in 2013

IFJ Publishes Full Report on Journalists and Media Staff Killed in 2013

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today published its full report on the number of journalists and media staff killed across the globe in 2013.

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Forced Migration Review No. 45: Crisis

Many people who are displaced, or become ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and IDPs.

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Protecting the rights of children: the role of the media - Lessons from Brazil, India and Kenya

Nearly 300 million children in India, Brazil and Kenya are living in conditions where their most basic rights are violated – through violence, under education and malnutrition, for example. There is tremendous potential and a demonstrable need for media and communications to contribute to the protection of child rights.

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CTTA: Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis Volume 6, Issue 1, Jan/Feb 2014

Annual Threat Assessment

Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore

Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

China and Central Asia

Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Libya and Somalia

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Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children – South Asia Regional Study covering Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

A staggering 27 million children are out of school in South Asia

Kathmandu, 28 January 2014 - A new study released today by UNICEF’s Regional Office for South Asia and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) finds that a staggering 27 million children between the ages 5-13 are out of school in four countries of South Asia.

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Helpdesk Research Report: Democratic governance initiatives, part two: policy advocacy


Democratic governance initiatives - policy advocacy: Links between democratic governance initiatives and poverty reduction: Please identify some examples of successful democratic governance interventions with a specific focus on supporting policy advocacy, and how do these interventions impact on poverty reduction? Please do a short literature review with an emphasis on lessons learnt. Please also identify and summarise evaluations of implemented development programmes.

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The Right to Learn: Community participation in improving learning

The past decade has witnessed unprecedented progress in education, with millions more children in school. But there is a growing crisis in learning. Millions of children in school are unable to read, write or calculate,

The Right to Learn showcases the work of five organisations working to support local action to improve schools – UWEZO in East Africa, Equal Education in South Africa, Ação Educativa in Brazil, ASER in India and ASER in Pakistan.

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The State of Environmental Migration 2013 - A review of 2012

The publication gathers a variety of cases studies, such as Typhoon Bopha, planned development-induced migration from hydroelectric dams in China and the Lower Mekong Delta and slow-onset droughts displacing pastoralists in Kenya.

International Organization for Migration:

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The State of Hunger in Asia, 2013

ASIA: World's economic powerhouse is home to hunger

Asian Human Rights Commission:

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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Cities Prepare! - Reducing vulnerabilities for the urban poor

World Vision

World Vision’s Cities Prepare report calls on leaders to recognise and take action on the dangers facing people living on the margins in urban centres, especially in SE Asia, where 190 million people are vulnerable to disasters.

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Protecting the rights of key HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings: A legal scan - Regional report: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal

Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings

Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rights of HIV-affected women and girls in health care settings. Human rights violations include discriminatory treatment by medical workers, breaches of confidentiality, forced sterilization and abortions, denial of services and care, and misinformation on standards of care.

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Stronger together: The global Red Cross Red Crescent response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

Executive summary

The 9.1-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Sumatra on 26 December 2004 triggered the tsunami that raced across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and destroying livelihoods in 14 countries. While local communities were the first to respond and support their neighbours, national and international resources of an unprecedented scale had to be mobilized to support relief and recovery activities.

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Effects of Early-Life Exposure to Sanitation on Childhood Cognitive Skills

World Bank

Improved Use of Toilets Boosts Childhood Test Scores, Decreases Stunting

WASHINGTON, November 18, 2013 – Access to improved sanitation can increase cognition in children, according to a new World Bank study. The study contributes to a growing body of research linking stunting and open defecation. Currently, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to toilets, and one billion people practice open defecation.

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Anuario de Procesos de Paz 2013

En esta octava edición del Anuario de Procesos de Paz se analizan los conflictos en los que se llevan a cabo negociaciones para llegar a un acuerdo de paz, con independencia de que estas negociaciones estén formalizadas, se encuentren en fase exploratoria, transcurran satisfactoriamente o, por el contrario, se encuentren estancadas o en plena crisis. También se analizan algunos casos donde las negociaciones o exploraciones son parciales, es decir, que no abarcan la totalidad de los grupos armados presentes en un país (caso de la India, por ejemplo).