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07 Jun 2010 description
report World Bank

- Innovation Fair draws 32 project proposals aimed at helping populations living in conflict-affected states.

- About 2,000 competition participants select finalists through online voting.

- Finalists incorporate technologies to improve governance and service delivery; others use media to tell stories of conflict-affected groups.

June 7, 2010- A global array of social innovators and peace-builders came together recently in Cape Town, South Africa, to share new ideas and raise their voices to help vulnerable people caught in the crossfire of persistent state conflict.

The World …

22 Apr 2008 description
report World Bank

The disturbing images should spur the global community to action: riots in Haiti, protests in Egypt and violence in many other countries, sparked by the rising price of food. The World Bank Group estimates doubling of food prices over the past three years could push 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. And the problem is here to stay: The realities of demography, changing diets, energy prices and biofuels and climate changes suggest that high food prices will be with us for some time.

Since 2005, the prices of staple foods have jumped 80 percent.