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08 Nov 2018 description

By Inna Lazareva

TEL AVIV, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the concrete bowels of a vast bus station in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, a group of children gathers in the evening to play and dance to songs blaring from a CD player.

Their parents are African migrants who work until late, struggling to earn enough to put food on the table.

While their children have access to state education in Israel, they face hardships, support workers said.

31 Oct 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) The Pinardi Federation of Salesian Social Platforms has launched a new program in Spain to help vulnerable young unaccompanied minors. Many countries around the globe have been grappling with an influx of young unaccompanied minors who have fled their home countries in search of safety, employment and a better way of life. However, many youth find that life in a new country, where they are at greater risk of social isolation, poverty and violence, is not any easier than the life they left behind.

31 Oct 2018 description


This past week, I was lucky enough to attend the United Nations World Data Forum in Dubai. While this is only the second World Data Forum to be held, the first in Cape Town in 2017, the importance of good quality, open data to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is clear. I was keen to share the findings of our US Foreign Assistance Project, and to experience all the different ways transparency is important to the Sustainable Development Agenda. Here are my top 4 takeaways:

31 Oct 2018 description

By Isaiah Esipisu

But care will need to be taken to ensure water is used widely and doesn't lead to shortages, experts say

UKUNDA, Kenya, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.

29 Oct 2018 description

Sam Bickersteth of CDKN reports from this month’s Chatham House climate change conference, which tackled the tough implications of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5°C of global warming.

Special Report is a game-changer for our understanding of climate impacts

25 Oct 2018 description

An action research programme in Latin America has provided further evidence that women and girls are on the frontlines of climate change impacts in the region – and bear the negative effects of climate change disproportionately. Women-led initiatives for food security and development planning show promise – and the research findings demand new ways of lateral thinking to tackle discrimination and empower women to lead more secure, productive lives.

24 Oct 2018 description

Under a law, expected to come into force in January, Sweden will invalidate all underage marriages

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Among the tens of thousands of child refugees who have fled to Sweden from war-torn countries is a group of young girls who have presented the Nordic country with a major dilemma - they are married.

24 Oct 2018 description
report Start Network
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A revolution in aid: Start Network releases 2017 Annual Report

Start Network, a global network of aid agencies, has today published its first annual report showcasing its collective efforts to revolutionise the humanitarian aid system.

23 Oct 2018 description

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy (the Academy) has released today (23 October 2018) an analysis of the learners and courses undertaken since its inception in November 2015. The report '100,000 humanitarian learners and counting'http://bit.ly/Impact100kReport shows that over 100,000 learners have accessed learning through the Academy's free online learning platform Kayahttps://kayaconnect.org, and other methods including face to face training, workshops and webinars in less than three years.

23 Oct 2018 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A top U.N. adviser has urged the global body to put victims at the heart of its efforts to combat sexual harassment, saying it had to do more than pay lip service to zero tolerance.

Purna Sen said the United Nations too often sidelined victims in favour of technocrats, citing the current practice of sharing the outcome of internal investigations only with the suspect - and not the complainant.

22 Oct 2018 description

By Jared Ferrie and Annie Banerji

OU KRALANH, Cambodia/TOLAKCHUIN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phally Chhiv placed a pot of simmering soup filled with fish and greens on a wooden platform outside her one-room home in northwestern Cambodia - using nutrient-packed minnows that experts hope can help to end global hunger.

22 Oct 2018 description

Activists are concerned that a shortage of housing in Germany is hindering refugee integration

By Morgan Meaker

MUNICH, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Firas swapped civil war in Syria for a chaotic refugee camp in Germany. Now he wants a home.

Since January 2016, the 28-year-old graduate has lived in three different refugee camps in Germany's southern Bavarian region and is now worn out and sick of night-long noise.

22 Oct 2018 description

Poor countries without insurance face crippling losses in the face of worsening floods, storms and other disasters

By Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, Oct 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Disaster-prone developing nations, including Bangladesh and Indonesia, are exposed to crippling losses when storms, floods or earthquakes strike because they suffer from a dangerous lack of insurance, industry experts said on Monday.

19 Oct 2018 description

While the technology has not advanced far enough to make a full swap viable, some solar projects are already underway in the field and aid workers expect many more to follow

By Lin Taylor

LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cheap, reliable and hard to hijack, the sun could be an ideal energy source in many war zones and disaster areas, prompting aid agencies to consider ditching costly fuel for solar power.

19 Oct 2018 description

Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development – yesterday hosted a roundtable at its Vienna headquarters to discuss policy options to address the interrelated challenges of development and displacement.

16 Oct 2018 description

BERLIN, 16 October 2018 - Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations today signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next phase.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions joins the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other organizations around the globe in honoring World Food Day. Celebrated each year on Oct. 16, the day was established to bring attention to the plight of the world’s hungry and undernourished while providing an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex solutions for ending hunger. It is also a chance for the international community to show its commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 2, to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

12 Oct 2018 description
report Arup

Arup today announces the release of its Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements, ahead of the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction. Based on three years of in-depth research, the framework proposes a new way to think about fire risk in informal settlements. It aims to help NGOs, aid organisations and governments consider fire safety holistically and provides recommendations to help communities build their resilience.