• Development

    Solving Bangladesh’s ‘Living Wages’ Problem Demands Global Support

    by  • March 18, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Garment workers in Bangladesh

    The dialogue on living wages has come a long way since the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 people in 2013, but there will be no solution to the living wage problem until all parties involved work together, a diverse group of panelists agreed at a panel on the topic, held [...]

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    Women, Girls and Their Sexuality in the Next MDGs

    by  • March 13, 2014 • Development, Millennium Goals, Women's Issues • 

    Midwifery students in Uganda

    The future global development agenda must include a standalone goal for gender equality, and United Nations member states, who will have the final say on the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, should not use culture or ideology as an excuse for failing to include sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls among the [...]

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    The UN Has Lost the Aid-Effectiveness Race: What Is to Be Done?

    by  • March 5, 2014 • Development, Humanitarian Aid • 

    A UN-supported market in Lebanon.

    Recent events have confirmed that the United Nations has a deep reservoir of good will worldwide. But its reputation is undermined by the ineffectiveness of its development assistance. UN agencies could improve their performance by implementing effective evaluations. However, the UN cannot be judged solely on the basis of its development assistance because the organization [...]

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    Jan Eliasson Explains His Role as No. 2 at the UN

    by  • January 19, 2014 • Deputy Secretary-General, Development, Peace and Security • 1 Comment

    Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general of the UN

    Jan Eliasson has been the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations since July 2012, the second in command after Ban Ki-moon. Eliasson, 73, is a former Swedish foreign minister and was ambassador to the United States twice, among other foreign postings. He was also president of the UN General Assembly and a key UN mediator [...]

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    World Bank, WHO and Japan Seek Full Health Coverage in All Nations

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Development, Health and Population, World Bank • 

    The World Bank is setting measurable targets for universal health care coverage for all people of the world. Here, schoolgirls play soccer in a flooded field in Bangladesh. STEPHAN BACHENHEIMER

    While Americans quarrel over the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — much of the rest of the world has established or is moving toward universal health care for all citizens, and the World Bank is taking a lead in setting measurable targets for meeting that goal as a priority in human development. “The quest for [...]

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    Bangladeshi Pioneer Invests in Women From the ‘Ultra-Poor’

    by  • October 27, 2013 • Asia, Development, Women's Issues • 

    Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC

    Fazle Hasan Abed runs the world’s largest nongovernmental development organization. He has garnered numerous international prizes, honorary degrees, very important friends and a British knighthood. Yet in the United States, Abed’s successes, won through a creative self-help program centered on mothers and their families, are virtually unknown. So here is his story, and BRAC‘s. The [...]

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    The UN Development System, Taking It Local

    by  • November 14, 2013 • Development • 

    UNDP Ivory Coast elections

    The United Nations development system is part of the new global order emerging in the 21st century. But interdependence has brought changes. Earlier international relations addressed issues in intergovernmental relations. National political, economic, social and environmental issues were largely left to national governments. Now national policies and issues — on economic management, poverty reduction, good [...]

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    Rebuilding War-Torn States: Is the UN System Up to the Challenges?

    by  • October 24, 2013 • Development • 

    Doctor and inmate at Monrovia Central Prison, Liberia

    Despite the peculiarities of each particular case, when civil wars or other chaos end, countries need to address the root causes of the conflict to make the fragile peace sustainable. In this context, countries need to establish public security; to create participatory political systems with good governance and respect for the rule of law and [...]

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    Where’s the Money? Funds for Millennium Development Goals Lag

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Health and Population • 2 Comments

    Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

    With 827 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals — the United Nations’ flagship agenda for global development — the buzzword at the General Assembly’s annual opening debate in New York this week was “acceleration.” A clear sense of urgency dominated many talks, particularly as the world body prepares to draw [...]

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    The Post-2015 UN Development Agenda

    by  • September 22, 2013 • Development • 

    Rosario, Carite in the Philippines

    One of the success stories of the United Nations has been its capacity to serve as a forum to agree on global development goals. They include not only those set in the UN Development Decades, but also in the series of UN conferences convened since the 1970s and particularly the series of summits that started [...]

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