Archive for May, 2014

May 21, 2014

Witchdoctors Mutilating Albino People in Tanzania

Human beings have strange ways

May 20, 2014

Post-Muscat: On track for equity, finance and measurability in the post-2015 education goals? - what comes after the MDGs?

Written by Pauline Rose, professor of international education at the University of Cambridge and former director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report on the World Education blog.

It was a great pleasure to attend UNESCO’s Global Education Meeting in Muscat this week to present the 2013/4 EFA Global Monitoring Report. It was encouraging to receive feedback that the report is considered by many as an important reference point not only for progress towards the current goals but also for helping to inform the post-2015 global education framework.

There has been considerable progress in developing a post-2015 framework since the global meeting in Dakar in March last year. Until a few months ago, there were serious concerns about whether an education framework would be developed. It is now clear that there is a joint commitment for a new education framework to be integrated with a broader development framework.

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May 20, 2014

World Health Assembly 2014 — 3 things to look out for in Geneva - what comes after the MDGs?

Written by Cécile Vernant, head of EU advocacy for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung on the Devex blog

“This week, the World Health Assembly in Geneva brings with it a packed agenda and a whole host of questions around a number of key issues for global health policy makers.

In a critical period for the crafting of the post-2015 framework, this WHA will provide important signposts as to the likely focus and priorities ahead of September’s U.N. General Assembly in New York. A key focus of these discussions is likely to center on maternal and child health, especially given the lack of progress made on the health Millennium Development Goals.

As we head toward an exciting week of discussion and debate, there are three key issues to watch out for:

1. Charting a course for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health.

Of all the issues up for discussion during the WHA, reproductive…

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May 20, 2014

How can access to independent media in a post-2015 framework be measured? - what comes after the MDGs?

Written by James  Deane, director of policy and learning at BBC Media Action on the BBC blog.

The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier this week. Its theme – media freedom and the post 2015 development framework –added important heft to efforts to get these issues into the final declaration that will be agreed by the UN next September. 

But one problem which the media support community can more immediately help with is measurement. 

The UN High Level panel report published last year suggested that a goal on honest and accountable government and effective institutions be established.  A component of it, the panel recommended, should be a target around ensuring “people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information”. Another is to “guarantee the public’s right to information and access to government…

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May 5, 2014

Delighted to Support Desmond Tutu’s Forgiveness Challenge

Forgiveness, simple word but which has loaded meaning

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We’re humbled to bring you this interview with Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu about their new Global Forgiveness Challenge as well as, a platform for transformational ideas that Archbishop Tutu is co-founding with book and media creator Doug Abrams. is delighted to be a partner in this initiative.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved! Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu are trying to change the world with the Forgiveness Challenge. Get involved!

What is the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge?

The Forgiveness Challenge is a free 30-day online program developed to help people learn the practical steps to forgiveness so they can live with greater love and joy in their life.

How does the Forgiveness Challenge work?

Each day, participants receive an email from us that directs them to a new post on the website that presents an important insight into forgiveness and that offers them…

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