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Weekly Wire: The Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

BBC Media Action’s governance research: emerging evidence and learning
BBC Media Action
Supported by a five-year grant from the UK Department for International Development to achieve governance outcomes in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, this working paper shares the learning and insights our research generates as it progresses. The paper is designed to share some of the most interesting qualitative and quantitative data we have gathered at this relatively early stage in the research. It also explores the conclusions we are beginning to reach about the contexts in which we work and the impact of BBC Media Action’s programmes. Finally, it highlights what our research is, and is not, telling us.
The Bad News About the News
1998, Ralph Terkowitz, a vice president of The Washington Post Co., got to know Sergey Brin and Larry Page, two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who were looking for backers. Terkowitz remembers paying a visit to the garage where they were working and keeping his car and driver waiting outside while he had a meeting with them about the idea that eventually became Google. An early investment in Google might have transformed the Post's financial condition, which became dire a dozen years later, by which time Google was a multi-billion dollar company. But nothing happened. “We kicked it around,” Terkowitz recalled, but the then-fat Post Co. had other irons in other fires. 

5 ways infectious diseases and poverty are linked
The Guardian
Every year on October 17, the United Nations recognises the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This year’s theme, dubbed “leave no one behind”, calls for a global and united effort to confront extreme poverty in the post-2015 era. Since the start of this commemorative day in 1987, millions have been successfully brought out of destitution through global efforts. In fact, the first of the Millenium Development Goals – which aimed to halve the 1990 poverty rate by 2015 – was met five years ahead of schedule. But eradication is still out of reach. Today, estimates put 17% of people in the world living on less than $1.25 a day – that is roughly equivalent to 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty.
New UNDP Report Highlights the Role That Cash Transfers Can Play in Preventing HIV
All Africa
Today, on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UNDP has released a new report on cash transfers and HIV prevention. Cash transfers are a major tool in the fight against poverty in its many forms.  Since their introduction in Brazil, Mexico and Bangladesh in the early 1990s, cash transfers have grown in popularity worldwide. Recent evidence points convincingly to a new benefit of cash transfers: HIV prevention. UNDP believes that cash transfers are just one example of how development approaches can be brought to bear on the HIV epidemic, highlighting a path toward ending poverty and ending AIDS in our lifetime.
The U.N. Trumps Silicon Valley
The Wall Street Journal
Two years ago Silicon Valley led the charge to protect the Internet from United Nations control. Technology companies and their advocates in Washington did such a good job that the House and Senate unanimously passed resolutions against the idea, while the International Telecommunication Union was hatching a plan in Dubai. The ITU’s follow-up conference begins this week in South Korea, but Silicon Valley is silent.
World Food Day 2014: Why Family Farmers Hold the Key to Ending Global Hunger
International Business Times
Today (16 October) marks World Food Day, celebrated annually in honour of the date in 1945 that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was founded. Raising awareness of food security, the theme for 2014 focuses on family farming – "Feeding the world, caring for the Earth".  Earlier this year, the UN food agency warned the number of starving people in the world is as high as 805 million, or one in nine, despite the overall figure falling by more than 100 million in the past decade.

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