food insecurity en Weekly wire: The global forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img alt="" height="178" src="" style="float:right" title="" width="180" /></a>These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.</strong><br /><br /><strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Recurring Storms: Food Insecurity, Political Instability, and Conflict</a><br /> Center for Strategic and International Studies</strong><br /> Renewed and expanded international collaboration to anticipate and prepare for recurring storms of food insecurity is essential. Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Syria are examples that vividly underscore the explosiveness of situations in which people find themselves unable to get the food they want and need. The experiences of post-conflict countries highlight some critical issues that need to be prioritized in order to regain sustainable food security. Averting future storms will require the recognition that food security challenges will extend long beyond 2030, political leadership must be visibly committed to these issues, and actions to reduce fragmentation of effort will be critical.</p> <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Radio Day</a></strong><br /><strong>Dawn</strong><br /> RADIO remains the most dynamic and engaging mediums in the 21st century, offering new ways to interact and participate. This powerful communication tool and low-cost medium can reach the widest audience, including remote communities and vulnerable people such as the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor. Radio offers these communities a platform to intervene in public debate, irrespective of their educational level. It provides an opportunity to participate in policy and decision-making processes, and to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expression. The impact of radio is at different levels: it is an essential tool in times of disaster management as an effective medium to reach affected people when other means of communication are disrupted; it is a way of promoting gender equality by providing rural women access to knowledge and support; finally, it is inclusive, engaging youth in the media as catalysts of change.</div></div></div> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000 Darejani Markozashvili 7633 at Weekly wire: The global forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><img alt="World of News" height="139" src="" style="float:right" title="" width="140" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.<br />   <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">It’s not what you spend</a></strong><br /> The Economist<br /> FOR decades rich countries have sought to foster global development with aid. But all too often there is little to show for their spending, now over $135 billion a year and rising. Success depends on political will in recipient countries, says Erik Solheim of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries that includes the biggest donors. And that may well be lacking. What donors will pay for may not be what recipients deem a priority. So poor countries’ governments say what they must to get cash, and often fail to keep their side of the deal. Aid to build schools may be used to give fat contracts to allies, and the schools left empty. Ambulances bought by donors may rust on the kerb, waiting for spare parts. Now donors are trying a new approach: handing over aid only if outcomes improve. “Cash on delivery” sees donors and recipients set targets, for example to cut child mortality rates or increase the number of girls who finish school, and agree on how much will be paid if they are met.</p> <p> <strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Forget The Fitbit: Can Wearables Be Designed For The Developing World?</a></strong><br /> Fast Co.Exist<br /> When we think of wearable technology today, we think of the Fitbits or the Apple Watch. But to many people, tracking our steps or sleep in unprecedented detail or getting a notification slightly faster is interesting but ultimately not quite useful enough. The quantified self, in the context of people who have access to any technology they want, can be inherently self-absorbed. Imagine a different use case: An impoverished woman in rural Africa, pregnant with her first child and many miles away from medical care. Here, a wearable that helps her track her pregnancy and let her know if she needs to get to a doctor could mean life or death for her unborn child.<br />  </p> </div></div></div> Thu, 28 May 2015 14:08:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 7062 at Weekly Wire: The Global Forum <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="" height="139" src="" style="float:right" title="" width="140" />These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Facebook Reaches a Landmark 100-Million Users in Africa Through Mobile</strong></a><br /> AllAfrica<br /> Thanks to mobile connectivity, half of Africa's 200-million internet users were accessing Facebook on a monthly basis in June 2014, indicating that the social media giant's efforts at penetrating emerging market are paying off. There's explosive growth and incredible momentum across Africa. "We now have 100-million people coming to Facebook every month across the African continent with more than 80% using mobile devices," says Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.<br /><br /><strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNICEF's Hidden in Plain Sight report details child homicides, domestic violence in 190 countries</a> </strong><br /> Radio Australia<br /> One in five homicide victims worldwide are children, a report by UN children's agency UNICEF has revealed. The Hidden in Plain Sight report analyses data from 190 countries and lists alarming statistics on child homicides, domestic violence and rape. The report found violence against children was most common in the home and with caregivers.  UNICEF spokesman for Eastern and Southern Africa, James Elder, said the report may not even capture the full extent of the problem.   "Violence is a very difficult thing often to detect, it goes grossly unreported, so one of the terrifying things from this report is knowing that in fact the numbers would be lower than the reality," he said.</p> </div></div></div> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Roxanne Bauer 6815 at Voices of the Hungry; Killer Indicators, and How to Measure the Social Determinants of Health. New thinking on Measurement with Gallup Inc. <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p> <img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:210px; width:280px" />About once a year, I head off for the plush, Thames-side offices of <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC8QFjAA&amp;;ei=UeLvUtu5Ic7y7AaJkIGgAg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHOLj8TVr3UcpnhF3_WVax2n9SH8w&amp;sig2=PwkO8ddQkl_jOfZ-Lj_v7g&amp;bvm=bv.60444564,d.ZGU" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gallup Inc</a>, for a fascinating update on what they’re up to on development-related topics. In terms of measurement, they often seem way ahead of the aid people, for example, developing a rigorous annual <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">measurement of well-being across 147 countries</a>. Not quite sure why they talk to me – maybe as part of the wilder shores of their business development – they know they won’t get much business out of it, but some useful ideas might come out of the discussion. This time, <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDQQFjAA&amp;;ei=9pzvUqzpNYjY7AbW4YBw&amp;usg=AFQjCNFwLucSSKc-IPRHG5-J1_5UTpgpmg&amp;sig2=aR52Pr1dHnXWyz4I4W" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katherine Trebeck</a>, Oxfam’s wellbeing guru (only she prefers to call it ‘collective prosperity’ for some reason) and developer of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Humankind Index</a>, was there too, which added some actual knowledge to our side of the exchange.</p> <p> First up was Gallup’s partnership with the FAO on their ‘<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Voices of the Hungry’</a> project, aimed in part at correcting the alarming weakness of the numbers on hunger (see Richard King’s <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2011 post</a> on that). After pilots in Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger, in part supported by the Government of Belgium, FAO has now got DFID funding to go global, initially for two years. Through ‘Voices of the Hungry’, FAO has developed the <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDIQFjAA&amp;;ei=WdrvUpbfHLGw7AbP2oC4Cg&amp;usg=AFQjCNERRN4HlEUrIGM89JwQEo_T7tOl5A&amp;sig2=q" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Food Insecurity Experience Scale</a> (FIES), modelled on the 15-item <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDYQFjAB&amp;;ei=pNnvUpWqLsO57AbZv4HYDw&amp;usg=AFQjCNFT3E7NiYFMcnQIXBPxG9nkGWY9Sw&amp;sig2=Hhl" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Latin American and Caribbean Food Security Scale</a>. This uses interviews to place people along a spectrum from worried about food to seriously hungry.</p> </div></div></div> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:59:00 +0000 Duncan Green 6600 at