Our world is on the brink of change – change for the better. New policies, new ideas and new technology bring us ever closer to the end of poverty, disease and hunger each day. But with these rapid changes comes a deluge of information. To help vet some of that information, we at the THP Blog bring you a weekly/bi-weekly wrap up of the world wide web of international development. Check out this week’s hot topics and let us know what news we missed.
February 6, 2012
What is behind successful nutrition policies? Experts and officials share learning on nutrition and governance with the Institute of Development Studies
Nutrition experts met last month to explore “why some governments have made major progress on reducing child and maternal malnutrition, while in others efforts have been insufficient.” Governments need to put effective policies in place to support bottom-up sustainable practices. Read more.
February 7, 2012
Drought Ravages Farms Across Wide Swath of Mexico by Jason Beaubien at National Public Radio
Rural farmers the world over face the greatest risk of losing crops, land and livelihoods when drought hits and right now farmers in the northern region of Mexico are facing one of the worst droughts in nearly 70 years. Read and listen to the story.
February 7, 2012
Aid Doesn’t Work: Breaking the Cycle by Global Poverty Project Co-Founder, Simon Moss at The Huffington Post UK
Public rhetoric has recently become skeptical of foreign aid. Some even claim it flat-out does not work. Simon Moss warns that this mindset is dangerous and wrong. “This is dangerous. It's dangerous because it's wrong, and because it could cost people their lives. It's wrong because aid can and is making a huge difference.” Read more.
February 9, 2012
Sahel Crisis: 8 Questions Answered by the World Food Programme
Drought has threatened the Sahel – from Sudan to Senegal, pictured above – in Africa three times in the last decade. The World Food Programme answers your most pressing drought questions such as, ‘Which countries have been hit by drought?’ and ‘What other factors have led to the food crisis in the Sahel?’ Read now.
February 10, 2012
Benin makes headway in attempt to reduce deaths from malaria by Alex Duval Smith at The Guardian’s Poverty Matters Blog
Malaria is the leading cause of death in Benin so last year, the government of Benin announced free malaria treatments for all citizens. Despite the rise of fraudulent drugs and the overwhelming number of patients, Benin is making progress and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Read more.
And finally, inforgraphics from the week so stellar that we had to feature them. Click each image to englarge.
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