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Defining development after 2015: Talks are under way

The first substantive meetings to decide on the global development agenda after 2015 -- the year the current Millennium Development Goals are set to expire -- are being held this week in London. While alleviating household poverty tops the agenda, the World Health Organization is advocating for universal health coverage. British Prime Minister David Cameron is looking to de-emphasize quantity of aid in lieu of a "golden thread" of policies that promote government stability, transparency and the rule of law. The Guardian (London) (10/31), Development Newswire (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • UN council squeezes Sri Lanka on civil war abuses
    The civil war in Sri Lanka ended in 2009, but the crackdown continues against journalists, rights activists and lawyers investigating violations committed during the climax of the three decades of fighting. Western nations on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday pressed the country's government to probe widespread claims of killings of civilians by the military, among other abuses. Reuters (11/1), (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Kenya's unlikely rise as Africa's "Silicon Savannah"
    Since 2007, the number of broadband connections in Kenya has grown from 6,000 to 6 million, and the number of Internet users has ballooned by six times, to 18 million. The country's well-known iHub -- in addition to government blueprints for a new $7 billion, 5,000-acre technology city -- make the case for Kenya as Africa's "Silicon Savannah." The Guardian (London) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Engineered mosquitoes cut larvae survival rate by 84%
    Brazil is expanding its program to combat dengue fever by releasing millions of male mosquitoes engineered to produce larvae among females that never mature. Critics of the program say that "next-generation mutants" could eventually reduce human immunity. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Spotlight: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  • Studying effects of cookstoves on air, disease
    A three-year study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research will use newly-developed air-quality sensors to help gauge the effects of traditional cooking methods -- and the accompanying smoke -- on the health of Ghanaians. "Given that an estimated 3 billion people worldwide are cooking over fire and smoke, we need to better understand how these pollutants are affecting public health as well as regional air quality and even the climate," said Christine Wiedinmyer, who is leading the study. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ultra-modern Malaysian city a template for region
    Plans by the Malaysian government to build a "smart metropolis" that incorporates the latest advances in environmentally friendly technology would accommodate some 3 million inhabitants by 2025, serving as a model for a region in which urban dwellers outnumber all others. More than a third of the financing for the $30 billion price tag for the city, Iskandar Malaysia, will come from outside the country. The Guardian (London) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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