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A new energy for refugees report

Thousands of refugee families want to pay for better energy supplies so they can take control of their lives.

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Call to for better access to basic products

New report puts a spotlight on businesses that enable basic technologies to reach 'last-mile' communities

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Report highlights ineffective response to leading cause of child mortality

A global lack of investment in handwashing to combat malnutrition, stunting and a leading cause of death in children under 5 has been condemned in a new report.

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‘Woman’s Hour’ in Odisha

Growing up and becoming a young woman in India can be a confusing, terrifying prospect in some rural and poor urban communities. You...
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Women as a force to build resilience

Many risk drivers are created by development choices at global or national levels, but all are manifested at the local level, so loc...
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Managing the sanitation challenge for Rohingya refugees

Nearly a million people of Rohingya community are living in the makeshift shelters in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, fleeing persecution ...
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