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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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Practical Action announce new Trustess

Practical Action has appointed two new trustees to its board to provide greater international development global south experience and perspective.

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Floods affect 100,000 in Nepal

The monsoon has affected the entire nation of Nepal, but predominantly the plains. In some areas, rivers are flowing above the bridges and in many places highways are under water.

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Is the snail accelerating?

With the first week of the conference done and dusted, where are we in negotiations? In September I wrote about the Gov...
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From Connectivity to Co-creation: How can ICT accelerate the achievement of SDGs?

ICT is a key enabler for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). How can ICT contribute to SDGs? – We summarise takeaways from Global ...
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Learning to fail

Often we celebrate success and seldom talk about failures. In a modern work-space it is difficult to imagine an environment where we...
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Women in Malawi face giving birth in the dark

A solar mini-grid could bring life-saving electricity to health clinics.

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