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"22.03.2017 10:17:36" theguardian.com World Water Day: one in four children will live with water scarcity by 2040 Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water - and the poorest will suffer most
"21.03.2017 10:56:57" theguardian.com No ID, no benefits: thousands could lose lifeline under India's biometric scheme Controversial Aadhaar card restricts fundamental rights, argue critics, limiting access to free school meals and exposing 1 billion people to privacy risks Critics say the Aadhaar card restricts fundamental rights, limiting access to free school meals and exposing 1 billion people to privacy risks
"17.03.2017 11:35:53" theguardian.com Trump funding cuts would imperil tens of thousands of women, activists warn Question marks over support for short-term projects run by UN population fund prompt concern over future of programmes in Syria, east Africa and beyond Question marks over support for short-term projects run by UN population fund prompt concern over future of programmes in Syria, east Africa and beyond
"16.03.2017 11:50:15" theguardian.com Yemen at 'point of no return' as conflict leaves almost 7 million close to famine Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen, where two-thirds of the population face severe food shortages Governments have been warned they face enduring shame should famine take hold in Yemen where millions face severe food shortages
"14.03.2017 16:15:08" theguardian.com In Somalia, little sign of promised food aid for 6 million people facing starvation As UN calls for coordinated global efforts to help Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, humanitarian aid is slow to reach some of those on brink of famine As UN calls for coordinated global efforts to help Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen, humanitarian aid is slow to reach some of those on brink of famine
"12.03.2017 09:54:16" theguardian.com Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous abuse Thousands of female Romanian farm workers are suffering horrendous abuse in Italy
"09.03.2017 12:46:11" theguardian.com The Ethiopian boomtown that welcomes water firms but leaves locals thirsty | William Davison Business in the Sululta district of Ethiopia's Oromia region is burgeoning. So why, despite abundant rainfall, does half the population have no access to fresh water? Business in the Sululta district of Ethiopia's Oromia region is burgeoning. So why, despite abundant rainfall, does half the population have no access to fresh water?
"08.03.2017 11:39:16" International Women's Day: how can you support the global strike? Women from more than 40 countries are staging a strike from all work, paid and unpaid, to highlight women's power within global economies. But what if you can't join them? Here are other ways you can show solidarity, from wearing red to avoiding the shops
"07.03.2017 13:49:52" theguardian.com 'When I meet God, I must be able to sign my name': India's school for older women | Vidhi Doshi A Maharashtra village is giving women denied childhood education a chance to finally catch up on schooling, in a country where female illiteracy is high Old school – in one Indian village, women denied a childhood education finally get the chance to learn to read and write
"06.03.2017 12:07:16" theguardian.com Enter disguised as a boy: how Maria Toorpakai rose to squash stardom | Karen McVeigh As a promising female athlete from a conservative, male-dominated area of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai was forced to pose as a boy to learn her craft As a promising female athlete from a conservative, male-dominated area of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai was forced to pose as a boy to learn her craft
"05.03.2017 20:12:01" theguardian.com UK ignoring £323m annual impact of Brexit on poorest nations, report warns Overseas Development Institute says UK has a moral duty to avoid harming people in developing countires, which will lose out if current export terms end ODI says UK has moral duty to avoid harming people in developing countries, which will lose out if existing export terms end
"04.03.2017 11:34:36" theguardian.com Nigerians let train take the strain on new Kaduna to Abuja line | Emmanuel Akinwotu Attracted by modest fares and an alternative to slow and often hazardous road routes, passengers are making the most of a new rail link to the country's capital Kaduna to Abuja: passengers make the most of new rail link to Nigeria's capital
"03.03.2017 17:58:19" theguardian.com Women's leader from India's ruling BJP charged with child trafficking Juhi Chowdhury, state secretary of Bharatiya Janata party, arrested for alleged involvement in a cartel that police say sold Indian babies to people overseas Juhi Chowdhury, state secretary of Bharatiya Janata party, arrested for alleged involvement in a cartel that police say sold Indian babies to people overseas
"03.03.2017 12:33:46" theguardian.com Is brutal treatment of young offenders fuelling crime rates in Brazil? Detaining juveniles in overcrowded conditions, where there is little scope for learning or rehabilitation, may be contributing to violence in Brazilian society Detaining juveniles in overcrowded conditions may be contributing to violence in Brazilian society
"01.03.2017 12:30:57" theguardian.com Guns assembled in the UK may be arming child soldiers, says report European charities say German weapons firms bypass domestic controls by using British subsidiaries, exploiting a lack of transparency over UK arms sales Charities say German weapons firms bypass domestic controls by using British subsidiaries, exploiting a lack of transparency over UK arms sales
"28.02.2017 10:02:45" theguardian.com US foreign aid expected to be biggest casualty of Trump's first budget Administration's prioritisation of defence and retreat from aid worries organisations already under extreme pressure from growing humanitarian crises Trump's administration's prioritisation of defence and retreat from aid worries organisations under pressure from humanitarian crises
"27.02.2017 17:36:11" theguardian.com EU urged to end cooperation with Sudan after refugees whipped and deported MEP calls for inquiry as Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum seekers receive 40 lashes and $800 fines, while activists warn EU migration aid is emboldening Sudan Calls for inquiry as Ethiopian and Eritrean asylum seekers receive 40 lashes and $800 fines in Sudan
"25.02.2017 10:38:22" theguardian.com Food aid from warehouse to plate: fighting South Sudan's famine – in pictures Last year, photographer Matt Black documented the logistics chain of international food aid from a warehouse hub in Dubai to Unity State in South Sudan, where famine has just been declared From Dubai to Unity State in South Sudan - how food aid gets to those in need
"22.02.2017 12:05:36" theguardian.com Famine threatens lives of nearly half a million Nigerian children, says Unicef UN agency and other organisations warn that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages in the north-east driven by Boko Haram insurgency UN agency warns that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages driven by Boko Haram insurgency
"20.02.2017 11:32:22" theguardian.com Famine declared in South Sudan 'Man-made' food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the country Famine has been declared in South Sudan, where UN agencies warned more than100,000 people face starvation.
A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine
"17.02.2017 10:49:29" theguardian.com Can crunchy caterpillars help tackle malnutrition in Burkina Faso? With acute malnutrition affecting more than 10% of people in Burkina Faso, an innovative startup is mass-producing dried shea caterpillars high in protein Acute malnutrition affects more than 10% of people in Burkina Faso - are high protein dried caterpillar snacks the answer?
"16.02.2017 16:30:11" theguardian.com UN rights envoy calls for inquiry into abuses of Rohingya in Myanmar Special rapporteur for Myanmar to push for resolution at UN human rights council meeting next month for investigation into reports of military atrocities Special rapporteur for Myanmar to push for resolution at UN human rights council meeting for investigation into reports of military atrocities
"15.02.2017 12:13:27" Quipu: the story of Peru's inspiring heroes fighting for recog... Quipu: the story of Peru's inspiring heroes fighting for recognition and women's rights in a male-dominated society.
"14.02.2017 16:40:52" theguardian.com Trump's 'global gag rule' could endanger millions of women and children, Bill and Melinda Gates warn Exclusive: Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of order that blocks US funding for family planning and health services Bill and Melinda Gates warn of dire impact of the 'global gag rule' that blocks US funding for family planning and health services
"14.02.2017 10:44:21" theguardian.com Ending the Dubs scheme will put child refugees at the mercy of traffickers | Aidan McQuade The UK's programme to resettle lone children fleeing war is a small beacon of humanity amid Europe's sorry response to the refugee crisis 'The Dubs scheme is a small beacon of humanity in the midst of this mess, providing safety and protection to children who would otherwise be vulnerable to trafficking.'
"13.02.2017 16:32:47" theguardian.com Famine looms in four countries as aid system struggles to cope, experts warn Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian network Campaigners say tens of millions in urgent need in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia are in hands of an overwhelmed, outdated humanitarian network
"09.02.2017 11:51:16" Hans explains it all "Let me show you the world", said Swedish academic Hans Rosling, who has died aged 68.
Here he demonstrates the dynamics of population growth, child mortality and carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge for the world is to get everyone out of extreme
"07.02.2017 21:32:27" theguardian.com Hans Rosling obituary Statistician and development champion, whose gift for making data sing brought his innovative ideas to a worldwide audience Statistician and development champion Hans Rosling dies at 68 – the man who made data sing
"07.02.2017 16:22:19" theguardian.com Secrecy around £1bn aid and security fund raises 'significant concern', say MPs The 'opaque' conflict, stability and security fund undermines government aims for transparency on aid, says joint committee on national security strategy Does 'opaque' conflict, stability and security fund undermines government aims for transparency on aid?
"06.02.2017 15:45:54" theguardian.com Villagers in Bolivia refuse to be left high and dry by drought – in pictures Though January rains have caused flooding in some areas, the effects of severe drought continue to be felt keenly in many areas of Bolivia. A resourceful village in Mizque province has come up with ways to eke out what little water is available Despite January rains, the effects of severe drought continue to be felt in many areas of Bolivia. A resourceful village in Mizque province has come up with ways to eke out what little water is available
"06.02.2017 15:23:57" The Guardian Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The Guardian's Iman Amrani is joined by Comfort Momoh, a British-Nigerian FGM and public health specialist, to discuss why we should care Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. The Guardian's Iman Amrani is joined by Comfort Momoh, a British-Nigerian FGM and public health specialist, to discuss why we should care
"06.02.2017 10:51:08" theguardian.com India weighs up the return on cash handouts for the poorest Arvind Subramanian, India's chief economic adviser, is backing plans for a universal basic income scheme that could transform poverty rates Despite January rains, the effects of severe drought continue to be felt in many areas of Bolivia. A resourceful village in Mizque province has come up with ways to eke out what little water is available
"02.02.2017 18:08:00" theguardian.com Plan to move Rohingya to remote island prompts fears of human catastrophe Rights groups have warned that a Bangladesh government proposal to move Rohingya refugees to a flood-prone island could have fatal consequences Rights groups have warn the Bangladesh government proposal to move Rohingya refugees to a flood-prone island could have fatal consequences
"02.02.2017 16:00:00" theguardian.com Violence, prejudice and low pay: all in a day's work for migrants in Malaysia | Pete Pattison Undocumented workers in Malaysia put in long hours for little money, are often excluded from healthcare and schools, and face routine intimidation Undocumented workers in Malaysia put in long hours for little money, are often excluded from healthcare and schools, and face routine intimidation
"02.02.2017 13:44:04" theguardian.com Bangladeshi girl could be first female with 'tree man' syndrome 10-year-old Sahana Khatun is in Dhaka for treatment of rare condition at hospital where young man suffering from disease received groundbreaking surgery 10-year-old Sahana Khatun is in Dhaka for treatment of rare condition at hospital where young man suffering from disease received groundbreaking surgery
"31.01.2017 21:43:00" theguardian.com Morocco rejoins African Union after more than 30 years The country left the Union in 1984 after a row over the status of Western Sahara. Morocco's readmission brings hope of peace-building over the territory Morocco left the African Union in 1984 after a row over the status of Western Sahara - now they're back
"31.01.2017 16:33:42" theguardian.com Europe ignores Nigeria humanitarian crisis at its peril, warns top UN official UN assistant secretary general Toby Lanzer says urgent aid to help stabilise communities in the Lake Chad region is also in Europe's broader interests UN assistant secretary general Toby Lanzer says urgent aid to help stabilise communities in the Lake Chad region is also in Europe's broader interests
"31.01.2017 10:46:27" theguardian.com Chad foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat to head African Union Outgoing AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks out against US travel ban on refugees from Somalia, Libya and Sudan as she is succeeded by Moussa Faki Outgoing AU chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma speaks out against US travel ban on refugees from Somalia, Libya and Sudan as she is succeeded by Moussa Faki
"30.01.2017 10:38:05" theguardian.com Aung San Suu Kyi launches campaign to tackle widespread stunting in Myanmar The UK is among the partners in a scheme to bolster Myanmar's fight against malnutrition, which slows the growth of nearly a third of children under five UK among partners in a scheme to bolster Myanmar's fight against malnutrition
"27.01.2017 21:10:01" theguardian.com Trump policy changes would leave lives of millions in balance, agencies warn Executive orders that would hit funding of UN organisations and US refugee resettlement programme greeted with chorus of condemnation Executive orders that would hit funding of UN organisations and US refugee resettlement programme greeted with chorus of condemnation
"27.01.2017 18:14:36" theguardian.com 'Global gag rule': stop playing politics with women's lives, MSF tells Trump As affected groups worldwide take in news of Donald Trump's renewal of a policy that has dire implications for family planning, Médecins Sans Frontières has aimed a broadside at the US president's stance As affected groups worldwide take in news of Donald Trump's renewal of a policy that has dire implications for family planning, Médecins Sans Frontières has aimed a broadside at the US president's stance
"26.01.2017 11:55:53" theguardian.com Dutch respond to Trump's 'gag rule' with international safe abortion fund Up to 20 countries indicate support for fund to plug $600m gap as Netherlands minister Lilianne Ploumen says: 'It's important to stand your ground' Up to 20 countries indicate support for fund to plug $600m gap as Netherlands minister Lilianne Ploumen says: 'It's important to stand your ground'
"25.01.2017 11:53:42" theguardian.com 'Global gag rule' on abortion puts $9bn in health aid at risk, activists say Donald Trump's executive order prompts fears for groups fighting Aids and Zika and working against child and maternal deaths Donald Trump's executive order prompts fears for groups fighting Aids and Zika and working against child and maternal deaths
"23.01.2017 15:34:00" theguardian.com UK accused of failing to defend rights of Yemeni children against daily violations Head of Save the Children urges British government to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to protect children in Yemen facing extreme deprivation Save the Children urges British government to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to protect children in Yemen facing extreme deprivation
"23.01.2017 13:19:37" theguardian.com Adapting to climate change means adapting to Trump – here's how | Dr Aditya V Bahadur Donald Trump's scepticism about climate change makes it vital that the case for better planning and preparation is articulated in a politically astute way "The top 20 things that Trump has pledged to “get rid of” include US commitment to the Paris climate agreement and payments to the UN climate fund.."
"20.01.2017 14:30:00" theguardian.com Rising seas sweep away land and livelihoods in Bangladesh – in pictures Kutubdia, an island of fishing villages and salt farms, has halved in size in 20 years, with family homes swallowed by the ever-encroaching tides From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh
"20.01.2017 08:10:50" theguardian.com On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh #GlobalWarning Kutubdia's islanders don't have much of a carbon footprint – most don't have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk The disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh
"18.01.2017 15:08:55" Trump could impact women's access to healthcare globally Donald Trump is likely to reimpose the 'Global Gag Rule', a policy that cuts off all funding to overseas non-government organizations (NGOs) whose work is in any way associated with abortion. This means more unsafe abortions around the world, fewer
"18.01.2017 13:18:55" theguardian.com Iraq's Marsh Arabs test the waters as wetlands ruined by Saddam are reborn In the country's southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained Government helps families rebuild the floating communities of Iraq's marshes, 25 years after the land was drained
"17.01.2017 08:18:25" theguardian.com Bangladesh's plan to allow some child marriages is 'step backwards' Campaigners say proposed law change permitting child marriage in 'special cases' would increase risks of rape, domestic violence and early pregnancy 'We have worked with thousands of girls who have been pulled out of education, married off early, bear the scars of early pregnancy, and forced to marry their abusers. This is simply unacceptable.'
"10.01.2017 21:05:00" theguardian.com 'Tree man' Abul Bajandar regains use of his hands after groundbreaking surgery After 16 operations to remove rare and debilitating epidermodysplasia verruciformis warts, Bajandar, from Bangladesh, can hold his young daughter After 16 operations to remove rare and debilitating growths on his hands, Abul Bajandar, can now hold his young daughter
"10.01.2017 17:57:36" theguardian.com The impact of phone mast technology on a remote Congolese town – in pictures Photographer Susan Schulman revisits Numbi, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to see how a mobile phone tower is benefiting the isolated community How a remote Congalese town rings the changes with a phone mast
"05.01.2017 17:15:55" Saving lives with a homemade surfboard in Bangladesh Drowning is the biggest cause of child deaths in Bangladesh but Alamgir, a lifeguard in Cox's Bazar, is trying to change that. After being trained with the RNLI 'SeaSafe' project, he made his own surfboard using recycled materials to help him save more
"04.01.2017 13:06:07" theguardian.com Bookseller of Malakal brings words of comfort to war-torn South Sudan In the midst of civil war, a bookshop in a camp for displaced people is a source of education and of distraction from the harsh day-to-day living conditions In the midst of civil war in South Sudan, a bookshop in a camp for displaced people is a source of education and of distraction from the harsh day-to-day living conditions
"04.01.2017 11:38:20" theguardian.com Kenya's 'panic button' app: shake of phone sends distress signal With high crime rates and absence of efficient emergency number, smartphone app developed by student aims to make people feel safe and call for help In Kenya a smartphone app developed by a student aims to make people feel safe and call for help
"03.01.2017 19:45:00" theguardian.com Drought worsens deadly battle between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria Mass killings continue across Nigeria, part of a long-running battle between herders and farmers, with the state seemingly powerless to stop the violence Mass killings continue across Nigeria with the state seemingly powerless to stop the violence
"03.01.2017 17:34:19" theguardian.com 'The ruined city of Mogadishu had a hellish feeling': Helping Somalia's sick In this extract from his book, The World's Emergency Room, Dr Michael Vanrooyen recalls the menace and mayhem of his first humanitarian mission In this extract from his book, The World's Emergency Room, Dr Michael Vanrooyen recalls the menace and mayhem of his first humanitarian mission
"03.01.2017 07:55:01" theguardian.com 'Off the shelf' bone replacements offer life-changing help to landmine victims Team at Glasgow University are using 3D printing to create tailor-made bone pieces from tissue that will continue to grow when implanted in the body Injuries inflicted by mines or IEDs can be devastating. New technology developed to produce synthetically grown “off the shelf” bone replacements could prove life-changing
"02.01.2017 19:00:01" theguardian.com The world in 2016: how much do you know? – quiz From the Brexit vote to Donald Trump's victory in the US election, 2016 was a year of seismic shifts. How closely were you paying attention? 2016 was a year of seismic shifts. How closely were you paying attention? Take our quiz and find out
"02.01.2017 15:05:00" theguardian.com Mobile technology takes fight against HIV in Lesotho to the people In a country where 23% of people have the HIV virus, a programme using apps and travelling clinics is providing far easier access to treatment In Lesotho 23% of people have HIV. A new programme using apps and travelling clinics is improving access to treatment
"02.01.2017 10:58:44" theguardian.com Medical smart jacket tackles misdiagnosis of pneumonia Jacket would distinguish pneumonia's symptoms up to four times faster than a doctor, in battle against illness that kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year 'Ugandan graduate Brian Turyabagye was studying engineering when his friend's grandmother fell seriously ill. Accompanying her to hospital, he watched as doctors diagnosed malaria.... Only as she lay dying did they realise their initial diagnosis was
"31.12.2016 17:32:00" theguardian.com The year's top development stories: 2016 in review El Niño and conflict brought hunger and fuelled migration, Zika and HIV needed the world's attention, and Donald Trump's election prompted fears over US policies on women and aid Round-up of 2016 in development
"31.12.2016 13:30:00" theguardian.com Appliance of DNA science can shine a light on forced labour in the cotton fields | Karen McVeigh A technique to trace fibres to the original plant could identify if a garment is made from cotton that has been grown and harvested by workers under duress How do you know if a T-shirt you are about to buy is free of the taint of forced labour? Technology has the answer ...
"31.12.2016 10:23:22" theguardian.com Nepalese women offer up food for thought in the Story Kitchen | Liz Ford A project enabling women to give their side of Nepal's history has a key role to play in the truth and reconciliation commission's inquiries into civil war abuses Women give their side of the story in the truth and reconciliation commission's inquiries into civil war abuses
"29.12.2016 14:21:26" theguardian.com View from the favelas: 'The situation of instability haunts the lives of thousands' | Michel Silva In this diary entry, Michel Silva says mismanagement and corruption in Rio de Janeiro are behind an economic crisis and cuts that will hit the poorest hardest Are mismanagement and corruption behind the economic crisis of the Rio favelas?
"28.12.2016 11:09:22" theguardian.com App for all seasons aims to dampen effects of climate change in Mozambique | Kate Hodal A smartphone app that helps rural communities to harvest rainwater could mitigate some of the huge problems caused by flooding and drought 'I was seeing all these windmills, all these wheels pumping water, and I thought, 'My God, I didn't know about this [technology] and I'm a civil engineer' - Aline Okello, developer of a rainwater harvesting app
"27.12.2016 12:38:54" theguardian.com View from the favelas: A legacy of corruption, neglect and repression | Daiene Mendes In her latest diary entry on life in Alemão after the Games, Daiene Mendes says residents are the real champions for carrying on with their lives After the 2106 Olympic Games: how is life in the favelas now?
"21.12.2016 15:12:15" Las Patronas: the Mexican women feeding the hungry Over the past 25 years, Las Patronas has fed tens of thousands of Central American migrants. Every day volunteers prepare and distribute about 300 food parcels for migrants travelling on freight trains known as La Bestia (The Beast). For many fleeing
"20.12.2016 17:51:38" theguardian.com The world in 2016: how much do you know? – quiz From the Brexit vote to Donald Trump's victory in the US election, 2016 was a year of seismic shifts. How closely were you paying attention? What did you learn about the world this year? Take our quiz
"15.12.2016 13:17:39" Searching for our missing children Almost a thousand people enter Mexico daily, heading for the US. Some never make it – they are kidnapped, imprisoned or killed along the way. Each year, in a bid to find their lost loved ones, a group of women from Central America travel together across
"14.12.2016 18:43:01" theguardian.com 'Kangaroo care' makes premature babies healthier and wealthier, study claims Research suggests method involving skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding gives premature and low birth-weight infants better chance of thriving in later life Research suggests method involving skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding gives premature and low birth-weight infants better chance of thriving in later life
"14.12.2016 10:30:46" theguardian.com Nigeria's $10bn strategy to stem its vast flows of stolen oil A government investment plan aims to disarm militant groups fighting for a greater share of the Niger Delta's oil wealth Investment plan aims to disarm militant groups fighting for a greater share of the Niger Delta's oil wealth
"13.12.2016 17:23:23" theguardian.com Food crisis looming in Haiti as aid slow to reach Hurricane Matthew's victims The UN's $120m aid appeal is only 40% funded, causing 'unnecessary suffering' for the 750,000 Haitians in dire need of support World's forgotten crisis? Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew but suffering may get even worse in 2017
"08.12.2016 17:17:20" theguardian.com Five questions we should be asking about the impact of UK aid | Mark Goldring British aid can and must be scrupulously monitored, not least to ensure that it is fulfilling its remit to eradicate poverty and reaching beyond domestic interests What's the impact of UK aid?
"08.12.2016 10:38:32" theguardian.com Madagascar's £152m vanilla industry soured by child labour and poverty A report claims retailers profiting from the world's second most expensive spice are ignoring the desperate plight of impoverished Madagascan farmers A report claims retailers profiting from the world's second most expensive spice are ignoring the desperate plight of impoverished Madagascan farmers
"07.12.2016 13:30:45" theguardian.com No sleep for Congolese mothers trying to save their girls from rape Officially, sexual violence has declined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dubbed the 'rape capital of the world'. But frontline workers tell a different story Officially, sexual violence has declined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dubbed the 'rape capital of the world'. But frontline workers tell a different story
"05.12.2016 11:06:59" theguardian.com UN makes biggest ever aid appeal amid fears of compassion fatigue Growing number – and scale – of crises around the world is not matched by countries' will to tackle them, experts warn UN's annual appeal launches against the backdrop of a struggling global economy, a rising tide of nationalist sentiment and growing compassion fatigue - will it succeed?
"02.12.2016 11:43:22" theguardian.com Joana Foster: 'She made African women realise they can do anything' Joana Silochina Foster, the formidable Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer who died last month, co-founded Africa's first feminist philanthropic institution 'What we really need are our own resources' - Joana Silochina Foster, the Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer who died last month
"01.12.2016 12:01:20" theguardian.com Fresh hope for Kandahar newborns as Afghan healthcare gets a shot in the arm | Matthew Green Infant mortality rates in Afghanistan were once among the world's worst, but a new children's unit at Kandahar's Mirwais hospital is accelerating slow progress A new children's unit at Kandahar's Mirwais hospital is helping babies to receive the care they need
"30.11.2016 10:36:00" theguardian.com Young Gambians ready to vote out dictatorial Yahya Jammeh regime With high unemployment among its youthful population driving people to flee to Italy, Gambia goes to the polls this week in a climate of dissent Why will Gambia go to the polls this week in a climate of dissent?
"29.11.2016 16:49:59" theguardian.com 'They said they would rape me': defenders of women's rights speak out – video To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders' Day, activists from Honduras, Nepal, China and Egypt share their stories of persecution To mark International Women Human Rights Defenders' Day, activists from Honduras, Nepal, China and Egypt share their stories of persecution
"28.11.2016 13:58:54" theguardian.com Whitewashing the abuse of women – in pictures Photographer Bhargavi Joshi's images represent the violence and injustices that confront women worldwide, regardless of age, race, culture, education or background Photographer Bhargavi Joshi's series of images images represents the violence and injustices that face women worldwide
"26.11.2016 12:05:20" theguardian.com UK government faces calls to shelter Yazidi refugees persecuted by Isis MPs urge home secretary to extend resettlement scheme to members of Iraq's Yazidi community, many of whom have suffered rape, torture and sexual slavery Britain's home secretary Amber Rudd is being urged to allow refugees from the Yazidi community to enter the UK under the same rules that allow entrance to vulnerable Syrian refugees
"25.11.2016 12:01:00" theguardian.com 'I was so scared … I was tortured': Indian women lift the lid on married life | Vidhi Doshi A legal ruling threatens to make life even worse for the millions of women in India forced into slavery-like conditions after entering arranged marriages “[My husband and I] dated for 10 years before we got married, but in the first week of marriage I found out that he was a totally different person ... I had to cook breakfast and lunch for everyone, do all the dishes, laundry, everything. I had a job, and
"25.11.2016 08:18:12" theguardian.com How will you mark 16 days of activism against gender abuse? Share your stories As a 16-day campaign against sexual violence begins with an impassioned plea from UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, tell us how you will mark the moment Share your stories now
"24.11.2016 13:50:09" theguardian.com India accused of muzzling NGOs by blocking foreign funding Modi's government revokes licences of 25 organisations over 'anti-national activities' as pool of foreign-funded bodies shrinks by almost half in two years Indian government revokes licences of 25 organisations over 'anti-national activities'
"23.11.2016 17:20:28" theguardian.com 'It's a crime to be young and pretty': girls flee predatory Central America gangs Sexual exploitation that the UN says amounts to slavery is forcing girls and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek refuge in Mexico Sexual exploitation is forcing girls and their families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to seek refuge in Mexico
"22.11.2016 17:38:28" theguardian.com Clouds of filth envelope Asian cities: 'you can't escape' This year has seen some of Asia's worst urban smog episodes in nearly 20 years, as India's air pollution soars above levels recorded in China This year has seen some of Asia's worst urban smog episodes in nearly 20 years, as India's air pollution soars above levels recorded in China
"21.11.2016 08:35:47" theguardian.com Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia A Guardian investigation reveals that migrant workers assembling goods for the electronics brands claim they are being subjected to exploitation and abuse A Guardian investigation reveals that migrant workers assembling goods for the electronics brands claim they are being subjected to exploitation and abuse
"18.11.2016 13:41:09" theguardian.com One in five people in cities worldwide live in areas with no safe toilet As World Toilet Day approaches, WaterAid report reveals dire state of urban sanitation, as globally one child dies every two minutes from diarrhoeal disease One child dies every two minutes from diarrhoeal disease
"17.11.2016 11:24:45" theguardian.com 'Little evidence' public-private finance can plug development funding gap Report says more transparency needed to ensure aid funding used to leverage private finance for development is well invested Is more transparency needed to ensure aid funding is well invested?
"16.11.2016 10:32:13" theguardian.com Terrorism deaths fall despite widening impact of attacks, global study reveals Expanded activities of Boko Haram and Isis increased geographical spread of terrorism in 2015 despite 10% fall in number of deaths, find researchers Boko Haram and Isis have increased geographical spread of terrorism in 2015 - despite 10% fall in number of deaths
"15.11.2016 10:14:11" theguardian.com Child trafficking victims disappearing from UK care at 'alarming' rate Report says true scale of trafficked children who have gone missing is unclear as many local authorities lack data on how many are in their care Why the true scale of trafficked children who have gone missing in the UK is unclear
"14.11.2016 13:18:07" theguardian.com Hydroelectric dams emit a billion tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, study finds Impact of dams on climate change has been underestimated, researchers warn, as rotting vegetation creates 25% more methane than previously thought Impact of dams on climate change has been underestimated, - rotting vegetation creates 25% more methane than thought
"13.11.2016 22:03:27" theguardian.com US aid for women's sexual health worldwide under threat Under Trump, campaigners say, $600m in aid could be 'cut drastically', costing maternal lives, as they predict return to anti-abortion stance on health funding Campaigners warn that under Trump $600m in aid could be 'cut drastically' as they predict return to anti-abortion stance on health funding
"13.11.2016 22:01:25" theguardian.com US aid for women's sexual health worldwide under threat Under Trump, campaigners say, $600m in aid could be 'cut drastically', costing maternal lives, as they predict return to anti-abortion stance on health funding Under Trump, campaigners say, $600m in aid could be 'cut drastically', costing maternal lives, as they predict return to anti-abortion stance on health funding
"10.11.2016 17:25:45" theguardian.com Climate finance dispute prompts Bangladesh to return £13m of UK aid Delivery of money through multi-donor fund coordinated by World Bank seen as slight on innate expertise of country well versed in handling climate issues Why has millions of pounds of climate change aid been returned to the British government unspent?
"10.11.2016 15:21:05" theguardian.com Maria Sharapova to be reinstated as UN goodwill ambassador Exclusive: UN Development Programme to lift suspension of Russian tennis star when her ban for taking prohibited substance expires in April UN Development Programme to lift suspension of Russian tennis star when her ban for taking prohibited substance expires in April
"09.11.2016 14:12:04" theguardian.com Why are we ignoring the sexual health of women who have sex with women? Little attention is given to issues such as health, or consent and sexual violence, leaving women vulnerable and at risk Why is little attention given to issues such as health, or consent and sexual violence?
"08.11.2016 16:00:47" theguardian.com Brazilian women kick back against Temer presidency with capoeira Brazil's centuries-old tradition of protest through the martial art is seeing a resurgence as capoeiristas demonstrate against Temer's regime How are women demonstrating against Temer's regime?
"08.11.2016 09:48:18" theguardian.com Seeking shelter at the UN's Bentiu camp in South Sudan – in pictures Thousands of people in Unity state are fleeing increased fighting in Leer, heading for the UN protection of civilians camp in Bentiu, in the country's north Thousands of people in Unity state are fleeing increased fighting in Leer, heading for the UN protection of civilians camp in Bentiu, in the north of South Sudan. Across the country, more than 2.4 million people have been displaced by recent conflict
"07.11.2016 18:04:31" theguardian.com African nations attempt to suspend UN's LGBT rights monitor On Tuesday the UN votes on a resolution by African states to halt the work of Vitit Muntarbhorn, reflecting deep international divisions on gay rights The UN votes on a resolution by African states to halt the work of UN LGBT rights monitor Vitit Muntarbhorn
"07.11.2016 10:48:41" theguardian.com Rebuilding in Nepal's Langtang valley – in pictures The 2015 earthquake devastated the Langtang valley. Reconstruction work involves hauling materials up mountain tracks, yet slowly communities are rebuilding their livelihoods to welcome back tourists
"04.11.2016 16:49:46" theguardian.com Amazonians call on leaders to heed link between land rights and climate change As Paris climate agreement comes into force, inhabitants of Amazon rainforest demand recognition of key role their communities play in conservation Inhabitants of Amazon rainforest demand recognition of key role their communities play in conservation
"04.11.2016 10:37:09" theguardian.com Canada broadens aid horizons as focus falls on women and girls in Mozambique | Ben Quinn A project to tackle child, early and forced marriage in Mozambique is indicative of a new direction for Canadian aid, says the country's development minister 'Canadians have not heard about international development for 10 years': Marie-Claude Bibeau, new development minister, talks about Canada's focus for development aid
"03.11.2016 18:06:33" theguardian.com Nigerian communities open their homes and hearts to refugees – photo essay Conflict driven by Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria has forced 2.1 million to flee their homes. Many have found shelter in communities elsewhere, with local people sharing their homes, land and compassion Conflict driven by Boko Haram in north-eastern Nigeria has forced 2.1 million to flee their homes. Many have found shelter in communities elsewhere, with local people sharing their homes, land and compassion
"03.11.2016 10:48:20" theguardian.com Myanmar casts minorities to the margins as citizenship law denies legal identity Citizenship legislation in Myanmar excludes some communities and restricts the rights of others, even where families have lived in the country for generations Why does citizenship legislation in Myanmar exclude communities and restrict the rights of others, even where families have lived there for generations?
"02.11.2016 09:57:46" theguardian.com The $100bn gold mine and the West Papuans who say they are counting the cost | Susan Schulman and Kate Hodal Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province has been a source of untold wealth for its owners, but local communities say it has brought poverty and oppression Grasberg mine in West Papua has been a source of untold wealth for its owners - but why do local communities say it has brought poverty and oppression?
"31.10.2016 17:35:55" theguardian.com Commonwealth drives strategies to put climate change into reverse Highways lined with wind turbines among designs on show as Commonwealth aims to be a pathfinder that can 'say sorry for screwing up' on climate Can the Commonwealth be a trailblazer for saying 'sorry for screwing up' on climate?
"31.10.2016 13:17:15" theguardian.com Girls gain ground in Kandahar culture wars as education prospects improve | Matthew Green A surge in the number of private schools is offering fresh hope for the future to young Afghans in Kandahar, once the seat of the Taliban theocracy 'Their mindset has totally changed. These days they're not just looking for education, they want quality education.'
"28.10.2016 19:34:01" theguardian.com African Union hearing on child slaves hailed as milestone for Mauritania Case of brothers enslaved at birth to be brought before regional child welfare court after failure to uphold 2011 sentence against Ahmed Ould El Hassine Case of brothers in Mauritania enslaved at birth is to be brought before regional child welfare court
"28.10.2016 16:43:21" theguardian.com World Bank appoints Kristalina Georgieva as chief executive Vice-president of European commission to take up newly created post in January as World Bank overhaul gathers pace Kristalina Georgieva to take up newly created post in January as World Bank overhaul gathers pace
"28.10.2016 12:11:46" theguardian.com Guyana's housing crisis: 'The situation in the country is desperate' As Guyana struggles to tackle a nationwide housing shortage, residents of an informal community in the heart of the capital have a wishlist of their own As Guyana struggles to tackle a nationwide housing shortage, residents of an informal community in the heart of the capital have a wishlist of their own
"27.10.2016 17:23:55" theguardian.com India's war on the sex selection drugs linked to stillbirths The state of Haryana is leading the fight against useless – and potentially harmful – remedies illegally peddled to pregnant women desperate for a boy The state of Haryana in India is leading the fight against useless – and potentially harmful – remedies illegally peddled to pregnant women desperate for a boy
"26.10.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com Air of discontent around Cerrejón mine deepens as Colombians cry foul | Ben Quinn Indigenous people who claim their health and environment has suffered due to work at the Cerrejón coal mine are dismayed by the operation's expansion Indigenous people who claim their health and environment has suffered due to work at the Cerrejón coal mine are dismayed by the operation's expansion
"26.10.2016 16:36:43" theguardian.com Watchdog censures EU countries for spending foreign aid on asylum costs Germany, Denmark and Austria among countries criticised by Concord group for using money earmarked for poor countries to meet cost of hosting refugees Germany, Denmark and Austria among countries criticised by Concord group for using money earmarked for poor countries to meet cost of hosting refugees
"26.10.2016 11:09:59" theguardian.com Threats of death and violence common for women in politics, report says Study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals 'widespread and under-reported problem', with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violence Study of 55 female MPs in 39 countries reveals 'widespread and under-reported problem', with more than 20% subjected to acts of sexual violence
"25.10.2016 15:12:43" theguardian.com Midwife in Haiti tells of delivering babies knee-deep in water by torchlight Hurricane Matthew's destruction triggers fears of huge rise in maternal deaths, alongside danger of fresh cholera outbreak Hurricane Matthew's destruction triggers fears of huge rise in maternal deaths - alongside danger of fresh cholera outbreak
"25.10.2016 09:11:08" theguardian.com Justice is long overdue for the widows of South African mineworkers | Dean Peacock and Emily Nagisa Keehn It is vital the court of appeal upholds a ruling that makes South Africa's gold mining industry accountable to women whose husbands died from silicosis “I used to carry [my husband] around ... I used to go from house to house asking for food, we had children going to school. At times I would get piece jobs so we could eat.”
"21.10.2016 09:40:35" theguardian.com Tech classes open a fresh window of opportunity for women in rural Kenya | Robert Kibet A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education level Digital literacy programme in Kenya helps women and girls learn new skills irrespective of age or education level
"20.10.2016 20:36:00" theguardian.com The world's future hinges on supporting 10-year-old girls, says UN Daline, 10, from Yaoundé, loves learning. Safeguarding her development, and that of 65 million other girls of her age, could shape the world, claims a new study Daline, 10, from Yaoundé, loves learning. Safeguarding her development, and that of 65 million other girls of her age, could shape the world
"20.10.2016 15:49:06" theguardian.com Portraits of families with babies disabled by Zika virus Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana has captured the love of families for their babies born with microcephaly – one of the medical problems caused by the Zika virus – in Recife, Pernambuco state, in Brazil. He used instant film so they could Photographer Felipe Dana captures the love of families for their babies born with microcephaly – a medical problem caused by the Zika virus – in Pernambuco state, Brazil. He used instant film so families could immediately see portraits and keep the prints
"20.10.2016 10:46:48" theguardian.com State of emergency likely to ramp up repression in fractured Ethiopia Protests by the Oromo ethnic group have led to spiralling violence and a crackdown on dissent that risks long-term instability Why protests by the Oromo in Ethiopia have led to spiralling violence and a crackdown on dissent
"20.10.2016 07:26:09" theguardian.com Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 'Africa's air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India...'
"19.10.2016 18:21:00" theguardian.com Somaliland hopes Brexit will pave way for UK to grant international recognition As Berbera port deal opens global trade gateway, Somaliland optimistic that freedom from EU policy will allow Britain to acknowledge self-declared state Somaliland optimistic that freedom from EU policy will allow Britain to acknowledge self-declared state
"19.10.2016 17:06:05" theguardian.com UK's failure to rein in tax havens hinders global corruption battle, say MPs Development committee calls on UK to increase transparency in overseas territories, emphasising that world's poorest lose out most through corruption Why is the Development committee calling on the UK to increase transparency in overseas territories?
"18.10.2016 17:03:32" theguardian.com Will Theresa May's fight against slavery inform her trade and migration policies? Anti-Slavery Day should put a spotlight on whether the government's agenda helps or hinders progress on ending human trafficking Anti-Slavery Day should put a spotlight on whether the government's agenda helps or hinders progress on ending human trafficking
"18.10.2016 09:41:21" theguardian.com Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited UN survey of 9,000 people travelling overland through Africa and arriving in by boat in Europe also reveals emerging trend in organ and blood trafficking UN survey reveals emerging trend in organ and blood trafficking of migrants arriving in Europe
"17.10.2016 17:01:00" theguardian.com India's comic-book superheroine trains her powers on acid attacks Second outing for heroine who fought sexual violence with help of Hindu goddess Parvati will highlight issues surrounding acid attacks on Indian women Heroine who fought sexual violence will highlight issues surrounding acid attacks on Indian women
"17.10.2016 15:39:08" theguardian.com Planned Parenthood is 100 years old, but the fight for reproductive rights goes on | Alexander Sanger A century after Margaret Sanger was jailed for opening the first US birth control clinic, many women around the world are still deprived of the right to decide whether and when to have children A century after Margaret Sanger was jailed for opening the first US birth control clinic, many women around the world are still deprived of the right to decide whether and when to have children
"15.10.2016 09:00:00" theguardian.com International Day of the Girl: how inequality starts before birth – video On International Day of the Girl, we look at the challenges of our unequal world, with girls facing discrimination through education, health, marriage and employment How inequality starts before birth - animation lays bare the challenges girls face in an unequal world
"14.10.2016 16:00:00" theguardian.com Students Speak: Ban Ki-moon was a hit on gender but a miss on peacekeeping We asked, you answered. Students hailed the outgoing UN secretary general for his record on equality, but said he failed to protect civilians from conflict We asked, you answered. Students hailed the outgoing UN secretary general for his record on equality, but said he failed to protect civilians from conflict
"14.10.2016 11:29:40" theguardian.com Canadian firm faces new forced labour claims over Eritrean mine Dozens more workers alleging forced labour and intimidation at Bisha mine set to join civil action against mining company Nevsun Resources Dozens more workers alleging forced labour and intimidation at Bisha mine set to join civil action against mining company Nevsun Resources
"13.10.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com Polio vaccine drive targets 41m African children as Nigeria battles outbreak Unicef launches emergency immunisation campaign across northern Nigeria and neighbouring African countries in bid to stop polio virus taking hold Unicef launches emergency immunisation campaign across northern Nigeria and neighbouring African countries in bid to stop polio virus taking hold
"13.10.2016 16:24:07" theguardian.com GM seed firm Monsanto dismisses 'moral trial' as a staged stunt US agri-business declines to attend peoples' tribunal at which toxicologists and scientists will argue its activities have harmed human health and environment US agri-business declines to attend peoples' tribunal at which toxicologists and scientists will argue its activities have harmed human health and environment
"11.10.2016 11:30:18" theguardian.com International Day of the Girl: how inequality starts before birth – video On International Day of the Girl, we look at the challenges of our unequal world, with girls facing discrimination through education, health, marriage and employment A girl's life: how inequality starts before birth - animation lays bare the challenges girls face in an unequal world
"10.10.2016 10:27:48" theguardian.com Indians at risk of flooding powerless to stem the tide of illegal sand mining As rising sea levels threaten to engulf homes along the shores of Tamil Nadu state, locals fear the erosion of the coastline is due to the illegal sand trade Sea levels threaten to engulf homes along the shores of Tamil Nadu state - is the erosion due to illegal sand trade?
"09.10.2016 12:27:56" theguardian.com Healthcare innovations won't cure global health inequality – political action will | Ben Ramalingam At the World Health Summit in Berlin, giving the world's most vulnerable people better access to new advances is top of the agenda The World Health Summit is due to begin in Berlin - Ben Ramalingam argues that political action is vital
"07.10.2016 20:05:01" theguardian.com Lives devastated as El Niño drives drought in Mozambique – in pictures Lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock in Mozambique, with communities eating roots and seeds to survive. Children have dropped out of school to forage for food, and malnutrition is rife In Mozambique, lack of water has wiped out crops and killed livestock, with communities eating seeds and roots to survive
"07.10.2016 16:10:41" theguardian.com Hurricane Matthew: Haiti needs vaccines to stop deadly cholera spreading | Dr Anita Zaidi and Helen Matzger 9,000 people died in Haiti's last cholera outbreak. We must act fast in disaster-affected hotspots to help prevent history repeating itself Thousands died in Haiti's last cholera outbreak. We must act fast to help prevent history repeating itself
"07.10.2016 07:12:09" theguardian.com Indian medical students use pads and poems to tackle period taboos Women on their way to becoming doctors write haikus about menstruation as one small step towards breaking the silence on the subject Periods are only ever mentioned in hushed tones: 'You can't raise your hand in class and tell your professor you need to leave because of period pain, for example. You have to be discreet.'
"06.10.2016 13:26:40" theguardian.com Exiled from Pakistan, destitute Afghans return to a country at war Hundreds of thousands of Afghans, banished from Pakistan, find destruction, violence and hardship in their homeland Hundreds of thousands of Afghans, banished from Pakistan, find destruction, violence and hardship in their homeland
"05.10.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com UN warns universal education goal will fail without 69 million new teachers Unesco figures show that massive global teacher shortage, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia, poses major challenge to inclusive education Unesco figures show massive global teacher shortage poses major challenge to inclusive education
"05.10.2016 16:54:23" theguardian.com Saving Hanoi's street children from abuse, hunger and self-destruction Do Duc Vi, a former street child himself, now seeks out vulnerable young people in Vietnam's capital, offering them shelter and hope Former street child offers vulnerable young people in Vietnam's capital shelter and hope
"05.10.2016 13:22:45" theguardian.com Nearly half all children in sub-Saharan Africa in extreme poverty, report warns Eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 seems a distant target as Unicef-World Bank figures show almost 385 million children survive on less than $1.90 a day Getting rid of extreme poverty by 2030 seems a distant target - almost 385 million children survive on less than $1.90 a day
"04.10.2016 16:49:05" theguardian.com Afghan exodus from Pakistan could be 'catastrophic' without urgent aid With political tension forcing half a million people to return to Afghanistan, the World Food Programme warns the freezing winter could prove deadly Political tension is forcing half a million people to return to Afghanistan - there are warnings the freezing winter could prove deadly
"04.10.2016 14:08:09" theguardian.com World Bank issues warning on stunting in children, but points to Peru's success Peru succeeds at tackling stunting while World Bank chief threatens to expose countries that fail to, and why the world is falling behind on health goals The latest news from Global development's Poverty matters news round-up
"04.10.2016 08:53:46" theguardian.com EU signs deal to deport unlimited numbers of Afghan asylum seekers Plans for dedicated reception terminal in Kabul, but experts warn that violence and instability in Afghanistan make deportations unsafe Plans for dedicated reception terminal in Kabul, but experts warn that violence in Afghanistan make deportations unsafe
"03.10.2016 11:42:33" theguardian.com Shell's Rio roadshow: springboard for green startups or just a Lott of oily spin? | Jonathan Watts Shell is not an obvious champion of sustainable business ideas but, beyond the glitz of an event staged in a Rio favela, and featuring pop stars like Pixie Lott, the oil firm has a chance to show it is serious about renewable energy investment Can you imagine a more affordable source of lighting for the world's poorest families than a lamp powered by gravity? This is just one of the sustainable business ideas being showcased in Rio de Janeiro by Shell – in a campaign to clean up its corporate
"30.09.2016 09:50:59" theguardian.com 'My kids hate me … I sold them': slavery and child labour in Ghana – in pictures More than one-fifth of children in Ghana are involved in child labour. In coastal towns, many are sold by their parents to work as modern-day slaves in the fishing industry Child labour is a huge problem in Ghana, affecting more than one in five young people. Research suggests more than 80% of children in the town of Senya are trafficked into dangrous work in the fishing industry
"29.09.2016 16:03:08" theguardian.com Captured and cut: FGM returns to Sierra Leone despite official ban | Umaru Fofana The recent ordeal of a woman in eastern Sierra Leone who was allegedly forced to undergo female genital mutilation suggests a ban on the practice imposed after the 2013 Ebola outbreak is no longer being enforced The recent ordeal of a woman in eastern Sierra Leone who was allegedly forced to undergo female genital mutilation suggests a ban on the practice is no longer being enforced
"28.09.2016 09:45:48" theguardian.com Healers cure mistrust in Guinea's health system after horrors of Ebola Practitioners of traditional medicine – the first port of call for 80% of Guineans – could be invaluable in helping fight other killer diseases, such as malaria 'If I've tried two or three times to cure someone and nothing works, then I send them to the hospital' - how practitioners of traditional medicine are helping fight other killer diseases, such as malaria
"27.09.2016 15:04:27" theguardian.com Displaced women in Bangui create a safe haven amidst horror and violence In the face of conflict and sexual abuse, women in a camp in Central African Republic's capital are working together to rebuild their lives How women in a camp in Central African Republic are working together to rebuild their lives in the face of conflict and violence
"27.09.2016 09:09:13" theguardian.com DfID 'should have done more' to give poor countries a voice on tax evasion Aid watchdog criticises Department for International Development's top-down approach in fight against tax avoidance Aid watchdog criticises UK government's top-down approach in fight against tax avoidance
"26.09.2016 22:59:01" theguardian.com If Colombia is to realise its potential, its people must vote for peace | Jonathan Glennie By rejecting violence, Colombia can achieve social progress and reinvigorate development cornerstones such as education, healthcare and employment Can Colombia achieve social progress by rejecting violence?
"26.09.2016 16:43:12" theguardian.com Farming mega-mergers threaten food security, say campaigners Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers Would deals put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers?
"26.09.2016 09:35:02" theguardian.com 'My father punched me and tore at my clothes': confronting rape in Myanmar | Charlotte England and Joshua Carroll At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the country's culture of sexual violence At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the country's culture of sexual violence
"23.09.2016 18:30:00" theguardian.com Women gain ground in Jordan election despite yawning gender gap Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates
"23.09.2016 16:37:38" theguardian.com UK officials cite 'heightened scrutiny' as cost of aid fraud breaks £1m barrier Department for International Development says 40% rise in misappropriation of overseas aid funds in 2015-16 down to improved reporting and investigation Department for International Development says 40% rise in misappropriation of overseas aid funds in 2015-16 down to improved reporting and investigation
"23.09.2016 07:28:22" theguardian.com Bumps prevent bruises as project cuts accidents on notorious Bangladesh road | Annie Kelly Low-cost pilot of basic safety measures on deadly Dhaka-Sylhet N2 shows how simple infrastructure could save hundreds of lives each year 'The idea that all these people are dying pointlessly, that families are being destroyed by losing loved ones or having to deal with disabilities or serious injuries because we're not taking action on this, is hard to accept'
"22.09.2016 16:10:23" theguardian.com Swaziland's reed dance: cultural celebration or sleazy royal ritual? | Sara Assarsson Steeped in tradition, the annual reed dance festival attracts thousands of Swazi women. But are they forced to parade before Africa's last absolute monarch? The annual reed dance festival attracts thousands of Swazi women. But are they forced to parade before Africa's last absolute monarch?
"22.09.2016 07:32:55" theguardian.com Indian technology institute to put the art of happiness under the microscope Kharagpur research centre will examine theory that investment in mental health of citizens reaps economic as well as spiritual reward Why a new item seems to have cropped up on the political agenda in India: make people happy
"21.09.2016 21:26:01" theguardian.com World lagging behind on global health targets, researchers warn Study calls on international community to alter approach to global epidemics if 2030 deadline laid down by sustainable development agenda is to be met 'It is essential that each year, over the next 15 years, nations be held accountable for the goals their leaders have committed to meet.'
"21.09.2016 14:31:03" theguardian.com Sex workers in poor countries have no voice on UN consultation, activists say UN Women's online consultation process excludes sex workers from developing nations, already some of society's most marginalised people, warn rights activists 'This is not an accountable, transparent way to connect with sex workers' - sex workers fight for the right to be included in the global conversation
"21.09.2016 08:51:10" theguardian.com Ecuador's foreign minister steps up campaign for UN tax body Guillaume Long is to call on the UN general assembly to create a global regulator to stamp out tax havens and expose the corrupt elite Will the UN general assembly to create a global regulator to stamp out tax havens?
"20.09.2016 20:37:36" theguardian.com 'Red tape' locking small island states out of billions in climate funds Commonwealth initiative aims to enable countries such as Vanuatu and Fiji to access $100bn pledged in Paris climate talks 'We need to be trained how to access the money. It's one thing having it available, it's another getting access to it' - Fiji's high commissioner in London, Jitoko Tikolevu
"20.09.2016 16:35:36" theguardian.com Ugandans driven to despair by spending on MPs' cars as basic services suffer Uganda's inequalities are laid bare as MPs are awarded extravagant allowances while the country's failing infrastructure remains desperately underfunded Uganda's inequalities laid bare as MPs are awarded extravagant allowances while the country remains desperately underfunded
"20.09.2016 11:04:57" theguardian.com Why so few women in peace talks, demand Myanmar campaigners Activists fight back against women's marginalisation from attempts to find a lasting end to one of the world's longest running civil wars Activists are calling on Aung San Suu Kyi's government to halt discrimination against women
"19.09.2016 19:21:01" theguardian.com Raped, imprisoned, beaten: migrants reveal their perilous journeys to Europe As the UN meets to discuss the record numbers of people fleeing their homes, the Red Cross traces the journeys of a handful of migrants from Africa to Europe As the UN meets to discuss the record numbers of people fleeing their homes, the Red Cross traces the journeys of a handful of migrants from Africa to Europe
"19.09.2016 16:49:38" theguardian.com Summer of carnage on Nepal's roads: 'There was a big blast, then silence' Lalik Lama was one of hundreds of Nepalese involved in road accidents this summer alone, in a country where travel is becoming ever more deadly “There were bus parts scattered everywhere ... People were shouting for help. There were lots of bodies. Some were headless. Some had lost their limbs. It was like a nightmare.” Lalik Lama was one of hundreds of Nepalese involved in road accidents this
"18.09.2016 08:34:50" theguardian.com 'I told my story face to face with Habré': courageous rape survivors make history | Ruth Maclean Women raped under Chad dictator Hissène Habré, who has received a life sentence for mass atrocities, tell their stories for the first time “Hissène Habré jailed me, jailed my mother, jailed my brother, killed my mother and brother, and tortured me – and the scars are all over my body. And then, on top of that, he raped me four times. Four times,” says Zidane
"17.09.2016 17:53:37" theguardian.com At a global gathering of feminists, one thing is clear: it's where you live that counts Some 1,800 activists from radically different backgrounds at the Association for Women's Rights in Development conference in Brazil tried to find common ground at a moment in history when women's rights are being chipped away 'In terms of the women's movement or feminist agenda, we feel that at times we are a bit let down by developed countries'
"16.09.2016 12:24:53" theguardian.com Pakistan fights devastating malnutrition with mass food-fortifying programme UK aid funding supports ambitious project adding nutrients to everyday foods such as bread and oil, to reduce disastrous long-term impact of poor nutrition How is UK aid funding supporting a project adding nutrients to everyday foods such as bread and oil?
"15.09.2016 14:41:04" theguardian.com Dirty diesel from European companies fuels pollution in Africa – in pictures A report says businesses in Europe are exporting highly polluting, high-sulphur diesel to the African market, exploiting weak fuel standards there How businesses in Europe are exporting highly polluting diesel to the African market - exploiting weak fuel standards there
"15.09.2016 11:21:34" theguardian.com Angry clashes in Karnataka as India's water wars run deep Bengaluru erupts in violence over water-sharing plans with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, as country-wide shortages reach crisis levels Bengaluru erupts in violence over water-sharing plans with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu
"14.09.2016 20:07:15" theguardian.com UK development minister challenged over 'wasted aid' claim Priti Patel was unable to tell a Commons committee how much UK aid money she claims is being wasted and stolen Priti Patel unable to tell a Commons committee how much UK aid money she claims is being wasted and stolen
"14.09.2016 16:53:22" theguardian.com Africa's shortage of engineering skills 'will stunt its growth' London conference hears of need to attract more female students to overcome scientific deficit that will put brake on continent's economic development More female students are needed to overcome scientific deficit in Africa
"14.09.2016 13:06:12" theguardian.com Our vision for aid? Help the poorest people help themselves | Albert Kan-Dapaah A year after the global goals promised to leave no one behind, we need to make sure foreign aid funds are supporting citizens in leading their own development A year after promises were made to leave no one behind, are foreign aid funds supporting citizens in leading their own development?
"13.09.2016 23:07:11" theguardian.com Millions of children fleeing war 'systematically denied' basic rights As world leaders prepare to meet in New York for summit on refugees, War Child says urgent action is needed to protect displaced children As world leaders prepare to meet in New York for summit on refugees, how can they protect the millions of displaced children?
"13.09.2016 13:00:00" theguardian.com Nigerians facing desperate hunger accuse officials of stealing food People fleeing Boko Haram protest over 'starvation' in camps amid claims of officials diverting rations, as UN warns the country is on the brink of famine 'It's better to just face Boko Haram in our homes and die than suffer here like this.'
"13.09.2016 10:56:59" theguardian.com World Health Organisation should outsource key duties, experts say British Medical Journal report advises fundamental overhaul of the WHO to avoid loss of funding, warning it is at risk of repeating mistakes of the Ebola crisis Why the British Medical Journal report advises overhaul of the WHO to avoid loss of funding
"12.09.2016 14:59:21" theguardian.com Yellow fever in Congo: MSF vaccinates 710,000 people in 10 days – in pictures Amid fears of a yellow fever epidemic, Médecins Sans Frontières took part in an emergency campaign of mass vaccination in Kinshasa, the Congolese capital Médecins Sans Frontières fight back against threat of a yellow fever epidemic, taking part in a mass vaccination among the residents of Kinshasa
"09.09.2016 18:01:00" theguardian.com Global food crisis triggered cultural shift towards junk food, say researchers Poor countries urged to act over widespread adoption of fast food diets caused by 2008 price spikes, which made many staples unaffordable Could the food crisis have triggered move towards consuming more junk food?
"09.09.2016 16:01:28" theguardian.com Violence in South Sudan orchestrated by government, UN report reveals Confidential report claims president and army directed July fighting and want a military resolution to conflict, with government funds directed accordingly Confidential UN report claims South Sudan president and army directed July fighting and want a military resolution to conflict
"09.09.2016 07:35:58" theguardian.com 'Water is peace, life, dignity': why the UN deputy chief has a thirst for saving lives For almost a quarter of a century, UN deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson has been an indefatigable champion of the right to water and sanitation for all UN deputy secretary general Jan Eliasson on his belief in the right to water and sanitation for all
"08.09.2016 16:30:01" theguardian.com Air pollution costs trillions and holds back poor countries, says World Bank Study finds dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn annually in lost work days and welfare costs Dirty air takes huge economic toll on poor countries and costs the world more than $5tn every year in lost work days and welfare costs
"08.09.2016 13:44:26" theguardian.com Funding for women's rights groups in poor countries falls by more than half As the Association for Women's Rights in Development forum convenes in Brazil, unpublished research shows declining support for women's groups since 2011 The Association for Women's Rights in Development forum is meeting in Brazil right now - and latest research shows declining support for women's groups since 2011
"08.09.2016 10:43:07" theguardian.com Check your privilege: self-interest, celebrity and saving the world | Simon Reid-Henry Something is askew in the way we see the relationship between wealth and want, argues Simon Reid-Henry in an extract from The Political Origins of Inequality Something is askew in the way we see the relationship between wealth and want, argues Simon Reid-Henry in an extract from The Political Origins of Inequality
"07.09.2016 17:00:51" theguardian.com Why does the women's rights movement marginalise women with disabilities? | Nidhi Goyal It is hard to fathom why women with disabilities, who face issues central to the women's rights agenda, are often kept on the fringes of the gender justice debate Why are women often kept on the fringes of the gender justice debate?
"07.09.2016 07:33:45" theguardian.com Nearly half of all refugees are children, says Unicef Report shows child refugee figures have jumped by 75% in five years to 8 million, and calls for urgent action to protect the 50 million child migrants worldwide "Children on the move are at risk of the worst forms of abuse" - Unicef reports that one in every 200 children is now a refugee
"06.09.2016 17:45:01" theguardian.com Passage through Mexico: the global migration to the US While waiting in Tapachula for US exit permits, African and Asian migrants recount the treacherous journeys they took to get one step closer to a new home 'We saw a dead man without head or hands' - migrants tell their stories about dangerous journeys to the US
"06.09.2016 14:16:59" theguardian.com In Syria and Bosnia, women are quietly changing the world As the women's rights in development (Awid) forum meets in Brazil, we celebrate those tackling the gender inequalities at the root of conflicts As the women's rights in development (Awid) forum meets in Brazil, we celebrate those tackling the gender inequalities at the root of conflicts
"06.09.2016 08:40:34" theguardian.com Poorest countries hit hardest as world lags behind on global education goals Unesco report finds only 64 countries met 2015 target on primary education, while 40% will not achieve 2030 goal on secondary education until 2100 World is highly unlikely to meet the 2030 deadline for education with the poorest countries the hardest hit, says UNESCO
"05.09.2016 14:18:15" theguardian.com Child soldiers in Burundi swap conflict for classroom – in pictures Imprisoned after he was forced into fighting in Burundi, 17-year-old Jean-Pierre is now attending a re-education centre, a safe haven in a country where children have suffered disproportionately amid the ongoing chaos Imprisoned after he was forced into fighting in Burundi, 17-year-old Jean-Pierre is now attending a re-education centre, a safe haven in a country where children have suffered disproportionately amid the ongoing chaos
"05.09.2016 07:02:13" theguardian.com India's silk road offers path to prosperity but not equality for female weavers | Vidhi Doshi Women in West Bengal can earn a significant income by weaving silk in their homes, but the welcome cash has brought them little by way of independence "Your fingers start to burn. The water is hot, 100 degrees, but I have to keep going...” - silk worker from West Bengal
"02.09.2016 17:15:00" theguardian.com Remote Congo town gets water on tap for first time in a generation – in pictures The residents of Kasongo, a remote town in DR Congo, have water piped in directly for the first time 25 years Residents of Kasongo, a remote town in DR Congo, have water piped in directly for the first time 25 years
"02.09.2016 09:57:37" theguardian.com Why are Kenya's students torching their own dormitories? | Murithi Mutiga Students at more than 120 schools across Kenya have set fire to their living quarters since June, prompting widespread bafflement about their motives Students at more than 120 schools across Kenya have set fire to their living quarters since June - but why?
"01.09.2016 17:15:18" theguardian.com Drowning: do you know enough about this global killer? – quiz Hundreds of thousands of people drown every year. Many deaths go unrecorded, however, and pressure to teach people to swim is not what it might be Hundreds of thousands of people drown every year - do you know the facts?
"01.09.2016 10:45:21" theguardian.com Brazil's Sea Angels and lifeguard who can't swim sign up to save more lives Amara B'Deen Conteh is rare among lifeguards – he can't swim. But he is on an RNLI course teaching people from around the world water safety Amara B'Deen Conteh is rare among lifeguards – he can't swim. But he is on an RNLI course teaching people from around the world water safety
"31.08.2016 18:45:00" theguardian.com Tourism starting to bleed the Lickan Antay people of the Atacama desert dry Chile's Los Flamencos reserve is the country's first to be co-managed by the state and indigenous people. Yet the Lickan Antay's existence is still a battle Why Chile's Los Flamencos reserve is the country's first to be co-managed by the state and indigenous people - but existence is still a battle for the Atacama people
"31.08.2016 14:01:00" theguardian.com Liberia turns to the private sector in controversial overhaul of failing schools Companies and NGOs are set to take over 120 of Liberia's primary schools under a pilot scheme aimed at raising standards, but not everyone approves Companies and NGOs to take over 120 of Liberia's primary schools - why is the decision is causing controversy?
"31.08.2016 09:32:51" theguardian.com England is the dream for many migrants trapped on the Italian Riviera Ventimiglia is feeling the impact of heavier French border controls and deterrent measures, but the tension masks a wider humanitarian issue Ventimiglia is feeling the impact of heavier French border controls - but the tension masks a wider humanitarian issue
"31.08.2016 01:30:00" theguardian.com Clashing over conservation: saving Congo's forest and its Pygmies In the DRC, the Mbuti people rejected a reserve that banned them from their lands. Now, with conservationists, they are exploring ways to protect the forest together The Mbuti people rejected a reserve that banned them from their lands. Now they're exploring ways to protect the Congo forest together
"30.08.2016 22:38:01" theguardian.com Keeping faeces, flies and food separate to save lives in Angola – in pictures Seven out of 10 people in rural Angola do not have a safe toilet to use. A Unicef programme is educating communities in hygiene, sanitation and in building their own toilets 70% of people in rural Angola don't have a safe toilet to use. Communities are now being taught to build their own
"30.08.2016 16:13:29" theguardian.com Girls learn app coding to navigate a way out of their Mumbai slum With apps to reduce queues for water and to protect women in danger, a project teaching computer skills to girls in India's Dharavi slum is changing aspirations With apps to reduce queues for water and to protect women in danger, a project teaching computer skills to girls in India's Dharavi slum is changing aspirations
"30.08.2016 15:35:01" theguardian.com Giving birth in Guinea: a life or death lottery bereft of midwives and medicine | Ruth Maclean Inaccessible clinics, untrained and overstretched midwives and lack of medicine are among the challenges facing mothers and newborn babies in Guinea Inaccessible clinics, untrained midwives and lack of medicine are among the challenges facing mothers and newborn babies in Guinea
"30.08.2016 11:22:54" theguardian.com 'We have nothing but our reindeer': conservation threatens ruination for Mongolia's Dukha | Marine Gauthier One of the world's smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in peril One of the world's smallest ethnic groups is finding its cultural traditions on the wrong side of Mongolian law, putting its very existence in peril
"26.08.2016 14:20:34" theguardian.com Looking good and making a fast buck? Why rich countries help the poor | David Hulme An extract from David Hulme's Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? examines the mix of altruism and self-interest rich states use to justify support for foreign aid An extract from David Hulme's Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? examines the mix of altruism and self-interest rich states use to justify support for foreign aid
"26.08.2016 07:49:10" theguardian.com Women walk alone to reclaim India's streets from fear and harassment | Shaifali Agrawal For women in India, offensive and threatening behaviour in public places is all too common. The Blank Noise collective is encouraging them to fight back A survey by ActionAid found 79% of women in India have been subjected to harassment or violence in public - now women are fighting back
"25.08.2016 19:35:00" theguardian.com BK Gulf dragged its heels over Qatar labour abuses, claim migrant workers Company co-owned by British firm Balfour Beatty accused of continuing erratic salary payments and withholding of passports for months after Guardian exposé Company co-owned by British firm Balfour Beatty accused of continuing erratic salary payments and withholding of passports for months after Guardian exposé
"25.08.2016 16:28:41" theguardian.com 'We just want to live' – South Sudanese refugees bear scars of brutal civil war | Patrick Kingsley Hundreds of unaccompanied minors are among the 80,000 people who have fled to Uganda since July, when civil hostilities resumed in South Sudan Hundreds of unaccompanied minors are among the 80,000 people who have fled to Uganda since July, when civil hostilities resumed in South Sudan
"25.08.2016 12:10:00" theguardian.com Decrepit infrastructure denies millions urgent natural disaster aid, study says World risk report underlines need for major improvements to transport and power networks in poor countries vulnerable to extreme weather events Need for major improvements to transport and power networks in poor countries, says World risk report
"25.08.2016 11:21:36" theguardian.com High birth rates and poverty undermine a generation of African children – report Research predicts African children will account for 43% of global poverty by 2030, although absolute number of poor will fall Will African children will account for 43% of global poverty by 2030? Latest research says so
"24.08.2016 13:59:13" theguardian.com Bridging the language divide in Thailand's strife-torn deep south In southern Thailand, taking the language of the Muslim Patani-Malay community into government schools to reduce ethnic tensions has proved its worth Taking the language of the Muslim Patani-Malay community into schools in southern Thailand has proved its worth
"24.08.2016 11:50:15" theguardian.com Lessons in disaster: children taught to prepare for Bangladesh's killer quakes When earthquakes strike in south Asia, thousands of children are at risk from fragile school buildings. Evacuation drills are aiming to reduce the potential death toll When earthquakes strike in south Asia, thousands of children are at risk from fragile school buildings. Evacuation drills are aiming to reduce the potential death toll
"23.08.2016 08:59:19" theguardian.com 'Humanitarian airstrikes': a reassuring gloss for the actions of politicians In an extract from his book Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges, Peter Gill laments aid agencies' waning independence and the dangers staff face Peter Gill laments aid agencies' waning independence and the dangers staff face
"22.08.2016 17:15:00" theguardian.com Liberian nurses learn to spot danger signs in babies as healthcare gets shot in arm | Nadene Ghouri Ebola exposed the weakness of Liberia's health system but some clinics are now offering more effective diagnosis and streamlined services Ebola exposed the weakness of Liberia's health system - now clinics are offering streamlined services
"22.08.2016 15:38:23" theguardian.com Delhi schools offer safe space for children to speak up about sexual abuse | Amrit Dhillon Half of the student population in India's capital suffer abuse, a taboo subject in many homes. Now police are visiting schools to encourage children to report it Police in Delhi are visiting schools to encourage children to report sexual abuse
"19.08.2016 12:22:21" theguardian.com From rural Romania to a Swiss brothel - video Maya is one of the many Romanian girls lured to work in brothels and massage parlours across Europe in the hope of escaping poverty at home Generations of Romanian girls trafficked into Europe's sex industry - watch Maya's story
"19.08.2016 09:38:24" theguardian.com Cambodia proves fertile ground for foreign surrogacy after Thailand ban | Sarah Haaij Surrogacy agencies outlawed in Thailand, India and Nepal have upped sticks for Cambodia, where the practice remains unregulated "The first time I did surrogacy, I discovered that the baby was for a Spanish couple. Two gay men. For me it's all the same, as long as I get paid... No other job lets you earn this kind of money,” says 26 year old surrogate Kew
"18.08.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Kenya's Ogiek people forced from homes amid 'colonial approach to conservation' | Rachel Savage Indigenous hunter-gatherers are being violently evicted from what they claim are their ancestral lands as unrest takes hold over land rights in Kenya's forests 'More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the slopes of Mount Elgon in western Kenya by a force in June. “They were armed,” says Peter Kitelo, an Ogiek activist.'
"18.08.2016 15:34:00" theguardian.com Somalia: one man's terrorist is another man's carpenter Government reintegration programmes for al-Shabaab fighters are helping to shrink support for the Islamic militant group 'What does a terrorist look like? No such archetype exists of course, but you certainly wouldn't figure somebody like Mohammed Abdi ...'
"18.08.2016 12:29:59" theguardian.com Cambodians sue US and Thai firms over trafficking and forced labour claims Cambodian villagers recruited to work in Thai seafood industry file US lawsuit against four companies, including alleged Walmart shrimp suppliers 'What happened to me was wrong'
"17.08.2016 23:30:01" theguardian.com Pakistanis displaced by war return to wrecked homes and a ruined economy After the conflict against militants along Pakistan's north-west frontier, those going back say the government is not doing enough to help rebuild their lives 'We are living a miserable life as we have no capital to start our business again'
"17.08.2016 18:54:01" theguardian.com South Sudan's chaotic slide back into conflict: an insider's view In this extract from her book, South Sudan: The Untold Story from Independence to Civil War, Hilde F Johnson, former head of the UN there, tells of the first few days of war in December 2013 Former head of the UN in South Sudan, Hilde F Johnson, tells of the first few days of war in December 2013 in an extract from his book
"17.08.2016 16:33:16" theguardian.com Refugees claim abuse by soldiers as Mali's conflict spreads Fulani nomads fleeing violence in central Mali have fled to the Mbera refugee camp in Mauritania, putting a strain on food rations and other resources Nomads fleeing violence in central Mali are putting a strain on food rations and other resources
"16.08.2016 17:18:00" theguardian.com Illegal mines and local mafia take shine off Latin American gold Criminal gangs in Peru are running gold mines where life is disease-ridden, desperate and dangerous – yet many corporate buyers don't seem to care Criminal gangs in Peru are running gold mines where life is disease-ridden, desperate and dangerous – yet many corporate buyers don't seem to care
"16.08.2016 12:30:00" theguardian.com Veganism is not the key to sustainable development – natural resources are vital | Jimmy Smith Lives and livelihoods the world over hinge on livestock, which is just one reason why efforts to reduce our dietary impact on the world are laudable but misguided Instead of going vegan, should we still be eating some meat, milk and eggs?
"16.08.2016 11:35:56" theguardian.com Gabon aims to cut yawning poverty gap by ending its dependency on oil | Ruth Maclean With a third of its citizens below the poverty line, Gabon urgently needs to diversify and is banking on palm oil production to create rural jobs Gabon: a rich country where most people are poor. Is anything changing?
"15.08.2016 16:29:07" theguardian.com Chemical castration of sex offenders in Turkey condemned by women's groups Women's Solidarity Foundation fears new law overlooks root causes of gender violence and warns physical punishment could lead to increased abuse Fears the new law overlooks root causes of gender violence
"15.08.2016 12:05:01" theguardian.com As the mercury soars, fear grows over 'air-con effect' Energy experts warn more reliance on air conditioning, particularly in China, will accelerate climate change 'The growth in air conditioning has been staggering. China is the sweet spot. The number of households that have it has doubled in five years. Every year, 60 million more units are being sold there, eight times as many as are sold annually in the United
"15.08.2016 09:08:38" theguardian.com GPS points the way to preserving South Sudan's burial traditions | Simona Foltyn With families in war-torn South Sudan often unable to find and bury the bodies of loved ones, the Red Cross is recording location details electronically With families in war-torn South Sudan often unable to find and bury the bodies of loved ones, the Red Cross is recording location details electronically
"13.08.2016 14:05:12" theguardian.com Women in Peru protest against rising tide of murder and sexual crime Tens of thousands expected to support marches in Lima and beyond as women stage countrywide 'cry against impunity' in face of almost daily attacks Tens of thousands are expected to support marches in Lima and beyond as women stage countrywide 'cry against impunity'
"12.08.2016 12:08:01" theguardian.com Conakry hairdressers dispense cut-and-dried contraceptive advice to women | Ruth Maclean Guinea is set to expand its use of hair salons to promote urban family planning beyond the capital, even introducing it to tailors' shops Cut, colour or condoms? In a country with minimal family planning use, salons in Guinea are spreading the word
"12.08.2016 09:33:11" theguardian.com Britain must address the root causes of sex trafficking from Nigeria to Europe | Kevin Hyland Nigerian women and girls trafficked into the sex trade often end up in the UK, which is why Britain must work with Nigeria to address the problem at source Why Britain must work with Nigeria to stop women and girls being trafficked into the sex trade
"11.08.2016 11:01:00" theguardian.com Bid for freedom: rescuing trafficked fishermen as they dock in Cape Town In the South African port, charity worker Dane Duplessis is part of a team helping migrant fishermen escape from slave-like working conditions Help for migrant fishermen escape from slave-like working conditions in South Africa
"11.08.2016 08:30:27" theguardian.com No legal status: how India is ignoring its thousands of displaced citizens The Maoist insurgency has displaced hundreds of thousands of Indians, but the country is doing little to help – or even register – them The Maoist insurgency has displaced hundreds of thousands of Indians, but the country is doing little to help them
"10.08.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com 'My job is to make children hopeful': inside Liberia's deaf school Disabled Liberians are among the most marginalised in society. But one school is trying to ensure students lead full lives “I want to drop the notion that these children are hopeless; they are not... I see no reason why they can't live full lives.”
"10.08.2016 12:05:01" theguardian.com Threat of marriage hangs over young Malian refugee girls in Mauritania Mali and Mauritania both have many child brides, but at Mbera refugee camp, education and training offers opportunities to some young people “I lie in bed and I cannot sleep because I am so worried that [my first husband] is going to come back.'
"10.08.2016 09:22:55" theguardian.com India's all-female paper goes digital to make gender taboos old news From fortnightly publications hand-delivered around villages to reportage including video and WhatsApp updates, Khabar Lahariya has come a long way 'I come from a village where women still live behind the purdah ... But I couldn't just sit at home and do housework all day.'
"09.08.2016 13:18:09" theguardian.com 'Untold devastation' in South Sudan triggers grave humanitarian crisis Violence and displacements lead to more than 6 million South Sudanese needing humanitarian assistance, UN says More than 6 million South Sudanese need humanitarian assistance, says UN
"09.08.2016 10:51:37" theguardian.com Aung Sun Suu Kyi moves to clean up Myanmar's murky jade trade Campaigners welcome reforms to the $31bn industry, long tainted by abuses, but say only a new legal framework can bring change Myanmar's new government to reform the jade industry
"08.08.2016 16:39:08" theguardian.com Africa's farmers fret over Brexit amid calls to boost regional trade UN trade conference in Nairobi says boosting intra-African trade would help protect continent from economic shocks Would boosting intra-African trade help protect continent from economic shocks?
"08.08.2016 08:11:26" theguardian.com Freeing girls trafficked to Italy for sex: 'You will not be a slave for ever' - video Thousands of women and girls are being trafficked to Italy from Nigeria, into a life of forced prostitution. These women have a champion in Princess Okokon, who was herself trafficked from Nigeria in 1999 Princess Okokon was one of thousands of women trafficked from Nigeria to Italy. She escaped her captors and has since helped hundreds of women in Asti and Sicily do the same.
"07.08.2016 10:22:59" theguardian.com Escaping the sex trade: the stories of Nigerian women lured to Italy - in pictures Spanish photographer Quintina Valero's striking visual record of the work being done by an NGO to help victims of sex trafficking in Asti, near Turin 'What I found was a really strong community of women who were helping each other overcome their experiences.'
"05.08.2016 11:12:50" theguardian.com App that helps aid workers: 'I watched TV while mapping 100km of Nigeria' Gamers help find hard-to-reach communities as Médecins Sans Frontières uses data from app to produce detailed local maps Gamers help find hard-to-reach communities - using app to produce local maps
"05.08.2016 10:57:35" theguardian.com Australia suspends World Vision's Palestine aid after allegations funds were diverted Head of the charity in Gaza charged by Israel for allegedly providing tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian funds to Hamas and its terrorist activities Head of World Vision in Gaza charged by Israel for allegedly providing tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian funds to Hamas
"04.08.2016 16:45:00" theguardian.com Paraguayans lose faith in justice system that values land over law The convictions of small farmers accused in a clash over land rights has raised concern about the strength and independence of Paraguay's judicial system Convictions of small farmers accused in a clash over land rights has raised concern about Paraguay's judicial system
"04.08.2016 11:39:06" theguardian.com Surviving on wild seeds after failed harvests in Chad – in pictures In Chad, 4.3 million people are food insecure, and 176,000 children have severe acute malnutrition, after erratic rains led to ruined crops In Chad, 4.3 million people are food insecure, and 176,000 children have severe acute malnutrition. So how to people living there cope?
"04.08.2016 09:28:56" theguardian.com How do we get more people to purify water using the sun's rays? Sunshine can quickly sterilise water in bottles – known as solar disinfection – but people prefer known technology such as ceramic filters and chemicals Sunshine can quickly sterilise water in bottles - but why do people prefer ceramic filters and chemicals?
"03.08.2016 16:56:38" Fear in Rio's favelas: 'My ears are used to the gunshots' Gun shots echo around Alemão, Maré and Rocinha, and one favela resident, Daiene Mendes, says violence has got worse in the buildup to the Olympics: 'We ask for peace but all we receive is war,' she says.
"03.08.2016 14:28:08" theguardian.com Why is Rio de Janeiro finding it so hard to clear up its waste? | John Vidal The Olympics Games host city is like thousands of others grappling with industrialisation, population growth and lack of money Rio: grappling with population growth and lack of money
"03.08.2016 09:39:39" theguardian.com Health in Madagascar takes turn for the worse as $22m hospital abandoned | Nadene Ghouri With water, sanitation and doctors hard to come by, and facilities deteriorating, Madagascar faces a healthcare crisis. So why does a $22m hospital stand unused? Madagascar faces a healthcare crisis. So why does a $22m hospital stand unused?
"02.08.2016 09:46:58" theguardian.com Ugandan farmers seal grain deal with Kenyan firms A trade project to boost the incomes of farmers in Katine and Teso has resulted in a contract to export green grams and soya beans to Kenya Food project in Katine brings in contract to export up to 500 tonnes of grain to Kenya
"01.08.2016 18:09:51" theguardian.com There's something holding us back on Aids: our attitude to sex workers | Serra Sippel Women who sell sex experience many barriers to accessing healthcare and enforcing their rights. Decriminalisation could help change that Women who sell sex experience barriers to accessing healthcare - decriminalisation could help change that
"01.08.2016 14:52:29" theguardian.com Why Obama's ambition of an Aids-free generation is a pipe dream – podcast Sarah Boseley is joined by experts and campaigners including Charlize Theron as she looks at progress on treating and preventing Aids and ponders the road ahead Experts and campaigners, including Charlize Theron, debate the progress on treating and preventing Aids
"01.08.2016 11:06:00" theguardian.com Thai poultry workers cry fowl amid claim they 'slept on floor next to 28,000 birds' | Kate Hodal Workers at farms supplying one of Thailand's largest chicken export firms say they suffered labour abuses including 22-hour shifts and the seizure of passports 'We were treated like slaves... I don't want anyone else to have to face the same ordeal.'
"31.07.2016 22:16:36" theguardian.com Hope for 'end of Aids' is disappearing, experts warn Those fighting epidemic say 2030 target is unrealistic as efforts to defeat it falter amid rising infection levels and drug resistance Experts warn the 2030 target to combat Aids 'unrealistic' as drugs begin to lose their power
"30.07.2016 10:37:03" theguardian.com Critical moment for family planning as funds come under pressure Ambitious initiative to offer contraception to women and girls in 69 countries risks being undermined if governments fail to allocate more money Countries with the lowest take-up of contraception will need to increase spending on family planning to meet targets
"29.07.2016 18:48:32" theguardian.com 'I begged them to kill me instead': women in South Sudan raped under nose of UN | Simona Foltyn Theresa was yards from a UN compound in Juba when soldiers raped her. She is among dozens of women who have suffered amid the chaos prevailing in South Sudan Theresa was yards from a UN compound in Juba when soldiers raped her.
"29.07.2016 12:12:14" theguardian.com 'I feel powerful and free. I want other girls in Zanzibar to feel that way' | Sita Hai Simai Travel by dhow around the archipelago off Tanzania can be dangerous, so I learned to swim – and decided to teach others 'We're told that swimming is for boys, not girls... Why should we drown while boys survive?'
"28.07.2016 11:11:58" Mica: the big cost for a little sparkle Mica is the little known mineral in lots of your stuff. It's used in cosmetics and luxury car paint, so demand is high. But some mica is supplied from illegal mines that use child labour
"27.07.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com UK not doing enough for conflict-stricken northern Nigeria, MPs warn Development committee says UK should fight corruption and improve education and employment prospects to tackle issues that led to rise of Boko Haram Gap between Nigeria's poor and conflict-stricken north and more prosperous south could widen, warns development committee
"27.07.2016 12:10:00" theguardian.com Ethiopia's safe houses offer more than shelter to violence survivors – in pictures Shelters in Addis Ababa offer a holistic approach in supporting women and girls who have been abused, which is key to helping their recovery, says a new report How a shelter in Addis Ababa protects and supports hundreds of women and girls each year
"27.07.2016 09:46:30" theguardian.com If companies profit by doing good, why aren't they all doing it? | Jonathan Glennie Doing the right thing can make money. But often cutting corners makes a profit, too, so development must approach the private sector with caution 'The reality is that business rules the world. It is more powerful than governments...'
"26.07.2016 19:30:00" theguardian.com Southern Africa appeals for billions to cope with El Niño devastation 15 southern African countries have asked for $2.8bn to help feed nearly 40 million people hit by one of the worst regional droughts in 35 years Southern African countries have asked for $2.8bn to help feed about 40 million people hit by drought
"26.07.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com Africa and the tech revolution: what's holding back the mobile continent? – podcast Clár Ní Chonghaile reports from the Africa technology business forum on the innovations that could transform life in the continent – and the hardware glitches holding them back Clár Ní Chonghaile reports from the Africa technology business forum on the innovations that could transform life in the continent – and the hardware glitches holding them back
"26.07.2016 12:09:09" theguardian.com Mangroves and incomes flourish as Sri Lanka's women promote conservation – in pictures A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women to start sustainable businesses as an alternative to cutting mangroves, and commits them to help replant degraded areas of the mangrove forests A new project in Sri Lanka offers training and loans to women as an alternative to cutting mangroves
"26.07.2016 09:34:53" theguardian.com Dirty water muddies future for Madagascar's children Contaminated drinking water has led to the country having one of the highest rates of stunting for under-fives, causing lasting physical and cognitive damage Why is contaminated drinking water causing lasting damage to children in Madagascar?
"25.07.2016 17:05:00" theguardian.com Surge in gold prices brings no change in fortune for Madagascar's miners Lack of investment and regulation means life is hard for the men, women and children panning for tiny fragments of gold along Madagascar's river beds Why life is hard for the men, women and children panning for tiny fragments of gold along Madagascar's river beds
"25.07.2016 12:15:00" theguardian.com 'The best solution? Move the Mauritanian capital': water on the rise in Nouakchott | Alex Duval Smith A prisoner of climate change, Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion that have been exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion - exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit
"25.07.2016 09:53:01" theguardian.com A toilet or safe drinking water? The stark choice facing many people in rural India | Priyanka Pulla India's ambitious sanitation drive has created a health hazard, with many toilets built cheek by jowl with family water supplies India's ambitious sanitation drive has created a health hazard, with many toilets built next to family water supplies
"24.07.2016 09:09:00" theguardian.com Only complacency can stop Nigeria – and Africa – from finally conquering polio | Oyewale Tomori It is two years since the last case of wild polio in Nigeria. Ensuring every child is vaccinated should free the entire continent of the disease inside a year 'In Nigeria, if we're diligent and careful, we may never see another child lose the use of their legs to polio.'
"22.07.2016 17:00:01" theguardian.com India should follow China to find a way out of the woods on saving forest people | Gaurav Madan While China has given more than 400 million people legal rights over forest land, vast swaths of forestry in India are being degraded, leaving locals without land Should India follow China's example on forest land rights?
"22.07.2016 13:30:00" theguardian.com Africa risks fresh debt crisis as levels of borrowing rise sharply, warns UN Heavy lending triggered by bold efforts to combat inequality and poverty could spell return to difficult era of late 80s and early 90s, says UN trade body Heavy lending triggered could spell return to difficult era of late 80s and early 90s, warns UN trade body
"22.07.2016 09:02:27" theguardian.com After Brexit, the UK still has a role to play in preventing conflict | Phil Vernon Britain is well placed to support and shepherd the UN's efforts to reassert peace-building as a central tenet of its work 'As the UK heads towards Brexit, it must not lose sight of its role in building peace.'
"21.07.2016 15:20:01" theguardian.com Peace, security and more peace: the priorities for the African Union | Mulugeta Gebrehiwot and Alex de Waal As levels of conflict rise in some parts of Africa, the AU needs to harness the organisation's traditional flair for prevention and mediation Does the African Union need to work on prevention and mediation?
"21.07.2016 12:31:50" theguardian.com Philippines' HIV dilemma: too young for a test but old enough for sex A ban on minors being tested for HIV is preventing the Philippines from tackling a surge in infections, particularly among young men Ban on minors being tested for HIV is preventing the Philippines from tackling a surge in infections
"20.07.2016 20:15:00" theguardian.com Elton John pledges millions to support LGBT people in Africa Singer links up with US Aids relief agency to create $10m fund that will issue grants and provide expertise to people living under homophobic regimes Singer links up with US Aids relief agency to create $10m fund to help people living under homophobic regime
"20.07.2016 18:00:00" theguardian.com The gender agenda: what has Obama done for women and girls? The White House development summit gives a chance to reflect on Obama's successes – and renew efforts to put women at the heart of eradicating poverty How will history judge Obama's legacy on the advancement of women and girls?
"20.07.2016 15:45:13" theguardian.com Swaziland turns to anti-retrovirals as safe sex message falls flat Aids is rampant in the kingdom where polygamy is common. But programmes to treat pregnant women and encourage men to get tested are slowly having an impact How is Swaziland fighting Aids?
"20.07.2016 09:14:08" theguardian.com Tax on junk food in Kerala leaves Indians with a bitter taste India has high rates of both obesity and malnutrition, yet critics say Kerala's fast food tax will do little for the health of the poorest citizens Will Kerala's fast food tax improve the health of citizens?
"19.07.2016 18:30:09" theguardian.com Zika emergency pushes women to challenge Brazil's abortion law Women's groups are set to challenge the law in the hope of making termination possible for women at risk of delivering a baby born with Zika-related defects Women's groups to challenge Brazil's abortion law for women at risk of delivering a baby born with Zika-related defects
"19.07.2016 15:00:00" theguardian.com Under the shadow of 'dirty' HIV, South African children offered a refuge Funded by Charlize Theron's foundation, Whizzkids offers young people information on safe sex and, for those with HIV, a place to escape stigma Charlize Theron's foundation Whizzkids offers young people a place to escape stigma
"19.07.2016 11:55:02" theguardian.com Violence, fear and looting grip South Sudan's capital Juba Clashes between government and opposition forces have killed hundreds, casting doubt over whether the transitional government can survive In Juba, clashes between government and opposition forces have killed hundreds
"19.07.2016 07:05:38" theguardian.com Racism an underlying cause of HIV epidemic, says Charlize Theron Actor, who grew up amid the Aids crisis in South Africa, says the virus has a racial stigma that people have been afraid to talk about 'HIV the virus doesn't know the difference between black skin and white skin and when we look at how it's so disproportionately affected people, we have to look at the racial issue.' - Charlize Theron
"18.07.2016 19:00:00" theguardian.com Women are on the frontline of making peace in Colombia last | Yifat Susskind and Stella Duque Realising the ceasefire's promise lies not in signing the peace deal but in the grassroots activism that women have been leading for years Grassroots activism is the key to realising the ceasefire's promise of peace in Colombia
"18.07.2016 12:26:34" theguardian.com A letter to Priti Patel, the new international development secretary Trade and business are far more important than aid for many poor communities, and DfID needs a role in building post-Brexit trade deals "Dear Priti Patel,
Welcome to one of the most important jobs in government..."
"18.07.2016 07:40:15" theguardian.com Escalation of Ebola crisis could have been avoided, says World Bank president Jim Yong Kim points finger at funding delay and hails launch of pandemic financing facility as opportunity to ensure past mistakes are not repeated Did funding delay escalate the Ebola crisis?
"17.07.2016 13:30:01" theguardian.com The international criminal court is vital to our fight against impunity in Africa The ICC may not be perfect, but never before has so much been done on the African continent to achieve accountability for the gravest crimes Why the international criminal court is necessary for achieving justice in Africa
"17.07.2016 08:55:48" theguardian.com It's not a wage gap, it's poverty – and the US needs a development agenda | Vikki Spruill The US ploughs billions into fighting global poverty yet ignores similar issues in its own backyard. Embracing the sustainable development goals could change that Poverty: why the US needs a development agenda
"15.07.2016 17:10:00" theguardian.com Preventable blindness in children on the rise in poorer countries Growing number of children surviving complicated births in low- and middle-income countries contributes to increased prevalence of eye problems The number of children suffering from preventable blindness is increasing - why are complicated births part of the problem?
"15.07.2016 12:24:58" theguardian.com Solar Sister lights entrepreneurial spirit to improve women's lives in Uganda | Alon Mwesigwa Women in the poorest parts of Uganda are reaping the personal and economic rewards of a scheme that trains them to sell clean energy sources How are women in the poorest parts of Uganda being trained to sell clean energy sources?
"15.07.2016 08:57:06" theguardian.com Foreign troops in Somalia struggle to keep al-Shabaab at bay African soldiers and European military trainers are attempting to ensure peace and enable the Somali army to fight its own battles African soldiers and European military trainers aim to enable the Somali army to fight its own battles
"14.07.2016 22:33:01" theguardian.com Liberia must pass land rights bill or risk jeopardising peace, campaigners warn Civil society groups want 2014 bill passed before August recess, claiming land grabs have 'turned citizens into refugees in their own country' Civil society groups demand 2014 bill is passed before August recess, claiming land grabs have 'turned citizens into refugees in their own country'
"14.07.2016 21:00:00" theguardian.com Dispute turns deadly as indigenous Brazilians try to 'retake' ancestral land | Bruce Douglas Farmers in Mato Grosso do Sul are responding with violence as Brazil's Guarani-Kaiowá community attempt to occupy land they regard as theirs by right Farmers in Brazil respond with violence as Brazil's Guarani-Kaiowá community attempt to occupy land they regard as theirs by right
"14.07.2016 15:30:31" theguardian.com El Salvador abortion law change could leave women facing 50 years in jail Rights groups condemn opposition proposal to put sentences for abortion on a par with penalty for aggravated murder with extreme cruelty Harsher laws considered for women in El Salvador
"14.07.2016 07:24:14" theguardian.com 'Fake calm' in Burundi as tension threatens return to violence Human rights experts paint chilling picture of state ruled by fear after a year of political instability, with peace talks expected to fail After more than a year of turmoil, Burundi still at risk of further instability, a British parliamentary committee hears
"13.07.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com Jogos Olímpicos do Rio: A vista das favelas – 'A violência aqui tornou-se banal' No nosso diário da vida na Maré antes das Olimpíadas, Thaís Cavalcante diz que a guerra contra as drogas tornou-se uma guerra contra os pobres No nosso diário da vida na Maré antes das Olimpíadas, Thaís Cavalcante diz que a guerra contra as drogas tornou-se uma guerra contra os pobres
"13.07.2016 15:40:00" theguardian.com Jogos Olímpicos do Rio: A vista das favelas – 'No Alemão, as mortes não são investigadas' No nosso diário da vida no Alemão antes das Olímpiadas, Daiene Mendes escreve sobre a violência, o crime e a verdade por trás da guerra contra as drogas no Brasil No nosso diário da vida no Alemão antes das Olímpiadas, Daiene Mendes escreve sobre a violência, o crime e a verdade por trás da guerra contra as drogas no Brasil
"13.07.2016 11:31:01" theguardian.com Jogos Olímpicos do Rio: A vista das favelas - 'A segregação no Rio é notória' No nosso diário da vida na Rocinha antes das Olimpíadas, Michel Silva reflete como o Rio se tornou numa cidade dividida, com favelas sendo frequentemente ignoradas em mapas oficiais No nosso diário da vida na Rocinha antes das Olimpíadas, Michel Silva reflete como o Rio se tornou numa cidade dividida, com favelas sendo frequentemente ignoradas em mapas oficiais
"13.07.2016 10:56:00" theguardian.com Coal India accused of bulldozing human rights amid production boom People evicted without compensation as India expands mining operations, says Amnesty International report Coal India slams Amnesty report on evictions to expand production as 'baseless canards'
"13.07.2016 10:36:36" theguardian.com Rio Olympics: benefit or burden for poor communities in Brazil? With favela residents complaining of forced evictions, police violence and waste, the jury is out on whether Rio is ready for another major sports event Last chance to submit a response for our latest Students Speak, this month on the Olympics
"13.07.2016 09:38:59" theguardian.com Cambodia's garment workers vulnerable to unsafe abortions Women in the garment industry – away from their homes and support networks – are inhibited from accessing healthcare, including abortion services Marta Kasztelan reports from Phnom Penh on the risks facing the many women who work in the clothes industry
"12.07.2016 12:03:22" theguardian.com Rio Olympics: view from the favelas – 'The segregation of Rio is notorious' In our diary of life in Rocinha before this year's Games, Michel Silva reflects on how Rio has become a divided city, with favelas often ignored on official maps And here's Michel Silva's diary from Rocinha
"12.07.2016 11:40:40" theguardian.com Rio Olympics: view from the favelas – 'Violence here has become trivialised' In our diary of life in Maré before this year's Games, Thaís Cavalcante says the war on drugs has become a war against the poor And here's the diary by Thaís Cavalcante in Maré
"12.07.2016 11:39:29" theguardian.com Rio Olympics: view from the favelas – 'In Alemão, deaths aren't investigated' In our diary of life in Alemão before this year's Games, Daiene Mendes writes about violence, crime and the truth behind Brazil's 'war on drugs' Read the latest diary entries from residents of Rio's favelas. Here's Daiene Mendes in Alemão
"12.07.2016 10:46:54" theguardian.com Myths surrounding population, and crisis in South Sudan Is the world over-populated or under-developed? We crunch the data. Plus, trash and treasure in Lixão do Jóquei – one of Brazil's largest landfills Keep on top of the latest development news and views with our fortnightly newsletter
"12.07.2016 08:42:04" theguardian.com Hunt for food drives South Sudanese back across border to Sudan Government in South Sudan appeals to its people to stay, as hunger and violence force many to return to Sudan only five years after independence Simona Foltyn reports from Kiir Adem on the crisis in South Sudan
"11.07.2016 14:01:02" theguardian.com Obama's development legacy rings hollow on farmers' rights The death of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía in Honduras shows that to attain global food security, the US needs to focus on defending rights as much as agriculture The US food security act: good on buzzwords, silent on human rights?
"09.07.2016 13:06:22" theguardian.com Wounded in spirit, South Sudan's people need the salve of mutual forgiveness | Eduardo Hiiboro... The violence that broke out in Wau recently showed just how far South Sudan has to go to reconcile its deep-rooted political and ethnic divisions Five years after independence, South Sudan still has a way to go to reconcile political and ethnic divisions
"08.07.2016 16:20:00" theguardian.com Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study Overseas Development Institute identifies reduced trade, fall in value of aid money and declining growth among factors that could hit poor countries Will reduced trade and fall in value of aid money hit poor countries?
"08.07.2016 12:30:01" theguardian.com Seed scheme offers kernel of hope for Central African Republic – gallery The World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation are collaborating on a scheme to reinvigorate food production in Central African Republic, where prolonged conflict has undermined food security Three years of conflict have devastated food production in Central African Republic, leaving 2.5 million people in need of aid. A new programme aims to help farmers rebuild their lives.
"08.07.2016 09:39:12" theguardian.com 'How can a girl become a taxi driver?': defying India's caste and gender taboos Young women are challenging traditional roles to train as taxi drivers, part of a programme to empower children from marginalised families Girls are challenging traditional roles to train as taxi drivers
"07.07.2016 19:15:00" theguardian.com UK government pledges £100m to help world's poorest girls make the grade Funds to be channeled towards improving opportunities for marginalised girls as UK backs global push for universal primary and secondary education by 2030 More opportunities for marginalised girls as UK backs global push for universal primary and secondary education
"07.07.2016 17:15:01" theguardian.com Mental health experts in Sierra Leone aim to pluck out heart of Ebola mystery | Ryan Lenora Brown Counsellors in Sierra Leone are drawing on their experience of the country's civil war to offer emotional and pyschological support to those affected by Ebola Counsellors in Sierra Leone offer emotional and pyschological support to those affected by Ebola
"07.07.2016 13:45:00" theguardian.com Climate change plagues Madagascar's poor: 'The water rose so fast' Severe droughts and floods have had a devastating impact on the island's rural poor, who are reliant on small-scale farming or fishing Severe droughts and floods have had a devastating impact on Madagascar's small-scale farming or fishing
"07.07.2016 09:11:56" theguardian.com Less aid money, less influence: Brexit's likely hit to the UK's development role The pound's precipitous fall has already sliced into the aid budget, and the vote to leave the EU could signal a more inward-looking agenda How will Brexit hit development?
"06.07.2016 16:33:00" theguardian.com Guardian global development A huge open landfill in Brazil is scheduled to close this year - but what will happen to the hundreds of people who make a dangerous living scavenging amid the rubbish?
"06.07.2016 12:15:00" theguardian.com Deluge turns to dearth for Bangladesh as age-old water woes take new form | Emma Graham-Harrison... For centuries, the region has been shaped by its struggles with water. But where floods and cyclones once threatened, the menace now is a lack of water Where floods and cyclones once threatened, the menace in Bangladesh now is a lack of water
"06.07.2016 09:10:35" theguardian.com Why is the rape crisis in rural India passing under the radar? | Priya Virmani Rape is far more prevalent in India's towns and villages than in cities. Why did it take a media outcry for police in Kerala to investigate Jisha's rape and murder? Why did it take a media outcry for police in Kerala to investigate Jisha's rape and murder?
"05.07.2016 17:05:01" theguardian.com In Brazil, women are fighting against the sexist impeachment of Dilma Rousseff | Ani Hao Feminists who were on opposing sides are uniting to support the ousted first female president and protest against growing attacks on women's rights Feminists are uniting to support the ousted first female president and protest against attacks on women's rights
"05.07.2016 15:55:00" theguardian.com A new financial bond is helping us get more girls into schools in India A pioneering method of financing education, with returns based on results, aims to tackle the deep-seated inequality faced by millions of girls Pioneering method of financing education aims to tackle the inequality faced by millions of girls
"05.07.2016 11:37:17" theguardian.com Violence erupts again in South Sudan as faith in peace deal flounders Dozens are killed and more than 70,000 displaced as horrific attacks on civilians in Wau, in the country's north-west, cast fresh doubts on the peace process Dozens killed and more than 70,000 displaced as horrific attacks on civilians cast fresh doubts on the peace process
"04.07.2016 18:32:00" theguardian.com Aid convoy in Central African Republic finds chaos, hunger and little hope As violent clashes in north-west CAR continue to drive people from their homes, disease is rife, hunger 'staggeringly high', and delivering aid a challenge Violent clashes in north-west CAR continue to drive people from their homes, disease is rife, hunger 'staggeringly high', and delivering aid a challenge
"04.07.2016 16:33:00" theguardian.com Working together, we have a real chance to make global education a reality | Erna Solberg World leaders tasked with exploring education funding have a clear message for the UN secretary general: to put schooling first is to put society first World leaders have a clear message for the UN secretary general: to put schooling first is to put society first
"04.07.2016 14:10:00" theguardian.com Myanmar can draw inspiration from Mandela as it seeks to heal internal rifts | Adama Dieng As Myanmar looks to reconcile the differences between its Buddhist majority and Rohingya Muslim minority, it could do worse than follow Nelson Mandela's lead As Myanmar looks to reconcile the differences between its Buddhist majority and Rohingya Muslim minority, it could do worse than follow Nelson Mandela's lead
"04.07.2016 11:45:05" theguardian.com It takes a village: the Malawi school Guardian readers helped build Thirteen years ago, readers raised £20,000 to give children living in rural Malawi an education – and the chance of a better life. What happened next? Thirteen years ago, Guardian readers raised £20,000 to give children living in rural Malawi an education. So what happened next?
"28.06.2016 17:03:36" theguardian.com Over-populated or under-developed? The real story of population growth The world population looks set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, but what's behind the big numbers? We look at the complex demographic shifts in play Global population is predicted to climb steadily according to forecasters. But there is more to the population story than unprecedented numbers. Here is what the data shows beyond top line projections.
"24.06.2016 14:02:18" theguardian.com 'Don't be a slutty apple': your experiences of sex education Making informed decisions about sex is vital for young people yet, in many countries, sex education is confusing, limited or even overlooked altogether What kind of sex education did you receive in the classroom? Readers share their views..
"20.06.2016 14:12:16" theguardian.com One in every 113 people forced to flee, says UN refugee agency As number of people driven from home exceeds 60 million for first time, UN refugee agency sounds alarm over failure of nations to find collective solutions 24 people are being displaced every minute, according to UNHCR's latest report
"16.06.2016 13:59:36" theguardian.com As an internationalist I'm voting to stay in the EU | Jonathan Glennie Deeper integration between countries is crucial for development and poverty reduction. Brexit would undermine the EU, and ignores the bigger picture What might Brexit mean for the rest of the world?
"15.06.2016 13:14:18" theguardian.com Let's talk about sex: why do we need good sex education? – podcast With so many misconceptions and taboos around sex, Liz Ford looks at why effective education is more important than ever There are 1.8 billion people aged 10 to 24 today, but how many of those are getting comprehensive sexuality education? And why, in 2016, are there still so many taboos around sex?
"03.06.2016 16:31:43" theguardian.com Hope of belated justice for Pakistani woman gang-raped as a punishment Review of case of Mukhtar Mai, who was assaulted at behest of village council before high court acquitted attackers, could end 14-year struggle for justice “If any girl was in my situation, I would tell her that getting justice is very difficult. But we, as women, should still keep raising our voices. These court systems will have to change."
"02.06.2016 21:00:01" theguardian.com Identity crisis: India's trans community loth to embrace third-gender status | Laura Rena Murray A continued lack of acceptance and opportunity means India's hijras are often reluctant to take advantage of a 2014 law permitting a formal change of identity 'For 4,000 years, Indians have recognised people who don't identify as either male or female as hijras. According to 2011 census data, almost half a million Indians identified as hijra. Advocates say the numbers are likely to be much higher.'
"01.06.2016 14:13:31" theguardian.com Let us play: skipping, toys and sand, amid war and disease – in pictures On International Children's Day we celebrate the resilience of children and their ability to keep on playing and having fun despite the difficulties they face On International Children's Day we celebrate the resilience of children and their ability to keep on playing and having fun despite the difficulties they face. Photos via Tearfund
"27.05.2016 21:00:01" theguardian.com 'It's like Florence Nightingale's time': South Sudan's public services collapse From candlelit births to a lack of power and basic supplies, the desperate plight of South Sudan's largest public hospital is symptomatic of a countrywide crisis "Doctors ask families to bring their own fuel to run generators during surgeries" The dire state of hospitals in South Sudan
"26.05.2016 16:55:29" theguardian.com The Last Face isn't the first aid drama to leave us needing emergency assistance | Sam Jones Hollywood and humanitarianism have long been strange bedfellows. After the caustic reaction to Sean Penn's The Last Face at Cannes last week, we run the rule over a selection of other movies that made a drama out of a crisis Humanitarianism on the big screen: "Hollywood's track record when it comes to nuanced depictions of development, humanitarian crises, poverty and war is, to put it kindly, mixed"
"21.05.2016 11:00:00" theguardian.com 'I just got trapped': Nepal tries to expand girls' horizons beyond marriage Child marriage in Nepal is denying girls education and the country a boost in GDP, but the government is slowly challenging the status quo 'Sajita Tamang was 14 when she got married. She says love had nothing to do with it.'
"20.05.2016 22:00:00" theguardian.com Silence far from golden for child labourers in the mines of Uganda Official records deny its very existence, but the grim reality is that gold unearthed by children working in Ugandan mines is flowing freely into the global market Official records deny its very existence, but the grim reality is that gold unearthed by children working in Ugandan mines is flowing freely into the global market.
"20.05.2016 16:35:53" theguardian.com Humanitarian aid quiz: are you good in a crisis? Reckon you could teach world humanitarian summit delegates a thing or two about aid? Take our quiz and find out if you're a wizard on human welfare Which country gives the most humanitarian aid? And which hosts the most refugees? Take our quiz.
"19.05.2016 10:28:25" theguardian.com Central African Republic's children dream of education – and peace Reconciliation, hope and forgiveness are key subjects in CAR as teachers attempt to instil in their pupils the value of knowledge in a violent country "In a country brought to its knees by three years of inter-ethnic and religious violence, where communities still live apart, and where any loud metallic noise makes people jump and wonder if the killing has started again, these children know that
"18.05.2016 16:46:01" theguardian.com India set to start massive project to divert Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers Ambitious scheme to channel water from regions with a surplus to drought-prone areas could begin in days, but Bangladesh has raised concerns India is set to start work on a massive, unprecedented river diversion programme, which will channel water away from the north and west of the country to drought-prone areas in the east and south.
"16.05.2016 16:57:38" Why do women still die in childbirth from preventable causes? Actor Emily Watson explains
"16.05.2016 09:46:44" theguardian.com Why do women still die in childbirth, asks Emily Watson – video Imagine having a baby with no midwives, doctors or medicines nearby. Each year, more than 300,000 women die after complications in pregnancy and childbirth Each year, more than 300,000 women die after complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable. Actor Emily Watson tells us why.
"12.05.2016 10:48:53" theguardian.com 'The Central African Republic must be built from scratch' As François Hollande heads to CAR this week, he will find a country divided by religion and where violence among its people is horrifyingly normal 'The Gbaya Ndombia maternity clinic in Bangui epitomises the ambiguity that characterises life in Central African Republic: this launchpad for new life doubles as a trauma centre for gunshot and grenade injuries.'
"11.05.2016 10:43:10" theguardian.com Finish line far out of sight in Nigeria's race to beat corruption | Oluseun Onigbinde President Muhammadu Buhari needs to send the elite the message that withholding information is as corrupt as stealing money "Enshrining transparency across the board is the only way to send Nigeria's elite the clear message that withholding information is just as corrupt as stealing money."
"10.05.2016 17:15:55" theguardian.com 'How can I get help if I can't leave the room?': older people left out in a crisis Researchers surveying people aged over 60 in Lebanon, South Sudan, and Ukraine found that the majority weren't aware of available support 80-year-old Warda in Lebanon: “I know that humanitarian aid might be helping, but only for those who can go and get it. How am I supposed to get this help if I can't even leave the room?”
"08.05.2016 20:57:53" theguardian.com Gaziantep: home to Isis killers, sex traders… and a quest to rebuild Syria The Turkish city hosts the HQ of Tamkeen, a UK-backed aid agency reintroducing democracy to a country ravaged by civil war "It is a bloody, unfathomable mess. And the ceasefire that brought a little respite has now broken. Yet Khatib, quick to smile, and keen to talk to about the wonder of Palmyra before the war, does, miraculously, hold out some hope."
"06.05.2016 17:05:00" theguardian.com Gambian migrants who risk death find life less than sweet in Italy | Louise Hunt In the Gambia, Europe holds the promise of jobs and hope. But for many of those who reach Italy's shores, the reality is very different Europe holds the promise of jobs and hope. But for many of those who reach Italy's shores, the reality is very different
"06.05.2016 11:45:07" theguardian.com When will the UK stand up to save education from bullets and bombs? | Martin Bell Some 462 million children live in countries in crisis, their schools often under attack. Yet the UK has not signed the safe schools declaration 462 million children live in countries in crisis, their schools often under attack or destroyed - but the UK has not signed the safe schools declaration
"05.05.2016 15:30:01" theguardian.com Heartbreak and hardship for women in Brazil as Zika crisis casts deep shadow | Sarah Boseley When her son was born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, Aline became the latest mother thrust into an interminable cycle of care and rehabilitation When her son was born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, Aline became the latest mother thrust into an endless cycle of care and rehabilitation
"05.05.2016 14:10:02" theguardian.com Animals die as Cambodia is gripped by worst drought in decades Schools face water shortages and government says entire nation is affected as rainy season is forecast to be delayed by months Cambodia government says entire nation is affected as rainy season is forecast to be delayed by months
"05.05.2016 09:30:14" theguardian.com How do we make life better for people living as refugees for generations? | Laurie Lee Humanitarian funding increasingly has to be about meeting long-term needs. How do we make sure lives are not put on hold? How do we make sure lives are not put on hold?
"04.05.2016 13:34:57" theguardian.com Life for the Baka Pygmies of Central African Republic In the Dzanga-Sangha forest, Baka Pygmies are struggling to maintain their traditional way of life in the face of logging, poaching and a lack of healthcare Susan Schulman's latest photo essay captures daily life for the Baka Pygmies of Central African Republic, and the threats they face from logging, poaching and lack of healthcare
"29.04.2016 13:16:46" theguardian.com Five steps to put young people at the heart of development | Carla Kweifio-Okai Responding to the needs of the world's 3.5 billion young people will be vital in achieving the global goals. How do we get them more involved in policy-making? 'Don't make us your tokens' - Young campaigners share their views
"25.04.2016 10:55:39" theguardian.com Where is the riskiest place to live? The world risk index reveals which countries are most at risk from rising sea levels and the increasing frequency of floods, droughts and storms Where is the riskiest place to live?
"22.04.2016 13:00:00" theguardian.com US and EU conservation funds failing to protect trees or people, claims report Up to $500m spent by donors on protecting rainforest in the Congo basin has failed to prevent destructive developments, says the Rainforest Foundation Up to $500m spent by the US, EU and other donors to protect the world's second largest swath of rainforest has failed – for the trees, the animals and the people who live among them – a major study has found.
"22.04.2016 10:06:31" theguardian.com 'Students are fainting': the heavy toll of drought in southern Africa | Lucy Lamble In southern Malawi and Zimbabwe, a disastrous drought is overwhelming communities, forcing families to rely on meals of leaves and watermelon soup “The majority of these kids go hungry the whole day. If at all, they are going to get a meal at night – they will be very lucky to do so.”
"20.04.2016 11:19:31" theguardian.com Inside Colombia's City of Women – podcast Kary Stewart meets women who suffered rape, murder and violence during Colombia's years of conflict, who came together and built their own community In our latest podcast, meet the women who built their own city as a safe haven from Colombia's violence
"19.04.2016 14:15:34" theguardian.com To win the war on drugs, stop brutalising farmers who grow them | Pien Metaal Reform of drug policy is essential to protect the rights of cultivating communities, and ensure they make a living from their land "Why then do farmers persist in growing forbidden crops? Cultivation is often tied to traditional, ceremonial and medicinal practices. In other cases, there simply is not much choice. The alternative is poverty."
"15.04.2016 13:10:54" theguardian.com Guardian global development Fear of infection during the Ebola outbreak deterred many women from attending free clinics introduced in 2010 to tackle high maternal mortality rates in the country. They are now slowly returning. (Photos by Kate Holt)
"13.04.2016 22:00:00" theguardian.com Migrant workers forced out of 'family zones' in Qatar – video Recent footage shows men who appear to be south Asian escorted from a busy square and a bustling park deemed 'family zones' Migrants, mostly from south Asia, make up 94% of Qatar's workforce. But they face daily segregation from Qataris in Doha.
"13.04.2016 12:16:57" theguardian.com Balfour Beatty and Interserve accused of migrant worker labour abuses in Qatar UK construction firms defend working practices in response to claims of reduced wages and withholding of labourers' passports Exclusive: Balfour Beatty and Interserve, two of the UK's largest construction companies, have been accused of a raft of labour abuses by migrant workers employed on large-scale projects operated by companies that the firms co-own in Qatar.
"12.04.2016 14:23:38" theguardian.com Soaring numbers of children used in Boko Haram suicide attacks, says Unicef Across north-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries, 44 children were used in suicide attacks in 2015, three-quarters of them girls The number of children used in suicide attacks by Boko Haram has soared 11-fold over the past year, with more than three-quarters of bombings now carried out by girls, according to a UNICEF report.
"12.04.2016 11:14:53" theguardian.com We street children need a legal identity. It's a basic human right | Usha Elumalai I am a pavement dweller from Chennai. Today, on International Day for Street Children, I want governments to ensure all children have an ID "I am a third generation pavement dweller – my grandparents lived with us on the street in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, until they passed away two years ago. Now, I live with my parents and one of my two sisters. We don't have a real
"11.04.2016 15:24:07" theguardian.com The shameful history disturbing Peru's elections – video Women smeared with red paint joined protests in the Peruvian capital, Lima, this week, to highlight the forced sterilisation of 300,000 Peruvians – mostly poor, indigenous women – in the 1990s "We are the daughters of the indigenous you couldn't sterilise." That was the chant from women on the streets of Lima last week, highlighting the forced sterilisation of at least 300,000 Peruvians in the 1990s.
The abuses were overseen by former
"08.04.2016 14:19:21" theguardian.com Guardian global development Would you elect the daughter of a president who had 300,000 women forcibly sterilised? Women in Peru say no
"07.04.2016 16:35:28" theguardian.com Illegal gold mining drives human rights abuses in Latin America, claims study Illicit gold trade has led to displacement, people trafficking, sexual exploitation and child labour, says Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime Illegally mined gold has overtaken cocaine to become Peru and Colombia's most lucrative illicit export.
"07.04.2016 15:18:55" theguardian.com Students Speak: urbanisation is one of the greatest challenges to health We asked, you answered. For World Health Day, students shared their views on the biggest health crises facing the world What are some of the biggest health issues facing the world today? On #WorldHealthDay, students share their views.
"07.04.2016 10:13:30" theguardian.com Leaving women out of development statistics just doesn't add up | Mayra Buvinic and Ruth Levine The information we rely on to make policy fails to reflect the reality of the lives of women and girls "We have a sexist data crisis: information we depend on to make social and economic policy, and to monitor progress, is unable to reflect the reality of the lives of women and girls."
"01.04.2016 10:46:39" theguardian.com Outsourcing pregnancy: a visit to India's surrogacy clinics | Julie Bindel Julie Bindel, a strident opponent of surrogacy, travelled to India to find out more about a practice worth an estimated £690m a year on the subcontinent "Commercial surrogacy is illegal in many countries, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain among them. In India, though, the industry – built on sex, race and class supremacy – is not only legal but estimated to be worth more than $1bn (£690m) a year."
"31.03.2016 14:46:47" theguardian.com Egyptian feminist leader Mozn Hassan resolute in face of official investigation Nazra for Feminist Studies head receives widespread support over claims NGO is illegal as crackdown on Egyptian civil society is condemned “Other people will carry on the work. I know it’s my choice. I have this passion about feminism in my country." - Egyptian women's rights campaigner Mozn Hassan
"30.03.2016 14:01:19" theguardian.com Rio Olympics: view from the favelas – 'Tour operators treat favelas like zoos' | Michel Silva In diary entries on life in Rocinha ahead of the Games, Michel Silva talks about his community’s struggles with landslides, paramilitary police and homophobia "Tour operators treat favelas like zoos" - The latest installment from Rio residents in the lead up to the Olympics
"30.03.2016 11:05:26" theguardian.com Where drought is the new normal: El Niño worsens food shortages in Malawi and Zimbabwe – podcast Lucy Lamble reports from Malawi and Zimbabwe on the recurring droughts, exacerbated by an unusually strong El Niño, that are causing a severe lack of food Throughout southern Africa, droughts are happening with increasing regularity, exacerbated by the El Niño conditions that started in mid-2015. Lucy Lamble reports from Malawi and Zimbabwe on a crisis that goes far beyond failed harvests and dying
"28.03.2016 23:55:00" theguardian.com Malawi looks to drones to bolster healthcare in remote communities | Hannah McNeish Malawi has joined forces with Unicef to explore whether drones could be used to accelerate the testing and diagnosis of HIV in infants Could drones transport medical tests and blood samples?
"28.03.2016 20:01:01" theguardian.com Dresses to degrees: university opens its doors to Bangladesh garment workers | Sarah Lazarus A new scheme offers free degree courses at the Asian University for Women to improve the prospects for workers in Bangladesh’s clothing factories Free degrees: courses at the Asian University for Women to educate talented workers
"28.03.2016 06:49:00" theguardian.com From Peru to Kosovo, female MPs take aim at violence against women in politics National Democratic Institute’s #NotTheCost campaign calls for indicators on prevalence of threats and abuse, and support for those affected #NotTheCost campaign calls for indicators on prevalence of threats and abuse, and support for those affected
"27.03.2016 03:48:00" theguardian.com New drugs could ease Myanmar's crippling tuberculosis burden | Katie Arnold Resistance to traditional tuberculosis treatment means some patients have to take a cocktail of toxic drugs. A trial in Myanmar is hoping to change that Resistance to traditional tuberculosis treatment means some patients have to take a cocktail of toxic drugs. A trial in Myanmar is hoping to change that
"26.03.2016 21:46:00" theguardian.com Guardian global development Fight is on to safeguard Bhutan's holistic approach to prosperity
"26.03.2016 15:33:54" theguardian.com How do we end inequality? Women's rights activists speak out | Liz Ford Six months after world leaders agreed the sustainable development agenda, we ask activists at the Commission on the Status of Women how to meet the goals How can we meet goals to end inequality?
"25.03.2016 13:46:00" theguardian.com World leaders accused of backtracking on gender equality commitments Final negotiations at Commission on the Status of Women punctuated by claims some governments are trying to dilute finance for equality and sexual pledges Final negotiations at Commission on the Status of Women punctuated by claims some governments are trying to dilute finance for equality and sexual pledges
"25.03.2016 09:34:00" theguardian.com Students Speak: what's the biggest health crisis facing the world? With type 2 diabetes on the rise, should poorer countries refocus on treating lifestyle diseases? Or do we need to end Aids, TB and malaria first? With type 2 diabetes on the rise, should poorer countries focus on treating lifestyle diseases over Aids, TB and malaria?
"24.03.2016 14:09:13" Bolivia's female wrestlers in the ring Cholitas were once seen as second-class citizens in Bolivia. But these indigenous women have now earned acceptance and respect, thanks largely to their colourful wrestling performances
"23.03.2016 22:05:02" theguardian.com When will the UN be held to account for failing to protect civilians? | Hannah Bryce Without robust mechanisms to examine failures within its peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and elsewhere, the UN is in danger of losing legitimacy Is the UN in danger of losing legitimacy?
"23.03.2016 19:29:16" theguardian.com Women's football in Burundi offers hope to a shattered nation | Jessica Hatcher Marriage can wait, says Sakina Saidi, star striker for league winners Fofila, as football offers women in Burundi a way to earn respect – and hard cash Marriage can wait, says star striker Sakina Saidi, as football offers Burundi women hard cash
"23.03.2016 10:22:21" theguardian.com Students Speak: what's the biggest health crisis facing the world? With type 2 diabetes on the rise, should poorer countries refocus on treating lifestyle diseases? Or do we need to end Aids, TB and malaria first? Should poorer countries refocus on treating lifestyle diseases? Or do we need to end Aids, TB and malaria first?
"22.03.2016 19:30:01" theguardian.com If we want drinking water for everyone, we're going to have to pay for it | Kevin Rudd Nobody’s keen to fund faecal sludge management; that’s why we need public-private partnerships to pay for our water and waste disposal Why public-private partnerships are needed to pay for our water and waste disposal
"22.03.2016 11:55:44" theguardian.com World Water Day quiz – are you a fount of wisdom? Access to water is a basic human right, but roughly one in 10 people globally are without a safe source. To mark World Water Day, try our quiz Are you an aquaphile or an aquaphobe?
"22.03.2016 02:00:01" theguardian.com Almost half the world cooking as if it were the stone age, WHO warns Smoke from cookstoves among range of environmental factors driving rise in costly non-communicable diseases in poor countries, says Dr Maria Neira Smoke from cookstoves is one environmental factor driving rise in non-communicable diseases in poor countries
"21.03.2016 22:42:01" theguardian.com To end HIV in drug users, stop chasing the dream of a drug-free world | Susie McLean Why does ‘harm reduction’ continue to be such a problem for global drug policy when it’s a proven way of reducing cases of HIV? Why does ‘harm reduction’ continue to be such a problem for global drug policy when it’s a proven way of reducing cases of HIV?
"21.03.2016 20:40:01" theguardian.com Electrifying India: the day rural Hotasar finally saw the light | Vidhi Doshi Celebrations and plans to buy washing machines greeted the arrival of power in Hotasar, Rajasthan, as India’s ambitious electrification plan gathers pace Celebrations and plans to buy washing machines greeted the arrival of power in Hotasar, Rajasthan, as India’s ambitious electrification plan gathers pace
"21.03.2016 15:22:52" theguardian.com 'Living in hell': mentally ill people in Indonesia chained and confined Lack of mental health care and community support leaves nearly 19,000 Indonesians vulnerable to outlawed practice, finds Human Rights Watch Almost 40 years after Indonesia banned the practice of shackling people with mental health conditions, nearly 19,000 are still living in chains, says Human Rights Watch
"15.03.2016 17:00:00" theguardian.com Voices from Syria: 'This camp is a paradise compared to life back home' Syrians reflect on what they miss most about their lives before the conflict began while a teacher, midwife and psycho-social worker share how they are helping refugees "I used to give charity to my poor neighbours back home; now we are the ones in need." Syrians speak in their own words about five years of conflict and what they miss most.
"15.03.2016 15:07:19" theguardian.com UN Women's head: 'Historic shift' needed to find concrete ways to end gender inequality At Commission on the Status of Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says focus should be on how to empower women, not reopening old debates Ban Ki-moon on the fact that globally there are still five countries with no women in parliament and seven countries with no women in the cabinet:
“I am not going to disclose the names of the countries today but I am urging them: they know who you are. I
"11.03.2016 14:26:27" theguardian.com On Ghana's cocoa farms, Fairtrade is not yet working for women | Roy Maconachie and Elizabeth Fortin Women – often landless and responsible for feeding and looking after their families – are missing out on the benefits that come with Fairtrade certification Women carry out an estimated 70% of agricultural work in sub-Saharan Africa, but only 24% of the farmers in Fairtrade-certified small producer organisations are women.
"09.03.2016 17:15:48" theguardian.com Development needs business but we must be free to criticise | Jonathan Glennie The development sector needs to get over its reluctance to work with the private sector. After all, NGOs work with some pretty dubious governments Why are NGOs so scared to partner with the private sector?
"Decisions about who to work with will often be controversial, and different people will make different calls based on their red lines, incentives and principles. But it is stuck in the past to
"09.03.2016 11:03:09" theguardian.com Contraception and family planning around the world – interactive Where has the highest rate of male sterilisation? How many people in sub-Saharan Africa are on the pill? Explore a world of contraception data A record number of women now use contraception around the world. With our interactive, look back at nearly 50 years of data to explore how the use of contraception has changed from country to country.
"08.03.2016 12:18:03" theguardian.com International Women's Day 2016 – live! Join us for live coverage as people around the world mark IWD2016. Plus we’re asking: “What does equality mean to you?” It's #InternationalWomensDay, when the world celebrates the achievements of women while recognising the inequalities that still exist. Follow our live blog for all the updates. #IWD2016
"01.03.2016 12:42:51" theguardian.com Women seek islands of refuge in Papua New Guinea's sea of violence | Helen Davidson For women in Papua New Guinea, violence at home is horribly normal. Local charities are trying to provide shelters in the absence of government support Papua New Guinea – where an epidemic of domestic violence makes it one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman or girl
"29.02.2016 12:41:06" theguardian.com El Niño hits Fairtrade: 'It went from -4C to 25C in a week, ruining our crops' | Murithi Mutiga... The Fairtrade system benefits 1.5 million farmers and workers, but many are struggling to feed their own families “It’s a tragic irony that so many of the people we rely on three times a day, from breakfast to dinner, should be going hungry themselves in the 21st century." #FairtradeFortnight
"26.02.2016 15:52:12" theguardian.com Where free expression is a tweet dream: readers share stories of incivil societies We asked for your experiences of civil society crackdowns. From a harsh new law in Uganda to Turkey’s draconian social media policing, this is what you said "Any tweet makes me fear that the next doorbell ring is the police."
Readers share their experiences of freedom of speech under threat.
"25.02.2016 16:03:59" theguardian.com Democracy in African countries: five myths explored Is Africa an undemocratic continent ruled by autocratic old men who pay lip service to the wishes of the people who elected them? 'Democracy is not spreading across Africa' and other myths..
"24.02.2016 10:15:27" theguardian.com Africa's Big Men can deliver but they must know when to go | Charles Onyango-Obbo Elections in African countries can be troublesome things, but when the same leader has been in power for more than 25 years, citizens should start to worry "While some long-term leaders have delivered decent development results, one danger is almost a given: the longer they stay beyond 25 years, the higher the risk that their countries will implode when they leave."
"22.02.2016 17:33:05" theguardian.com Sami reindeer herders battle conservationists and miners to cling on to Arctic culture Wolves, lynx and -30C temperatures they can handle, but now northern Norway’s indigenous people are up against government, industry, the military and even conservationists "We are struggling to keep our culture. We are told we must adjust to changing times, but we say the government and business should change what they do.”
"19.02.2016 14:23:54" theguardian.com 'Tree man’ Abul Bajandar set for life-changing surgery in Bangladesh – video Abul Bajandar thought the strange growths on his hands and feet were moles, but they grew into terrifying warts that prevented him from working and left him begging on the streets to survive and look after his family. After trying traditional remedies, Bangladeshi man Abul Bajandar suffers from a rare condition that causes strange growths on his hands and feet, resembling tree branches and bark. But now surgery is offering him hope.
"16.02.2016 17:12:18" theguardian.com Ugandan elections: what you need to know The people of Uganda prepare to vote on Thursday, but could either of the leading opposition candidates end President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year rule? #UgandaDecides: Could this be the end of Museveni’s 30-year rule?
"15.02.2016 17:41:20" theguardian.com Are you affected by crackdowns on civil society in your country? NGOs and civil society groups are under threat in parts of the world from moves by governments to interfere in campaigns and aid efforts Is civil society under threat where you live? We'd like to hear from human rights organisations facing government crackdowns. Share your experiences with us, you can remain anonymous if you wish.
"15.02.2016 16:28:15" theguardian.com Behind closed doors: mobilising Lebanon's migrant maids Lebanon’s first domestic workers’ union faces big challenges, not least how to recruit members when many are not allowed to leave their employers’ homes Gemma Justo, general secretary of Lebanon’s first domestic workers union, has a big problem. How can she start mobilising and organising the country’s 250,000 migrant domestic workers, many of whom suffer abuse from their employers, when so few are not
"12.02.2016 15:46:41" theguardian.com Magic, militias and rare redemption: reintegrating CAR's child soldiers | Clár Ní Chonghaile When a boy in Central African Republic fell under the spell of a militia leader supposedly endowed with magical powers, he felt invincible. With his mentor’s death, he realised he had wasted four years – but a rehabilitation programme is helping him, Life as a child soldier in Central African Republic:
“Initially, the idea is to defend your community, then you move to doing small things like manning roadblocks, delivering messages, then gradually you become involved in learning how to use weapon
"12.02.2016 12:30:28" theguardian.com El Salvador's Zika crisis compounded by failings of state, violence and machismo Virus-infected women in the Central American country face the world’s harshest abortion law, little sex education, and prevalent gang and sexual violence In El Salvador, the Zika challenge is exacerbated by tottering public institutions, high rates of sexual violence, inadequate sex education and a backdrop of violence and gang warfare which are undermining efforts to control the outbreak.
"11.02.2016 18:02:14" theguardian.com Dusk to dawn: Nepal's water crisis adds heartache to earthquake – video When Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake last April, Sita Giri and her husband Ram Krishna were at home. Ram Krishna broke his back, and now the family must raise their baby against the backdrop of an ongoing water crisis Survivors of the Nepal quake are now faced with a new crisis — limited access to water.
"10.02.2016 17:10:49" theguardian.com Miners, tea pickers, brides: these children are slaves, not labourers | Aidan McQuade Child labour is, unhappily, sometimes the best option available for very poor families. Yet when children are enslaved, no one cares for their best interests "The struggle to eradicate child slavery will be long and difficult. It shouldn’t be made harder by being overlooked every time it is encountered."
"08.02.2016 11:24:23" theguardian.com Peru sex worker's campaign trail: 'I'll put order in the big brothel that is congress' | Dan Collyns Activist and sex worker Angela Villón is running for congress in Peru’s elections in April, hoping to fight trafficking and the sexual exploitation of underage girls Meet Angela Villón, the first sex worker to run for congress in Peru. "I earned a masters on the street, a doctorate of experience. No one needs to tell me what it’s like to be hungry, to be poor, to be in need."
"06.02.2016 10:00:00" Timeline Photos What the world's women pack in their maternity bags – in pictures http://ow.ly/XZXlm
"05.02.2016 17:46:57" theguardian.com 'I paid the price, I own your son': Indian brides fight back in anti-dowry films | Amrit Dhillon Dowries, though illegal, are still widespread in India. Two public information films ridiculing the practice aim to address dated attitudes to women Across India, a collective gasp can be heard rippling through the audience in cinemas these days. It comes when a bride is seen telling her in-laws where to get off and tartly reminding them that, by paying a dowry on her marriage, she has effectivel
"01.02.2016 17:30:00" theguardian.com 'Before he beat us every day, but now it is less': domestic violence in South Sudan | Nadene Ghouri Gender violence is rife in Warrap state, where girls can be married off for 150 cows and it is considered a sin for men to do chores. Will an experimental programme of group discussions change anything? Gender violence is rife in Warrap state - will an experimental programme of group discussions change anything?
"01.02.2016 12:17:54" theguardian.com Weddings from hell: the Cambodian brides trafficked to China | Alice Cuddy and Neil Loughlin Cambodian women who escape a life of abuse, sexual assault and domestic servitude in China are often treated as outcasts when they return home Cambodian women who escape a life of abuse and sexual assault are often treated as outcasts when they return home
"29.01.2016 15:34:56" Zika virus: 'I don't know when my daughter will walk or speak' Jacqueline was pregnant with twins when she was bitten by a mosquito in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, the epicentre of the country's Zika outbreak. Six months later, one of her babies was born with an abnormally small head due to the condition m
"28.01.2016 11:09:13" theguardian.com Shine starts to fade on Botswana's diamond dividend | Joshua Neicho Tourism, transport and agriculture are all being championed as a way for Botswana to survive when its diamond mines are eventually emptied “We are just a hole where that diamond came from.” Just how much are Botswana's diamond-producing districts benefiting from their natural bounty?
"25.01.2016 18:09:09" theguardian.com 'We had no time to react': Zika virus stuns parents as rapid spread stumps experts Brazil’s surge in cases of the disease, whose reach is expected to expand across the Americas, has driven authorities to target its source: mosquitoes City at centre of Brazil's Zika epidemic reeling from disease's insidious effects
"22.01.2016 15:00:52" theguardian.com Where is your boss more likely to be a woman? Take our global inequality quiz Are you top of the rich list when it comes to knowing about inequality or is your knowledge bank a little bit empty? How much do you know about the global divide between rich and poor? Take our inequality quiz
"21.01.2016 12:08:33" theguardian.com A war on drugs? We'd be better off paying for a war on hunger | Natasha Horsfield Deforestation, limiting access to pain relief, forcing farmers into poverty: we need to wake up to the fact that prohibiting drugs causes more harm than good The “war on drugs” costs at least $100bn each year, just short of the $130bn spent on aid. Could this money be better used elsewhere?
"20.01.2016 15:15:16" theguardian.com Kofi Annan: Vote, make some noise and use your power as a consumer How can ordinary citizens help bring about the change we need and encourage our leaders to actually lead on issues from drugs to climate change? "When leaders fail to lead, I have seen time and time again how public opinion can make them follow."
Read Kofi Annan on how ordinary citizens can affect lasting change..
"14.01.2016 15:48:24" theguardian.com Ebola is over in west Africa, says World Health Organisation After last patient in Liberia tests negative, WHO hails ‘monumental achievement’ The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is over.
"12.01.2016 17:19:43" theguardian.com Which issues, topics and countries do you want to read about in 2016? Help inform our journalism on the Global development desk by telling us what you would like to see us cover this year What do you want to read in 2016? Let our team know..
"11.01.2016 19:30:01" theguardian.com 'I was just a slave': the foreign domestic staff living a life of five-star serfdom in London –... ‘I was just a slave’: the foreign domestic staff living a life of five-star serfdom in London – video They live in London’s most exclusive locations, cooking, cleaning and caring for the rich foreign elite. But many overseas domestic workers are denied a passport, salary, food and even sleep while working 20-hour days.
"11.01.2016 18:45:01" theguardian.com UK ‘increasing abuse’ of foreign maids, says damning review Tied visas that restrict domestic workers to one employer and limit their stay in the UK have left women vulnerable to slavery and abuse, review reveals Visas that restrict domestic workers to one employer in the UK have left women vulnerable to slavery and abuse, finds independent review.
"11.01.2016 17:04:20" theguardian.com Domestic workers abused in the UK: 'She took the iron and pressed it on my hand' | Harriet Grant Filipino workers suffer shocking abuse at the hands of wealthy Gulf employers staying in London, but fear of being deported prevents them reporting it Filipino workers suffer shocking abuse at the hands of wealthy Gulf employers in London. But fear of being deported prevents them telling the police.
"07.01.2016 16:40:30" theguardian.com Guinea-Bissau struggles to end its role in global drugs trade | Antony Loewenstein Poverty, political instability and weak institutions allowed South American cocaine cartels in, but with US and UN help the country is trying to fight back Described by the UN as a narco state, Guinea-Bissau has long been a drug trafficking hub for South American cocaine cartels.
And although this illegal trade appears to be declining thanks to US and UN counter-narcotic policies, the country still bea
"30.12.2015 11:59:30" theguardian.com The world in 2015: how much do you know? – quiz From the pope to historic elections, we test how much you have been paying attention to global events this year Were you paying attention in 2015? Take our quiz to find out.
"29.12.2015 15:50:56" theguardian.com Guardian global development Guinea has been declared Ebola-free, taking the world a step closer to ending the epidemic. See how things have changed since the outbreak began with these photographs from UNICEF
"17.12.2015 18:23:52" El Salvador: 'I had a miscarriage. The judge accused me of mur... In El Salvador, women who suffer a miscarriage can face decades prison for murder. Watch the full video: http://bit.ly/1QvrMQY
"15.12.2015 17:53:44" theguardian.com Climate change deal: five reasons to be glad, five to be gloomy Will the deal agreed in Paris be enough to save the planet? Emissions cuts and investment are promised, but legal responsibilities are thin on the ground The world has a new climate deal, but is it enough? The Guardian's environment editor John Vidal shares his five reasons to be glad, and five reasons to be gloomy
"11.12.2015 16:10:33" Timeline Photos ‘I help my mother to look after my baby sister. I also help with the goats, herding them from place to place. My favourite goat is a little one called Quruxo. It means beautiful one’
Climate change in Somaliland: http://bit.ly/1Q7rZKu
"08.12.2015 15:12:52" theguardian.com What should we do when the world is burning? Start by restoring laws of war | Peter Maurer Today’s complex conflicts often overlook the fundamental values enshrined in the Geneva conventions. Here’s how we can ensure its principles are honoured 'The sad fact is that horrendous human conflict is nothing new. The abuse of civilians and combatants has existed since the dawn of time. Is human suffering any greater today than yesterday? Probably not. But some things have changed – and those chan
"08.12.2015 01:37:00" theguardian.com China's cloned cows: meat on the table or environmental disaster? | Jian Yi Plans to clone cattle to meet China’s growing demand for beef threaten to take the country down a dangerous road to pollution, food insecurity and ill health Plans to clone cattle to threaten to take the country down a dangerous road to pollution, food insecurity and ill health
"07.12.2015 17:00:01" theguardian.com Horrific attacks prompt South Sudan's communities to take arms | Simona Foltyn Despite a peace deal signed in August, fighting has continued along complex tribal divisions, with young people mobilising to protect their families “When they saw me, the Dinka soldiers started shooting at me and I ran into the bush … After they left, I went to the house and collected the four burned bodies.”
"07.12.2015 11:25:06" theguardian.com Quest for tuberculosis vaccine begins as scientists aim to beat disease by 2035 | Andrew Green In South Africa and beyond, thousands of TB cases emerge each year despite the BGC vaccine. An ambitious plan seeks to end what has become a global epidemic Plan to end global TB epidemic
"04.12.2015 15:50:33" theguardian.com Paris climate talks: Africa means business on global warming | Akinwumi Adesina Africa has much to offer the world in the battle against climate change, but fellow leaders at the Paris climate talks must also be prepared to do their bit "We have long known that Africa, which causes the least environmental damage, suffers the most from the harm others cause."
"03.12.2015 19:10:02" theguardian.com Morocco: activists claim draft rights law fails to treat disabled people as equals Critics claim proposed legislation designed to benefit disabled people focuses on prevention and diagnosis rather than rights and legal protection Does Morocco's proposed rights law treat disabled people fairly?
"03.12.2015 15:30:01" theguardian.com Humanitarian response treats women's health ‘as an afterthought’, says the UN UN population fund says in times of crisis, women and girls are left in precarious situation with lack of pregnancy, childbirth and family planning services 'Rights don’t just go away, and women don’t stop giving birth when a conflict breaks out or disaster strikes'
"03.12.2015 10:22:59" theguardian.com Poor people living with disabilities are counting on better data for better lives | Harpinder... International Day of Persons with Disabilities should herald a data revolution, to ensure we hear the voices of the 1 billion people living with disabilities Are disabled people invisible? Is better data the answer?
"02.12.2015 20:15:01" theguardian.com Big tobacco targets the young in poor countries – with deadly consequences | Anna Gilmore As smoking rates decline in the west, the tobacco industry is pouring marketing resources into developing countries, in particular trying to draw in young people Tobacco industry focuses on developing countries, hoping to hook young people on smoking
"02.12.2015 16:50:59" theguardian.com UK appears to put weapons sales above lives of Yemen's children, says charity Save the Children report says Britain ‘gives the impression that diplomatic relations and arms sales trump lives’ as death toll rises from airstrikes British government risks status as a humanitarian power by selling weapons for use in Yemen, says Save the Children
"02.12.2015 10:59:05" theguardian.com Climate talks: rich countries should pay to keep tropical forest trees standing | Nancy Birdsall... Tropical forests provide a bargain climate service, cheaply reducing emissions. The Paris summit should agree payments for anti-deforestation programmes Paris summit should agree payments for anti-deforestation programmes, argue Nancy Birdsall and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
"01.12.2015 18:10:00" theguardian.com World Aids Day: 'We need to end stigma and change our ideas about manhood' | Edwin Cameron In South Africa HIV treatment is now widely available but stigma prevents many people – particularly men – from getting tested and receiving treatment HIV treatment is widely available in South Africa but stigma prevents people from getting tested
"01.12.2015 14:56:36" theguardian.com Net loss: fish stocks dwindle in Cambodia's Tonlé Sap lake | Sam Jones Despite the creation of a 200-hectare conservation area, fishing communities on south-east Asia’s largest freshwater lake fear their way of life is slipping away Fishing communities on south-east Asia’s largest freshwater lake fear their way of life is slipping away
"30.11.2015 14:09:06" theguardian.com Climate change talks: five reasons to be cheerful or fearful | John Vidal As world leaders convene in Paris for climate negotiations, the political and economic auspices are encouraging. Yet major obstacles will have to be overcome if the gap between rich and poor countries is to be bridged World leaders are meeting in Paris for climate change talks. John Vidal outlines the issues that might affect the outcome
"25.11.2015 22:05:00" theguardian.com In Somaliland, climate change is now a life-or-death challenge Pastoralists long accustomed to a harsh environment are reeling as drought and cyclones lay waste to their herds and leave families weak from thirst and hunger 'This is what a changing climate looks like.' Read how climate change is taking its toll on farming communities in Somaliland.
"25.11.2015 17:36:59" theguardian.com Ending violence against women: how are you supporting 16 days of activism? | Carla Kweifio-Okai Worldwide campaign highlights fact that one in three women and girls face physical or sexual violence in their lifetime Are you taking part in the #16DaysofActivism to end violence against women and girls? If so, we want to hear from you..
"24.11.2015 17:33:14" theguardian.com Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain in Thailand In a move praised by anti-slavery groups, global food giant reports abuse of migrant labour among its suppliers in Thai seafood industry, after investigation Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain, praised by anti-slavery groups
"13.11.2015 17:08:20" theguardian.com Sex education: tell us about the classes you received at school We would like you to share your experience of sex education teaching – or, if you’re a teacher or parent, the sex education now being delivered in schools What type of sex education do young people receive where you live? Share your thoughts
"10.11.2015 17:58:43" theguardian.com Fishermen and farmers sue World Bank lending arm over power plant in India NGO EarthRights files complaint against IFC on behalf of those affected, over $450m loan for plant that ‘destroyed livelihoods’; IFC claims immunity In the first case of its kind against the private investment arm of the World Bank, fishermen and farmers from north-western India are suing the World Bank's private investment arm, the International Finance Corporation, in a US federal court.
"04.11.2015 17:32:46" theguardian.com Measuring up: how open data could spur drive to meet global goals – podcast Mark Anderson reports from the Africa open data conference in Dar es Salaam, where delegates considered how innovative methods of collecting data could promote the new sustainable development agenda Gaps in data hampered the implementation of the millennium development goals. How can the world do better? Listen to our latest podcast..
"04.11.2015 14:34:37" theguardian.com Afghan quake: 'An NGO gave us food. But can we build walls with macaroni?' | Sune Engel Rasmussen Relief efforts slow as villagers hit hardest by October quake still await shelter and supplies, with fears that many will die during the fierce highland winter 'Even at the earthquake's epicentre, relief efforts are slow and insufficient. With the fierce highland winter rapidly approaching, and night-time temperatures already dropping below zero in many places, displaced people face a catastrophic situation
"03.11.2015 11:06:49" theguardian.com Sierra Leone set for Ebola all clear as it approaches 42 days without a fresh case West African country is expected to be declared Ebola-free on Saturday but optimism remains cautious with the virus still afflicting neighbouring Guinea Cautious optimism: Sierra Leone set to be declared Ebola-free on Saturday
"02.11.2015 17:40:15" Revealed: trafficked migrant workers abused in Irish fishing i... Demi Omul says he was trafficked from the Philippines to Ireland to work in the country's fishing industry. Here he tells his story as part of The Guardian's investigation into the abuse of migrant workers in Ireland.
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"02.11.2015 15:34:59" theguardian.com Revealed: trafficked migrant workers abused in Irish fishing industry Exclusive: Sleep deprivation, inhuman hours and low pay revealed in Guardian investigation of undocumented migrants working on prawn and whitefish trawlers operating from Ireland A Guardian investigation has found cases of trafficking and exploitation in the Irish fishing industry. Evidence suggests that some boat owners and crewing agencies are smuggling African and Filipino workers in to Ireland, where they experience sleep
"29.10.2015 10:32:43" theguardian.com Afghanistan's female marathon runner defies danger to go the distance The sole Afghan woman who took part in the Bamiyan race hopes others follow in her footsteps despite expectations that girls forgo sport and stay indoors “When I applied for the ultramarathon, I had one goal: to open the way for other girls in Afghanistan." Meet Zainab, Afghanistan's marathon woman.
"26.10.2015 12:32:05" theguardian.com Nepal earthquakes leave bitter legacy as children become quarry for traffickers | Sam Jones After she was orphaned in the quake that devastated Nepal six months ago, 13-year-old Pharbati narrowly escaped the clutches of people traffickers. Her story underlines the far-reaching emotional and financial repercussions of the disaster Six months ago, an earthquake in Nepal devastated entire towns and villages. Today, as the emotional and financial repercussions of the disaster unfold, a growing number of girls are at risk of trafficking.
"22.10.2015 10:46:59" Timeline Photos The Syrian refugee families living in darkness in a derelict factory in Lebanon: http://bit.ly/1MUzce5
Photo: Anthony Gale, Islamic Relief Worldwide
"20.10.2015 16:26:41" theguardian.com Two-thirds of world's illiterate adults are women, report finds The World’s Women 2015 study says 496 million women are illiterate, with significant hurdles to overcome in achieving the global goal of gender equality Nearly two-thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women, a proportion that has remained stubbornly unchanged for the past 20 years, according to a global report assessing progress towards gender equality.
"20.10.2015 11:21:58" theguardian.com Cambodia's battle against malaria put at risk as expenses row holds up funds Amid rising malaria cases, the Cambodian government refuses to sign agreement for Global Fund grant over requirements to account for travel and hotel costs Cambodia’s fight against malaria is at risk of being derailed because of a dispute over expenses payments between the Cambodian government and the Global Fund, the biggest donor to the country’s malaria programme.
"16.10.2015 11:23:45" theguardian.com World Food Day quiz: 10 tasty teasers to get your teeth into Got an appetite for knowledge? Fancy yourself as a foodie? Then nourish your curiosity with a selection of culinary conundrums A Friday quiz for #WorldFoodDay...
"15.10.2015 16:35:39" theguardian.com Paint remover: Mexico activists attempt to drone out beleaguered president | Sam Jones The Rexiste collective, a Mexican anti-government movement, is using a graffiti-spraying drone to challenge the state over the disappearance of 43 students Meet the Mexican anti-government movement using a graffiti-spraying drone to challenge the state.
"12.10.2015 09:35:08" theguardian.com Girls speak out: 'I want to be a lawyer, to take action for pregnant children' On International Day of the Girl, eight teenagers from around the world talk about the issues they face, from child marriage to the battle to stay in education Sunday was International Day of the Girl. To celebrate, we spoke to eight girls around the world about the challenges they face and their dreams for the future.
"09.10.2015 11:17:00" theguardian.com Polline Akello: 'Joseph Kony commanded someone to look after me … I was lucky' | Liz Ford Abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army at 12, Polline Akello was feared dead by her parents. Yet she survived the ensuing ordeal and is now a celebrated humanitarian and budding human rights lawyer. Hers is a remarkable story 'Akello was also lucky, she says, that the LRA leader Joseph Kony took a shine to her when she was abducted at the age of 12. Kony ordered that she be cared for during her first three years in captivity, until she was old enough to be given away. Oth
"08.10.2015 16:00:01" theguardian.com One million Rwandans are estimated to suffer from problems with their eyes. On #WorldSightDay, Vision for a Nation launches a campaign to find and treat them
"08.10.2015 13:30:41" theguardian.com Victor Ochen: Nobel prize nomination is 'already a win' | Richard M Kavuma A haunting visit to a Ugandan hospital left Victor Ochen wanting to help young people whose lives, like his own, had been touched by war. Ten years on, his compassion – and the scheme it spawned – has earned a Nobel nomination “I feel like the work we are doing was not a mistake; our choice to remain in the community, our choice to focus on the vulnerable people in the society was not a mistake. And our choice to continue pursuing the rights of the victims of war was not a
"05.10.2015 21:00:01" theguardian.com Governance sliding back in a third of African nations, warns Ibrahim index Annual appraisal says rule of law is deteriorating across the region, where Central African Republic, South Sudan and Somalia are worst performers More than a third of African countries are backsliding on governance, the 2015 Ibrahim index shows. Mauritius, Cape Verde and Botswana top the list, while Central African Republic, South Sudan and Somalia are the worst performers.
"05.10.2015 15:07:25" theguardian.com Can Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay make the global goals famous? – podcast Kary Stewart reports from the UN summit in New York, where everyone from Ban Ki-moon to Beyoncé gathered to celebrate the adoption of the sustainable development goals The 17 Globalgoals that will provide the blueprint for the world's development over the next 15 years have been adopted. Kary Stewart reports from the historic summit, and hears from filmmaker Richard Curtis and singer Nicole Scherzinger on the impor
"05.10.2015 11:09:45" theguardian.com Entrust the care of forests to the people who live there? It works for Tanzania | Felician Kilahama By getting local communities to own and manage forests, the country has not only preserved its trees but seen the creation of a sustainable source of income By getting local communities to own and manage forests, the country has not only preserved its trees but seen the creation of a sustainable source of income
"02.10.2015 11:06:13" theguardian.com Floating schools help buoy up Bangladesh's remote communities | Anna Ridout and Simon Tisdall In the rural areas of Bangladesh, where 70% of inhabitants live below the poverty line, accessing education, healthcare and employment can be tough “I saw dolphins on my way to school this morning,” says 10-year-old Runa before her lesson on Bangladesh’s liberation war. She gets a lift to school in a small wooden fishing boat from her village on a slither of land in Brahmanbaria, 100km east of D
"01.10.2015 10:50:23" theguardian.com Tanzania's youth prepare for key role in pivotal presidential poll | Mark Anderson Young demographic leads politicians to step up social media campaigns while youth train to monitor election that many hope could end one-party stalemate Tanzania's youth prepare for key role in pivotal presidential poll
"30.09.2015 21:00:01" theguardian.com Peru piles high tonnes of rotting food as its tax laws contribute to chronic waste | Dan Collyns Campaigners want end to laws that make donating food more costly than destroying it in country with huge harvests but high infant malnutrition Campaigners say that in Peru, in addition to the millions of tonnes of fruit and vegetables dumped because they do not meet cosmetic standards set by overseas supermarkets, thousands more tonnes are destroyed or left to rot by Peru’s own supermarkets
"30.09.2015 11:11:17" Timeline Photos "I earn more than my husband. He used to have a very loud voice, but not any more." - Crab farmer Rani Mondal in Bangladesh.
Read how women are taking charge in Bangladesh: http://bit.ly/1N0ofZq
"29.09.2015 15:42:01" theguardian.com The majority of the world's children are in school. So why aren't they learning? | Lant Pritchett The world has to face up to the ambitious demands of the global education goal. We must research how we can rapidly improve the quality of schooling If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the place to find them is in school, writes Lant Pritchett
"29.09.2015 12:55:49" theguardian.com Women in Bangladesh are taking charge – from grassroots up to government | Anna Ridout and Simon... Girls’ education has improved the lives of women, who manage community affairs across the country but still face high rates of domestic violence 'In Bangladesh, the world’s fourth most populous Muslim country, women are taking charge. Nowhere else do women dominate so many top political positions. The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, is accompanied by a female speaker, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury;
"25.09.2015 19:32:57" theguardian.com Sustainable development quiz: what do you know about the global goals? So how’s your knowledge of the global goals? How many are there, and when do they expire? Do you know your SDGs from your MDGs? We’ve set you a tough line-up of goals – see how often you can hit the target Now that they've been officially adopted by the world's leaders, test your knowledge on the sustainable development goals. #GlobalGoals
"22.09.2015 14:01:45" theguardian.com Tanzania: the smartphone apps putting Africa's fastest-growing city on the map | Mark Anderson In Dar es Salaam, many people without formal addresses are denied access to services and a legal identity. But technology is set to change that In Dar es Salaam, many people without formal addresses are denied access to services and a legal identity. But technology is set to change that..
"21.09.2015 17:05:40" theguardian.com This growing migration crisis is the canary in the mine on climate change | Mahmoud Solh Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture 'Conflict in the Middle East forces people to flee, but so does drought, destroying crops and livelihoods. We must invest in science for sustainable agriculture'
"18.09.2015 15:58:48" Timeline Photos “This agenda is by the people and for the people and we need to make sure that everyone on the planet knows about it and that no one is left behind.” See the new campaign to make the sustainable development goals famous: http://ow.ly/SoDHT #GlobalGoa
"16.09.2015 09:28:02" theguardian.com Land degradation costs the world up to $10.6tn a year, report says Study says effective land management will be critical in meeting sustainable development goals of alleviating poverty and ensuring long-term food security Land degradation is costing the world as much as $10.6tn every year, equivalent to 17% of global gross domestic product, a report has warned.
"10.09.2015 16:17:16" Driving Mumbai 'Men get shocked when they see a lady driving a taxi.' Inside Mumbai's all-female taxi firm. Watch the full video: http://ow.ly/S2WQl
"03.09.2015 15:42:05" theguardian.com Being Laxmi: 'I belong to the oldest ethnic transgender community, the hijra' – video The transgender rights activist and Hindi actor Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks about the challenges faced by the hijra community in India The transgender rights activist and Hindi actor Laxmi Narayan Tripathi speaks about the challenges faced by the hijra community in India
"02.09.2015 18:31:00" theguardian.com Open thread: which books on development would you recommend? | Carla Kweifio-Okai Share your suggestions on the titles that development students could benefit from reading as they prepare for their studies Tell us your suggestions on the titles that development students could benefit from reading as they prepare for their studies
"02.09.2015 16:17:38" theguardian.com Tunisia's lesbian community mobilises against deep-rooted prejudice | Simon Speakman Cordall Stigmatised and even criminalised by draconian laws for more than a century, the Tunisian lesbian and transgender community is battling back Stigmatised and criminalised by draconian laws, the Tunisian lesbian and transgender community is battling back
"02.09.2015 12:05:01" theguardian.com Afghanistan tackles hidden mental health epidemic | Sune Engel Rasmussen A small army of therapists, headed by a female doctor, helps patients traumatised by years of war, working against long-held superstitious practices Find out about the small army of therapists, lead by a female doctor, helps patients traumatised by years of war in Afghanistan
"02.09.2015 10:22:39" theguardian.com The girls aiming to change Africa: young activists speak out | Alon Mwesigwa Fve activists from countries across Africa talk about the issues that affect their lives, from disability rights to gender equality and FGM The girls changing Africa: Five activists from countries across the continent talk about the issues that affect their lives, from disability rights to gender equality and FGM
"01.09.2015 21:30:00" theguardian.com A Tanzanian child's tale: Zainab Salehe Abu at 10 years old | Sam Jones In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborn babies in countries across Africa. Today we revisit the 10-year-old Zainab to hear her story Zainab Salehe Abu,10, has three dreams: to eat chicken and rice as often as she liked, see the lions, zebras and elephants in a national park, and, one day, become a teacher
"01.09.2015 20:45:02" theguardian.com A Nigerian child's tale: Confidant Danjuma Martins at 10 years old | Isaac Abrak In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborns in countries across Africa. We returned to talk to them and their parents in 2010. Now we revisit Confidant at 10 to hear her story Confidant's parents scraped together the money for a caesarean to prevent her inheriting HIV. The death of her father back in 2008 was devastating and Confidant was sent to live in her great-aunt's village
"01.09.2015 20:30:02" theguardian.com A South African child's tale: Angel Siyavuya Swartbooi at 10 years old | David Smith In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborns in countries across Africa. We returned to talk to them and their parents in 2010. Now, a decade later, we revisit Siya to hear his story Siya, now 10, was born to an unmarried mother. But while life in the township is hard, Siya's parents are still together and with time have become incrementally better off, expanding their modest home from one room to two
"01.09.2015 19:30:01" theguardian.com A Malawian child's tale: Innocent Smoke at 10 years old | John Vidal In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborn babies in countries across Africa. We returned to talk to them and their parents in 2010. Now we revisit the 10-year-old Innocent to hear his story Born in the shadow of Malawi's biggest tobacco factory, Innocent Smoke is now a football-mad 10-year-old living in a remote farming community. But he's fighting for his sight
"01.09.2015 18:00:00" theguardian.com A Ugandan child's tale: Wyclif Kukiriza at 10 years old | Liz Ford In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborn babies in countries across Africa. We returned to talk to them and their parents in 2010. Today we revisit the 10-year-old Wyclif to hear his story Wyclif, 10, was destined to be another orphan of the Aids epidemic, anti-retroviral drugs have kept his parents alive. But his father's decision to leave three years ago has had a profound effect on the family's fortunes
"01.09.2015 17:00:01" theguardian.com A Kenyan child's tale: Debrah Matei Mwololo at 10 years old | Murithi Mutiga In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborns in countries across Africa. Five years later, we returned to talk to them and their parents. Now we revisit Debrah at 10 to hear her story and learn more about the opportunities and challenges she and her fa When Debrah was born, home was a single room in a huge Kibera slum. Three house moves later the family are back in Nairobi, where a river of black, raw sewage flows outside their one-room house. But Debrah likes it – the electricity means she can do
"01.09.2015 15:30:01" theguardian.com A Ghanaian child's tale: Hannah Adzo Klutsey at 10 years old | Sam Jones In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborn babies in countries across Africa. Five years later, we returned to talk to them and their parents. Now we revisit the 10-year-old Hannah to hear her story 10-year-old Hannah from Ghana tells us her story - learn more about the opportunities and challenges she and her family face
"01.09.2015 14:10:00" theguardian.com A Congolese child's tale: David Dieumerci Lewis at 10 years old | Aaron Ross In 2005, the Guardian featured 10 newborns in countries across Africa. Five years later, we returned to talk to them and their parents. Now, we revisit the 10-year-old David in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to hear his story Meet 10-year-old David in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hear his story and learn about his life and his dreams
"01.09.2015 12:00:37" theguardian.com Africa's children: 10 years on – interactive We first met these children in 2005, born in countries across Africa. Now aged 10, they tell us their stories and reveal the challenges they face We first met these children in 2005, born in countries across Africa. Now aged 10, they tell us their stories and reveal the challenges they face
"27.08.2015 09:38:21" theguardian.com Rape, ignorance, repression: why early pregnancy is endemic in Guatemala | Linda Forsell and... Lack of sex education and the unenlightened stance of the Catholic church have left young girls in Guatemala vulnerable to rape, abuse and early pregnancy At a hospital in northern Guatemala, Alicia is being prepped for a caesarean. She doesn’t know how old she is, and neither she nor her waiting parents have any idea what a C-section involves. Public records say she is 13. If that is correct, at 12 sh