Socioeconomic Factors

Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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Thalif Deen
At the Kawrgosik Refugee Camp near Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, more than 200,000 refugees from Syria are being hosted by the regional government. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2014 (IPS) - The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and extreme poverty worldwide. ... Read more about Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World

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No end to poverty without better governance

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Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Noor Jahan, 5, sleeps on chalk drawings she made as her mother begs for alms at a railway station in Mumbai, on Dec. 7, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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In April the World Bank governors endorsed two historic goals: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to ensure that prosperity is shared. It will take a lot to end poverty: strong growth, more infrastructure investments, increased agricultural productivity, better business environments, jobs, good education, and quality health care. We have to do more of this in tough places, particularly those that are fragile and conflict-affected. ... Read more about No end to poverty without better governance

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We can end poverty, but the methods might surprise you

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John Podesta, Casey Dunning
South Africa has written food, water and health care protections into its constitution. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images
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"Ending extreme poverty in all its forms" is no longer a platitude or a dream for development experts – it's the guiding vision of the United Nations High Level Panel, as well as an achievement that's closer to being realized than ever before, thanks to the millennium development goals. ... Read more about We can end poverty, but the methods might surprise you

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Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Claire Provost
A Filipino boy washes his face in murky waters in Manila. Inaction on the environment will accelerate global poverty, warns the UN. Photograph: Francis R Malasig/EPA
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The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle environmental challenges, a major UN report warned on Thursday.

The 2013 Human Development Report hails better than expected progress on health, wealth and education in dozens of developing countries but says inaction on climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution could end gains in the world's poorest countries and communities. ... Read more about Environmental threats could push billions into extreme poverty, warns UN

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Michael Russell

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Nicola Hedge

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Nicola Hedge

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Expert

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Director, Climate Initiative

Nicola leads implementation of The San Diego Foundation’s Climate Initiative, working with donors, nonprofits, and business and government partners to help spur action to reduce regional greenhouse gas emissions and deepen community awareness about the local impacts of climate change. Before joining The Foundation, Nicola was a field office manager with a multi-year World Bank research project in rural Malawi, exploring connections between education, income, and health outcomes. ... Read more about Nicola Hedge

Kelly Cunningham

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Kelly Cunningham

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Economist & Senior Fellow - Institute for Policy Research

Kelly Cunningham is the former chief economist and research director for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he established a reputation for his understanding and expertise of San Diego's regional economy. He was also supervising economist at the City of San Diego and research analyst for Copley Press, Inc. ... Read more about Kelly Cunningham

Ruth Bruland

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Ruth Bruland

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Executive Director - St. Vincent de Paul Village

Ruth Bruland is Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Village www.svdpv.org/  and a Vice President of Father Joe's Villages.  She began working with Father Joe's Villages in 1998, as Executive Director of Las Vegas' MASH Village.  Prior to that she was the founding director of an interfaith emergency shelter for families. ... Read more about Ruth Bruland

Henri Migala

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Henri Migala

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Director, International House at University of California, San Diego

International activities have included working for the UN World Health Organization (WHO) in Nepal (for polio eradication) and as an administrator for international non-profits. Humanitarian aid activities include maternal and child health, child survival, food security and food aid, water and sanitation, medical training, infectious disease, immunization, HIV/AIDS, and disaster relief and reconstruction in over 20 countries. ... Read more about Henri Migala

Resilient Cities 03: Geography and Demographics: Where are our Risks?

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Resilient Cities Team

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Resilient Cities Week 03: Geography and Demographics: Where are our Risks? ... Read more about Resilient Cities 03: Geography and Demographics: Where are our Risks?

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