Media Review

Buzzwords and tortuous impact studies won't fix a broken aid system

“The real problem with the “aid effectiveness” craze is that it narrows our focus down to micro-interventions at a local level that yield results that can be observed in the short term.”

The Guardian

Satellites can advance sustainable development by highlighting poverty

“The EU-funded USES project examined how satellite images could be used to estimate household-level poverty in rural regions of developing countries.” "This promises to be a radically more cost-effective way of monitoring and evaluating the Sustainable Development Goals,"


UN, Oyo Govt launch Nigeria’s 1st SDG on Yoruba language

“HRH Oba LekanBalogun expressed his delight about the translation of the 17 goals and 169 targets in the language of the people to enhance their understanding and participation. He urged the audience who were mainly grassroots people comprising of market women, artisans, youth organisations, civil servants, among others, to read and play the role expected of them as good citizens.”

Oracle News

Esri enters into Memorandum of Understanding with World Bank

“Under the agreement, Esri software geo-enables the World Bank’s Survey Solutions software, allowing staff to improve accuracy and quicken the kinds of data collection, analysis, and decision-making that countries need to address the most urgent development challenges.”


Africa: Results of the 2020 population and housing censuses must be used to inform development planning and decision-making

“In order to enable to achieve this goal UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office held a five-day intensive capacity building workshop on the process of the general population and housing census of West and Central Africa region and its links to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU).”


Aid agency says Yemen port shutdown could double needy

“The already "staggering" number of 8.4 million Yemenis who don't know where their next meal will come from could double very quickly if ports in the rebel-held north are attacked and shut down, the head of the aid agency Oxfam America said Tuesday.”


Water and sanitation, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“While water and sanitation do not appear to drive migration, the process of migration can radically shape access to water and sanitation services – particularly for undocumented migrants and people in transit. We question whether attaining 'universal access' is possible without specific measures to address the needs of refugees and other migrants.”



Sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector

“The apparent inability to deal well with allegations, complaints and cases involving the abuse of power extends to the organisations’ own governance and employment practices in the UK and at international levels in the UN.”

House of Commons

Adolescents with disabilities. Enhancing resilience and delivering inclusive development

“Drawing on interviews with approximately 600 adolescent girls and boys with physical, visual, hearing or intellectual impairments, as well as interviews with their parents, teachers and other service providers, it also presents emerging findings from the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) research programme in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Jordan and the State of Palestine.”


Something fun

These are the nerdiest shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Using AI to generate characters, local company Theatre Paradok picks apart themes of gender, identity and abuse, showing that you don’t have to be a machine to be caught up in a grinding system.


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