Rights Groups: no amnesty for Central African Republic atrocities

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Discussions are currently underway to bring to an end the year-long strife and fighting that has beset the Central African Republic. The hopes is that a peace settlement will be agreed upon and the country will be able to regain stability. So far, things have not…

Taking economic growth out of the social progress conversation

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For roughly a quarter of a century, the UN has put out a report on how countries are improving or declining each year. The dense report is boiled down into a single index that compares countries against each other and themselves. Each report is followed by…

Visualizing progress against HIV, TB and malaria

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First, the good news: Death rates for people with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria all have decreased globally since the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) were established in 2000, according to a report published Monday as part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). Also, in regions such as Latin…

Guest op-ed: Against volunteers

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By J., aka @TalesfromthHood, the cranky and somewhat anonymous aid worker at AidSpeak Once more, from the top… So, The Guardian (@GuardianGDP) put up a crowd-sourced article of pro-tips for volunteers to get noticed in the aid industry. I got into a Twitter conversation about the…

Greenpeace staffers call for resignation of top leaders

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The fallout has been swift in the month since it was revealed that Greenpeace International’s program director was regularly commuting by plane between his home in Luxembourg to the organization’s offices in Amsterdam. A letter from 40 Greenpeace Netherlands staff, reported last week by the Dutch…