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1 1.6 billion people living in poverty, says report

An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world are living in multidimensional poverty, says a new analysis by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. It is a significantly higher estimate than 1.2 billion people who live in income poverty. The difference is accounted for by looking at education levels, electricity access,…

Human Rights
0 The aid debate continues in the media and on blogs

The debate over aid does not want to go away, but it is moving away from general statements about whether it works or not. Regardless of who is right and what we believe, it is promising to see the conversation taking a far more constructive tone. However, the present discussions…

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0 Why economic growth is not enough to end poverty

The long and often still held tenet of development is that economic growth is needed to ensure that a country improves. In other words, poverty will end when more people are making more money. It makes a lot of sense at the face of it, but the stunning pace of…

Environment
0 Things are not getting better for the extreme poor

Politico Bill Gates rightly said that things are getting better around the world. It is the case for the majority, but not for the extreme poor. Inequality has become a sort of international topic du jour. President Obama mentioned it in his State of the Union, the Pope brought up…

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0 Hard winter arrives for underprepared Syrian refugees

Preparing for winter in Lebanon’s Bekaa ValleyDfID The upcoming winter in Lebanon brought the first snowfall to parts of the country on Wednesday. It is an unwelcome sign for the 2.2 million Syrian refugees living outside of the country right now. Temperatures fell to as low as 20ºF as the…

Basics
0 Hunger Games: The Refugee Shelter

The latest Hunger Games movie is ‘catching fire’ (had to use the pun) across the US. It is also providing shelter for refugees. Oxfam GB’s Ben Phillips snapped a photo of a Syrian refugee shelter in Lebanon that used a Hunger Games movie poster. His tweets from today describe the…

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