This week’s hot links include gender equality, development and hybrid warfare.

9 Mar


This week marks International Women’s Day 2016. This years theme is gender parity. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already painful pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close […]

This week’s hot links include gender development, innovation, brexit and the refugee crisis.

3 Mar


This week saw the publication of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality at last? Daniela Rosche, Policy Lead, Quality of Aid and Corporate Affairs at Oxfam Novib. Rosche discusses how over the last five to ten years, Oxfam has become ‘more determined and more explicit in furthering gender equality and women’s rights.’ […]

This week’s hot links include: Syria, wealth inequality and sustainable development goals.

25 Feb


Michiel Hofman, senior humanitarian specialist for the Humanitarian Innovation Team of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) writing for the Guardian discusses the need for accountability from states and the United Nations Security Council ‘in particular’ where the majority of members ‘are backing rival sides in the war.’ Hofman states that a ‘diplomatic blame-game’ and […]

This week’s hot links include: youth as a priority for the United Nations, inclusive development policies, social entrepreneurs and the role of policy in migrant decision-making.

17 Feb


Dejan Bojanic, board member of the European Youth Forum, writing for The Youth Assembly at the United Nation, Huffington Post discusses the role of youth in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. From a youth perspective he writes ‘The new agenda is transformative; the new agenda is universal! It brings together social, economic, and […]

This week’s hot links include: the Sustainable Development Goals, Russia political strategy, Syria and the Yemen.

10 Feb


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke this week at the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development in New York, the first functional commissions of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to meet this year described how 2016 must be the “year of traction” to ensure that 3.1 billion people worldwide are not […]

This week’s hot links include: international aid, sustainable development goals and the United Nations youth forum.

3 Feb


February 24 marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Helen Clark for UN Development explores the challenges and landmarks of the last year and the opportunities for the UNDP and international development in 2016. A storify published by the UNDP discusses the previous year in international development, the UNDP role in […]

This week’s hot links include; wealth inequality, universal education, crises response and the World Economic Forum 2016.

27 Jan


Coinciding with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oxfam have issued a report – entitled An Economy for the 1%– outlining how wealth inequality has grown to the stage where 62 of the world’s richest people own as much as the poorest half of the world’s people combined. Oxfam argue that power and privilege is being […]

This week’s hot links include; the lifting of sanctions on Iran, the Gates Foundation and ordinary citizens in governance.

20 Jan


Suzanne Maloney writing for The Brooking Institution discusses how Iran’s nuclear agreement has led to historic sanctions relief from the international community. The release of five imprisoned Americans represents an Iranian retreat on an issue central to the worldview of the regime’s ideologues. These milestones represent a momentous step forward for Iran and the effort […]