The Human Impact

Who’s key to gender equality? Hint: It’s not women

March 18, 2014

When it comes to women’s rights, it turns out it’s really all about men.

A recent World Bank report underscored that strong economies and greater education for women, once thought to be silver bullets against gender inequality in the world of work, are effectively trumped by persistent social norms.

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

What to make of the Daily Mail campaign to spend foreign aid on UK flood victims?

February 13, 2014

Earlier this week, the right-wing British tabloid the Daily Mail launched a campaign for the government to divert cash  from the foreign aid budget to help victims of the catastrophic floods wreaking havoc in southern England and Wales.

The future of “building back better”: houses, schools, and political transformation too?

February 4, 2014

Disaster recovery experts and scholars alike seem to agree on at least one thing: disaster-recovery efforts should concentrate not only on restoring affected communities to pre-disaster levels, but should focus on “building back better” by linking immediate relief with long-term recovery and development.

Why India’s Mars mission matters, despite poverty

November 11, 2013

There has been much fanfare over the launch of India’s first rocket to Mars – a mission which, if successful, will position the Asian nation as a major player in the global space race.

UNDP’s Helen Clark: balancing water, food, energy key to post-2015 goals

February 13, 2013

Global development goals due to replace current anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) when they expire in 2015 could be unified by a concept that calls for an integrated view of economic growth and development, said Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Menstruation taboo puts 300 mln women in India at risk – experts

February 11, 2013

More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk, say experts at the Geneva-based Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC).

Over to you: experts take water development goals debate to Web

January 21, 2013

An inspired Facebook update or a 140-character tweet could play a key role in shaping global development plans.

Climate change means doing Asian development differently

May 11, 2012

In the face of climate change, is it time to re-examine the way we do development in Asia?

Expert urges unity in dialogue over water security

April 19, 2012

Disconnected approaches to water security are hindering efforts to launch more effective talks on providing universal access to fresh water and sanitation, an expert said at an international conference this week.