What : Angola is still not landmine-free despite progress led by international NGOs. The socio-economic impact of landmines in rural areas is high.
Angola's efforts have been hit by the economic downturn, though the UK is to commit £100 million to mine action globally over the next three years,See Network website for more information.
Interdisciplinary approaches to inequality When : 27th April, 2017 : 09.30 - 17.15Where : LondonWhat : This is the Biennial Conference of the London International Development Centre. Final programme now available
Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support When : 5th - 6th June, 2017 Where : LondonWhat : Organised by the King's Health Partnership for people interested in mental health, this conference will provide a number of parallel symposia on topics such as: reverse innovation and mutual learning; interventions in global mental health and psychosocial support; sustainability and scaling up; models of health partnerships; and helping the helpers.
See Network website for more information
Faculty of Public Health Annual ConferenceWhen : 20th-21st June, 2017Where : Telford International Centre.
RSTMH : Medal Winners EventWhen : 13th September, 2017 : 17.00 - 20.00Where : London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
What : This event recognises the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's medal winners from 2016. The key note speech will be given by Baron Peter Piot, who was awarded the prestigious Manson Medal. Dr Kebide Deribe, who won the Society's first emerging Leaders Award, will be among others presenting at the event. More information
Epidemiology and cases diagnosed in the UK
Nigeria & Meningitis
Outbreak with at least 140 deaths (BBC)
Speech Therapy and West Africa
Devex interview on issues related to providing speech therapy services in Burkina Faso
Yemen : World Food Programme : Infographic
UN scaling up food aid for people on brink of starvation (Voice of America) Infographic of the last 2 years of violence (UN OCHA)
Air quality, cars and developing countries
Geneva meeting on used cars exporting pollution to developing countries (Devex)
Film about the aftermath of the cyclone
Myanmar Outgoing head of Red Cross delegation talks about his last 4 years in Myanmar (Devex)
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have issued a joint call for innovative and transformative solutions to build more effective supply chains in low- and middle-income countries around the world.
Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains: A Grand Challenge for Development aims to address key challenges faced by supply chains in communities with limited resources. More effective supply chains can enable delivery of supplies, services and treatments that have the potential to save more than 6 million lives in the next 5 years. They seek solutions that are daring in premise and different from the approaches currently used. The ideas must be translatable to practical interventions that are accessible in resource-limited settings and have the potential to be scaled up or reproduced in multiple settings.
Bangladeshi rural communities are often strongly patriarchal. Women in these communities, particularly those suffering from domestic violence, find it difficult to make crimes public.
If they go to a local leader or court, they are often seen as bringing shame on their family. If they do bring a case, the legal system can work against them. The traditional manner of resolving disputes, through a committee of respected elites (or, shalish), is often male-dominated and oppressive for women.
To tackle these challenges, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) provided £17 million in funding over a five-year period to local organisations aiming to support community legal services (CLS).
These organisations would have two main objectives: raise legal awareness and provide support to people with disputes – either by helping to resolve the disputes directly, or by referring them to legal aid. Many of those who brought disputes were women. Many suffered from domestic violence.
There is no consensus on what violent extremism is and how best to prevent or counter it. The term ‘violent extremism’ has become a catch-all for a number of phenomena, and there is considerable variation in how terminology is used. Violent extremism conflates belief and use of force. Critics also see the use of ‘extremist’ as always politically motivated: it can be used to denounce those that threaten the political status quo. However, its use to describe primarily Islamist groups has obscured the fact that extremist beliefs and support for violence are found across different cultures, religions, and political situations.
This topic guide introduces conceptual and practical approaches to violent extremism in different contexts. It introduces explanations of violent extremism put forward by different disciplines, how these approach the study of violent extremism and prominent myths and contradictions.
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