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Resources relating to fighting poverty, living with limited resources, and international development issues.
  • A Sustainable Investment Opportunity
    • World Bank bonds raise $25 - $35 billion annually in capital markets for investments in projects designed to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable and caring growth that protects natural resources, making World Bank bonds especially attractive for investors with ethical or sustainable investment strategies. Here you can learn about such projects and investing in sustainability.
  • Acid Mine Drainage: A Prolific Threat to South Africa’s Environment and Mining Industry
    • This paper investigates recent reports of acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa’s mines which have created new concerns with regard to the safety standards of South Africa’s mines as well as the authority’s ability to protect communities and the environment from these hazardous waste materials. In order to assess the impact of the situation, this paper investigates the origin of the problem and the initiatives that have being carried out by the Government as well as the mining sector in order to alleviate this dilemma.
  • Africa Past & Present: The Podcast about African History, Culture, and Politics. Episode 22: Malawi's Environmental History
    • Dr. Wapu Mulwafu (Univ. of Malawi) discusses the history of water use and management in Malawi, focusing on political and religious aspects of soil conservation and the importance of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices. He closes with insights on the challenges of “doing history” in Malawi.
  • African Indigenous Knowledge and its Relevance to Sustainable Development
    • Chapter from Traditional Ecological Knowledge Concepts and Cases
  • African Renewal
    • A website offering information on the AIDS situation in Africa, it's current status, and prevention techniqes and information.
  • Agricultural Trade Issues
    • This article shows the positive and negative affects of farm subsidiaries to OECD countries. These countries are oftentimes the richest countries in the world but because of an unbalanced economy, these farmers often get the short end of the stick.
  • Big leap in China-Africa ties
    • Beijing offers continent more aid, trade and business
  • Books About Development Studies
    • Downloadable books about Development in Africa.
  • Books About Education
    • Downloadable books about education and training in Africa.
  • Books About History
    • Books about the history of Africa.
  • Books About Public Health
    • Downloadable books about health in Africa.
  • Books About Regional Studies
    • Collection of downloadable books about regional areas in Africa.
  • Books About Science & Technology
    • Collection of downloadable books about science and technology in Africa.
  • Bulletin of the World Health Organization - International Journal of Public Health
    • The Bulletin is the flagship periodical of the World Health Organization and has been published continuously since 1947. This peer-reviewd monthly is a vital resource for those interested in research, policy issues and debate on international public health, particularly the problems confronting developing countries. The journal's global scope and authority are unparalleled.
  • Cities Farming for the Future: Urban Agriculture for Green and Productive Cities
    • Urban agriculture is the growing of plants and the raising of animals for food and other uses, and related processing and marketing activities, within and around cities and towns. In the past few years, it has received increasing attention from development organizations and national and local authorities in developing countries. With its multiple functions, urban agriculture plays an important role in urban poverty alleviation and social inclusion, urban food security, urban waste management, and urban greening.
  • Civil Society Engagement Newsletter
    • Regular electronic newsletter sent to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) worldwide, produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank's (WB) External Affairs Department in collaboration with other WB units, highlights some of the many policies, programs and initiatives of the WB which may be of interest to CSOs.
  • Community-Based Conservation or Nature-Based Participation? Protecting Nature and People in Africa
    • This brief examines whether the ecological is – ultimately – protected at the expense of the social, i.e. whether community-based conservation truly benefits rural people or whether the participatory approach is merely a banner for elitist accumulation under nature-based development.
  • Conflict Resources: From 'Curse' to Blessing
    • Discussion of how the diamond trade can be made peaceful.
  • Contraceptive Pearls
    • The "Pearls" offer answers to commonly asked questions about family planning. These "Pearls" are prepared by Dr. James D. Shelton, Senior Medical Scientist, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Cultural Waves Uganda
    • Cultural Waves Uganda is a non-profit organization based in Uganda that supports women and female children through ICTs in terms of agriculture, health and education fields. A short brochure available in .doc or .docx formats.
  • Designed to deter: Barriers to facilities at secondary schools in Ghana
    • This exploratory study investigated the level of accessibility of the built environment in secondary schools in eight out of the ten regions of Ghana, in order to determine whether they conform to guidelines provided in international building standards and also assess the extent to which they have been designed and constructed to meet the provisions of the Persons with Disability Act 2006, which allows for equal access to public buildings in Ghana. By Anthony K. Danso, Frances E. Owusu-Ansah, Divine Alorwu.
  • Dialogues on HIV/AIDS Prevention
    • This discussion focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention, beginning with HIV and human rights relations, capacity building, and raising awareness, then moves into treatment, care, support and advocacy.
  • Diamonds Dominate Namibia's economy
    • Article discussing the importance of diamonds to Namibia's economy
  • Disabled beggars in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • This study brings together qualitative and quantitative data to better understand the lives of people with disabilities who beg in Ethiopia. It sets out to provide an initial understanding of the lives of disabled beggars with particular emphasis on determining social and economic factors, and sequences of events or patterns of behaviour that are common to people with disabilities who now work as beggars.
  • Ecosanitation: Manual 12e, The Arbour Latrine
    • Instructive manuals for alternating pit latrines.
  • Education and Gender Series
    • These papers on education and gender contribute to improving policy development and practice by presenting new learning and examples of good practice in a clear and straightforward manner, with recommendations for action.
  • Emergency Water Supply
    • Information on drinking water, how to purify water, and how to store clean water in preparation for an emergency.
  • Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP)
    • Environmental Health Perspectives is a monthly peer-reviewed journal of research and news published with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of EHP is to serve as a forum for the discussion of the interrelationships between the environment and human health by publishing high-quality research and news of the field. The environmental health sciences include many fields of study and increasingly comprise a multidisciplinary research area. EHP publishes articles from a wide range of scientific disciplines encompassing basic research; epidemiologic studies; risk assessment; relevant ethical, legal, social, environmental justice, and policy topics; longitudinal human studies; and in vitro and in vivo animal research with a clear relationship to human health. Because children are uniquely sensitive to their environments, EHP devotes a research section specifically to issues surrounding children’s environmental health.
  • Ethical Approaches to Gathering Information from Children and Adolescents in International Settings: Guidelines and Resources
    • This publication aims to provide practical guidance to help program managers and researchers understand and uphold ethical standards when planning and implementing information-gathering activities among children and adolescents, and promote discussion of ethical issues when working with children and adolescents among people of different backgrounds and training who gather information for different purposes.
  • External Constraints and Technology Adoption: Are Resource-poor Farmers in Africa Inherently Risk Averse?
    • This paper discusses the contentious view that resource-poor farmers in Africa are inherently risk averse given their tendency to under-invest in risky yet profitable crop technologies. The author argues that external constraints rather than risk preferences are the primary reason behind the observed under-investment in crop technologies. Specifically, the paper argues that it is the inability of resource-poor farmers to diffuse risk to third parties due to the unavailability of crop insurance and limited access to credit which engenders risk averse behaviour.
  • From Conflict to Negotiation
    • Nature-based development on the South African Wild Coast. Special edition
  • Fuel-Saving Clay Stove from Malawi
    • Construction of a Portable Clay Stove. Pictures and Instructions from IFSP, Malawi
  • Gender, Land and Livelihoods in East Africa: Through Farmers' Eyes
    • In rural Africa and the Middle East, many ecosystems are on the verge of collapse. The interplay of social, ecological and political-economic forces has compromised the ability of farmers to sustain their precious soil. As a result, farmers, especially women farmers, face a constant daily struggle to survive.
  • Girls’ Education in Rwanda
    • The 1994 genocide decimated Rwanda's fragile economic base, severely impoverishing the population, particularly women, and eroded the country's human resource base. All school activities were stopped for a year, school infrastructure was destroyed, and teachers and children were killed or displaced. Rwanda has much to do to rebuild its infrastructure and improve the quality of schooling for all children.
  • Industry and the Environment in South Africa
    • The Bottom Line is a major new contribution to the debates on industry and the environment. With an emphasis on South Africa, The Bottom Line focuses on the issues facing the environmental management of industry today. It explores the relationship between legislation and new investments, the environmental costs of electricity supply, the role of trade unions in environmental management, and the environmental management of small and medium-sized enterprises.
  • Internet Prospects in the South: Simple Questions, Complex Issues
    • The last years have shown a spectacular move of the Developing Countries into the networks. Depending on the region, Fidonet or UUCP have been the preferred entry protocols and everywhere the trend is to migrate, whenever possible, towards TCP-IP...
  • Investing in Women and Girls in Africa: Is ‘Smart Economics’ and Brand Aid the Appropriate Approach?
    • This paper explores the potential impacts of a ‘Brand-Aid-smart-economics’ approach on some women in Africa and argues that it neglects to problematise several key issues. Notably, these development efforts 'instrumentalise' women and girls as vehicles of economically efficient dvelopment rather than autonomous subjects worthy of investment in the name of human rights and dignity.
  • Linking poverty reduction and water management
    • A paper from the World Health Organization that discusses the link between poverty reduction and water management
  • Low Carbon Farming: Benefits and Opportunities for Smallholder Farmers in Africa
    • This paper discusses some of the benefits to smallholder farmers of enhancing climate change mitigation through the use of low carbon farming techniques. While it is recognised that farmers in developing countries have contributed the least to global warming, it is imperative that they also adopt farming measures that reduce green house gas emissions such as zero tillage and the use of non-diesel pumps for irrigation. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, these techniques offer other benefits to smallholder farmers.
  • Making a Difference: Measuring the Impact of Information on Development
    • This book reports on an international research program investigating the impact of information on development. It presents a series of case studies and essays that describe practical, operational experience with methodologies to assess the impact of information. Amongst many issues, authors examine sampling and interview techniques, questionnaire design, survey instruments, data definitions and approaches to identifying different user communities. The book will be of use to scholars, researchers, students and practitioners in information sciences and development studies.
  • Making the Internet Connection Count
    • This manual, Making the Internet Connection Count, takes you, your organization, your work team, or any groups you intend to collaborate with through a process of examination and discovery. You will think about how you use information now, how you could use it in the future, and how you plan to introduce or expand the use of the Internet in your organization consistent with your organization's needs.
  • Managing the Monster: Urban Waste and Governance in Africa
    • Africa is rapidly urbanizing. Urban authorities must deal with the uncontrolled and unplanned movement of rural dwellers into the large urban centres and the environmental "monster" it is creating: rampant urban waste, much of it toxic.
  • Networks and Development
    • FUNREDES: "Networks and Development" is a new organization formed to help the way of the Internet in Developing Countries
  • Poverty and Maternal Mortality
    • Poverty remains the main obstacle to health development. Over 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty in the world (less than $1 a day); 3 billion people worldwide are trapped in poverty (less than $2 a day); 800 million are hungry and 448 million children under five are underweight.
  • Poverty Reduction Starts with Children
    • An article which argues that poverty reduction must start with investing in the rights of children. There is a cycle in poverty that passes from generation to generation which can only break when reaching out to the younger generations.
  • Preventing Genocide: From Rhetoric to Action
    • UN Special Advisor urges firm measures against Darfur genocide.
  • Progress for Children: Achieving the MDGs with Equity
    • This document reports what has been accomplished so far relating to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but it also reveals the glaring disparities that must be eliminated in order to achieve a more equitable world for children. Articles are in PDF format.
  • Rough Road to Sustainable Development: Water, Sanitation and Housing Among Africa's Environment Priorities
    • Article from "Africa Renewal" on water, sanitation and housing in Africa. "Africa Renewal" is an information programme produced by the Africa Section of the UN Department of Public Informatin that provides current information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. The Africa Renewal programme examines the many issues that confront the people of Africa, its leaders and its international partners: economic reform, debt, education, health, women's advancement, conflict and civil strife, democratization, aid, investment, trade, regional integration, rural development and many other topics.
  • Rwanda Launches Campaign to Keep Girls in School - Gender Parity
    • The five-year campaign, which was launched at a ceremony in the northern Rwandan town of Ruhengeri, compels communities and schools to address the existing gender imbalance by taking extra measures to encourage girls to enroll and stay in primary and secondary school.
  • Solar Water Heater Principles
    • Diagram of solar water heater.
  • Status of Disability Rights in Southern Africa
    • Conducted in 2010, research by the Open Society Institute for Southern Africa concluded that people with disabilities in the nine countries of their region face profound marginalization resulting in high rates of poverty, deprivation, malnutrition, ill-health and child mortality.
  • Sustainable Energy for Poverty Reduction: An Action Plan
    • Sustainable development will only happen if poverty is tackled and the environment is protected. It is a false dilemma to say that we either tackle poverty or we save the planet. ITDG (Practical Answers to Poverty) and Greenpeace believe that poverty can be tackled without costing the Earth. Crucial to both is the rapid expansion of clean, sustainable and renewable energy.
  • Targeting 'conflict diamonds' in Africa
    • UN Security Council seeks to enforce sanctions against rebels, arms suppliers
  • Telehealth in the Developing World
    • This book aims to redress the relative lack of published information on successful telehealth solutions in the developing world. It presents real-life stories from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It is rich in practical experience and will be of interest to health professionals, development workers, and e-health and telehealth proponents interested in learning about, or contributing to the implementation of, appropriate solutions for 80% of the world’s population.
  • The Disabled Beggar – A Literature Review
    • Beggars with disabilities are among the poor and disadvantaged in society. Yet they are virtually invisible in the policy agenda of countries around the world, and indeed are overlooked in advocacy efforts to improve opportunities for people with disabilities in general. This literature review originated as part of an exploratory study of beggars with disabilities in Ethiopia, reported on in ILO Working Paper No. 141 published in 2013.
  • The Role of Women and Girls in Water and Sanitation
    • In much of the world, women and girls are traditionally responsible for domestic water supply and sanitation, and maintaining a hygienic home environment. As managers at the household level, women also have a higher stake in the improvement of water and sanitation services and in sustaining facilities.
  • The Well-Being of Nations
    • The use of indicators to gauge human progress is common and well understood; Gross Domestic Product and the Index of Leading Economic Indicators are two well-known examples. Yet, most of the widely cited indicators focus exclusively on economic activity, and even the most progressive of indicators fails to account for key issues of sustainability. The Well-being of Nations addresses that shortcoming by combining indicators of human well-being with those of environmental sustainability to generate a more comprehensive picture of the state of our world.
  • The Wireless Toolbox: Using Low Cost Radio Communication Systems for Telecommunication
    • A Guide To Using Low-Cost Radio Communication Systems for Telecommunication in Developing Countries - An African Perspective.
  • The World Factbook - Bangladesh
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of Bangladesh.
  • The World Factbook - Ethiopia
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of Ethiopia.
  • The World Factbook - India
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of India.
  • The World Factbook - Uganda
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of Uganda.
  • The World Factbook - Zambia
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of Zambia.
  • The World Factbook - Zimbabwe
    • This page provides an overview of the history, geography, basic demographics, economic status, and political status of Zimbabwe.
  • Trees in a Multifunctional Landscape: Agro-Forestry in Africa
    • This paper reports on the growing role of trees being used in a multi-functional landscape and the use and potential of agro-forestry systems in and for Africa. Further, this paper seeks to understand the role of trees and multiple-use plantations in Africa’s major forests.
  • Uneven progress for African women
    • Uneven progress for African women. Since the Beijing summit, only nine African countries have action plans.
  • UNICEF: Importance of Hygiene
    • An article about the importance of water sanitation and hygiene.
  • United Nations World Youth Report 2007
    • The report explores major issues of concern to youth development, including employment, education, health, poverty and violence. At the same time, it highlights youth as a positive force for development and provides recommendations for supporting their essential contributions.
  • USAID: Democracia y Gobernabilidad
    • Colabora para lograr una democracia más participativa, representativa y responsable
  • USAID: Desarrollo fronterizo
    • PROGRAMA DE DESARROLLO FRONTERIZO HAITÍ/RD Y PREVENCIÓN DE CONFLICTOS: Financiamiento total desde 2003-2005 de US$750,000
  • USAID: OPORTUNIDADES DE EMPLEO
    • EMPLEOS CON LA USAID EN LA REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA, con la USAID, permanentes con la USAID, por contratos de Servicios Personales y la misión de los Estados Unidos en la República Dominicana.
  • USAID: SALUD Y POBLACIÓN
    • USAID Contribuye con el Mejoramiento Sostenido en la Salud de las Poblaciones Vulnerables
  • USAIDRD: Recursos
    • Los documentos listados más abajo son referencias ilustrativas que proveen ejemplos, recursos y resultados del contínuo apoyo y asistencia técnica de la USAID al Gobierno de la República Dominicana.
  • USAIDRD: Recursos
    • Los documentos listados más abajo son referencias ilustrativas que proveen ejemplos, recursos y resultados del contínuo apoyo y asistencia técnica de la USAID al Gobierno de la República Dominicana.
  • Water and Sanitation
    • Learn more about USAID's water and sanitation program.
  • Water Distillation Principles
    • Instruction on how to distill water
  • Winning the Battle Against Poverty and Disability
    • An article from a conference in Sri Lanka on ways to eliminate poverty amongst people with disabilities and best include them in mainstream society.