122 million of 155 million stunted children live in conflict countries.
Development officials have been cautiously optimistic that we were on our way to eradicating hunger. But a recent report by the UN shows a surge in global hunger due to conflict and climate change.
South African children in Kwa-Zulu Natal walk to the last tap with running water after other communal taps were cut off due to drought.
South Africa did a brilliant job of increasing access to safe water for millions of people after the first democratic elections in 1994. But it hasn't kept up the good work.
In rural Malawi traditional leaders have played an important role in persuading men to get involved in women’s health.
A study in Malawi shows how the participation of local community leaders in policy development can change men's attitudes to maternal and child health for the better.
Mozambique has recorded significant poverty reduction in recent years.
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Mozambique has made significant progress in its fight against poverty despite recent economic and political challenges
A woman carries water she has collected from the Turkwel River near Lodwar in Turkana County, north-west Kenya.
Progress in terms of water and sanitation has traditionally favoured those with money. But the hope with the SDG's is that this gap will be plugged in the future.
Frontline workers need to be engaged in the process of building responsive, interconnected health systems.
The millennium development goals were laudable but the approach to achieving them was flawed. An integrated, bottom-up approach is needed if the sustainable development goals are to be met by 2030.
Mega development projects can have a positive impact. But there are risks. Between 2004 and 2013, some 3.4 million people were ‘physically and economically displaced’ by World Bank projects alone.
NIgerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Sustainable development is one of the priorities of Nigeria's new government. This is an opportunity to combat problems detrimental to the country's economy and ecosystems.
Violence has become a normal part of life in Somalia and some other countries.
A growing field of policy analysis now focuses on reducing armed violence. Remarkable consensus has emerged at high policy levels around the basic elements of an approach to reduce violence.
Poor sanitation leads to diseases like malnutrition and stunted growth in children. It also makes them sick and unable to attend school.
We know that Africa's cities need better sanitation. But is the global focus on private rather than shared toilets really the best approach?
This spellbinding documentary tells Malala's story while shining a light on a global injustice
Forget the millenium goals, there’s a new plan on the table.
Global leaders are signing up to an ambitious agenda in New York.
Police officers stand guard in downtown Shanghai. China’s pollution crisis has reached epic proportions, driven by the country’s relentless pursuit of economic growth.
The pursuit of endless industrial growth is chewing through our living planet, producing poverty and threatening our existence. The new Sustainable Development Goals fail to deal with this.
One of the tenets that make universal health care effective is the provision of quality reproductive, maternal and newborn health that is accessible to the entire population.
The concept of Universal Health Coverage is the new focus post-2015. If implemented properly, it could remedy some of the disparities in health care.
Quality control: in Liberia in 2014, all students failed their university entrance exams.
Countries have a lot to gain by making sure all people leave school with functional literacy.
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