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  • Are There Too Many Charities In Australia?

    Susan Pascoe, Huffington Post Blog | 22 Feb, 2016

    Regardless of the actual number of charities in Australia, it feels as though they are everywhere. Nearly every day we see charity street collectors and receive window-faced envelopes in the mail, read crowdfunding requests and watch charity television ads.

    Charities have become very good at attracting our attention, because they need to be. The 2014 Australian Charities Report, published by the ACNC in December 2015, found that donations and bequests account for a huge $6.8 billion of annual charity income.

  • How Cities You’ve Never Heard of will Shape the Future

    Dr Robert Muggah, Australian Institute of International Affairs Blog | 22 Feb, 2016

    The world is urbanizing at breakneck speed. But not all regions are moving at the same speed. Most population growth today and tomorrow will occur in the sprawling cities and slums of Africa and Asia. Just three countries — China, India and Nigeria — will account for 40 percent of global growth over the next decade. Meanwhile, many cities in North America and Western Europe are actually shrinking.

  • OECD redefines foreign aid to include some military spending

    Rowena Mason, The Guardian | 20 Feb, 2016

    The definition of foreign aid has been changed to include some military spending, in a move that charities fear will lead to less cash being spent on directly alleviating poverty.

  • Water crisis spells cold comfort for Nepal earthquake survivors

    Pete Pattisson, The Guardian | 19 Feb, 2016

    It is an hour before dawn, and on the slopes below Barkobot village in Nepal’s Sindhupalchowk district, a small crowd of women are already waiting to fill up their water pots from a single plastic hose. It will be a lengthy interlude.

    After the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April last year, the main water source in the village dried up. Since then, people have had to rely on a slender pipe as their chief source of drinking water, but all that comes out is a thin trickle. It takes almost an hour to fill a 20-litre pot.

  • After 60 years of Zika in Asia, why worry?

    Nimisha Jaiswal, IRIN | 19 Feb, 2016

    Zika has been in Asia and the Pacific for at least 60 years, though its mostly mild symptoms have prompted little cause for concern. But with the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency after an outbreak in Brazil that's been linked to serious birth defects, some countries in the region are taking special precautions.

  • Numbers, trends or norms: what changes Australians’ opinions about aid?

    Terence Wood, DevPolicy Blog | 19 Feb, 2016

    Australia Britain (Flickr/Kimb0lene)When the Australian government cut aid last year, Australians didn’t exactly race to the barricades. In fact, many actually seemed quite happy. When we commissioned a survey question about the 2015–16 aid cuts, the majority of respondents supported them.

    Since then, we’ve started studying what, if anything, might change Australians’ views about aid. There’s an obvious practical reason for this: helping campaigners. Yet the work is intellectually interesting too–a chance to learn more about what shapes humans’ (intermittent) impulse to aid distant strangers.

  • The best way to protect us from climate change? Save our ecosystems

    Tara Martin & James Watson, The Conversation | 19 Feb, 2016

    When we think about adapting humanity to the challenges of climate change, it’s tempting to reach for technological solutions. We talk about seeding our oceans and clouds with compounds designed to trigger rain or increasing carbon uptake. We talk about building grand structures to protect our coastlines from rising sea levels and storm surges.

    However, as we discuss in Nature Climate Change, our focus on these high-tech, heavily engineered solutions is blinding us to a much easier, cheaper, simpler and better solution to adaptation: look after our planet’s ecosystems, and they will look after us.

  • Opposition candidate detained as Ugandans vote for president

    Edith Honan and Elias Biryabarema, Reuters | 19 Feb, 2016

    The man hoping to break Yoweri Museveni's 30-year grip on Uganda's presidency was briefly arrested on Thursday and the government shut down social media sites as voters cast their ballots under the gaze of police and soldiers in riot gear.

    Opposition officials said Kizza Besigye was arrested at dusk on polling day and held for about 30 minutes in the capital Kampala, but despite the tough security there were no reported flare ups of violence.

  • Another new Minister for International Development and the Pacific

    Ashlee Betteridge, DevPolicy Blog | 15 Feb, 2016

    In September, we wrote about the elevation of Steven Ciobo to the new position of Minister for International Development and the Pacific.

    His time in the role was short-lived. On the weekend in a ministry reshuffle, Ciobo was promoted to the trade portfolio, and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells became the new Minister of International Development and the Pacific.

  • Drought may affect 49 million in southern Africa: WFP

    Reuters | 15 Feb, 2016

    As many as 49 million people in southern Africa could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most severe and longest El Nino weather pattern in 35 years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Monday.

    The WFP, which has already said 14 million people face hunger in the region, said the El Nino conditions had caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October and December since 1981.