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From Brazil to Burundi: uniting communities through soccerScoring for Peace

Leveraging sport as a vehicle for peace and development is relatively new, having graduated slowly over the past 10 years from a ‘cottage industry’ on the periphery to now being firmly entrenched in the mainstream of development programming.The Post Conflict Reintegration Program within AFTC/TDRP has since 2005 reintegrated and reconciled into communities almost half a million ex-combatants and their families. 

Friday Roundup: Vint Cerf and Mark Zuckerberg, Global Housing Markets, MDG Update, Free Vaccines in India, and Disaster Risk Reduction

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Internet pioneer and Google's Vice President Vinton G. Cerf will talk about the major emerging trends and threats about the Internet that will dramatically shape the global economy on July 14, 2014 at the World Bank headquarters. Watch the event live here.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg writes in The Wall Street Journal about global internet access and its impact on poverty reduction.

The IMF has a new, Global Housing Markets database that tracks developments in housing markets around the world.

Prospects Daily: U.K. leading economic index improves, Mexico’s central bank keeps key interest rate unchanged in July

High Income Economies
 
Canada lost 9400 jobs in June and the jobless rate rose by 0.1 percentage points to 7.1% percent, as more people were searching for work.  Employment increased by 72,000 annually or 0.4% (y/y), the lowest since February 2010.  Employment fell in business, building and other support services as well as agriculture. At the same time, there were more people working in construction and other services.
 

Pay More Attention to Construction Firms in Africa

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Maseru Maqalika Water Intake System The emergence of local capacity in the construction sector has long been regarded as critical for economic development.  Indeed, since the early 1970s, the World Bank has provided a “civil works preference” for low income countries in Bank-financed projects in order to foster the expansion of domestic construction industries.  In most regions of the world, the emergence of domestic capacity in civil works goes hand-in-hand with regional development trajectories.  Large construction companies bid for, and win, contracts in their own and neighboring countries.
 

Knowledge Partnership on Global Issues: Letter from Seoul

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Last week I had the privilege—and pleasure—of delivering a lecture series at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. The KDI School is an educational arm of the Korea Development Institute, Korea’s leading and highly regarded economic policy think tank. I was much impressed by the KDI School’s program, which aims to foster leadership in economic development and public policy. Course participants are drawn from a variety of public institutions in emerging and developing economies. The School’s philosophy places a strong emphasis on the sharing of development experience among participants, peer learning, and dissemination of best practice. Korea’s own development history is rich in lessons for public policy, which the program seeks to share with participants drawn from across the globe. The School has positioned itself as an international hub for sharing knowledge on development among policymakers and practitioners, and its mission receives generous support from the Korean Government.

July 11, 2014: This Week in #SouthAsiaDev

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We've rounded up 19 tweets, posts, links, and +1's on South Asia-related development news, innovation and social good that caught our eye this week. Countries included: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal

Taking Youth Development to the Digital Age

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Nearly a quarter of the world’s population today is made up of young people between the ages of 10-24 years. How can young people more effectively voice their opinions and ensure they are heard?
 
UNFPA’s mandate states that a safe passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. This right can only be fulfilled if focused investments are made to create opportunities to help them reach their full potential. This year’s theme for World Population Day, “Investing in young people” should be used to increase awareness and drive home this point.
 
In Sri Lanka, 15.6% of the total population is aged between 15- 24 years. Statistics show that this generation of youth is the most inter-connected in the world’s history. 61% of young people today possess mobile phones in Sri Lanka and this number is continuing to rise. ICT is changing the way the youth communicate and how they access knowledge and share resources.


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