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World of NewsThese are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Poverty is Sexist 2016 Report
ONE Campaign
Last year ONE released its first “Poverty is Sexist” report, aimed at pressuring leaders to put girls and women at the heart of key policies and decisions. The report demonstrated two truths: 1. That poverty and gender inequality go hand-in-hand. Being born in a poor country and being born female amount to a double whammy for girls and women: they are significantly worse off than their counterparts in richer countries, and in every sphere they are hit harder by poverty than men. 2. Investments targeted towards girls and women pay dividends in lifting everyone out of poverty more quickly, and are essential in the overall fight to end extreme poverty everywhere. 2015 saw the world debate and decide the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and a climate deal at COP 21 in Paris. This year, leaders have the opportunity to turn these aspirations into results.
Practice Note: Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding
Throughout the world, more than 600 million young people live in fragile and conflict-affected contexts today.  They are among the most affected by the multiple and often interlinked forms of violence – from political violence and criminal gangs to organized crime and terrorist attacks that plague their countries and communities, bearing enormous and long-lasting human, social and economic costs. Over the past decade, the involvement of some young people – particularly young men, but also increasingly young women – in violence and extremist groups has led some to paint youth generally as a threat to global security and stability. But research shows that youth who participate actively in violence are a minority, while the majority of youth – despite the injustices, deprivations and abuse they can confront daily, particularly in conflict contexts – are not violent and do not participate in violence. Moreover, a growing body of evidence suggests that young women and men can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change.
From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development
Principles of Digital Development
Development is changing. One major reason why: technology is changing not just how we do business, but the model for development itself. In developing countries and communities, digital technologies like the mobile phone are increasingly in the hands of people who stand to benefit from them the most. This can mean increased access to services, like market price information for rural farmers, financial services for the previously unbanked, and maternal health messaging for pregnant women who live beyond the reach of doctors or even health clinics. While the potential is clear, the success of the thousands of projects that have sprung up using technology to close access gaps is less so. The Principles for Digital Development can help inform and guide this process. This report is the culmination of rich and detailed discussions about these Principles by more than 500 individuals representing over 100 organizations working in international development. It captures their experiences, insights, questions, and recommendations to inform a landscape of where we are in our understanding of this guidance, and how we can chart a path forward.
New York Times
Have you thought of a clever product to mitigate climate change? Did you invent an ingenious gadget to light African villages at night? Have you come up with a new kind of school, or new ideas for lowering the rate of urban shootings? Thanks, but we have lots of those. Whatever problem possesses you, we already have plenty of ways to solve it. Many have been rigorously tested and have a lot of evidence behind them — and yet they’re sitting on a shelf. So don’t invent something new. If you want to make a contribution, choose one of those ideas — and spread it.
Global Data Spotlight Needs to Shine on Those With Disabilities
Last September amid great fanfare, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, the member states set out 17 new objectives, applicable to all nations and peoples, regardless of location (including island states), level of national income or economic development. At the heart of this "plan of action for people, planet and prosperity" is the idea that "no one will be left behind," a principle itself enshrined in the SDGs' Goal 17. Mindful that what matters is measured, the SDGs require a data revolution to ensure that a light shines on those sections of society that governments and the development community all too often miss. Expressly within Goal 17 is the push for "high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by … race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability [and] geographic location."
Angus Deaton on Foreign Aid and Inequality
Council on Foreign Relations- podcast
Angus Deaton, the 2015 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, joins CBS News' Pamela S. Falk to discuss foreign aid, global and national inequality, and globalization. Deaton describes his skepticism of the effectiveness of foreign aid, his interest in effective altruism, and assesses the social value of financial careers.

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