Fourth most deadly year on record for journalists
Committee to Protect Journalists
In 2015, 71 journalists were killed in direct relation to their work, making it the fourth deadliest year since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping records in 1992, the organization said today. Thirty of the journalists killed, or 42 percent, died at the hands of extremist groups such as Islamic State. Those killings came as more than half of the 199 journalists imprisoned in 2015 were jailed on anti-state charges, showing how the press is caught between perpetrators of terrorism and governments purporting to fight terrorists. CPJ reported in December that 69 journalists were killed around the world from January 1 through December 23, 2015.
What next for poor countries fighting to trade in an unfair world?
The setting was a lakeside in Geneva and the cast was as international as it gets, but the Doha round of world trade talks was scripted straight out of EastEnders, the UK’s long-running television soap opera: an endless recycling of worn-out story lines, interminable plots, and theatrical moments of hope punctured by comically predictable tragic outcomes. In case you missed the episode last week, the main character was bumped off in the corridors of a Nairobi conference centre by European and American trade diplomats. Launched in 2001 and intended to deliver a bold new world trade order, the Doha talks have stumbled from one deadlock to another. Last weekend, the World Trade Organisation’s 164 members ended their ministerial meeting in Nairobi with a communique that “declined to reaffirm” the Doha round – trade-speak for a death certificate.
100 key research questions for the post-2015 development
Development Policy Review
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) herald a new phase for international development. This article presents the results of a consultative exercise to collaboratively identify 100 research questions of critical importance for the post-2015 international development agenda. The final shortlist is grouped into nine thematic areas and was selected by 21 representatives of international and non-governmental organisations and consultancies, and 14 academics with diverse disciplinary expertise from an initial pool of 704 questions submitted by 110 organisations based in 34 countries. The shortlist includes questions addressing long-standing problems, new challenges and broader issues related to development policies, practices and institutions. Collectively, these questions are relevant for future development-related research priorities of governmental and non-governmental organisations worldwide and could act as focal points for transdisciplinary research collaborations.
How NGOs can work with big Internet firms to overcome the digital divide
Global tech players such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft are touting a plethora of options to break down the digital divide, from a new wave of higher-throughput satellites to Internet balloons and drones. An array of initiatives in individual countries means there is some uncertainty among the global development community on how the mix of technologies will ultimately look in developing regions. How this all pans out is of crucial importance for nongovernmental organizations and the donors that support them — and there are a number of ways they can give themselves a voice and help drive a desirable outcome. Devex spoke to experts in the sector to get the inside track and glean advice on how NGOs can better work and engage with big Internet firms. Here are our key takeaways:
Four ways business can strengthen fragile states and regions
In a speech last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry told university students that “because the world is so extraordinarily interconnected today, instability anywhere can be a threat to stability everywhere”. Just three days later, the attacks by ISIS-aligned terrorists in Paris brutally demonstrated his point. Fragile states and regions – those places trapped by violence, extreme poverty and poor governance – are home to much of the world’s misery. Roughly a billion people are being left behind, trapped in cycles of fragility and violence, as the rest of the world progresses. That disparity alone demands that we, on moral grounds, make the most serious effort we can to get fragile places on a path to progress.
Six communications trends NGOs should follow in 2016
Digital evolution powered development communications this year. What should we consider for 2016?
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