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Inclusivity: Sustainability’s Powerhouse


No sustainable solution or Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) is feasible without paying careful attention to gender dynamics. This is the conclusion from a recent study conducted as as part of a partnership project on gender and climate-smart agriculture between the UNDP World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).

An analysis of the findings is contained in a new Issue Brief available for download here.

“If policies are to succeed, they should be climate-smart, people-smart and gender-smart,” says Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist at the Rio+ Centre in Brazil.  “Whilst governments have made a good start and some progress has been achieved, we can and should do more to ensure that gender is adequately accounted for at all levels.”

The Rio+/FANRPAN partnership project is intended to support national and regional programs that improve livelihoods and food security benefits to at…

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Can we stop the 2030 Labour Crisis?

Understanding the skills required for the future

Sustaining People


A new TED Talk just released discusses the upending of the global labour market in the ten years between 2020 and 2030.

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The Millenium Development Goals-where to now?

Pushing for inclusive growth in Africa

Aid and Africa: The Way Forward?

Is AID really the way forward…..? decades later and Africa is still poor..

the developmentinator

aidAs a citizen of a country that has been give billions in aid though the years, I have always been rather sceptic on the subject. I never believed that aid could lead to something sustainable, something that would allow people the power and freedom to fully express themselves and break the shackles of poverty. Aid usually refers to financial assistance given by richer countries to poorer countries. There are two main types of aid, Humanitarian aid and Development aid. Humanitarian aid aims to help in the short term (e.g. to help after natural disasters or emergencies), to provide essential services and resources to people who are in difficulty. It is only meant to alleviate suffering in the short term rather than contributing towards longer-term poverty alleviation.

In my country, Kenya, both types of aid are visible and have been for quite a while. After the post-election violence in 2008, Kenya…

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