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Sustainable Development : Data and Facts


These are interesting stuff I learned. Data is ever available, you can browse and understand how the world has changed for the past hundred years

1) Wealth & Health of Nations at Gapminder (http://www.gapminder.org/world)

a) There are graph shows how long people live / mortality rate and how much money they earn. Click the play button to see how countries have developed since 1800.

b) Can check the CO2 emission since 1820. In 1820, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, United Kingdom emitted most CO2 – both per person and in total emissions.  Click Play to see how USA becomes the largest emitter of CO2 from 1900 onwards.

2) World Bank Development Indicators data(http://data.worldbank.org/indicator)

From mortality rate, economic growth rate,  foreign investment, electricity consumption, freshwater withdrawal, to CO2 emission.

3) Compare 2 countries data (http://www.nationmaster.com/index.php) from education, energy, democracy to crime rates.

4) CIA website…

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Post-2015 news and events

Post2015.org - what comes after the MDGs?

Post2015.org is collating news and events related to the post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals process in a round up post. Below, read today’s selection:

Event: Promoting Shared Societies: Inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

As the Millennium Development Goals’ expiration date of 2015 approaches, groups around the world have proposed various frameworks and priorities as the basis for the future global development agenda. Club de Madrid, an independent nonprofit organization composed of the world´s largest collection of former heads of state and government, has advanced a “shared societies” perspective for the post-2015 development agenda, which argues that the inclusion of all segments of society, especially marginalized identity groups should serve as a foundation for the new global development goals.

On February 7, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings will convene a high-level panel to discuss how social inclusion should fit into the post-2015 development agenda. Panelists will…

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The International Year of the Family Farmer

CRHP Jamkhed Blog

By Richard Grubb

At the beginning of the year the United Nations announced that 2014 is to be the International Year of the Family Farmer (IYFF). In an announcement that made clear the importance of small-scale family farms in both the developed and developing worlds, the announcement highlights the potential family farmers have to eradicate hunger, preserve natural resources and promote sustainable development.

SONY DSC In India, 615 million people are reliant upon agriculture of which 418 million are small farmers. Family farms constitute 81% of total agricultural holdings in the country and 60% of agricultural production comes from these family farms. In the surrounding areas of Jamkhed where CRHP has been working for more than 40 years their importance is particularly acute. Being an agrarian community, the vast majority of villagers that CRHP works with are intrinsically involved with family farming. Having lived and worked through the past two years of…

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Thirteen ideas for sustainable growth By: Miniya Chatterji

Thirteen ideas for sustainable growth By: Miniya Chatterji

Worldbank video on poverty

What is Sustainable development?


There are many definitions of sustainable development, including this landmark one which first appeared in 1987:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


— from the World Commission on Environment and Development’s

(the Brundtland Commission) report Our Common Future 

(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987).

But what does this mean? What are the needs of the present? Take a minute and jot down five to ten needs that you have in your own life.

Have you listed any needs that conflict with one another? For example, if you listed clean air to breathe, but also listed a car for transportation, your needs might conflict. Which would you choose, and how would you make your decision? If within ourselves, we have conflicting needs, how much is that multiplied when we look at a whole community, city, country, world? For example, what happens when a company’s need for cheap labor conflicts with workers’ needs for liveable wages? Or when individual families’ needs for firewood conflict with the need to prevent erosion and conserve topsoil? Or when one country’s need for electricity results in acid rain that damages another country’s lakes and rivers?

How do we decide whose needs are met? Poor or rich people? Citizens or immigrants? People living in cities or in the countryside? People in one country or another?You or your neighbour? The environment or the corporation? This generation or the next generation? When there has to be a trade off, whose needs should go first?

The Long and the Short of It

People concerned about sustainable development suggest that meeting the needs of the future depends on how well we balance social, economic, and environmental objectives–or needs–when making decisions today. Some of these needs are itemized around the puzzle diagram.

What social, economic, or environmental needs would you add to the puzzle?


Many of these objectives may seem to conflict with each other in the short term. For example, industrial growth might conflict with preserving natural resources. Yet, in the long term, responsible use of natural resources now will help ensure that there are resources available for sustained industrial growth far into the future.

Studying the puzzle raises a number of difficult questions. For example, can the long term economic objective of sustained agricultural growth be met if the ecological objective of preserving biodiversity is not? What happens to the environment in the long term if a large number of people cannot afford to meet their basic household needs today? If you did not have access to safe water, and therefore needed wood to boil drinking water so that you and your children would not get sick, would you worry about causing deforestation? Or, if you had to drive a long distance to get to work each day, would you be willing to move or get a new job to avoid polluting the air with your car exhaust? If we don’t balance our social, economic, and environmental objectives in the short term, how can we expect to sustain our development in the long term?

What sustainable development dilemmas do you and your family face in your everyday lives?


Poverty alleviation: Tapping into the creative energy of Nigerians

Poverty alleviation: Tapping into the creative energy of Nigerians (1)

How can we creatively create more jobs in Nigeria and alleviate poverty drastically?

Imagine this: A Nigeria where poverty is reduced to the barest minimum, minimum been 20% of the population remain below the income earning bracket of below $2 a day.

Question is, is this possible? And if it is, how can we make it happen? Two things come straight to mind, the political will and human creativity.
The story of Lagos and Nigeria is surprisingly one full of creativity, passion and tenacity. We often think that solving development problems will come through a top to bottom approach and what this means is that we will get people in leadership sitting at a round table discussing and drafting strategies that will drive solutions to development problems. Sometimes it works, often times it does not, which is why many developing countries in Africa continue to remain at status quo: “developing”.

Market led economies have often adopted a bottom up approach, employing creativity and the right approach where the people can within their existing context create wealth for themselves.

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Global Sustainable Development Report: Building the Common Future We Want (Prototype Edition)

“The unabated rise in the scale of materials consumption has increased global environmental, social and economic pressures. There is increasing evidence that we are jeopardising several of the Earth’s basic life support systems. Countries and people trapped in persistent poverty have probably suffered most from these impacts. And future generations will most likely face much greater challenges to meet their own needs” http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/975GSDR%20Executive%20Summary.pdf


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