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World Toilet Day and the Need for Clean Water

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave). A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave).

The fact that a global water crisis is underway is likely unfathomable to many people living in developed countries, where getting clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But for those living in developing countries, water insecurity is a very real threat.

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Eliminating Poverty and Hunger By Empowering Women

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka). A woman farmer in Khokana, Nepal, June 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Navesh Chitraka).

Food security and hunger eradication are international priorities because of their indisputable positive impact on development goals, local and regional economies, and social stability. Yet despite global attention, nearly 870 million people around the world still do not know where their next meal is coming from. Although this number has fallen by 130 million people since 1990, the decline plateaued after 2008, making clear that new and refined strategies to eliminate world hunger are needed.

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Thoughts on the UN High-Level Panel’s Post-2015 Report

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speaks to Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union (AU) Rhoda Peace Tumusiime during a meeting on water, a prelude to a High Level Panel (HLP) for world development set up by the U.N. Secretary General, at City Hall in Monrovia January 30, 2013. Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speaks to Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, commissioner for rural economy and agriculture at the African Union (AU), during a meeting on water, a prelude to a High Level Panel (HLP), at City Hall in Monrovia, Liberia on January 30, 2013.

Last week the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda released its long anticipated report: A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies Through Sustainable Development. I’ve finally had time to give the long report a good read. It is an aspirational manifesto, reflecting a “new mainstream” in development thinking that departs substantially from the development thinking of the 80s, 90s, or even the 2000s.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Conclusions

by Terra Lawson-Remer
High rise buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on April 28, 2009 (Arko Datta/Courtesy Reuters). High rise buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on April 28, 2009 (Arko Datta/Courtesy Reuters).

This series has argued that human rights and good governance are critical aspects of global development, as both an end in themselves and as a means to an end. The examination of potential human rights and governance goals, targets, and indicators for the emerging post-2015 global development framework reveals three main insights.

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New From CFR: Foreign Affairs on the Millennium Development Goals

by Development Channel Staff
A man pushes his bicycle loaded with harvested grass in Mchinji, Malawi on April 21, 2008 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters). A man pushes his bicycle loaded with harvested grass in Mchinji, Malawi on April 21, 2008 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters).

In the March/April 2013 issue of Foreign Affairs, development scholar John McArthur, a former manager of the UN Millennium Project, reviews the history of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and takes stock of their progress. Read more »

Post-2015 Development Issues: Personal Security

by Terra Lawson-Remer
A girl stands in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on the outskirts of Belet Weyne, about 315 km (196 miles) from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on February 20, 2013, in this picture provided by the African Union-United Nations Information Support (AU-UN IST) team (Tobin Jones/Courtesy Reuters). A girl stands in a camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) on the outskirts of Belet Weyne, about 315 km (196 miles) from Somalia's capital Mogadishu on February 20, 2013, in this picture provided by the African Union-United Nations Information Support (AU-UN IST) team (Tobin Jones/Courtesy Reuters).

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are central aspects of global development. Fundamental to human freedom, these objectives are both an end in themselves and a means to an end, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda. In this regard, guaranteeing personal security is a critical development goal.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Civil and Political Rights

by Terra Lawson-Remer
Nepalese women take part in a protest against what they say is an increase in violence against women, and demanding the government to implement stronger laws and to take firm action against violence on women, outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Kathmandu January 7, 2013 (Navesh Chitrakar/Courtesy Reuters). Nepalese women take part in a protest against what they say is an increase in violence against women, and demanding the government to implement stronger laws and to take firm action against violence on women, outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Kathmandu January 7, 2013 (Navesh Chitrakar/Courtesy Reuters).

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are central aspects of global development.  Fundamental to human freedom, these objectives are both an end in themselves and a means to an end, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda. In this regard, guaranteeing Civil Rights, Political Rights, and Personal Security is a critical development goal.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Rule of Law

by Terra Lawson-Remer
illagers pose with their identity cards as they stand in line to open a bank account at a camp organised by a private bank in a village at Ajmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan on January 10, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters). Villagers pose with their identity cards as they stand in line to open a bank account at a camp organized by a private bank in a village at Ajmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan on January 10, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters).

As discussed in previous blog posts in this series, good governance and human rights are essential to human well-being, and should be included in the post-2015 global development agenda. Rule of law and access to justice are linchpins of these concepts.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Good Governance

by Terra Lawson-Remer
A general view of the opening plenary session of the G20 Summit in Seoul on November 12, 2010 (Eric Feferberg/Courtesy Reuters). A general view of the opening plenary session of the G20 Summit in Seoul on November 12, 2010 (Eric Feferberg/Courtesy Reuters).

Tuesday’s blog post discussed the importance of incorporating the goal of combating discrimination and inequality into the post-2015 global development agenda. This post discusses the significance of another goal: open and accountable government for all.

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Post-2015 Development Issues: Discrimination and Inequality

by Terra Lawson-Remer
A woman picks tea leaves at a tea plantation in Moganshan, Zhejiang province on April 9, 2012 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters). A woman picks tea leaves at a tea plantation in Moganshan, Zhejiang province, China on April 9, 2012 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters).

Development scholars and practitioners agree that discrimination and inequality undermine the most basic principles of human rights and socioeconomic development. Inequity and lack of opportunity harm both marginalized individuals—the very poorest, who should be the primary beneficiaries of development—as well as society at large. For example, according to the UN, the Asia Pacific region is losing $42 to $47 billion per year because of restrictions on women’s access to employment opportunities, and another $16 to $30 billion per year because of gender gaps in education.

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