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Aid and development links: Children in war, Asia’s economic integration, Yemen and more

Updates from across the aid and development field.

Child soldiers released in South Sudan, 2015 (Photo: Samir Bol/Getty)
Child soldiers released in South Sudan, 2015 (Photo: Samir Bol/Getty)
Published 8 Jan 2018   Follow @AlexandreDayant

  • UNICEF has warned that children were increasingly being used as weapons of war in 2017.
  • The World Bank highlights the 12 key lessons from last year about building inclusive, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities.
  • The global economic scenario is set for an Asian century – but for it to become a reality, India, China and the rest of Asia need to explore the possibilities of economic integration as the once-dominant West marginalises and isolates itself, argues Dhiraj Nayyar.
  • The UN has approved the largest-ever emergency funding allocation to help the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
  • After US President Donald Trump’s announcement in December that the US will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, US-funded projects in the occupied Palestinian territories are facing significant backlash, supported by nationwide protests.
  • In Sierra Leone, two Ebola survivors are suing the government, arguing almost a third of the aid money provided to the government to fight Ebola in 2014 disappeared.
  • A team of economists from Berkeley and the Paris School of Economics updated the World Bank’s ‘elephant graph’, which emphasises how globalisation affects inequality and populism around the world.
  • According to Cynthia Olotch, partnerships between the private sector and public healthcare providers, also called Managed Equipment Services (MES), is the solution to some of the challenges posed by the dynamic healthcare industry in Kenya.
  • On a more cheerful note, take a look at this beautiful piece on seasonal migration in Bangladesh by Nurith Aizenman and how a bus ticket can change someone’s life.

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