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Aid and development links: Yemen blockade, Chinese aid, infectious diseases and more

Updates on issues across the aid and development sector.

Photo: Department of Defence/Commonwealth of Australia
Photo: Department of Defence/Commonwealth of Australia

  • UN officials have asked the Saudi-led coalition to lift its blockade of Yemen's Red Sea so the country can receive desperately needed humanitarian supplies.
  • A Global Compact on Migration could be a solution for international immigration issues, but it would need to take regional characteristics into account, according to UN Special Representative for International Migration Louise Arbour.
  • At the East Asia Forum, Pierre van der Eng explains why Indonesia prefers Chinese aid to assistance coming from Development Assistance Committee countries, while Alvin Camba provides detailed responses to some common criticisms of Chinese aid.
  • Tony Milne from Campaign for Australian Aid said the Foreign Policy White Paper missed the opportunity of 'elevating aid to be of equal value as defence, trade, and diplomacy as a key pillar of foreign policy', reports by Devex’s Lisa Cornish.
  • Photographer Karin Schermbrucker spent a decade travelling across Africa, documenting the lives of girls and young women affected by HIV and Aids – here is an extract from her exhibition in Johannesburg.
  • In the first part of her two-post series at Devpolicy, Mary Moran explains what Australia should do in the global effort to stop millions of infectious disease deaths in the developing world.
  • Catherine Cheney reports on Daydream Impact, Google’s new philanthropy program. The initiative will provide training and tools to organisations that want to produce immersive and 360-degree virtual reality video content to support their causes.

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