Weekly Round-up

This week in development…

  • With the first-of-its-kind Africa Leaders’ Summit fast approaching, CSIS released Africa in the Wider World, a collection of essays by CSIS experts on the issues and trends central to the Summit, including trade, security, and governance.
  • Following its 13th review session, the UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) released the final version of its proposed Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on July 19, which are expected to be presented to UN Member States in September 2014.
    • The 17 SDGs include 169 specific statistical benchmarks, with emphasis on agriculture, health, education, gender equality, improved access to water and “modern” energy sources, economic opportunity, and sustainable development practices.
  • On July 22, the United Kingdom’s DFID hosted the inaugural Girls Summit in London in cooperation with UNICEF. The summit hoped bring greater attention to issues of child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation (FMG).
    • Advocates and survivors, as well as representatives from the public and private sector, discussed ways to put an end to these practices.

  • On July 24, the UN launched the 2014 Human Development Index The report ranks countries in four domains, from “very high human development” to “low human development” based on indicators that measure “multidimensional poverty.”
    • Countries that have made particular progress since the 2013 HDI include Zimbabwe, Mongolia, and Singapore.
    • Critics, including Michael Green (Executive Director of Social Progress Imperative), assert that the Index is “incomplete” in its findings on social progress.
  • The first United Nations aid convoy arrived in Syria on July 24 with food, water, sanitation, and shelter provisions. This relief comes in the wake of the UNSC’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 2165, allowing humanitarian aid to be delivered to Syria even without Damascus’ approval.

Coming up at CSIS…

  • On Tuesday, July 29 CSIS will host “The Value of Higher Education in Development: A Conversation with 2014 YALI Washington Fellows on Education & Youth Entrepreneurs.” YALI Washington Fellows and representatives from the IFC, Laureate Education, and Aseshi will discuss the educational and entrepreneurial opportunities and challenges facing African youth and the role of the private sector in investing and strengthening education in Africa.  To RSVP, please visit: http://csis.org/event/value-higher-education-developmenta-conversation-2014-yali-washington-fellows-education-youth-

Katherine Perry is a researcher with the Project on Prosperity and Development at CSIS.

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