Weekly Round-up

This week in development…

  • Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the launch of a program that will seek “practical and pragmatic solutions to the problems of air pollution and climate change,” in China.  Paulson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this summer, and has framed the initiative as holding relevance for China, the United States, and the world.  There is a huge upside to projects focused on climate changeinChina- the Middle Kingdom is the world’s largest polluter, but also the largest investor in green energy.
    Yangtze factory

    A factory along China’s Yangtze River

  • To mark this year’s Work Water Week, PepsiCo, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, revealed a new data management and modeling tool called Hydro-BID. The new tool will estimate the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Somalia in Crisis: The Risk and Opportunity for Pastoral Refugees

By Caitlin Allmaier

Last month, the United Nations warned that the food security situation in Somalia has worsened over the past year and that ongoing drought combined with conflict could lead to a repeat of the massive 2011 famine that shook the region. Between 2010 and 2011, over 260,000 people died as a direct result of the famine in Somalia, and over half of those deaths were children under the age of six.

Refugee camps work to mitigate this risk by meeting immediate, basic human needs – food, water, and shelter. However, building long-term capacity and resilience for displaced communities remains a challenge.  Pastoralists, nomadic people who raise livestock on natural pastures, are particularly vulnerable to this threat

Dadaab Refugee Camp

Dadaab Refugee Camp, the largest camp in the world, located at the Kenya-Somalia border

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Weekly Round-up

This week in development…

  • USAID has announced that they will tap into an emergency trust fund – one that has not been touched since the global food price spike and crisis in 2008 – to respond to the extreme food insecurity in South Sudan. “The scale of the suffering and humanitarian need there is shocking, and the threat of famine is real,” said National Security Advisor Susan Rice in a statement profiling the $180 million that will be drawn from the fund.  The account being drawn upon is specifically allocated to Food for Peace programming, and intended to meet emergency or unanticipated food aid needs.
  • August 18 is the 500 day milestone until the target date to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. The questions of “were the MDGs successful?” and “where do we go from here?” have begun to dictate the discussions and work of the development community, as attention shifts towards the post-2015 development agenda. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the acclaimed street photography blog Humans of New York, has partnered with the UN to take a 50-day “World Tour” to raise awareness of the MDGs and informally track their progress.
Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, courtesy of Humans of New York http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/94726975821/the-zaatari-refugee-camp-is-twelve-kilometers

Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, courtesy of Humans of New York http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/94726975821/the-zaatari-refugee-camp-is-twelve-kilometers

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