Girls Education – which way forward?

Students from a US based MA course recently asked me why NGOs put too much emphasis on shocking statistics and pictures of girls only while boys from poor and conflict affected countries were also disadvantaged? “Why discriminate” they asked? It dawned on me that to one not caught up in the debates, or one witnessing or living the reality of the...

Whither the Pacific?

US and 25 Chinese aid to the Pacific Region. Photo credit: loweyinterpreter In the shifting international relationships between the North and the South, new development ‘actors’ are emerging in the South Pacific region. These Southern development partners have repositioned their practices and priorities and are much less ‘pliant’ than they have...

Education First, Education Cannot Wait

UN General Secretary’s Education First Initiative For the first time, a UN Secretary-General has made education a priority during their tenure. On 26 September, during the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary-General Ban  Ki-Moon launched Education First, his new five-year strategy to ensure education for all. This comprehensive plan...

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