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'Hiigsiga Nolosha': How Has a Youth Radio Show Given Young Somalis Hope for Their Future?
BBC Media Action: Somalia, August 2016

The Media Action radio programme Hiigsiga Nolosha (meaning desire or aspirations for life) is designed for Somali youth as a discussion platform to prompt "dialogue and interaction across divides, create... understanding and acceptance between youth from different parts of the country, improve... how youth are viewed (by themselves and adults), give... young people hope and motivation for the future and help... them to believe they can positively contribute to their country." The project was created to improve capacity of local Somali partner radio stations to deliver audience-driven, and particularly youth-focused, media programming. Hiigsiga Nolosha "has been broadcast via the BBC Somali Service and three partner community radio stations and included both a drama Maalmo Dhaama Maanta (A Better Life than Today) and discussion segments produced by each partner radio station." Phase I formative research showed a need for programming in which youth could exchange "ideas and experiences and come up with solutions to the challenges they face. The impact evaluation at the end of Phase I found that the programme had given Somali youth an opportunity to interact and express their ideas, had helped to highlighted commonalities of young people, had positively shifted how young Somalis viewed themselves and contributed to youth empowerment."

13th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA): complete list of reports now available

Please find through the link below: A Complete list of 13th ICASA HDN KC Team on-site reports now available; Instructions how to request/obtain the articles by web/email; Note for newsletter/eForum/website editors.

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20 years of AIDS:
CNN special week of programming

In June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice on page two of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report about a strange outbreak of killer pneumonia striking homosexual men. From that obscure beginning, AIDS grew into the public health disaster of our time, a global phenomenon that has tested social, cultural, religious and scientific beliefs. Twenty years later -- with expensive drug therapies but no cure or vaccine in sight -- AIDS continues to spread rapidly, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Many researchers warn that the worst is yet to come.

2003 International Drug Price Indicator Guide with CD-ROM

The 2003 edition of the International Drug Price Indicator Guide provides a spectrum of prices from 19 sources, including non-profit drug suppliers, commercial procurement agencies, international development organisations, and government agencies. The Guide helps supply officers determine the probable cost of pharmaceutical products for their programs, compare current prices paid to prices available on the international market, assess the potential financial impact of changes to a drug list, and support rational drug use education.

2008 World Population Data Sheet
Population Reference Bureau, 19 August 2008

The demographic divide - inequality in the population and health profiles of rich and poor countries - is widening. Two sharply different patterns of population growth are evident: little growth or even decline in most wealthy countries and continued rapid population growth in the world’s poorest countries. The 2008 World Population Data Sheet and its summary report offer detailed information about country, regional and global population patterns. It provides up-to-date demographic, health, and environment data for 209 countries and 25 regions of the world. It points up stark contrasts between developed and developing countries and predicts that the world population will soon have an urban majority. In 2008, for the first time, half of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Despite some improvement, maternal mortality continues to be very high in developing countries. In the least-developed countries, 35% of the population consumes fewer than the minimum calories required to lead a healthy active life. That figure rises above 60% in several sub-Saharan countries.

2008 World Population Data Sheet: Global demographic divide widens
Population Reference Bureau, 2008

The demographic divide - the inequality in the population and health profiles of rich and poor countries - is widening. Two sharply different patterns of population growth are evident: little growth (or even decline) in most wealthy countries and continued rapid population growth in the world's poorest countries. The Population Reference Bureau has released its 2008 World Population Data Sheet, which provides up-to-date demographic, health and environment data for all countries and major world regions. New on the Data Sheet this year is data on maternal mortality and the percentage of population who are undernourished.

2010 Mass Immunisation Campaign
Department of Health, South Africa: 2010

This website contains all the documentations relevant to the South African Department of Health’s national mass immunisation campaign of 2010. Documents cover immunisations against polio, measles and influenza, vitamin A supplementation and preventing worm infestation, together with evaluation guidelines. The website also provides emergency procedures to follow in case of anaphylaxis, information on the cold chain for vaccines, vaccine stock control and data, and worker-oriented information on the role of team leaders and supportive supervision. It also details the government’s social mobilisation campaign to promote immunisation and awareness of the procedure.

2011 Pilot Aid Transparency Index
Publish What You Fund: 15 November 2011

Most international external funders (external funders) are not publishing enough information about the money they give, undermining the effectiveness of development spending and damaging public trust, according to Publish What You Fund’s 2011 Aid Transparency Index. Major external funders - including the United States, Japan, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Canada, Italy and Australia - perform poorly in the Index, despite repeated pledges to improve. The five best-ranked donors (external funders) are the World Bank, the Global Fund, the African Development Bank, the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. Publish What You Fund has expressed disappointment with the results, noting that most external funders are simply not providing enough good information about their aid. It argues that this lack of transparency leads to waste, overlap and inefficiency, impedes efforts to improve governance and reduce corruption and makes it hard to measure results. Publish What You Fund calls on all external funders to sign up to and implement the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which provides a common standard for publishing data and has the potential to transform the way external funding is managed. It urges external funders to use the upcoming High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Korea (29 November – 1 December 2011) to commit to publish timely, comprehensive and comparable information on external funding by 2015.

2013 Human Development Report: The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World
United Nations Development Programme: December 2012

The next Human Development Report – “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” – will be published in March 2013. It will examine the profound shift in global dynamics that is being driven by the fast-rising powers of the developing world - and the implications of this phenomenon for human development. China has already overtaken Japan as the world’s second biggest economy, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty in the process. India is actively reshaping its future with entrepreneurial creativity and social policy innovation. Brazil has become another major engine of growth for the South, while reducing inequality at home through antipoverty programs that are emulated worldwide. Turkey, Thailand, South Africa, Mexico, Indonesia and other dynamic developing nations are also leading actors on the world stage today, offering important policy lessons and valuable new partnerships for the South as a whole, including today’s least developed countries. The Report will feature a new Human Development Index (HDI) as well as the Report’s three complementary indices: the Inequality-adjusted HDI, the Gender Inequality Index (GII) and the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).

2014 Durban International Film Festival Winners

The 35th Edition of the Durban International Film Festival came to a close last week with an awards ceremony that saw the unveiling of the fest’s new statuette, the Golden Giraffe. Of particular note, Rehad Desai‘s Marikana documentary Miners Shot Down was awarded “South Africa’s Best Documentary Film.” The film uses the point of view of the Marikana miners as it follows the strike from day one.