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How Cuba came of age on early childhood development – podcast

How Cuba came of age on early childhood development – podcast

More than 99.5% of Cuban children attend an early childhood education programme or institution. Kary Stewart visits Havana to speak to families, doctors and teachers about a Latin American success
Commodity price falls mean poorest countries miss UN poverty goals

Commodity price falls mean poorest countries miss UN poverty goals

Unctad reports weakest year of GDP growth in 20 years for least developed nations, scuppering hopes that half would escape extreme poverty by 2020Hopes that half of the world’s 48 least developed
US interest rate rise to deepen debt crisis in developing world

US interest rate rise to deepen debt crisis in developing world

Poorest countries hit hardest as lower commodity prices and strong dollar raises repayment bills, campaigners warn Developing countries are struggling with steep rises in their debt payments after
Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us

Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us

It is time to ditch the belief that economies obey rigid mechanical rules, which has widened inequality and polluted our planet. Economics is evolvingThings are not going well in the world’s richest
Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut | George Monbiot

Finally, a breakthrough alternative to growth economics – the doughnut | George Monbiot

Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the planetSo what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear
Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Britain spent 'twice as much on overseas fossil fuels as renewables'

Nearly half of £6.1bn energy spending in developing countries from 2010-14 went on oil, coal and gas-fired schemes, data showsThe UK has spent more than twice as much overseas support on fossil fuels

Building a Platform to Help Us All Rise Together

The global community faces challenges on a massive scale, but the Sustainable Development Goals were developed to marshal all the world's energies to address them. What we need now is a common
Global Health: Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health

Global Health: Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health

Bill and Melinda Gates speaking in Manhattan last year. They will present a sort of report card of global health, called “Goalkeepers,” at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
Global Health: Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health

Global Health: Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health

Bill and Melinda Gates speaking in Manhattan last year. They will present a sort of report card of global health, called “Goalkeepers,” at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
How World Vision uses partnerships to meet ambitious water, sanitation, and hygiene goals around the globe

How World Vision uses partnerships to meet ambitious water, sanitation, and hygiene goals around the globe

Imagine delivering a child in a place where you're required to bring your own water to the delivery room, in a healthcare facility in which there's no viable way for the staff to wash their hands

Turning Techonomy’s Work Toward Global Progress

For 2018 Techonomy turns its attention towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 (SDGs). We will explore how tech can advance the goals and the business case for action. Making the world
Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’

Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’

Report by World Health Organization and World Bank finds medical bills are pushing people in poorest countries into extreme povertyAlmost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year
Life on the Congo river: boosting survival rates for mothers and babies – in pictures

Life on the Congo river: boosting survival rates for mothers and babies – in pictures

In remote areas down the river from Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Tshopo province, the incidence of maternal and infant mortality is extremely high as preventable diseases are

Why We Need More Techonomics in 2018

Never in my adult lifetime has there been so much fear about what could go wrong. There are challenges, yes, but we are excited, not daunted by them. The post Why We Need More Techonomics in 2018

Portraits: Thought Leaders in Support of U.N. Global Goals

The U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are the world's roadmap for progress. At Techonomy 2017 we asked speakers to choose one of the 17 goals. Here, each speaker explains why they care
NHS admits doctors may be using tools made by children in Pakistan

NHS admits doctors may be using tools made by children in Pakistan

Closer scrutiny demanded as NHS supplier concedes surgical instruments in routine use could be product of child labourChildren as young as 12 are making surgical instruments in hazardous conditions in
Rwanda becomes first poor country to provide eye care for all

Rwanda becomes first poor country to provide eye care for all

In a country where a third of people have sight problems, specialist nurses have visited all 15,000 villages as part of a life-changing projectRwanda has become the first low-income country to provide
5 entrepreneurs who are future-proofing the global food waste problem

5 entrepreneurs who are future-proofing the global food waste problem

Most people know that global hunger is a pressing issue — but what you may not know is that food waste is equally concerning. This doesn't seem to make sense: How is it that so many go hungry if
Africa 'very, very far away' from meeting global target to end child malnutrition

Africa 'very, very far away' from meeting global target to end child malnutrition

Research covering 51 countries in unprecedented detail suggests entire continent will miss 2030 deadlineNo African country is expected to reach the UN target of ending childhood malnutrition by 2030,
'Woefully off track': global goals leave behind over half the world's children

'Woefully off track': global goals leave behind over half the world's children

Sustainability agenda that pledged to maximise every child’s chances undermined by lack of data in some countries, says Unicef reportMore than half a billion of the world’s poorest children are