18 October: Engage-ing links

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Each week on Engage, we aim to share with you a selection of links to articles and stories about the Australian aid program and international development that we find interesting or noteworthy. Here’s a snapshot of online stories this week:

 

World Food Day: A Spotlight on Nutrition

By Juliet Attenborough, Senior Sector Specialist – Social Policy and Nutrition, AusAID

16 October is World Food Day, and this year’s theme is Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.

We know that good nutrition is an essential foundation to help children grow, learn and thrive; but this equation could also mean the difference between life and death for millions of children around the world.

Every year, malnutrition contributes to around 45 per cent of deaths among children under the age of five. Every day, more than 8,000 of these children die from preventable, nutrition-related causes. Child malnutrition also fuels lifelong disadvantage through poorer health and social outcomes, including blindness and reduced productivity.

A group of women and children learning

Healthy mothers, Healthy Families: Solomon Islands women receiving better nutrition information to promote healthier diets for them and their families.
Photo: Jeremy Miller, AusAID

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14 October: Engage-ing links

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Each week on Engage, we aim to share with you a selection of links to articles and stories about the Australian aid program and international development that we find interesting or noteworthy. Here’s a snapshot of online stories this week:

  • Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girls’ schooling, was among the favourites to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Foreign Policy magazine asks the interesting question ‘as much as the world loves Malala, could world peace actually be better advanced by awarding the prize to her father?’   Read P.G Aroon’s opinion piece here.
  • According to the United Nations, every three minutes, somewhere in Indonesia, a child under the age of five years dies. Every hour, a woman passes away from giving birth, or of causes related to pregnancy.
    On 23 September, a panel of eminent health and maternal and child health specialists convened to discuss what progress Indonesia – and its development partners – need to make in maternal and child health. Read more in Bringing together Indonesia’s health community to discuss maternal and child health.
  • A landmark report, by UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, is the first to present the links between unpaid care work, poverty and women’s human rights. The report argues that heavy and unequal care responsibilities are major barriers to gender equality and to women’s equal enjoyment of human rights, and in many cases, condemn women to poverty. The Institute of Development Studies blogged about it this week in: Who Cares: Unpaid care work, poverty and women’s human rights.
  • The Asian Development Bank this week published the infographic 12 pillars for the transformation of Asia and the Pacific Region – a comprehensive and easily digested snapshot of how the region is shaping up against the eight Millennium Development Goals.
  • Malaria remains a major cause of death and illness in Asia and the Pacific, with an estimated 36 million cases and around 49,000 deaths annually. Beyond the human toll, malaria has devastating social and economic costs. Convening in Brunei for the annual East Asia Summit, 18 Asia-Pacific leaders have formed an alliance to combat malaria. The summit endorsed the creation of an Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) to unite countries and promote regional political leadership and collaboration against the disease.

4 October: Engage-ing links

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Each week on Engage, we aim to share with you a selection of links to articles and stories about the Australian aid program and international development that we find interesting or noteworthy. Here’s a snapshot of online stories this week: – See more at: http://ausaid.govspace.gov.au/category/engage-ing-links/#sthash.TpkvIWRI.dpuf

27 September: Engage-ing links

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Each week on Engage, we aim to share with you a selection of links to articles and stories about the Australian aid program and international development that we find interesting or noteworthy. Here’s a snapshot of online stories this week: – See more at: http://ausaid.govspace.gov.au/category/engage-ing-links/#sthash.TpkvIWRI.dpuf