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The Earth Summit in Rio – hopes and fears by Nick
April 27, 2011, 9:47 am
Filed under: Development theory, Environment, If you have 30 mins, News

Jim Thomas writes a fascinating article giving a short history of the last twenty years of climate and environmental negotiation, and their relationship to sustainable development efforts. What’s at stake, argues Thomas, is whether the future of the planet will be governed by financial markets and climate engineers, or whether we will see a genuine attempt to solve environmental problems in the context of larger social and economic goals such as reducing poverty and creating a just and sustainable society.

Read the Guardian Article here.

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What did USAID think of last year? by Anna
April 15, 2011, 3:29 pm
Filed under: If you only have 15 mins, News

In case you’re not sure about the results from your work and you’re not involved in monitoring and evaluation, check out this year’s annual letter from USAID Administrator Shah for a quick, optimistic, and colorful look at USAID’s year in review. Shah had quite a first year in office, beginning with the earthquake in Haiti only five days after he swore in. He concludes with the notion that more people today are interested in development work than ever before and this attention to these issues is what drives USAID forward.

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