Nigeria's political elite needs to rethink its neglect of education. National security, stability and shared prosperity cannot be built on a school system that destroys the potential of so many of its children.
Financing of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as a standalone issue, whether from national or international sources, is likely to do little to tackle the massive amounts of risk being created across both private and public sectors.
Social exclusion and inequalities aggravate the vulnerability of people and communities to disaster risks. The needs of vulnerable groups tend to be overlooked in disaster risk management (DRM), making them even more vulnerable to the impacts of disaster.
"Reforms of state provided services – both in the justice and health sectors – are clearly important. In Sierra Leone, more people trust the police than in the past and more mothers are utilising health clinics, helping to reduce appalling rates of maternal and child mortality."
Lisa Denney looks at the current Ebola crisis and concludes that continued and strengthened support needs to be focused on building the capacities of national health and sanitation systems to respond to emergencies so that such unnecessary loss of life is prevented in the future.
'While the two candidates exchange big promises on Indonesia's economy, a little noticed battle for regional autonomy is going on amid the Presidential elections of the world's third largest economy.'
'One of the very first steps for conducting an evaluation is to determine what ‘success’ looks like. Yet the process of defining and agreeing the values which will be used to make judgements is often one of the more mysterious parts of evaluation - or overlooked altogether.'