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    Source:  Maximizing Mobile for Development

    A Project of the World Bank 

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    Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.”

    Nelson Mandela International Day 

    July 18, 2014

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    Catalyzing Growth in Women Run Small and Medium Enterprises in India

    A qualitative research study by ICRW of early participants in the 10,000 Women program in India. 

    Women who run SME’s have a key role to play in developing economies, yet they are often underserved in accessing business and management training, and entrepreneurial networks.  This summary brief illustrates how the 10,000 Women initiative — in combination with a number of other factors — is making a difference in participants’ businesses and lives. 

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    A Long Walk 

    by Shannon Jensen

    Over 100,000 Sudanese from Blue Nile have walked hundreds of miles for days and weeks seeking refuge in South Sudan from displacement and violence. Jensen’s images of footwear tell their story, documenting the perseverance and determination of refugees on foot.

    Shannon Jensen was awarded the Inge Morath prize for documentary photography in 2014.   

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    Images by:

    Hatem Moussa, Gaza

    Muhammed Muheisen, Pakistan

    Guran Ozturk, Syria

    Castel Gandolfo Christopher, Italy

    Goran Tomasevic, Sudan

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    #Time to Act: Sexual Violence in Conflict 

    The use of rape as a weapon of war has led to its normalisation, thereby eroding all limits and social constraints against sexual and gender based violence, worsening the phenomenon and its consequences for women. 

    Julienne Lusenge, Democratic Republic of Congo 

    Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London, June 2014

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    Banking on Shared Value 

    New research on how banks can achieve competitive advantage by rethinking their role in society.  

    Click cover to access report

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    Will secure rights to land be incorporated into the post 2015 global development goals?
    Most of the world’s poorest families live in rural areas and depend on land to survive.  Most do not have rights to the land they farm. 
    Landesa is out front in identifying key leverage effects of rights to land for the poor, and promoting land security as a target for the new sustainable development goals. 
    Infographic by Landesa 
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    World Refugee Day 2014

    Afghan refugees living in slums outside of Islamabad, Pakistan. 

    Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities for over three decades — 1.6 million Afghans who fled years of warfare in their own country. 

    Images by Muhammed Muheisen

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    1. Economic inequality can give wealthier people an unacceptable degree of control over the lives of others.

    If wealth is very unevenly distributed in a society, wealthy people often end up in control of many aspects of the lives of poorer citizens: over where and how they can work, what they can buy, and in general what their lives will be like. 

    2. Economic inequality can undermine the fairness of political institutions.

    If those who hold political offices must depend on large contributions for their campaigns, they will be more responsive to the interests and demands of wealthy contributors, and those who are not rich will not be fairly represented.

    3. Economic inequality undermines the fairness of the economic system itself.

    Economic inequality makes it difficult, if not impossible, to create equality of opportunity. Income inequality means that some children will enter the workforce much better prepared than others. And people with few assets find it harder to access the first small steps to larger opportunities. 

    4. Workers, as participants in a scheme of cooperation that produces national income, have a claim to a fair share of what they have helped to produce.

    What constitutes a fair share is, of course, controversial …You don’t have to accept this exact principle, though, in order to believe that if an economy is producing an increasing level of goods and services, then all those who participate in producing these benefits—workers as well as others — should share in the results. 

    T.M. Scanlon

    Philosopher, Harvard University

    TED Guest Author


    Art by Dawn Kim


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