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Why we need to talk about periods: menstrual hygiene management in development practice

Women and girls have obviously been coping with menstruation for a long time without the aid of fantastic plastic convenience. They make do, using cloth rags or other methods like straw, leaves, newspapers, mud or ash, slipping out of the home at night time to bury used rags in the dirt or finding private places to wash and hang them out to dry.

Read the full post on the Devpolicy Blog.

This post was also republished by Magdalene Indonesia.

(Photo credit: Echawalu Photography)

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CIFOR annual report 2012: The changing face of forestry

From September 2012-March 2013 I compiled, set the direction for and wrote the majority of the text for the 2012 CIFOR Annual Report, titled ‘The Changing Face of Forestry”.

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Examples of my stories in the Annual Report:

Scoping out solutions for Zambia’s charcoal trade

Increasing women’s participation in community forest management in Nicaragua

Emerging trade, emerging trends: Examining China’s engagement with Africa

New research agenda for West Africa’s forests

SWEDOW cows and rotting apricots: bad food aid proposals gaining support of MPs

Just as the US is pushing to reform its long criticised food aid program, Queensland graziers and Victorian stonefruit growers are calling on the Australian government to purchase and send surplus livestock and agricultural products to developing countries in the name of ‘helping’ – and their idea is being backed by some federal MPs.

Ashlee Betteridge writes on why these suggestions are such a bad idea for aid effectiveness.

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Asian Development Bank defies G20 — China Daily, AsiaOne, East Asia Forum, AFR

There’s a strong and welcome trend toward appointing the leaders of major international organisations through competitive processes-except in Asia.

The Asian Development Bank, whose president has just stepped down to head Japan’s central bank, looks set to appoint its new president just as it has always done: in a hurry, behind closed doors, without competition, and from Japan.

Opinion piece by Stephen Howes, Robin Davies and Ashlee Betteridge from the Development Policy Centre on a lack of transparency in the leadership selection process at the Asian Development Bank.

Full piece published in AsiaOne Business, China DailyEast Asia Forum and the Australian Financial Review.

Avoiding four degrees

A four degree rise in the world’s temperature can be prevented, but it requires governments around the world to focus on greener, more inclusive growth, said a World Bank climate change expert at a Development Policy Centre event.

“Climate change threatens to roll back decades of development and it will be the poor in every country who will suffer most,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development, at ANU’s Crawford School on March 21.

“Climate change is the rug that is being pulled out from underneath the poor today and will be pulled out from underneath all of us, rich or poor, in the next 20-30 years,” she said.

Blog post for Development Policy Centre.

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Doha negotiators must consider Africa’s adaptation challenges

While Africa’s voice has been growing in international negotiations, more focus is needed on climate change adaptation on the continent to protect those who rely on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods, says Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) scientist Louis Verchot.

Story by Ashlee Betteridge as part of coverage of COP18 in Doha, November 2012. (Photo by CIFOR)

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