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PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk Over the last 10 years I've been looking at the question of how the UK public engages with global poverty. I've done this research with a variety of NGOs, including Comic Relief, and have reviewed the evidence on public engagement for DfID on...

Todd Summers, ONE Blog A little while ago, we asked our friends on Facebook and Twitter to submit their questions on vaccines to me. We picked a few to answer, and here they are. Take a look: Ali Gohar Jamali from Pakistan (via Twitter) and Unimke Nawa from...

Ben Doherty, Brisbane Times The world's biggest philanthropist has urged Australia - now reviewing its foreign aid program and defending it against allegations of corruption - to put more money towards vaccinating Third World children. In an exclusive interview with the Herald, Bill...

PovertyMatters Blog, Guardian.co.uk Does aid go on forever? Does global inequality carry on deepening? Crystal ball-gazing is never easy, but recently various development experts have been having a go. Next Tuesday, the Overseas Development Institute is hosting a debate on the future of development. I've come up...

Charissa Sparks, AllAfrica.com Most often caused by small businesses and mining, toxic threats are endangering the lives of 100 million people worldwide. These pollutants are largely overlooked, even though they cause significant harm to humans. "The global health impacts of toxic pollutants are much worse than previously...

Shoumojit Banerjee, The Hindu Philanthropist and software titan Bill Gates on Wednesday said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were in talks with the Government of India to introduce new vaccines to bolster the rate of immunisation in the National Rural Health Mission programme. In Bihar to...

Erin Hohlfelder, ONE Blog What better way to illustrate our support for vaccines than with an illustration itself? Global policy expert Erin Hohlfelder teamed up with ONE blogger (and part-time illustrator) Malaka Gharib to help bring this story to life. More than 8 million kids around the...

David Leonhardt, The New York Times In the not too distant past — 1980 — one of every six babies born in the West African nation of Liberia died in infancy. Overall life expectancy was a mere 48 years. The great majority of Liberians couldn’t read...