From climate cooperation to women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, a recap of latest development news, with a selection of articles, opinion columns and interviews, in French and in English.
Although the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will not submit its new report until fall, it appears to think restricting global warming to below 1.5 degrees is not realistic anymore. But what looks like defeat could in fact be an opportunity.
“ Goodbye to an Unrealistic Climate Goal ” , Deutsche Welle, January 15, 2018
Saudi Arabian women’s terrible situation is the focus of a report by the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Despite some visible victories in 2017, Saudi women are still under supervision for life and condemned to remain silent.
“ Condemned to Silence: The Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia ” , FIDH, January 17, 2018
A major new initiative called the Education Data Solutions Roundtable was launched on February 1 in Dakar, during the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference. It intents to help developing countries strengthen their collection, management and utilization of education data.
“ Global Partnership for Education Launches Education Data Solutions ” , Africanews, February 3, 2018
It’s not new, but this time it’s no longer a theory about the near future. For French researcher Jean-Michel Valantin, the conflicts of the 2000s are already linked to geostrategic adaptations to climate change which threaten our models of society. Analysis.
“ The Impact of Climate on Wars is Already Observable [in French], ” , Libération, January 10, 2018
George Weah has been elected president of Liberia, a country battered after years of civil war. On January 22, during his inaugural speech, he underlined that continuous support from the European Union would be important as his country “forge[s] a new path of transformation.”
“ President Weah to Strengthen Ties With European Union ” , Daily Observer, January 23, 2018
Too expensive, ineffective, useless… Development aid is regularly doubted while its proponents insist that it should be increased. RFI chooses to gather aid historians to review its origins and try to provide keys to understanding.
“ To the Origins of Official Development Assistance [in French], ” , RFI, January 20, 2018