World Bank Crisis Meeting on Ebola

At the 2014 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, President Jim Yong Kim led world leaders in forging a far-more urgent and specific consensus on what to do to halt the Ebola epidemic in the three affected countries, put in place a sustainable public health care system in those countries, and kick-start their now-stalled but recently very dynamic …

Maputo to Malabo: African Union’s Declarations Commit Investment in Agricultural Development

At the commencement of the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea the terms of the 2003 Maputo Declaration of Food Security and Agriculture in Africa were reaffirmed in a commitment deemed the 2014 Malabo Declaration. Nations of the African Union promised to increase efforts toward allocating 10% of respective national budgets for policy implementation for agriculture and rural development. …

MDGs to SDGs: Top 10 Differences

The purpose of this note is to provide a brief outline the similarities and differences between the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be launched in 2015 when the MDGs expire. (Update 4 December 2014)The Secretary-General has released his Synthesis Report on SDGs, which affirms and strengthens the 17 goals described below). …

Local Democracy at Sweden Conference

On July 1, our Swedish Country Director Sara Wettergren spoke on a panel during Almedalen Week – the most important forum in Swedish politics. She spoke on the importance of local democracy to poverty reduction in the Post-2015 agenda, in a session organized by the Swedish International Center for Local Democracy and DeLog: the Development Partners Working Group on Decentralisation …

Report from the C20

By Lorena Vázquez, Country Director THP-México Link to the Final Communique of the C20 C20 Mexican CSOs Position Paper Link to THP recommendations On June 20 and 21, the C20 Summit in Melbourne, Australia took place at the University of Melbourne’s law school. This is the second year that a summit is formally held where Global Civil Society gets together …

HANCI 2013 Report – THP countries make progress

25 June 2014 – IDS announced today that new evidence shows chronically poor countries are gathering pace in tackling hunger and undernutrition. According to new research published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), some of the poorest developing countries such as Afghanistan, Burundi and Liberia are making significant progress in their commitment to reducing hunger and undernutrition witnessed through increased …

G20 Leadership for Post-2015

Note – THP will be represented at the June 2014 C20: the Civil Society Forum of the G20 Summit. THP is an NGO registered in 9 members of the G20.  Under Australia’s presidency, the G20 will focus on economic growth and resilience, and the C20 is addressing four key issues. In partnering with women and men as they overcome hunger …

How THP Engages Governments

In inviting us to “rethink world hunger,” THP asks us to recognize that ending hunger requires us to (1) start with women, (2) mobilize everyone, and (3) engage government. But what does this mean? As some would say – isn’t this just asking for trouble? Aren’t governments just hopelessly corrupt at worst and unworkable at best? Engaging government is a challenge, but …

Easterly: Rights of the Poor are Key

On May 7, 2014 the mighty THP-DC team attended a discussion by the NYU professor and author William Easterly and the World Bank Chief Economist for the MENA region Shanta Devarajan (former colleagues). The topic was Easterly’s new book The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Unlike his previous books, this book is not …

A Panel on Ending Extreme Poverty in Conflict-Affected Contexts at Center for American Progress 01/28/14

A panel was held at the Center for American Progress (CAP) this morning on ending extreme poverty in conflict-affected contexts. Among the Panelists were Alex Thier, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID , Larry Attree, Head of Policy, Saferworld ,Nancy E. Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), USAID , John Norris, Executive Director, Sustainable Security and Peace …