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Disability inclusion in Pakistan, and other news (07 Jul 2018)

From the Global Disability Summit to the annual RISE conference

Every Tuesday we highlight some of the international development stories from across the globe that have caught our attention.

  • The annual conference for RISE concluded that education researchers must focus on making findings useful for policymakers. RISE is a research programme, co-led by OPM, to provide key insights and policy-relevant evidence to support improved learning outcomes for children across the world. Read more in Devex.
  • A two-day workshop on disability inclusion has taken place in Pakistan, organised in connection with the Global Disability Summit. It developed demands and recommendations to improve the lives of those with disabilities. Read more in the Daily Messenger (Pakistan).
  • Children and young adults with deafblindness in Bangladesh will receive assistance from the charity Sense International. Children with this disability are often excluded from education – something Sense International’s My Turn To Learn appeal sought to highlight and address. Read more in Asian Lite International.
  • The Sindh government have requested a $200 million loan from the World Bank to improve Karachi’s municipal infrastructure. The city currently ranks 134th out of 140 in the Global Liveability Index, and it has been estimated that at least $9 billion investment will be needed. Read more in Pakistan Today.
  • It is predicted that African cities will double in population by 2050, with a hundred African cities likely to have more than a million inhabitants – highlighting a significant urban infrastructure gap that will need addressing. Read more in Eyewitness News.
  • USAID and DFID have pledged continuing funding to support fair, transparent, peaceful, and free elections in Nigeria. The two countries have recently signed a joint memorandum to see funding through to 2020. Read more in Punch (Nigeria).
  • Large cities in lower-income Asian countries are seeing high percentages of plastic waste flow into the surrounding oceans. Improving regular trash collection could be the answer. Read more in Bangkok Post.
  • UNICEF have agreed to distribute hundreds of thousands of insecticide-treated nets in Nigeria, where malaria remains one of the main causes of death in children and pregnant women. Read more in PM News Nigeria.

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