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World Malaria Day: Local Art and Music Pave the Way

In the developing world, malaria is a leading cause of death, affecting 3.3 billion people worldwide and causing almost 1 million deaths each year. In Africa alone, a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds. Not only is malaria deadly, it is also easily preventable and treatable.

New Approaches Signal Change in Malaria Fight

According to estimates from the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly one million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year.

Truth and Consequences

For Earth Day 2011, forget the blame game. Think of the consequences of keeping the status quo.

Global Governance: The Need for Security

Back at the University of California, Davis, we learn that one of the challenges international organizations face, particularly the United Nations, is implementing international law. The Rwandan genocide instantly comes to mind. The neglect and abandon that nations portrayed showed an ugly truth about global governance. It took the United States more than two years to reach internal consensus to intervene and stop the killing.

The Urgency of Curbing Global Food Price Volatility

According to the World Bank, since June 2010 another 44 million people have fallen into poverty because of the spike in food costs; every minute another 170 people join the ranks of the extremely poor—those who spend on average 85 cents of their daily budget of $1.25 on food.

The Sphere Project: Holding Ourselves Accountable

*Excerpt of blog originally posted on AlertNet*

As a new aid worker in the late 1990s, I thought the Sphere Project was awesome.  I’m a huge music fan and for me, Sphere was like having all your favorite bands do a compilation album, but one that teaches you how to play music too.

"Put Food First," Help Rural Farmers

“Put Food First” is a big theme at the World Bank and IMF’s annual meetings in Washington this week, where global financial leaders are looking at how best to respond to spiraling food prices.

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