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2008 Development and Media Publications and Resources

UNICEF Children and AIDS: Third Stocktaking Report, 2008 (Summary, Country Fact Sheets, 2008, released December, 2008)

UNIDO Public Goods for Economic Development (December, 2008)

OECD OECD Insights: Sustainable Development (press release, December 1, 2008)

UN Institute for Disarmament Research (S. Parker & S. Cattaneo) Implementing the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons: Analysis of the National Reports Submitted by States from 2002 to 2008 (summary; December, 2008)

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs The Millennium Development Goals Report 2008 (December, 2008)

UNEP Gathering Storm - The humanitarian impact of climate change: eight short videos exploring the human cost of climate change in Africa (December, 2008; Shockwave Flash interface)

World Bank Global Economic Prospects 2009: Commodity Markets at the Crossroads (December, 2008)

World Bank The Complete World Development Report, 1978-2009 (Single User DVD, December, 2008; Multiple User DVD)

UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2008 (press release December 22, 2008)

UN ECLAC Social Panorama of Latin America 2008 (December, 2008; Download full-text, pdf.) Provides an assessment of social trends in the region with regard to poverty, income distribution, employment, demographic bonus and youth violence.

United Nations University Wisdom Years, The: Ageing into the 21st Century (DVD, December 2008). See also UN DESA Ageing and Development (December, 2008 - that^s according to the UN^s DESA although the bookshop says October)

UN OHCHR, WHO Health, Human Rights and Poverty Reduction Strategies (2.55 MB) (2008)

Social Watch Social Watch Report 2008

WHO Children in the New Millennium

World Bank Africa Development Indicators Online (subscription service)

UNEP Climate Action - Getting Greener: Getting Slimmer, and Going Digital! (December, 2008)

UNEP Vital Water Graphics: An Overview of the State of the World’s Fresh and Marine Waters (2nd Edition, 2008)

FAO New light on a hidden treasure (download)- end-of-year review of the International Year of the Potato 2008 (December 15, 2008)

Centre for Global Development Commitment to Development Index 2008 (Ireland is ranked 5th up 2, UK is up 4 at 6th, US is 17th; released December 4, 2008)

Richard Joseph, Alexandra Gillies (eds.) Smart Aid for African Development (Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc, pbk., December 15, 2008)

OECD OECD Investment Policy Reviews: China 2008 (December 5, 2008)

UN Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide (released December 5, 2008)

OECD Creditor Reporting System on Aid Activities 2008: Aid Activities in Support of Water Supply and Sanitation. This publication presents comprehensive statistics on aid flows in support of water supply and sanitation for the years 2001-2006, including trends in donors’ aid and the degree of targeting of countries most in need (December 3, 2008)

UN DESA / UNCTAD "Global Outlook" pre-release chapter of World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 (December 1, 2008)

FAO The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008 (December, 2008)

OECD The Fallout from the Financial Crisis: (1) Emerging Markets under Stress; (2) External Debt Sustainability, Should More Be Done for the Poor?; (3) Will Aid Budgets Fall Victim to the Credit Crisis?; (4) Implications for FDI to Developing Countries; (5) The End of Public Support for Development Aid? (December, 2008)

OECD DAC DACnews How will aid fare with the financial crisis… are we also heading for an aid crisis?

Ralph Hamann, Stu Woolman and Courtenay Sprague (Eds) The Business of Sustainable Development in Africa: Human Rights, Partnerships, Alternative Business Models (November 2008)

FAO The State of Food and Agriculture 2008: Biofuels - Prospects, Risks and Opportunities (November, 2008)

UNODC Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons: Global Programme Against Trafficking in Human Beings (November, 2008)

Centre for Global Development The White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. President (August 22, 2008)

OECD The Fallout From The Crisis: Perspectives For Development Finance and What Does The Global Credit Crisis Mean For Poor Countries? (slideshows; c. November 24, 2008)

The African Child Policy Forum The African Report on Child Wellbeing 2008 (Released November 20, 2008)

World Bank Global Financial Crisis: Responding Today, Securing Tomorrow (November 15, 2008)

ODI The Global Financial Crisis: financial flows to developing countries expected to fall by one quarter (November 13, 2008)

Malaria Atlas Project (MAP)

UNFPA State of World Population 2008 (Released November 12, 2008)

World Bank World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography (Released November 6, 2008)

Paul Collier The Politics of Hunger (article, Foreign Affairs, November/December 2008)

Conor Foley The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War (Verso, October 31, 2008). Interview (FP, November 2008)

ODI Millennium Villages Project Review (blog: Is the Millennium Villages Project the magic bullet against extreme poverty?)

Mediabistro.com: a career and community website for media professionals offering online classes and seminars

Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index 2008

UNEP-UNCTAD Capacity-building Task Force on Trade, Environment and Development Organic Agriculture and Food Security in Africa (October 22, 2008; see Organic farming ^could feed Africa^)

OECD Latin American Economic Outlook 2009 (October 28, 2008)

WHO The global burden of disease: 2004 update (Released October 27, 2008)

ILO World of Work Report 2008: Income Inequalities in the Age of Financial Globalization (press release, October 15, 2008; more)

Negar Akhavi, ed. AIDS Sutra: Untold Stories From India (Anchor Books, October 14, 2008). Review. Excerpt.

Rose George The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters (Metropolitan Books, October 14, 2008). Economist review.

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance 2008 (press release, October 6, 2008). Irish aid response: Progress on Governance in Africa

BBC BBC World Debate - Investing in Africa: what^s working? (October, 2008, Watch)

BBC World Service Trust Left in the dark: The unmet need for information in emergency response (October, 2008)

World Food Programme Interactive hunger map

Oxfam For a Safer Tomorrow (press release September 29, 2008)

Dóchas Budget Submission (press release September 26, 2008)

World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2008: Shared Global Challenges (press release September 26, 2008)

James Painter / RISJ Counter-Hegemonic News: A case study of Al-Jazeera English and Telesur (September 26, 2008)

Floriana Fossato and John Lloyd with Alexander Verkhovsky / RISJ The Web that Failed: How opposition politics and independent initiatives are failing on the Internet in Russia (September 26, 2008)

Hunger Task Force Report to the Government of Ireland (September 2008). Dóchas issued a press statement in response (September 25, 2008)

UNEP Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World (launched September 24, 2008)

OECD Costs of Inaction on Key Environmental Challenges (September 24, 2008)

Transparency International 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index (September 23, 2008)

Raymond Fisman, Edward Miguel Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations (Princeton University Press, September 22, 2008) Book website

FAO Briefing paper: Hunger on the rise (September 17, 2008)

OECD The Marshall Plan: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century (free PDF; September 15, 2008)

UNCTAD Economic Development in Africa 2008 (September 15, 2008; Press Information)

OECD International Migration Outlook (Launched September 10, 2008, 11am)

Oxfam Mission incomplete: why civilians remain at risk in Chad (press release on September 10)

Oxfam Climate Wrongs and Human Rights (press release on September 9)

UN MDG Gap Task Force Delivering on the Global Partnership for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (press release, September 4, 2008)

UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2008: Commodity Prices, Capital Flows and the Financing of Investment (September 4, 2008; Press Information)

Galway One World Centre Changing Perspectives - an exploration of the portrayals of the Majority World in the West of Ireland’s local print media (September 3)

OECD Biofuel Support Policies: An Economic Assessment (September 2, 2008)

IFPRI (Joachim von Braun, Josette Sheeran, and Namanga Ngongi) Responding to the Global Food Crisis: Three Perspectives (September 2008)

OIE (S. de la Rocque, S. Morand & G. Hendrickx) Climate change: the impact on the epidemiology and control of animal diseases (Scientific and Technical Review 27(2), 2008)

OECD The Curse of Raw Materials? (Policy Insight, September 2008). See also OECD Policy Brief: To Benefit from Plenty: Lessons from Chile and Norway.

ODI The Call to Action on the MDGs

ODI Recent bilateral initiatives for climate financing: are they moving in the right direction? (Opinion: Neil Bird and Leo Peskett, September 2008)

ODI Achieving the MDGs: The fundamentals (Andrew Shepherd, September 2008); The MDGs and the humanitarian-development divide (Opinion: James Darcy, September 2008); Gender and the MDGs: A gender lens is vital for pro-poor results (Nicola Jones, Rebecca Holmes, Jessica Espey, September 2008)

OECD DAC DACnews Special edition: From Accra to action

ODI Need and greed: corruption risks, perceptions and prevention in humanitarian assistance (Sarah Bailey, September 2008)

National Geographic and GlobeScan Greendex

Annette Scheunpflug and Ida McDonnell, OECD Building Public Awareness of Development: Communicators, Educators and Evaluation (September, 2008)

WHO Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health (Press release on August 28, 2008)

OECD Effective aid by 2010? What will it take 2008 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration (August 27, 2008)

IJNET (See Cutting-Edge Online Portal to Connect Media Community Worldwide, press release on August 27, 2008)

Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy The Terrorism Index 2008 also here (Foreign Policy Magazine, September/October, 2008) Experts available (press release on August 18, 2008)

Voices of the survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki See also video and Testimonies of atomic terror: lest we forget (Irish Times, 09/08/08)

UNICEF The State of Asia-Pacific’s Children 2008 (press release on August 5, 2008)

World Bank Climate Resilient Cities A Primer on Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts and Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asian Cities (press release on August 5, 2008: New “How-To” Guide Helps Cities Reduce Their Vulnerability)

OECD Rising Agricultural Prices: Causes, Consequences and Responses (Policy Brief, August 2008)

ODI Delivering on the Paris Declaration: A priority for Accra

Irish Aid 365 - Annual Report 2007 (August, 2008)

The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Failed States Index 2008 and analysis (Foreign Policy Magazine, July/August, 2008) Experts Available

Congo Advocacy Coalition Update on Protection of Civilians in Eastern Congo’s Peace Process (press release on July 29, 2008: More Than 200 Killed and 150,000 Displaced Since January Accord Signed)

Human Rights Watch “All the Men Have Gone”: War Crimes in Kenya’s Mt. Elgon Conflict (press release on July 28, 2008)

OECD Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: At a Glance 2008 (press release on July 26, 2008: Farm policy reform urgent amid rising world food prices)

Dóchas Irish NGOs welcome Public Accounts report on aid effectiveness (July 25, 2008)

Feinstein International Center of Tufts University, ODI Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG), Transparency International Preventing corruption in humanitarian assistance (press release on July 17, 2008)

Oxfam Turning Up the Heat: Climate Change and Poverty in Uganda (press release on July 17, 2008)

OECD OECD’s Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies (press release on July 16, 2008: Biofuel policies in OECD countries costly and ineffective)

Jagdish Bhagwati Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade (Council of Foreign Relations, July 10, 2008, Hardcover)

Dóchas Irish NGOs urge Government to protect overseas aid spending (July 8, 2008)

Chronic Poverty Research Centre Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09: Escaping Poverty Traps (July 8, 2008)

William Easterly (Editor) Reinventing Foreign Aid (MIT Press, July 2008)

Social Science Research Council Making Sense of Darfur (Blog)

DACnews Are we ready for Accra (July 2008; the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is in Accra, Ghana on 2-4 September)

OECD Financing Development 2008: Whose Ownership? (May 29, 2008) and whoseownership.org (July, 2008) "have your say" site launched ahead of the 2nd Annual Plenary of the OECD Global Forum on Development

World Bank The Growth Report (press release May 21, 2008)

Christian Aid Fighting food shortages: Hungry for change (July 2008; press release)

BBC BBC World Debate - Are African Leaders Failing Their People? (June, 2008, Watch)

IMF Food and Fuel Prices—Recent Developments, Macroeconomic Impact, and Policy Responses (June 30,2008; Press release). Ongoing news from the IMF: Responding to the Food and Fuel Price Surge.

Capgemini and Merrill Lynch 2008 World Wealth Report (June 27, 2008; more on the report from CapGemini)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies World Disasters Report 2008 - Focus on HIV and AIDS (Launched June 25, 2008). Press release and resources from the Irish Red Cross.

Transparency International Global Corruption Report 2008: Corruption in the water sector (Press release, media kit, full report, press coverage; Launched June 25, 2008).

Oxfam Another Inconvenient Truth: How biofuel policies are deepening poverty and accelerating climate change (June 18, 2008). Press release.

Duncan Green, Oxfam From Poverty to Power (June 23, 2008).

Action for Global Health Healthy Aid report (June 18, 2008). Press release.

UNHCR 2007 Global Trends: Refugees, Asylum-seekers, Returnees, Internally Displaced and Stateless Persons (June 17, 2008, pdf, 21pp., 712Kb). Annexes (Excel tables) and hi-res pdf available for downloading here [zipped format, 4.9Mb]. Press release. June 20 was U.N. World Refugee Day.

UNEP AFRICA - Atlas of Our Changing Environment (press release, June 10, 2008)

UNEP KICK THE HABIT: A UN Guide to Climate Neutrality (press release, June 5, 2008. Note: Some of the figures are heavily out-of-date. E.g., CO2 emmissions figures from China date from 1994.)

WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF Towards Universal Access: Scaling up priority HIV/AIDS interventions in the health sector, Progress Report (Released June 2008)

IPCC Climate Change and Water: IPCC Technical Paper VI (June 2008)

Elizabeth Pisani The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS (W. W. Norton & Co, Granta Books, June 2008). See also Alan Whiteside HIV/Aids: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, January 24, 2008).

Dóchas Policy Coherence for Development Dóchas Statement to the Joint Oireachtas sub-Committee on Overseas Development (May 29, 2008)

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2008-2017 (May 29, 2008)

Dóchas The Lisbon Treaty and Development Dóchas Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs
(May 27, 2008)

OECD Economic Aspects of Adaptation to Climate Change (May 26, 2008)

Julie Flint & Alex de Waal Darfur: A New History of a Long War (Zed books, May 21, 2008, Second Edition)

ODI Tackling the food price crisis: five steps Blog (May 8, 2008) and Rising food prices: A global crisis Briefing Paper by Steve Wiggins and Stephanie Levy (April, 2008)

OECD Business for Development 2008: Promoting Commercial Agriculture in Africa (May, 2008)

WHO World Health Statistics 2008 (Updated May, 2008)

CORI Justice Briefing on the Lisbon Treaty or PDF version (May 2008)

UN DESA/Blackwell Special Issue on Sustainable Development in Africa Natural Resources Forum 32:2 (May, 2008)

ODI/Blackwell Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management. Disasters is a major, peer-reviewed quarterly journal reporting on all aspects of disaster studies, policy and management. It aims to provide a forum for academics, policy-makers and practitioners. (Note: Disasters offers journalists one means of identifying experts in this field).

UNCTAD/UNDP Creative Economy Report (April 20, 2008)

IMF World Economic Outlook: Housing and the Business Cycle (Press Briefing on the World Economic Outlook
April 9, 2008: Webcast | Transcript)

RTÉ Reporting War: Debating media coverage of the War in Iraq RTÉ journalists Fergal Keane and Joe Zefran, and Irish Times Foreign Editor Patrick Smyth debate coverage of the Iraq War with a panel at DIT in Dublin, moderated by Pepe Escobar (April 9, 2008).

Dóchas Dóchas discussion paper: The EU Reform Treaty from a Development perspective (April, 2008)

Dr. David A. Hamburg Preventing Genocide: Practical Steps and Effective Action (Paradigm, April, 2008)

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series presentations Ireland^s Environmental Protection Agency has been hosting a series of lectures by significant international speakers exploring key aspects of climate change. The first two lectures in the Climate Change Lecture Series are now available as video broadcasts.

Newseum Today’s Front Pages 451 front pages from 41 countries

OECD Net Official Development Assistance in 2007 (Preliminary Data, April, 2008)

Society for International Development Water for People (March, 2008). Development 51:1.

UN 2007 List of ten stories the world may wish to hear more about (Press release, March 27, 2008).

UNESCAP The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2008 (Press release, March 27, 2008).

Heidi Holland Dinner with Mugabe: The Untold Story of a Freedom Fighter who Became a Tyrant (Penguin South Africa; 250 pages; 210 rand; March 14, 2008) Economist Review.

OECD Environmental Outlook to 2030 (Published March 5, 2008)

ResearchSEA - Asia Research News is Asia’s first research news portal, a free one-stop centre where journalists and members of the public can gain access to news and local experts from the research world in Asia. Registered journalists have access to embargoed news and an Experts Database, allowing them to reach top experts for comments on the latest issues. ResearchSEA brings the latest research, events and announcements direct from the research institutions.

Reporters feel the heat over climate change. Ofcom is about to deliver its crucial report on the Channel 4 programme that upset climate experts. Bob Ward examines how science and journalism can misunderstand each other (Independent, 10/03/08).

Geoff Tansey and Tasmin Rajotte (editors) The Future Control of Food - A Guide to International Negotiations and Rules on Intellectual Property, Biodiversity and Food Security (Earthscan, February 18, 2008). This is the first wide-ranging guide to the issues of intellectual property and ownership, genetics, biodiversity and food security.

UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2008 (Release - February 13, 2008). Presents the many humanitarian challenges for children and their families in eastern and southern Africa

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package (Release - February 7, 2008)

UNCTAD Information Economy Report 2007-2008 (Launched - February 6, 2008). Science and technology for development: the new paradigm of ICT

Paul Polak Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail (Berrett-Koehler, February 1, 2008)

Matthew Green The Wizard of the Nile: The Hunt for Africa’s Most Wanted (Portobello Books Ltd, (February 1, 2008). New book on Joseph Kony, leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army rebels, by ex-Reuters journalist.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2008 (Launched - January 31, 2008)

Worldwatch Institute State of the World 2008: Innovations for a Sustainable Economy (Published - January 10, 2008)

World Bank Global Economic Prospects 2008: Technology Diffusion in the Developing World (Published - January 9, 2008)

Muhammad Yunus Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism (Public Affairs, January 7, 2008)

Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions 2008 (Published - January 7, 2008)

ODI Briefing Paper Pro-poor growth and development (Published - January 2008)

Medact Rehabilitation under Fire: health care in Iraq 2003-2007; Summary (Published - January 2008)

Hugo Slim Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War (Hardback - January, 2008)

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