Topic: Health and Education

A crucial step in fighting inequality and discrimination: the law to make India’s private schools admit 25% marginalised kids

This guest post comes from Exfam colleague and education activist Swati Narayan  This summer, India missed the historic deadline to implement the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. This landmark law, the fruit of more than a decade of civil society activism, has many path-breaking clauses. For the first time, it […]

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Post-2015 wonkwar continued: Claire Melamed on why it's a Good Thing + your chance to vote

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Post-2015 wonkwar continued: Claire Melamed on why it’s a Good Thing + your chance to vote

Claire Melamed responds to my ‘bah humbug’ opener on post-2015 I spend most of my working life thinking about post-2015 so this is a slightly nerve-racking experience.  What if Duncan convinces me?  Let me first respond to his arguments, then set out what I think is to be gained from the post-2015 circus… and then […]

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Merit, Privilege or Slumdog Millionaires? Income Inequality and Social Mobility

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Government Spending Watch – a new initiative you really need to know about

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The poorest countries are under renewed threat from WTO rules on access to medicines (and yes, this is 2013)

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Food price volatility and obesity – a new development challenge?

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6 million deaths a year – where's the global campaign on Big Tobacco?

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6 million deaths a year – where’s the global campaign on Big Tobacco?

Since I wrote recently on the major sources of death in the developing world, I keep spotting things about tobacco that are crying out for action. Take this from last week’s Economist: ‘This month Chile became the 14th Latin American country to ban smoking in enclosed public spaces. Chile’s conversion is significant, since it is […]

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Kevin Watkins on inequality – required reading

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