Friday, March 16, 2012
The World Water Forum is taking place in Marseille, France. The Forum was criticized by NGOs for being too privatized. NGOs set up a rival Water conference which is described in this IPS New article. The Guardian discussed the reaction of NGOs when the Forum decided not to declare access to clean water a human right. An article from the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction mentions some of the potential benefits of public private partnerships in the sector . In another Guardian blog post, Jamie Skinner argues that in the water sector the emphasis should be on people not infrastructure.
The NGO Invisible Children has come under intense scrutiny after its Kony2012 campaign when viral. Al Jazeera has set up a Ushahidi-based platform to crowdsource feedback to the campaign from Ugandans.
UN group discusses the challenges to creating equal opportunity for women. The German Development Institute critiques the World Bank's 2012 World Development Report on women and the Center for Global Development critiques new USAID strategy documents on gender and trafficking in persons.