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Book Discussion: Too Poor For Peace? Links Between Poverty, Conflict, Demography, and Environment

"The fight against poverty is not just one that we care greatly about for moral reasons," said Lael Brainard, vice president and director of The Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Program at an October 5, 2007, discussion sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Program.

The Role of Gender in Population, Health, and Environment Programs

Women in Tanzania who buy fish to feed their families or sell in the market must often have sex with local fishermen before they are allowed to make their purchases. According to Elin Torell, a coastal management specialist with the University of Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Center, this "entry to buy fish" is one example of gender norms' influence over diverse aspects of life.

The Population Institute's 27th Annual Global Media Awards

The Environmental Change and Security Program Report—the annual report from the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP)—was recently named the winner of the Population Institute's 27th Annual Global Media Award for Best Population Journal.

Health Provision in Fragile Settings: A Stabilizing Force?

Strengthening public health systems can help foster good governance, encourage reform, and improve stability in fragile settings, said Emmanuel d'Harcourt of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), at the fourth meeting in the Environmental Change and Security Program's Health, Population, and Fragility series.

Finding Balance: Results from a Population-Environment Success Story in Madagascar

Ecological "hotspots"—land areas richest in biodiversity and most threatened by human activity—comprise 12 percent of the planet's land surface and hold nearly 20 percent of the world's population. Madagascar, an island country off the east coast of Africa, is a prime example. With 90 percent of its natural rainforest already destroyed, Madagascar's rapid population growth of 2.9 percent annually is far outpacing its natural resources and ability to produce food.

Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health: Part 4 of 6

"Contraception and Women's Health in the Maghreb," the fourth meeting in the Islam, Gender, and Reproductive Health series sponsored by The Middle East Program and Environmental Change and Security Project and supported by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the Interagency Gender Working Group, featured anthropologist Dr. Lilia Labidi of the University of Tunis and Dr.

Working Together for the Millennium Development Goals

Four years have passed since world leaders gathered at the United Nations to make a commitment to end extreme poverty by 2015, part of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Jan Vandemoortele, a Belgian national and a key United Nations leader in the implementation of the MDGs, assessed the progress toward those goals at an October 19 meeting at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The program was co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.

Thirty Years of Collaboration between USAID and the Ministry of Health of Morocco

Dr. Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, the Moroccan minister of health, spoke at a meeting jointly organized by the Middle East Program and the Environmental Change and Security Project to mark the "graduation" of Morocco from USAID assistance. Due to the country's improving health indicators, USAID will no longer provide funding for health programs in Morocco.

Maternal Undernutrition: Evidence, Links, and Solutions

"Maternal undernutrition is often overlooked as a strategy for reducing poverty and as a key intervention to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity," said Mary Ellen Stanton, senior maternal health advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.