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  • World Toilet Day: From the Field in Trichy, India and Accra, Ghana

    World Toilet Day: From the Field

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    World Toilet Day is a reminder for development actors of the Sustainable Development Goal’s 2030 target. Namely, to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet. From construction, to usage and financing, there are a variety of issues surrounding toilets. Athena has several projects in this area – such as our 3ie project on toilet construction and usage...

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  • Urban Planning and Development: The Indian Challenge

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    Although it took 40 years for Urban India to grow to 230 million, it will take only half of this time to grow the next 250 million, presenting a major challenge for the country’s urban planning.

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    Field Diary: Climate Change and Water Management (iAdapt)

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    Field visit takeaways from a recent field visit to Vijayawada, India for our IDRC funded project on water management for climate based adaptations (iAdapt).

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  • Catalyzing Development: Sharing Development Information Effectively

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    Development agencies frequently talk of “catalyzing development” – What does this mean in the context of World Development Information Day?

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  • Data on Women and Girls: What Can We Do Better?

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    The case for collecting disaggregated data on women and girls is well-established, yet with only 13% of countries currently possessing dedicated budgets for collecting and analyzing disaggregated data on women and girls, we have a long way to go in fulfilling our commitments on gender SDG targets. However, this should not discourage us from trying to put what we...

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  • Adult Literacy: The Neglected Aspect of Literacy

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    Literacy has been recognized as a right by UNESCO and several other international conventions such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Several advancements have been made in achieving literacy goals, with world youth literacy rate improving from 86% in 1999 to more than 91% by 2016. Traditionally, literacy has been defined as the ability to read...

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  • Literacy in an Electronic Age: A Perspective

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    While experts and practitioners of Literacy do not agree on how literacy is to be defined and understood, there is a general agreement that the transition from oral to literate cultures is associated with economic growth and ‘progress’ (Goody, 1977; Olson, 1977). Somehow, this belief has permeated the development consciousness deeply. But ‘literacy’ itself is transient, dynamic and lacking...

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