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​17th October – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Today, the 17th of October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. The UN General Assembly chose this date in 1992 because on that day the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in Paris in 1948. It is therefore a suitable moment to recall the fundamental connection between poverty and human rights. However not only is eradicating poverty a human rights imperative, it is also a peace imperative as well as a development imperative. Learn more »

Jessica Stamm / October 2018

​ODI report: Financing the end of extreme poverty

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) recently published a research report on Financing the end of extreme poverty. The report analyses how to achieve the global target to end extreme poverty by 2030 and presents recommendations to the donor community. For more information read the report here »

Fabienne Burkhalter / October 2018

Is the world on track to end poverty by 2030? See for yourself through the World Poverty Clock

The World Poverty Clock created by Wolfgang Fengler (Lead Economist, World Bank) shows real-time poverty statistics around the world, with country or local data. According to the clock, the current poverty escape rate is 1.1 people per second, but it’s not enough; to meet the 2030 goal, we need to be at a rate of 1.6 people per second. Watch the World Poverty Clock live here, and read a review by Vanessa Bates Ramirez here.

​Plovdiv 2018

The fourth Regional Seminar on Roma Social inclusion took place in Plovdiv from the 12-15 of March 2018. It focused on the approach taken by SDC in Bulgaria namely promoting Roma inclusion through government institutions. Learn more »

Laurent Ruedin / August 2018

Newsletter Poverty-Wellbeing August 2018

There is nothing permanent except change - Heraclitus.  Dear reader, I will take over a new position and I therefore would like to use this opportunity to say goodbye. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you Stephanie Guha, who takes over my position as Policy Adviser for Poverty Reduction and Social Development within the SDC. In the last three years, Stephanie held the position as Deputy Head of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Mali. She has been back to Bern since the beginning of August and is already fully in action. In her new role, she has facilitated a workshop on Leave no-one behind during the SDC Coordinator Seminar 2018. I wish her all the best and lots of success in her new position. Contact details: Stephanie Guha, 
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Anne Moulin / August 2018

Beyond access: ensuring equity and inclusion in health

Equity and inclusion are key issues for the SDC, given its strong commitment to the 2030 Agenda principle of “leaving no one behind” and to achieving Universal Health Coverage. Addressing inequities and inclusion is a very complex process which goes far beyond improving access to quality health services at population and individual level. A Learning Trajectory led by Erika Placella (SDC Health Advisor for Eastern Europe and Central Asia) and supported by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), was designed to increase awareness and understanding of these issues among SDC staff involved in the design, implementation and steering of health projects and programmes in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. The Learning Trajectory led to the identification of key challenges and principles to be taken into consideration at different points in SDC’s programme cycle. Learn more and download briefing note »

J. Marina Apgar / August 2

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