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November 25 marks the first of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence
IDRC’s Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa (ROSSA) hosted representatives from the Kenyan government, the private sector, and research institutions on November 9 for a presentation of research findings by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust. The three-year study, titled Addressing health inequities in Kenya: Potential and feasibility of e-health approaches to promote health equity in the Kenyan health system, was implemented under IDRC’s Strengthening equity through applied research capacity building in e-health (SEARCH) program.
The verdict marks the first time a Guatemalan court has tried and convicted military officers for wartime sexual violence.
In 2008, it was estimated that South Africa’s total burden from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stood at 40%, and was steadily increasing. Obesity is a risk factor for many NCDs, including stroke, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.
While it is the largest city in India’s northeastern state of Assam, Guwahati’s sprawling development pattern and limited transportation options seriously constrain women’s mobility.
Economic growth is driving population growth in Indian cities, particularly in small and medium-sized centres. This rapid urbanization is fueling conflict over scarce resources, including land, water, and public investment.  With a high proportion of the poor living and working in the informal sector and unplanned settlments, traditional urban planning is failing to keep pace with the needs of India’s burgeoning cities.
In India’s northeastern city of Guwahati, rapid growth has fueled an explosion of unplanned development, including in surrounding forests, hills, and wetlands. The spillover of development puts both communities and the environment at risk. With no secure tenure and limited access to basic services, residents of informal settlements face forced eviction.
Safe streets play a crucial role in enabling livelihoods, mobility, and access to services. In fast-growing Indian cities such as Ahmedabad, streets are also the site of conflict. With incomes and vehicle ownership on the rise, traffic has replaced people as the central point of street design. Vehicle-focused street design is limiting space for vendors, children, the elderly, and the disabled, while instances of violence against women are partly linked to land use and street design.
What happens when entire communities are uprooted by conflict or development? And how can planners shape the transition so that residents hold on to their livelihoods, social ties, and sense of security?
Ahmedabad, the largest city in the Indian state of Gujarat, is both diverse and divided. While it has benefited from recent economic growth, its population is riven by religious conflict and stark income disparities. Following communal violence in 2002, the informal settlement of Bombay Hotel emerged as one of the city’s largest ghettos, with a steady stream of mainly Muslim, low-income residents drawn by low land prices.