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Collaboration in informal settlements: tackling flooding with a local perspective
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During the 1980s, it was thought that liberalizing trade and exposing industries to competition would result in the loss of some firms but a more productive and competitive industrial sector as a whole.

Middle East, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt


Launched in 2001, the Regional Network on HIV/AIDS, Rural Livelihoods and Food Security (RENEWAL) is a growing network of networks made up of national food and nutrition organizations (public, private and nongovernmental) and partners in AIDS and public health.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara


In Pratapura Industrial Area (Tikamgarh district, Bundelkhand region, Madhya Pradesh), stone quarrying and crushing is carried out by labor-intensive units employing unskilled workers on a seasonal basis complementing the agricultural cycle.

India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Mongolia has a large number of small leather tanneries that process some 30 000 skins per day, for a total output of about 8 million units per year.

Far East Asia, Mongolia, Central Asia, South Asia


The first phase of research (100662) explored the dynamics of manganese in the ecosystem and its neurological effects on the adult population.

Mexico, North And Central America, South America


Lake Naivasha basin located in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya is the site of increasing economic activity, especially floriculture.

Kenya, North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara


IDRC's Ecosystem Approaches to Human Health (Ecohealth) program initiative began offering Graduate Training Awards in 1997.

Benin, Mexico


For the past 35 years, the Diamalaye (Malika) landfill in the city of Pikine has been receiving all the domestic and industrial garbage from greater Dakar, Sénégal.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Senegal


Namibia aspires to a standard of living comparable to that of developed countries by the year 2030.

North Of Sahara, South Of Sahara, Namibia


It is now generally accepted that affordable, effective telecommunication services play an integral role in development.

Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Laos, Pakistan, Philippines