Anna Dubuis

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8 years 8 months ago

Last week I attended the JustMeans conference "Refining Value: Integrated Reporting and Measuring Sustainability" in London, which brought together leading investors and top CSR executives, including the likes of BP and Nestle public affairs directors. Up for debate was the question of whether sustainability reporting should be aligned with financial reporting, but this led to more questions about whether sustainability should, and could, be standardised at all.

Giacomo Autino manages the Bloomberg Environmental...


8 years 9 months ago

Look at any central news page in any paper, and every day a new headline is generated about North Africa and the Middle East. Yet as events in Libya overwhelm news agencies, a forgotten post-election crisis in Cote d’Ivoire is escalating into shocking levels of violence and bloodshed. After losing the presidential elections four months ago, former president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down has been left in the shadows while over 400 people have been killed...


8 years 9 months ago

This week in the UK, the government has been questioned over its decision to maintain aid of £280 million a year to India. As the wealth of India continues to rapidly increase, a debate has risen in the UK over whether it is time to halt assistance to the country. Andrew Mitchell, international development secretary, has defended the decision saying, “India has more poor people in it than the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. If you’re going to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, you have to make big progress in India.”

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8 years 10 months ago

This Valentine’s Day, 110 million roses will be bought in the US and 21 million in the UK. The majority of these will be air freighted in from abroad, from South America for the North American market, and sub-Saharan Africa for the European market. With the myriad of climate change and development do’s and don’ts, is buying roses from developing countries ethically sound?...


8 years 10 months ago

You are probably familiar with apps that allow you to access discount deals, check the weather and shop online. Now comes a series of apps geared towards raising awareness of development issues worldwide.

Last April, the World Bank launched its Open Data Initiative, making an array of data sets accessible to the public online at data.worldbank....


8 years 10 months ago

Last week, Asian leaders called for an end to the international travel boycott on Burma, but how will the recent political developments impact tourism, and is it correct to visit?

Last year was a golden year for tourism in Burma. An estimated 300,000 foreign tourists visited the country last year, according to the Bangkok-based Pacific-Asia Travel...


9 years 13 hours ago

Foreign correspondents may keep us up to date with conflicts going on around the world, but the people that live there and experience them first-hand are increasingly finding their own voice in the conversation. Journalism is changing; we don’t simply rely on newspapers to fill us in on other people’s lives. Today, the people that live in these places are telling their stories for themselves.

However, most often a lack of facilities, equipment and know-how prevent those affected by conflicts and crises from telling their story.

The...


9 years 2 weeks ago

Overseas development aid from the UK could become part of a competition similar to reality TV shows, where the public votes for its favourite development project.

A month ago, the British government established an independent body, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, to ensure aid projects are delivering maximum value for money. Yet back in 2009, prior to the UK general elections, David Cameron announced a plan that takes the job of scrutinizing development spending from internal offices...


9 years 3 weeks ago

Nihiwatu, an exclusive hideaway on the Indonesian island of Sumba, could resemble any other luxury tourist destination where guests can escape from everyday life. Everyday life is, however, the focus of the resort - not the life of the visitors, but that of the community of Sumba. The Sumba Foundation, set up by the resort’s owners in 2001, is a charitable initiative to use the money from...


9 years 1 month ago

The Guardian’s international development project in the village of Katine in Uganda has shown the merits and downfalls of testing transparency in NGO and media activities. While Guardian journalists reported on how AMREF, an African health organisation, was conducting its development project in Katine, the public was then allowed to cast its own skeptical eye over both AMREF, and the reporting processes of the Guardian.

The Guardian launched the Katine project back in October 2009,...


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