With poor diets posing a greater global health risk than air pollution, alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined, the private sector needs to play a stronger role in encouraging people to eat more nutritious food, according to a new policy brief.

Each year, CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report, which chronicles major global developments and key trends impacting civil society. The report draws from interviews with civil society leaders at the forefront of social change from around the world and CIVICUS’ ongoing research initiatives.

Road traffic fatalities constitute 16.6% of all deaths, making this the sixth leading cause of death in India, and a major contributor to socio-economic losses, the disability burden, and hospitalisation. An attempt to measure catastrophic levels of health expenditure on accidental injuries, road traffic accidents, and falls, finds that the burden of out-of-pocket expenditure is the highest for such injuries. The financial burden is particularly high for poorer households in rural areas, and those seeking treatment at private health facilities with no health insurance.

After multiple headwinds dampened growth in 2017, a nascent rebound in economic activity in Kenya is gaining momentum. Notwithstanding the projected rebound in economic activity risks are tilted to the downside. The Government of Kenya has outlined four big priority areas for the next five years.

The electricity reforms in many developing countries were motivated by the desire to improve performance and reduce corruption in the sector. Independent regulation and private sector participation were expected to achieve this. Examine whether this has been the case in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This report discusses how to leverage the power of public procurement laws, policies and practices to drive low-carbon innovation in the infrastructure sector.

“Ten Actions for Financing Infrastructure” identifies a set of actions to help bridge the financing gap for water infrastructure. The report highlights the innovative operational and practical functions that can contribute to lowering the barriers that remain despite an apparent abundance of capital.

Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. This huge increase could have ended global extreme poverty seven times over. 82% of all wealth created in the last year went to the top 1%, and nothing went to the bottom 50%. Dangerous, poorly paid work for the many is supporting extreme wealth for the few.

Fewer than three years remain until 2020, the date by which commodity production in forest countries is supposed to be transformed. To achieve success, enhanced action and collaboration among sectors and various supply-chain actors are urgently needed.

Degradation of forests can have severe negative local impacts and far-reaching consequences, including soil erosion, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, dust storms, diminished livelihood opportunities and reduced yields of forest products and services.

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