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Aquaculture in Thailand

Tilapia raised in a Thai fish-farming project will help improve food security and reduce poverty.
In north-east Thailand local communities are improving their food security and health through fish farming.
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Australian Pacific Islanders

Row boats take Pacific Islanders out to a sailing boat floating in the distance.
During the second half of the 19th century Pacific Islanders were vital labour for the sugar industry, but many were deported when Australia became a nation in 1901.
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Batik cooperative empowers women

Sukini from Gulurejo, Indonesia, learns new skills at a batik workshop and shares her ideas as part of a cooperative.
A batik cooperative in Gulurejo village in Indonesia has developed new practices and improved the women members’ livelihoods.
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Biological control in Papua New Guinea

The water hyacinth was introduced into Papua New Guinea because of its attractive flower.
After water hyacinths clogged waterways along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, scientists and community members used a combination of weed removal and weevils to clear the weed.
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Building peace in Sierra Leone

Teachers at Makeni Primary School, Sierra Leone, were trained in how to use the integrated peace curriculum activities.
A Peace Education Kit has taught teachers and children in Sierra Leone skills in building peace, helping the whole community to recover from civil war.
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Child-friendly schools in Mozambique

Children are engaged in active learning in Mozambique.
Child-friendly schools create safe and inclusive learning environments for all students, with a particular focus on girls.
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Cholera in Papua New Guinea

Lack of safe drinking water and unsanitary conditions in Daru, Papua New Guinea, increase the risk of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
Provision of safe water, proper sanitation and the promotion of improved hygiene and food handling practices are the most effective ways of improving health limiting the spread of cholera.
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Combating malaria in Solomon Islands

Clearing drains and open waterways reduces the number of mosquito-breeding areas in Solomon Islands.
A multi-pronged approach to combating malaria is improving life and development for people in Solomon Islands.
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Community-led sanitation in Bangladesh

Mosmoil villagers stand outside a sanitary latrine.
Villagers in Bangladesh worked together to change the habit of open defecation. Their success has inspired many others around the world.
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Confronting corruption in Nigeria

Dr Dora Akunyili was recognised for her work in fighting corruption with an Integrity Award from Transparency International.
Dr Dora Akunyili is a dedicated and strong woman is confronting corruption in the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria.
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Conserving tree kangaroos

The tenkile is very difficult to see in the dense rainforests of Papua New Guinea’s Torricelli Mountains.
Holistic development is improving health and protecting the environment and endangered tree kangaroos in Papua New Guinea.
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Cultural change in Solomon Islands

In Solomon Islands, with its rich soil, high rainfall and a warm climate, families can grow sufficient food for their needs and sell the leftovers.
Learning about human rights is empowering women to speak out and improve equality in Solomon Islands.
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Drought in Tuvalu

Funafuti Atoll, Tuvalu, 11 kilometres long and 150 metres at its widest, is at risk of being swamped by the sea.
Climate change is increasing the variability in rainfall, so improving storage and changing behaviours are important to help ensure water security and reduce the impact of drought.
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Educating girls in Pakistan

New teaching methods and smaller classes, like this one in Pakistan, help children learn.
Special activities to address the reasons children, especially girls, do not attend school are improving education.
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Empowering women in Papua New Guinea

Linda Rau from Kila Kila Village Court, PNG, resolves disputes and builds understanding of issues, particularly those affecting women.
Training and awareness raising is leading to more women decision-makers in Village Courts and the National Parliament and helping improve the lives of women in general.
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Empowerment of literacy

Village women develop learning materials in their local language to learn to read and write and overcome their disadvantage, in Timor-Leste.
Empowering women through literacy and education in Timor-Leste benefits the whole community.
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Globalisation and the car industry

Henry Ford introduced the assembly line that allowed for mass production leading to cars becoming more affordable.
Car manufacturing has been a global industry since its beginning. It has been a major employer and, over the last 100 years, has provided safer and more accessible transport for increasing numbers of people, including in newly industrialised countries. However car-related pollution and congestion have become an issue in many major cities.
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Integrated mine action in Cambodia

Learning about the types of landmines and unexploded ordnance is important to prevent injury and death in Cambodia.
Recovering from landmines and unexploded ordnance involves a lengthy process of clearance, medical care, education and rebuilding lives.
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Maternal health in Nepal

A female health worker checks another woman's blood pressure.
A holistic and coordinated approach to maternal health in Nepal has drastically improved the lives of mothers and children.
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Mekong Delta water and sanitation

People bathe and do their laundry on the banks of the Sekong River in southern Laos before it joins the Mekong River.
Developing water and sanitation systems has improved the health of people living along the Mekong River, and the local economy.
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Myanmar refugees

To minimise environmental impact, Myanmar refugees construct and repair their houses with materials provided by the Thailand Burma Border Consortium.
Refugee camps on the Thailand–Myanmar border have been home to displaced minority groups for many years.
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People conserving Asian turtles

A local keeper checking a big-headed turtle, platysternon megacephalum
New programs are addressing uncontrolled use of turtles for food, traditional medicine, pets and jewellery: all practices that threaten turtle extinction.
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People of the Pacific

Cultural, linguistic and biological evidence indicates people of the Pacific Islands travelled west through South-East Asia.
The origin stories of Pacific Islanders and scientific evidence provide insights into the formation and history of settlement of the Pacific Islands.
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Rebuilding Sri Lanka

A Tamil woman stands inside the shell of her bombed out home in northern Sri Lanka.
In 2009, after 26 years of civil conflict, peace was declared in Sri Lanka. The government and many organisations are now assisting people to return to their homes, and are helping to rehabilitate soldiers, reconstruct the economy and reconcile differences between and within ethnic communities.
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Reversing desertification in China

Grazing too many goats loosens the ground cover, leading to desertification of the fragile environment in northern China.
Changing land and water use practices in Inner Mongolia, China are helping reverse desertification and reduce poverty.
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Newly planted paddy rice seedlings in a field near Sekong, Laos.
Traditional rice production is backbreaking work and often has low yields.
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Saving lives with disaster preparedness

School children in Nias, Indonesia, are taught to get under tables and cover their heads after an earthquake.
Villagers in the earthquake-prone islands off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, were trained to respond to earthquakes, helping prevent the loss of life in the 2007 earthquake.
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Silk tais production in Timor-Leste

Father Pat MacAnally and villagers care for the young mulberry plants in Timor-Leste.
In Timor-Leste, traditional knowledge is used in new ways to produce silk tais, helping villagers reduce poverty.
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South Pacific sea level monitoring

A weather-monitoring station in Kiribati.
Sea level monitoring stations in the south-west Pacific are collecting data to assist nations to prepare for climate change.
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Sustainable living from logged forests in Papua New Guinea

Men measure the girth of a tree in Papua New Guinea.
Villagers living near logged forests are learning to manage the remaining trees sustainably and earn an ongoing income.
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Sweet potato diversity in Papua New Guinea

Everyone helps to record tuber weights at harvest in Papua New Guinea.
In Papua New Guinea farmers are involved in the selection of new sweet potato varieties to improve their food security.
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Tackling tuberculosis in Kiribati

Community health workers dispense medicines and check patients discharged from a hospital tuberculosis ward in Kiribati.
As part of the Directly Observed Treatment Strategy (DOTS) in Kiribati, specialist nurses travel to supervise the treatment of tuberculosis.
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Times of change in Afghanistan

An Afghan man in traditional dress collects a green leafy vegetable from an agricultural demonstration plot.
Afghanistan faces enormous cultural, political, security and economic challenges as foreign military withdraw and the future of aid is uncertain.
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Tourism for development in Bhutan

The steep Haa Valley in western Bhutan looks toward the snow-capped Himalayas.
The tiny kingdom of Bhutan is trying to balance maintaining its traditional cultures with the improvements that connecting to the world can bring.
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Urban sanitation in India

Unpaved roads in Cement Huts, Bangalore, India, frequently flooded houses before they were sealed.
Bangalore, India, is expanding so rapidly that many people live in informal settlements or slums with inadequate access to water and sanitation.
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Walking for water

Women walking up hill carrying a bucket of water on their head.
Communities in the Same District of northern Tanzania worked with Caritas to improve access to clean, safe water. This led to improvements in sanitation, community health, crop yields, girls' attendance at school and empowerment of women.
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Wells and pumps in Niger

Girls draw water from a hand-built well with a protective rim, some distance from a village in Niger.
In low-rainfall, drought-prone Niger a deep well and pump reduces the difficult job of collecting water.
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Winds of change in the Philippines

The strong winds and flooding of typhoon Bopha in 2012 destroyed homes, schools and infrastructure in northern Philippines.
Governments and non-government organisations are working together to improve access to water and sanitation which in turn improves health and disaster preparedness.
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Women's microfinance lighting up the community

In rural Solomon Islands groups of women share knowledge, learn financial skills and develop leadership skills. They are investing in solar panels to improve life in the community.
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