"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)

5.20.2010

highly recommended



When you've got some extra time, be sure to listen to this World Bank Praxis Discussion Series panel about natural disasters in developing countries. The panelists cover a wide variety of topics, including disaster risk assessment and prevention policies, recovery strategies, and child protection issues. My friend Amalia Fawcett of PLAN International Australia speaks in particular to the child protection issue, reminding us that, "Children are the most photographed and least listened-to survivors of disasters." Her main points are that it's important to remember that children are resilient and that children can participate in the recovery process.

On a related note, Linda Raftree has a wonderful primer on the basics of child protection with lots of useful links. She plays particular attention to issues related to children in the media. If you're a reporter and have struggled with questions of when to name a child or how to ensure full protection, it's well worth a read.

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