Myanmar and Bangladesh sign an agreement for refugees returning home, and other international development news (24 Nov 2017)

By John Owens (VOA) (Source Source article) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement on 23 November that would allow for the return of the refugees within two months. Humanitarian agencies have raised concerns over forcible return of the displaced people, fearing Myanmar’s army would not cooperate with the deal. Read more at Channel News Asia.
  • Teachers in Ghana are involved in the pioneering distance learning training programme, aiming to help teachers improve their teaching practices through innovative pedagogy skills. Read more at Modern Ghana.
  • A recent study on maternal mortality and health care in Bangladesh showed that even though the country has achieved significant progress ensuring new mothers receive needed care (up to 43% in 2016 as opposed to 19% in 2010), the maternal mortality ratio has increased to 196 deaths per 100,000 live births (up from 194 in 2010). Read more at the Daily Star.
  • David Pollock argues that while social and political taboos might make survey research in the Middle East a difficult endeavour, ensuring high transparency levels can help overcome some issues. Read more at the Washington Post.
  • Canada has pledged $35 million in aid to Bangladesh to help the country support the needs of women and girls refugees fleeing from Myanmar. More than 620,000 Muslims facing persecution have fled Myanmar since August. Read more at Global News.

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