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Development
Works
52 WEEKS A YEAR

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introduction



Every day, every week, every year DFID, the Department
for International Development, is fighting poverty on behalf
of the UK public.
This little book of successes highlights 52 case studies, one
a week for a year, to show the range of work that DFID
supports and the real impact…

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01 Literacy rates soar The results have been remarkable, with pupils achieving
results typical of children a full two years older. Teachers
in Zambia are so impressed that they now apply the techniques they
learned during PRP training to other subjects, and the school is
planning to use PRP for…

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02 Shelters for Sri Lanka's
tsunami-hit Muslim communities
The swift revival of their business is testament to the couple's
hard work and determination. It is also thanks to the
£600,000 that DFID gave to Islamic Relief, an international
charity, to build 900 temporary wooden shelters in Ninthavur
and other villages…

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03 Ripening Ghana's But this comfortable arrangement was recently challenged
by a new pineapple variety ­ the MD2. This is favoured by
pineapple industry European supermarkets for its sweeter flavour and higher fibre
content, meaning less demand for Ghanaian varieties.
So in 2004 the Ghanaian government launched a $2m
programme…

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04 Reducing African poverty ­ ownership. This has played an important role in reducing
poverty. A London Business School study shows that, in
with mobile phones developing countries, an increase of ten mobile phones per
hundred people boosts the economy's growth rate by 0.6%.
At its simplest, a mobile phone…

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05 New weapons in the war It is estimated that if all women who are currently unable to
use condoms applied a microbicide, even a 60%-effective
against HIV and AIDS in Africa product could prevent 3.7 million infections within three years.
This would transform the fight against AIDS.
About 60…

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06 Flying emergency aid to Jacqui's team had three Chinook helicopters and an RAF
attachment at its disposal. Each helicopter can transport six
earthquake-hit Pakistan tonnes of aid, and return with 24 casualties. Between them
the helicopters could carry 280 tonnes of aid each week.
DFID has also provided four…

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07 Improving AIDS awareness In Zambia, over 15% of people are HIV positive. Yet people
are afraid to be tested in case the results are positive. "They
in Zambia fear divorce," says Juliet. "They fear that their families will
abandon them and that they will die immediately."
With DFID funding…

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08 Tomatoes bring hope for However, things are looking up, and Kofi and 500 other
farmers are now being trained in the most efficient growing
Ghanaian farmers techniques. Since the start of the DFID-funded project in
2002, the farmers' annual yields have increased dramatically
­ from 1.5 to 5 tonnes…

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