February 7, 2014
A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues.

Best of the FieldNotes Blog

Putting data to good use The war against children in Syria
  • A new U.N. report says more than 10,000 children have been killed and thousands more abused, tortured and recruited as child soldiers.
The godmother of Cartagena
  • The U.S. Fund’s Kristen Mangelinkx reports back from Colombia, where child protection programs are key to fighting exploitation.

UNICEF Issues in the News

Interactive: Shattered dreams in South Sudan A setback for Afghan women
  • A small change in the criminal code could undo “years of slow progress” in the fight for women and girls, the Guardian reports.
The Refugee Project
  • The Atlantic highlights a fascinating new website that visualizes data on people displaced by conflict. The designers call it an opportunity “to present all refugees as equal.”
“I was never allowed to leave the house, so I didn’t realise that I'm in Delhi.” New role models for development?
  • An economist explains why “strategic investments” in health and education have made a huge difference for Colombia, Mexico and Singapore.
Culture vouchers
  • How Brazil’s new $20-a-month coupons for books, art and movies is opening up the cultural horizons of the country’s poor.

And one more…

A song for peace
  • We love this joyful noise—two musicians raising their voices for peace in the Central African Republic. Senegalese singing superstar Youssou N'Dour and CAR’s own Idylle Mamba are at the microphone on NPR.