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Conflict-Related Displacement: A Huge Development Challenge for India
The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam. The inhabitants of these camps – about […]
(Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:19:53 +0000)

OPINION: Brazil Can Help Steer SDGs Towards Ambitious Targets
Daniel Balaban*, Director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, writes that Brazil’s outstanding performance in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) stands it in good stead to play an important role in shaping and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
(Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:45:16 +0000)

Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide
The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighbouring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide. In most Latin American countries, the lack of broken-down official data on femicides – a term coined to […]
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:11:55 +0000)

OPINION: Russia’s Friendship University, Educating the Developing World for 55 Years
Somar Wijayadasa, a former Representative of UNAIDS, and a former delegate of UNESCO to the UN General Assembly, is a PFUR educated international lawyer.
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:07:20 +0000)

Antiguan Shanty Dwellers Ask if Poverty Will Be the Death of Them
It was early on a Saturday morning and there was no sign of life in the community. The shacks erected on both sides of the old, narrow road that winds through the area are all surrounded by zinc sheets which rise so high, it’s impossible to see what lies on the other side. But behind […]
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:06:04 +0000)

Marginalised Groups Struggle to Access Healthcare in Conflict-Torn East Ukraine
With international organisations warning that East Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as its health system collapses, marginalised groups are among those facing the greatest struggle to access even basic health care in the war-torn region. The conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces has affected more than five million people, with […]
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:25:19 +0000)

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness
Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the recent acquisition of the country’s first mammogram machine. But just a week ahead of World Cancer Day, celebrated globally on Feb. 4, many say that the benefit of having advanced […]
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:15:08 +0000)

U.S. Ally Yemen in Danger of Splitting into Two – Again
When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: “Two poor countries have now become one poor country.” Since its birth, Yemen has continued to be categorised by the United Nations as one of the […]
(Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:23:18 +0000)

U.S.-India Partnership a Step Forward for Low-Carbon Growth
Manish Bapna is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of World Resources Institute and David Waskow is WRI’s Director, International Climate Initiative
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:44:06 +0000)

Young People in Latin America Face Stigma and Inequality
Young people in Latin America now enjoy greater access to education. But in many cases their future is dim due to the lack of opportunities and the siren call of crime in a region where 167 million people are poor, and 71 million live in extreme poverty. “We are concerned, even alarmed, at the situation […]
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:43:39 +0000)

Developing Nations Write Hopeful New Chapters in a Toxic Legacy
The village of Dong Mai in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland had a serious problem. To boost their meager incomes, its residents – former artisans who once produced and sold bronze casts – had taken to cannibalizing old car and truck lead-acid batteries and smelting them by hand in their own backyards. As a result, the 2,600 […]
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:35:56 +0000)

OPINION: The Corporate Takeover of Ukrainian Agriculture
In this column, Frédéric Mousseau, Policy Director at the Oakland Institute, argues that the United States and the European Union are working hand in hand in a takeover of Ukrainian agriculture which – besides being a sign of Western governments’ involvement in the Ukraine conflict – is of dubious benefit for the country’s agriculture and farmers.
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:20:34 +0000)

Zimbabwe Battles with Energy Poverty
Janet Mutoriti (30), a mother of three from St Mary’s suburb in Chitungwiza, 25 kilometres outside Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, frequently risks arrest for straying into the nearby urban forests to fetch wood for cooking. Despite living in the city, Janet’s is among the 20 percent of the urban households which do not have access to […]
(Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:59:47 +0000)

Cuba and U.S. Skirt Obstacles to Normalisation of Ties
The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalise relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. But what stood out in the talks was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women. After a meeting with representatives […]
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:15:35 +0000)

OPINION: Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future
Emile Nakhleh is a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.”
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:08:41 +0000)

Africa’s Rural Women Must Count in Water Management
More women’s voices are being heard at international platforms to address the post-2015 water agenda, as witnessed at the recently concluded international U.N International Water Conference held from Jan. 15 to 17 in Zaragoza, Spain. But experts say that the same cannot be said of water management at the local level and countries like Kenya […]
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:58:21 +0000)

Renewables Can Benefit Water, Energy and Food Nexus
With global energy needs projected to increase by 35 percent by 2035, a new report says meeting this demand could increase water withdrawals in the energy sector unless more cost effective renewable energy sources are deployed in power, water and food production. The report, titled “Renewable Energy in the Water, Energy & Food Nexus” by […]
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:48:33 +0000)

Not Without Our Daughters: Lambada Women Fight Infanticide and Child Trafficking
At 11 years of age, Banawat Gangotri already has four years of work experience as a farm labourer. The child, a member of the nomadic Lambada community from the village of Bugga Thanda in India’s southern Telangana state, plucked cotton and chillies from nine a.m. until 5 p.m. for about a dollar daily. Every day, […]
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:30:46 +0000)

Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia
Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland. His people were suffering and their culture was being eroded. The native wildlife was disappearing. He dreamt of turning this around. It took 20 years to […]
(Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:51:12 +0000)

Zimbabwe Faces Troubling Spike in Cases of Multi-Drug Resistant TB
About eight years ago, 44-year-old Tilda Chihota was struck with tuberculosis which kept her bed-ridden for over six months at her rural home in Zimbabwe’s Mwenezi district, 144 kilometres southwest of Masvingo, the country’s oldest town. Although Chihota later recovered after receiving treatment at a local district hospital here, early this year, she was once […]
(Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:29:26 +0000)