Africa’s Debt Crisis Needs a Bold New Approach– & a Way Forward

A mobile money stand in Accra, Ghana. Credit: IMF/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds By Danny BradlowPRETORIA, South Africa, Feb 28 2024 – It hasn’t been easy for African states to finance their developmental and environmental policy objectives over the past few years. Recent events suggest that the situation may be improving. For the first time in two years, […]



‘I Haven’t Forgotten Where I Came From,’ says Yvonne Pinto, Incoming IRRI Chief

Yvonne Pinto, the incoming Director General of the International Rice Research Institute, at the 5th All Africa Horticulture Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, February 26 to March 1, 2024. Credit: Supplied by Yvonne Pinto By Neena BhandariSYDNEY, Feb 28 2024 – Growing up on a small farming station in Holetta (Ethiopia), Yvonne Pinto would accompany her […]



Bali’s Ancient Canine Guardians on the Brink of Extinction

Indigenous Bali dogs hold the potential to unlock hidden secrets about ancestral dog diversity. Credit: Sonny Inbaraj/IPS By Sonny InbarajBALI, Indonesia, Feb 28 2024 – Bali’s Island’s ancient canine guardians, the proud descendants of lineages tracing back tens of thousands of years, stand on the brink of extinction. Culling triggered by rabies outbreaks and interbreeding […]



Hapless New Year for Global South

By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb 28 2024 – As dire economic predictions for 2023 did not materialise, pundits began 2024 far more optimistically. But policy ghosts from the last half-century will likely undermine such wishful thinking. Optimistic forecasts As New Year celebrations of different cultures decline with the coming of spring in the […]



WadzPay’s Dubai entity receives Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) Licence from Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 28, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WPME Technology, the Dubai–based entity of WadzPay, a leading fintech company specialising in blockchain based technology for virtual assets announced that it has been granted a Virtual Assets Service Provider (VASP) Licence for Virtual Asset Broker–Dealer service activities by Dubai’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority (VARA). […]



Open Society Foundations’ Soros Economic Development Fund Commits $25 Million to Allied Climate Partners’ Climate Finance Partnership

New York, Feb. 27, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), the impact investment arm of the Open Society Foundations, is committing $25 million to Allied Climate Partners (ACP)—a new and innovative public–private partnership focused on increasing the number of bankable climate projects in emerging markets and developing economies around the world. […]



Female Genital Mutilation Continues Amid Sudan’s Conflict and Forced Displacement

Paleki Ayang, Gender Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa, Equality Now By Paleki AyangJUBA, Feb 27 2024 – Female genital mutilation (FGM) stands as one of the most egregious violations of human rights, particularly affecting women and girls worldwide. However, when conflict and forced displacement enter the equation, the horrors of FGM are […]



Abusive Use of Veto Power Against Global Public Opinion — Why?

UN Security Council in session. Credit: United Nations By Anwarul K. ChowdhuryNEW YORK, Feb 27 2024 – With its current cash crisis, UN’s leadership is finding itself in a helpless situation both politically and financially. The UN’s credibility has reached rock bottom. Abusive use of veto power against global public opinion over the years, more […]



UN’s Credibility at Stake—as Russia and Israel Continue to Remain Defiant

Israeli missile strikes have caused widespread destruction in Gaza. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 2024 – The two devastating military conflicts—Russia vs Ukraine and Israel vs Hamas—have exposed once again the stark reality that the United Nations, created 79 years ago to maintain international peace and security, has failed […]



‘Unbounded’ Impunity Emboldens Israel

By Anis ChowdhurySYDNEY, Feb 27 2024 – Israel continues to reject calls for a ceasefire in Gaza and now readies itself for an assault on Rafah with a Ramadan deadline for the release of all hostages. It emphatically says, it will oppose any international attempt at creating a Palestinian State, regarded as an “unilateral recognition”. […]



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