Africa’s Investment Drive Gathers Pace

Africa Investment Forum 2018 By Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Oct 18 2019 – Headwinds are blowing amid IMF warnings of a “synchronised slowdown” in global economic growth, yet Africa’s investment drive is still gathering pace, supported by intense international competition in development finance. Despite the global slowdown, 19 sub-Saharan countries are among nearly 40 emerging markets […]

Displaced by the Desert: An expanding Sahara leaves Broken Families and Violence in its Wake

An aerial view of settlements in the middle of the desert in the surrounding area of Timbuktu, North of Mali. Courtesy: UN Photo/Marco Domino By Issa Sikiti da SilvaBAMAKO, Mali/COTONOU, Benin , Oct 18 2019 – Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all […]

Trump Poised to Withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

By Kingston Reif and Shannon BugosWASHINGTON DC, Oct 18 2019 – The Trump administration is reportedly on the verge of withdrawing from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, according to lawmakers and media reports. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, first sounded the public alarm in an Oct. 7 letter to […]

Religious Leaders’ Plea to Member States: Honour Your Commitment to the UN

By Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamakis, Moscow, Rabbi David Rosen, Jerusalem,Dr. Nayla Tabbara, Beirut, Dr. Vinu Aram, India and Rev. Kosho Niwano, TokyoMOSCOW, JERUSALEM/BEIRUT/NEW DELHI/TOKYO, Oct 18 2019 – On the 8th of October, the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that the organisation is running out of money by the end of October – “member […]

Beaten and Tortured for a Ransom, Lured by the Promise of a Livelihood

The International Organisation for Migration says that in Bangladesh victims of human trafficking are either abducted or lured with promises of a better life. Credit: Rafiqul Islam Sarker/IPS By Rafiqul IslamDHAKA, Oct 17 2019 – After his father passed away two years ago, the burden of caring for a six-member family rested on the shoulders […]

Tuberculosis Infections Declining, But Not Fast Enough Among Poor, Marginalised: UN Health Agency

A 25 year-old tuberculosis patient is treated at her home in Funafuti, the main island of Tuvalu in the South Pacific. Credit: UNDP Tuvalu/Aurélia Rusek. By External SourceUNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 2019 – A staggering 1.5 million people died from tuberculosis (TB) last year, the UN health agency said on Thursday, in an appeal for […]

UN’s 75th Anniversary Shadowed by Right-Wing Nationalism, Widespread Authoritarianism & Budgetary Cuts

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 2019 – When the six much-ballyhooed high-level UN meetings concluded late September, there were mixed feelings about the final outcomes. And civil society organizations (CSOs), who were mostly disappointed with the results, are now gearing themselves for two upcoming key climate summit meetings: COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December […]

2019 Africa Investment Forum: African Development Bank and partners gear up for new heights

By African Development BankABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Oct 17 2019 (IPS-Partners) In just a few weeks, the second edition of the annual Africa Investment Forum will kick off in Johannesburg, South Africa, with development finance institutions determined to tackle the continent’s infrastructure investment challenges and advance Africa’s economic transformation agenda. Africa Investment Forum 2018 broke the […]

Governments, Donors and Investors Must Put Their Money Where Their Mouths are on Gender and Climate Change

In rural Sri Lanka women are tasked with fetching and carrying water for the entire household, sometimes walking miles with pots and bottles balanced on their heads. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS By Jemimah NjukiNAIROBI, Oct 17 2019 – Climate change has a disproportionate impact on women and girls. This is clear when it comes to water, […]

Ghana’s Grains and Groundnuts Face Increasing Contamination Amid Increasing Temperatures

Ghanian smallholder farmer Regina Dabiali says they are increasingly losing out on harvests as their grains are becoming affected by aflatoxins. Courtesy: Albert Oppong-Ansah/IPS By Albert Oppong-AnsahBONO EAST REGION, Ghana , Oct 16 2019 – Adwoa Frimpomaah, a smallholder farmer from Dandwa, a farming community in Nkoranza, in Ghana’s Bono East Region, and her two […]

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