Earlier this year, when heavy rains caused massive flooding in Sudan, a three-month state of emergency was declared in September. The floods which began in July, were the worst the country experienced in the last three decades and affected some 830,000 people, including 125,000 refugees and internally displaced people. According to the United Nations Refugee […]
”If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, who am I? And if not now, when? That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow [...] go and learn.” Hillel the Elder, active during the first century BCE The post Does […]
Ian Richards is an economist at the UN working on development finance and digital government. The post How UN Helped Benin Become World’s Fastest Place to Start a Business via a Mobile Phone appeared first on Inter Press Service.
The World Bank has been leading other multilateral development banks (MDBs) and international financial institutions to press developing country governments to ‘de-risk’ infrastructure and other private, especially foreign investments. They promote public-private partnerships (PPPs) supposedly to mobilize more private finance to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. PPP advocacy has been stepped up after developing countries’ […]
The alarms warning against climate inaction have sounded for years. Almost a year into the hardest pandemic and maybe the worst economic recession my generation has seen, expert voices everywhere are claiming this to be the golden opportunity to do something to right our course and even find a silver lining in this unfortunate situation, […]
The 2020 election has revealed a deeply divided nation, perhaps at its most divided since the Civil War. Many Americans are still uncertain about how the transition to the new administration will be achieved with a minimum of disruption and perhaps even violence. However, the split between pro and anti-Trump voters is not based on […]
Instead of being cowed by her seven-year imprisonment, Wai Wai Nu, emerged stronger and more determined to fight for the rights of all people, including the Rohingya in her native Myanmar. In an exclusive interview with IPS, Wai Wai says her prison experience made her all the more aware of the need for human rights […]
Sarah Rogerson is a researcher at Global Canopy. Prior to Global Canopy, she has worked on corporate environmental transparency with both CDP and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board, and on domestic recycling and engagement with Keep Britain Tidy. She has a degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology) from the University of Cambridge The post Could the […]
Japan should step up and play a role as a global facilitator for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Dr Daisaku Higashi said at a recent Japan Parliamentarians Federation for Population (JPFP) study meeting. The country should use the credibility developed in the post-Second World War era as a country with expertise in peacebuilding to ensure […]
The world’s major military powers exercise their dominance largely because of their massive weapons arsenals, including sophisticated fighter planes, drones, ballistic missiles, warships, battle tanks, heavy artillery—and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). But the sudden surge in the coronavirus pandemic last week, particularly in the US and Europe, has resurrected the lingering question that […]
Jennie Lyn Reyes is the author of the 2020 Asian Tobacco Industry Interference Index and the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of SEATCA. The post Tobacco Industry Capitalizes on Pandemic to Increase Influence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries appeared first on Inter Press Service.
I’m part of a research team that has been following more than 800 Black American families for almost 25 years. We found that people who had reported experiencing high levels of racial discrimination when they were young teenagers had significantly higher levels of depression in their 20s than those who hadn’t. This elevated depression, in […]
Girls are change makers and world shapers! When girls speak up, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. This International Day of the Girl 2020 we listened to girl-led and girl-centered organizations from across South Asia and heard about how they have been empowering girls in their communities and at the forefront of […]
Over 100 youth activists from around the globe met virtually ahead of the Nov. 21 summit of some of the world’s wealthiest nations. They called on the leaders to restructure the global response to COVID-19 and ensure aid reaches the world’s most marginalised people. The post Youth Demand a ‘Fair Share’ from World Leaders Ahead […]
Say Samal, Minister of Environment, Cambodia Trần Hồng Hà, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam The post Vietnam and Cambodia: Leveraging Support to Enhance Climate Ambition appeared first on Inter Press Service.
“For 75M children & young people trapped in conflict zones, #EducationCannotWait. A lost generation is one where hope dies in those who live. It is our responsibility to rekindle hope.” ~ Gordon Brown. The post Gordon Brown – Education Cannot Wait appeared first on Inter Press Service.
Simone Galimberti* is Co-Founder of ENGAGE, Inclusive Change Through Volunteering, a not- for-profit NGO based in Nepal. A close observer of Canadian affairs, he writes on volunteerism, social inclusion, youth development and regional integration as an engine to improve people’s lives. The post The Importance of Investing in Volunteerism appeared first on Inter Press Service.
American democracy has survived a dangerous virus, and it has even come off the ventilator, but whether it will be restored to full health or will suffer for a long time (like a long Covid) from the negative effects of the virus of personality cult, chauvinism, populism, racism, militarism and, yes let’s say it, fascism, […]
As many have observed worldwide, the outcome of the US presidential elections has been, as expected – full of hope and fear. Many people had the bad feeling that if Trump were to be re-elected, the uncertainty, already enormous due to the pandemic and its effects, would jeopardize the economic recovery worldwide. The triumph of […]
Bogota – Against the backdrop of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Medellin, MasterCard released a new analysis of foreign tourist spending in Colombia based on research conducted in collaboration with the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University. The analysis reveals rare insights on the economic benefits of tourism, and the role […]
MasterCard data helps reveal how ‘knowhow’ moves around the world Cambridge, MA – A unique research collaboration between the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University and the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth is uncovering new insights on the dynamics of global business travel and its impact on economies. Through the first-ever MasterCard grant of […]
Author: Alfredo Guerra Our vision on Inclusive GrowthInclusive Growth is broadly understood as output growth that is sustained over decades, that is broad-based across economic sectors, creates productive employment opportunities that a great majority of the country’s working age population can access, and reduces poverty. We believe Inclusive Growth is about increases in human productivity that […]
Q&A with Busi Radebe Busi is the founder of iShipa, technology that will allow small business owners in South Africa to keep track of their sales and inventory management information. What was your inspiration? When I started working on this project the focus was pretty much from a South African context, but when I looked […]
Q&A with Ashish Rana Ashish Rana is the software developer behind Qbila - a geolocation based public information platform that connects government organizations with people living in the region they are serving. What was your inspiration? It started when I was living in Delhi, near the place where the rape incident of December 16th happened […]
Q&A with Gretchen Phillips Gretchen Phillips is exploring the opportunity for tools and technologies to drive inclusive growth by creating more efficient, effective and diverse talent markets. She believes these tools will revolutionize talent markets by enabling companies to hire more productive employees in an objective, merit–based and cost effective manner. What inspired you to […]
Q&A with László Juhász Laszlo Juhasz leads the Budapest office of the Boston Consulting Group. The Integrom Program is a social experiment initiated by The Boston Consulting Group, bringing together the civil and corporate sector to build the missing bridge between Roma job seekers and the corporate labor market. What inspired you? We submitted the […]
Q&A with Stefanie Bauer Stefanie Bauer leads the Africa work of Intellecap's Business Consulting and Research team. She discusses her vision to build a virtual ecosystem that provides startups from across the world with capital, advice and networks. Why did you submit your proposal for the Symposium? We have been working on Startup Wave for […]
Q&A with David Michael David Michael, Senior Advisor of the Boston Consulting Group and Professor of Practice at UC San Diego's Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, believes better policy objectives, further investment, and coordinated action by governments, technology providers and multilateral agencies can advance deployment of wider mobile access. What is the focus […]
Q&A with Ugo Panizza Ugo Panizza, Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, believes a process of financial education can have a large effect on the welfare of middle-class households in advanced economies. What was your inspiration? If you study economics, people keep asking you, 'How should I invest my money?' […]