RSS Inter Press Service
  • The Price of Bukele’s State of Emergency in El Salvador August 5, 2022
    The body of Walter Sandoval shows a number of dark bruises on his arms and knees, as well as lacerations on his left eye and on his head – signs that he suffered some kind of violence before dying in a Salvadoran prison, accused of being a gang member. The evidence of the beating is […]
    Edgardo Ayala
  • The Plastic Crisis Has Deep Corporate Roots: To Protect Our Planet, They Need To Be Exposed August 5, 2022
    This spring, I taught a new undergraduate course in environmental sociology. Most of my students took the course because they were curious to see what their desire to live more sustainably had to do with sociology. By the third week – after a deep dive into the troubling connections between fossil capitalism (the dependence of […]
    External Source
  • Researchers Embrace Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Banana Disease in Burundi August 5, 2022
    A group of scientists involved in finding solutions to minimize the impact of a devastating banana virus in Burundi have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool for monitoring the disease. United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) research shows that the Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD), caused by the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV), is […]
    Aimable Twahirwa
  • Women Play a Key Role in Food & Nutrition Security in Nigeria August 5, 2022
    In Nigeria, women play key roles in food and nutrition security through their contributions to agricultural production, their influence on how to allocate household income, and their efforts to ensure proper nutrition for all household members. However, malnutrition remains widespread among rural women and children in Nigeria, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic and amid the […]
    Victor Ekeleme and Kalejaiye Olatundun
  • What Makes a Human Rights Success? PODCAST August 4, 2022
    The largest ever settlement in Canadian legal history, 40 billion Canadian dollars, occurred in 2022, but it didn’t come from a court – it followed a decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. In 2016 the Tribunal affirmed a complaint that the Government of Canada’s child welfare system discriminated against First Nations children. (First Nations […]
    Marty Logan
  • Nonagenarian Opposition Backer Contends for Change in Zimbabwe August 4, 2022
    Idah Hanyani, popularly known as Gogo Chihera, has backed the opposition since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. Born in Wedza, a district in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East province, the 91-year-old first supported United African National Council (UANC). At home in Glenview, Harare’s high-density suburb, Hanyani told IPS she has featured at opposition rallies for years. During her […]
    Jeffrey Moyo
  • UN Chief Urges Governments to Tax “Immoral” & Excessive” Oil and Gas Profits August 4, 2022
    Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in his address to the UN press corps while launching the third brief by the Global Crisis Response Group on Energy.
  • Technology Helps Traffickers Hunt Their Victims, Enslave Them, Sell Their Organs August 3, 2022
    Human beings have proved to be capable of producing innumerable practical inventions while much too often making the worst use of them. Take the case, per example, of how criminal groups heavily rely on digital platforms to trap and enslave their victims also for extracting and selling their organs. Yes, technology now dominates most of […]
    Baher Kamal
  • A Demographic Snapshot of the Philippines: One Step Forward, a Half Step Back August 3, 2022
    With the national election and transfer of power in the Philippines from outgoing President Duterte to incoming President Marcos Jr. in July 2022, it seems an appropriate time to briefly take stock of the country’s current demographic situation, as well as recent related developments. According to the biennial global estimates and projections of world population […]
    Barry Mirkin
  • The Politics of the Hangman’s Noose: Judge, Jury & Executioner August 3, 2022
    A spike in state-sanctioned executions worldwide – including in Iran, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and more recently Myanmar – has triggered strong condemnations from the United Nations and several civil rights and human rights organizations. As Covid-19 restrictions that had previously delayed judicial processes were steadily lifted in many parts of the world, says Amnesty International […]
    Thalif Deen
  • Doubts Raised Over Conditions of Mexico’s Mangroves August 2, 2022
    Two extremes of coastal development can be found side-by-side in the small community of San Crisanto, in the municipality of Sinanché in Mexico’s southeastern Yucatán state. On one side is the mangrove forest that the community has conserved since 1995. It protects the settlement from coastal erosion, supports local fisheries and provides jobs in ecotourism. […]
    Emilio Godoy
  • Slow food, Accelerating Biodiversity in the Field and On Our Plates August 2, 2022
    Edward Mukiibi was forced to do agriculture at school as punishment for misbehaviour. Instead of hating the punishment, he loved it, especially when he realised farming was the future of good food, health and wealth. Mukiibi is a farmer and social entrepreneur from Uganda on a mission to prove that sustainable farming is the foundation […]
    Busani Bafana
  • Biogas Production Awaits Greater Incentives in Cuba August 2, 2022
    Standing in front of a blue flame on her stove, getting ready to brew coffee, Mayra Rojas says the biodigester built in the backyard of her home in western Cuba has become a key part of her daily life and a pillar of her family’s well-being. “Biogas is a blessing,” says Rojas, a farmer who […]
    Luis Brizuela
  • The Myanmar Junta Continues to Wreak Death & Destruction August 2, 2022
    Myanmar has been embroiled in violence and civil unrest since the military ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup in February 2021. The initially widespread peaceful protests were crushed with deadly force by the military and police. The nonviolent opposition has since turned into armed resistance and the country has […]
    Jan Servaes
  • Frugal Innovation is Key to Advancing the UN’s Global Goal for Education August 2, 2022
    The world needs tens of millions of new teachers by 2030, according to UNESCO – an order of magnitude that requires “frugal innovation.” I’ve studied frugal innovation for more than a decade, and it holds a vital key to this global challenge. A model created by BRAC in Bangladesh deserves special attention in this worldwide […]
    Jaideep Prabhu
  • Neo-Colonial Currency Enables French Exploitation August 2, 2022
    Colonial-style currency board arrangements have enabled continuing imperialist exploitation decades after the end of formal colonial rule. Such neo-colonial monetary systems persist despite modest reforms. In 2019, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused France of using currency arrangements to “exploit” its former African colonies, “impoverishing Africa” and causing refugees to “leave and then […]
    Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram
  • To End AIDS, We Need to End Punitive Laws Perpetuating the Pandemic August 2, 2022
    The 24th International AIDS Conference is taking place in Montreal, July 29 to August 2.
    Suki Beavers
  • Bangladesh Plans to Launch Toll-free SMS Flood Warning August 1, 2022
    Ziaur Rahman, a farmer of Pakuar Char under Sariakandi Upazila in Bogura, cultivated jute on a newly emerged river island (char) in the Brahmaputra River, but this year’s flood washed away his crop. “Flood is very common in the char areas during the monsoon. Despite that, I sowed jute seeds on the char. This year, […]
    Rafiqul Islam
  • Introducing Hope Over Fate: the Story of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and BRAC August 1, 2022
    About seven years ago, I started working on a project with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of BRAC. It was originally supposed to be a memoir: the story of Abed, the mild-mannered accountant who would rid the world of poverty, as told by the man himself. I was privileged to be Abed’s speechwriter for […]
    Scott MacMillan
  • Salvadoran Farmers Learn Agricultural Practices to Adapt to Climate Change August 1, 2022
    With the satisfaction of knowing he was doing something good for himself and the planet, Salvadoran farmer Luis Edgardo Pérez set out to plant a fruit tree on the steepest part of his plot, applying climate change adaptation techniques to retain water. This is vital for Pérez because of the steep slope of his land, […]
    Edgardo Ayala
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  • Research Report Sheds New Light on Economic Impacts of Tourism in Colombia June 20, 2016
    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 […]
  • Uncovering New Insights For How Business ‘Knowhow’ Impacts Economic Growth January 20, 2016
    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 […]
  • Inclusive Growth: Our Vision, the Symposium, and What's Next December 14, 2015
    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 […]
  • Re-Inventing the Corner Store November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • Geolocation-Based Public Information System November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • Visibility into Human Potential to Increase Diversity of Talent Markets November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • Breaking Barriers to The Labor Market November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • Democratizing Incubation: Creating a Virtual Startup Ecosystem November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • How Adding Mobile Subscribers Will Drive Inclusive Growth November 9, 2015
    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 […]
  • Improving Savings by Reducing Investment Mistakes November 9, 2015
    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?' […]