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  1. Solar Energy Begins to Light Up Favelas in Rio de Janeiro

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22 (IPS) - "We can't work just to pay the electric bill," complained José Hilario dos Santos, president of the Residents Association of Morro de Santa Marta, a favela or shantytown embedded in Botafogo, a traditional middle-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.

  2. Hospital PPPs Undermine Healthcare

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 (IPS) - Despite all the evidence to the contraryand substantial opposition from community groups, public-private partnerships (PPPs) are still being promoted to deliver sustainable development.

    Public-private hospital partnerships are supposed to ensure that the private sector will offer much needed efficiency in healthcare provision.

  3. Why Are so Many Humanitarian Crises Under-reported?

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    NORWICH, UK, Jan 22 (IPS) - Dr Martin Scott* is a Senior Lecturer in Media and International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK.According to a recent poll of aid agencies by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the most under-reported crisis of 2018 was the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

  4. Never Been a Worse Time to be a Journalist

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    BRATISLAVA, Jan 22 (IPS) - "I've never known a time when it was as bad as it is now," says Beata Balogova, the Vice-Chair of the International Press Institute (IPI) and Editor in Chief of the Slovak Spectator Sme. "In terms of what's going on with journalists, we're in a very unique period," she adds.

  5. Bringing Greener Pastures Back Home

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 (IPS) - One month on since the Global Compact for Migration was approved, civil society has highlighted the need to turn words into action, supporting those who have been displaced or forced to migrate as a result of environmental degradation.

  6. Asia’s Landlocked

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 21 (IPS) - Andrzej Bolesta is Economic Affairs Officer, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Structural economic transformation and the expansion of international trade are among the most pressing issues to be addressed, if Asia's landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) are to overcome the development challenges related to their geographical locations.

  7. Strangers in the Land: A Congolese Murder Case

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 21 (IPS) - A man walks down the street. It's a street in a strange world. Maybe it's the Third World. Maybe it's his first time around. He doesn't speak the language. He holds no currency. He is a foreign man. He is surrounded by the sound. The sound! Cattle in the marketplace, scatterlings and orphanages. He looks around, around.I thought about this song by Paul Simon while I in 2011 spent a few weeks in Kinshasa. I was a foreign man in a strange world, surrounded by sights and sounds, completely dependent on my new-found Congolese friends. When our taxi got stuck in a traffic jam and we had to walk to our destination I was stopped by a group of heavily armed youngsters, lead by a man who claimed to be a policeman, charging me with an exaggerated high fine for taking photos within a restricted area.

  8. Moving Beyond Just Building Toilets

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    PUNE, India, Jan 21 (IPS) - One of the most laudable initiatives of the current government's regime is the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) that was launched on Oct 2, 2014, with a larger vision of a clean India. The critical aspect of the mission was that—unlike many of the movements that preceded it—this had a measurable outcome (making India open defecation free) and a firm timeline (by 2019).

  9. Eat Plants, Save the Planet

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 21 (IPS) - While the modern agricultural system has helped stave off famines and feed the world's 7 billion residents, the way we eat and produce food is posing a threat to future populations' food security.

  10. Moving Beyond South Korea’s Hierarchal Business Structure for Sustainable Green Growth

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    SEOUL, Jan 21 (IPS) - Despite the international rise of South Korean businesses like Samsung, Hyundai and LG as global powerhouses, the corporate culture in this East Asian nation is often known to have a vertically rigid command line.

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