News headlines in February 2018, page 3

  1. Oxfam’s Sexual Abuse Episode Must Inspire a Culture Shift

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 (IPS) - Sexual abuse allegations against Oxfam staff, and failings in the charity's response to them, delivered a body blow to an organisation renowned for years of humanitarian and development work. At the very least the accusations will leave a stain on the reputation of a charity that works in some of the toughest environments in the world, and has made a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

  2. Migrants Are Hit Hard by Nicaragua’s Closed-Border Strategy

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    MANAGUA, Feb 15 (IPS) - Nicaragua's "closed-border" strategy, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States.

  3. UN Seeks Private Sector Leadership to End Violence Against Children

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb 15 (IPS) - It may seem as if achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, and its target of ending all violence against children, depends mostly on action from governments and civil society. But we also need leadership from the business community to achieve a world where every child is free from violence, abuse, trafficking and torture.

  4. Till Her Last Breath- Remembering Asma Jahangir

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (IPS) - I first met Asma Jahangir, the champion of human rights in Pakistan, who died Sunday, as a teenager in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s. In a friendship that spanned political upheavals and turbulent transitions in Pakistan and in Sri Lanka, to the War on Terror in the US, Asma remained my mentor and muse.

  5. Internet Freedom Rapidly Degrading in Southeast Asia

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    PHNOM PENH, Feb 15 (IPS) - Researchers recently evaluated 65 countries which represent 87 percent of internet users globally. Half of them experienced a decline of internet freedom. China, Syria and Ethiopia are the least free. Estonia, Iceland and Canada enjoy the most freedom online.

  6. Turning Promise into Action: Working Towards Gender Equality

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (IPS) - Persistent and pervasive gender-based discrimination is undermining sustainable development and preventing communities and countries from reaching their full potential, said a UN agency.

  7. African Migration to Europe, Not a Crisis but an Opportunity

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Feb 14 (IPS) - An increasingly common justification for European development assistance to Africa is the notion that it will reduce migration from the South. While this sounds intuitive and makes for an appealing argument, the research shows that it is highly unlikely.

  8. Development, Self-Interest & Countries Left Behind

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    DURHAM, North Carolina, Feb 14 (IPS) - The world's wealthiest countries today promote development abroad in a way that is relatively new. For centuries, some of these countries colonized the developing world. As former colonies gained independence they were caught in the international power struggle of the Cold War, often led by dictators who found it in their interest to serve as pawns in great power proxy conflicts.

  9. Village Savings: Helping Small Farmers Weather Climate Shocks

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    LUSAKA, Zambia, Feb 14 (IPS) - In the past, Lameck Sibukale only knew savings in the form of rearing chickens, goats and more importantly, cattle—a long cherished cultural heritage of the Tonga-speaking people of southern Zambia.

  10. Intellectual Property Regime Undermines Equity, Progress

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 (IPS) - Over the last few decades, people in the developing world have been rejecting the intellectual property (IP) regime as it has been increasingly imposed on them following the establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) including its trade-related intellectual property rights (TRIPs) regime. IP rights (IPRs) have been further enforced through ostensible free trade agreements (FTAs) and investment treaties among two (bilateral) or more (plurilateral) partners.