News headlines in 2019

  1. Modernity Triumphs over Feudalism in India

    Saturday, May 25, 2019

    NEW DELHI, May 25 (IPS) - "We worked for the poor and they voted us back to power," was the explanation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made to newly-elected legislators on Saturday, May 25, on the spectacular win scored by his nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India's just concluded general elections.

  2. The World Made Promises to Women and Girls, We Must Fulfil Them

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 (IPS) - Ambassador Monica Juma is the Cabinet Secretary (Minister), of Kenya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1994 the International Conference and Population and Development (ICPD) was hosted in Cairo by the Government of Egypt. Twenty-five years later, Kenya is ready to convene the ICPD "Nairobi Summit" in November 2019.

  3. Report Reveals Mounting Pressure on Zambia’s Environmental Resources

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    LUSAKA, May 24 (IPS) - Irene Lungu Chipili is Manager, Corporate Affairs at the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

    There is a strong link between provision of basic social services and the use of natural resources in a country. Thus, with increased population comes additional pressure on natural resources. This is a key finding in the latest Zambia Environment Outlook (ZEO) Report 4, published by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA).

  4. Class Analyst: Global Income Inequality

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, May 24 (IPS) - CHRIS WELLISZ is on the staff of Finance & Development published by the International Monetary Fund*As a child growing up in Communist Yugoslavia, Branko Milanovic witnessed the protests of 1968, when students occupied the campus of the University of Belgrade and hoisted banners reading "Down with the Red bourgeoisie!"

  5. The UN Has Failed Civilians

    Friday, May 24, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (IPS) - Despite the United Nations Security Council's task of protecting civilians, millions around the world are still being displaced and killed with little to no accountability for perpetrators.

  6. Women & Youth Remain Politically Underrepresented in Africa's Most Populous Nation

    Thursday, May 23, 2019

    ABUJA, Nigeria, May 23 (IPS) - Ulrich Thum is the Resident Representative of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung office in Abuja, Nigeria. He has previously worked as a program coordinator for the GIZ Civil Peace Service program in Zimbabwe and as a peace worker for AGEH in South Sudan and Nigeria.   Lena Noumi holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and is currently studying International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Two months after the general elections in Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, things are back to normal. The incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, a 76-year-old general and former military Head of State, clearly defeated his challengers.

  7. The Contribution of Humanitarian Action to Peace

    Wednesday, May 22, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, May 22 (IPS) - Peter Maurer in President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)*The connection of humanitarian action to broader objectives like peace, development and human rights is understandably complex, but it is also an area in which some fresh thinking is important.

  8. Preventing Antibiotic Resistance: Look to the Livestock Industry

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 21 (IPS) - Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a global crisis and risks reversing a century of progress in health. Some organisations have already geared up and are tackling the issue from its roots.

  9. Public-Private Partnerships Fad Fails

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 21 (IPS) - After the failure and abuses of privatization became apparent, public-private partnerships have since been promoted ostensibly to mobilize private finance for the public purpose. In all too many cases, PPPs have socialized costs and losses while ensuring private financial gains.After the failure and abuses of privatization and contracting-out services from the 1980s, there has been renewed appreciation for the role of the state or government. Earlier promoters of privatization have taken a step backward, only to take two more forward to instead promote public-private partnerships (PPPs).

  10. Partnerships to Promote Equality for LGBTI People

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, May 21 (IPS) - Inka Mattila is Resident Representative, UNDP, Dominican RepublicAs states and civil society organizations are increasingly acting to address stigma, discrimination and human rights violations targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, dialogues and alliances jointly tackle these challenges.