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  1. Breaking Barriers in Bangladesh

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    NILPHAMARI, Bangladesh, Jan 25 (IPS) - It's nearing 4:30 p.m. on a foggy day, but there seems to be no great hurry amongst the workers to wind up their day in a factory producing high-end designer bags. Located in the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) of Nilphamari, a northern district 40 kilometers from the divisional headquarters of Rangpur in Bangladesh, the area is known for creating job opportunities for the local population.

  2. Biodiversity and Food Security: the Focus of the World Potato Congress

    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    LIMA, Jan 25 (IPS) - Potatoes were first taken out of Peru, where they originated, 458 years ago to feed the world. Half a millennium later, potatoes have spread throughout the planet but there are challenges to preserve the crop's biodiversity as a source of food security, as well as the rights of the peasants who sustain this legacy for humanity.

  3. The Future of Our Cities: New Agenda, New Faces, New Year

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    NAIROBI, Jan 24 (IPS) - Urban development is one of our greatest challenges. While the world is highly urbanizing, our cities are transforming the nexus for the social, economic, environmental and political realities of our times.

  4. Aid Group Shines Spotlight on the Neglected

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 (IPS) - Though 2017 was marked by stories of humanitarian disasters around the world, many crises remain under the radar with devastating consequences for those affected, a new report says.

  5. Migrants Without Shoes

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    DHAKA, Jan 23 (IPS) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013.

  6. Wealth Concentration Continues to Increase

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 23 (IPS) - As the ‘masters of the universe' gather for their annual retreat at Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has just published its Inclusive Development Index (IDI) for the second time.

  7. China’s Mass Market Adopts Mobile Payments

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 23 (IPS) - China's mass-market adoption of mobile payments in recent years has stunned observers. In 2016, more than 500 million Chinese used mobile payments and transacted 97 billion times on nonbank mobile apps.

  8. Can Drought Be Prevented? Slovakia Aims to Try

    Monday, January 22, 2018

    BRATISLAVA, Jan 22 (IPS) - A landmark programme to combat drought set to be implemented in the small Central European country of Slovakia could be an inspiration for other states as extreme weather events become more frequent, the environmental action group behind the plan has said.

  9. Left Behind: Families of Migrants Wait in Limbo

    Saturday, January 20, 2018

    NANKAR, Bangladesh, Jan 20 (IPS) - Wahid Haider talks about his son's departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since he left Nankar in search of better economic prospects, travelling through Romania, where he spent several months, before entering Italy.

  10. Groups Condemn U.S. Cuts to Palestinian Refugee Agency

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - International organizations have criticized the United States' decision to cut more than half of planned funding to a UN agency serving Palestinian refugees.

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