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Menstrual Hygiene Gaps Continue to Keep Girls from School

Friday, May 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women's Health in Poorer Nations

Thursday, May 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer over $140 million in funding cuts by Western donors this year.

Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 24 (IPS) - The World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul on May 23-24, failed to achieve its fund raising goals. With the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, none from the Group of the richest courtiers or of the UN Security Council attended. And the Summit could not mobilise the much-needed resources it had hoped for.

Prickly Pears Drive Local Development in Northern Argentina

Monday, May 23, 2016

CORZUELA, Argentina, May 23 (IPS) - Family farmers in the northern Argentine province of Chaco are gaining a new appreciation of the common prickly pear cactus, which is now driving a new kind of local development.

Humanitarian Summit Aims to Mobilise Up to 30 Billion Dollars

Monday, May 23, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (IPS) - The two-day World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), opening today May 23 in Istanbul, aims at mobilising between 20 and 30 billion dollars to face the on-gowing, worst-ever humanitarian crises, said Stephen O'Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs andEmergency Relief Coordinator.

Africa: Resolved to Address African Problems Using African Solutions

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 22 (IPS) - The African Union (AU) representing 54 countries and home to 1,2 billion inhabitants, will be in Istanbul to participate in the May 23-24, 2016, first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) with two key demands—that the international humanitarian system be redefined, and a strong, firm own commitment to itself, to the continent and its people, anchoring on the primacy of the states.

County Governments in Kenya Must Take Lead in Fight for Gender Equality

Sunday, May 22, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 22 (IPS) - The 3rd Devolution Conference that took place in Meru, Kenya between 19 and 21st April was an opportunity to discuss how the post-2015 development agenda will be localized and how county governments will deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘We Cannot Keep Jumping from Crisis to Crisis’

Friday, May 20, 2016

ROME, May 20 (IPS) - "We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis. We have to invest in long-term development that helps people cope with shocks so that they can continue to grow enough food for their communities and not require emergency aid."

Will Canada Recognise Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Developing Countries Too?

Thursday, May 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, May 19 (IPS) - While Canada's long-awaited support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples brought hope and celebration last week, it's not yet clear whether the rights of Indigenous people in developing countries harmed by Canadian mining companies will also be included.

Now 1 in 2 World’s Refugees Live in Urban Area

Thursday, May 19, 2016

ROME, May 19 (IPS) - It is true that millions of refugees, especially in Africa and the Middle East, reside in camps. But in all they represent only one-quarter of the total number of refugees.

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