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  1. Migrants Send Record Amounts to Home Countries, but Overall Poverty Pertains

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    BRUSSELS, Nov 30 (IPS) - At the end of this year, migrants will have sent 466 billion dollars to family and friends in their countries of origin. Despite this record amount these remittances have little to no effect on the dire economic state of affairs in those home countries. Earlier this week in Brussels, a group of experts convened to think of ways to make the sent money work in a way that benefits more than just a few lucky families. 

  2. Breaking Bread with Violence: Connecting the Dots Between Conflict & Hunger

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    GENEVA, Nov 30 (IPS) - Herve Verhoosel is Senior Spokesperson UN World Food Programme (WFP)Last week I met with Aamir, a 29-year-old Yemenite, living in Geneva since October 2018 and waiting for his application for asylum to be finalized.

  3. Fostering Green, Made-In-Africa Innovations

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    KIGALI, Nov 30 (IPS) - Over 1000 policy makers, experts, investors and financial specialists from across Africa are gathered this week in Kigali, at a week-long Africa Green Growth Forum 2018 to discuss how to foster green, made-in-Africa innovations to meet the needs of the continent. 

  4. VIDEO: Seeking Ways to Include Women in the Blue Economy

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    NAIROBI, Nov 29 (IPS) - Women make up about half of the over 120 million people whose livelihood depend on the blue economy. But women play only a marginal role in the blue economy with most of them earning subsistence income. Women are mainly excluded from more important aspects of the Blue Economy like shipping and large scale fishing.

  5. Mobile Phones Exposed to Growing Cyber Threats

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Nov 29 (IPS) - Paul Makin is the head of mobile money at Consult HyperionMobile phones are helping millions of low-income customers to access financial services for the first time, but they are also exposing them to new cyber threats they could never have imagined.

  6. Combatting Climate Change with Bamboo

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    ROME, Nov 29 (IPS) - Did you know bamboo can help combat climate change? Fast growing and flexible, bamboo plants and products can store more carbon than certain types of tree. Bamboo is also used around the world as a source of renewable energy, and to make thousands of durable products - providing a lifeline for communities vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

  7. Re-Defining Poverty in its Many Dimensions

    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 (IPS) - Carolina Rivera is a Research Analyst at the Human Development Report Office at UNDP and Monica Jahangir is a Policy and Advocacy Officer at the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

    Poverty has many dimensions beyond a lack of money. The need for a better understanding of the multiple ways people experience poverty is gaining momentum, as is the importance of measuring the often - overlapping deprivations people face. Understanding both is vital for better decision making.

  8. Marine Waste Turning the Earth into a Plastic Planet

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    NAIROBI, Nov 28 (IPS) - Africa risks being the worst plastic-polluted place on earth within three decades overtaking Asia, says a continental network calling for African contributions to solving the growing threat of marine waste.

  9. It is Imperative for the Caribbean to Have a Seat at the COP24 Negotiating Table

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    ST. GEORGE’S, Nov 28 (IPS) - The Caribbean will not be left out of the negotiations at COP24 – the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – that will take place from Dec. 3 to 14 in Katowice, Poland.

  10. ITUC at a Crossroads as Sharan Burrow is Challenged

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Nov 28 (IPS) - A fight for the position of Secretary-General divides the ITUC ahead of the World Congress in December. Where some see a choice between diplomacy and activism, others say it's a question of internal democracy.

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