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The Shift from Social Development to Infrastructure - How to Build Greener

Friday, July 01, 2016

MANILA, Jul 01 (IPS) - Across the world, the pendulum has swung from a focus on social development to infrastructure development. Recognizing that infrastructure is only one variable in the development equation, we must try to get the most value from this shift in priorities.

Suspend Saudi Arabia from Human Rights Council, Human Rights Groups Say

Thursday, June 30, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 30 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia's membership in the Human Rights Council (HRC) should be suspended by members of the UN General Assembly, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) said on Wednesday.

Post-War Truth and Justice Still Elusive in Bougainville

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Jun 30 (IPS) - Almost every family in the islands of Bougainville, an autonomous region of about 300,000 people in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has a story to tell of death and suffering during the decade long civil war (1989-1998), known as ‘the Crisis.'

The Geography of Poverty

Thursday, June 30, 2016

JAKARTA, Jun 30 (IPS) - World leaders agreed in 2000 to halve the number of people living in poverty by 2015. The poverty line was defined as the purchasing power parity (PPP) equivalent to a US dollar a day, later adjusted to the 2005 PPP equivalent of $1.25 daily in 2008 to the 2012 PPP equivalent of $1.90 daily in 2015. As the cost of living rise unevenly across the world, the World Bank periodically updates the global poverty line to reflect these changes. Nevertheless, there are many concerns about how the line was defined and has been revised over the decades.

Uganda Rolls Out Compulsory Immunization to Dispel Anti-Vaccine Myths

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

KAMPALA, Jun 29 (IPS) - Patience*, a Ugandan maid, planned on taking her three-year-old son for polio immunization during the country's mass campaigns a year ago, until her landlord's wife told her a shocking myth.

Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sweden Among New Members of UN Security Council

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden were elected on Tuesday to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members, while Italy and Netherlands have split the remaining contested seat.

The Case for Cash in Humanitarian Emergencies

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 (IPS) - Currently only six percent of humanitarian aid worldwide comes in the form of cash handouts, yet many aid organisations believe that cash transfers should be seen as the rule, not the exception.

Biogas Brings Heat and Light to Pakistan's Rural Poor

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FAISALABAD, Pakistan, Jun 28 (IPS) - Nabela Zainab no longer chokes and coughs when she cooks a meal, thanks to the new biogas-fueled two-burner stove in her kitchen.

Drought Prompts Debate on Cuba’s Irrigation Problems

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

HOLGUÍN, Cuba, Jun 28 (IPS) - Five gargantuan modern irrigation machines water the state farm of La Yuraguana covering 138 hectares in the northeastern province of Holguín, the third largest province in Cuba. However, "sometimes they cannot even be switched on, due to the low water level," said farm manager Edilberto Pupo.

Civil Society Under Serious Attack

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - Despite their contribution to social justice, civil society organisations came under "serious attack" in 109 countries in 2015, according to a new report published by CIVICUS Monday.

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