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  1. Putting the Spotlight on Women Migrant Workers

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - Migrant workers, and their economic contribution to the development of both the country of origin and the host country, have caught the eye of governments and policymakers worldwide.

  2. Global Devaluation of Work Drives Up Unemployment in Brazil

    Saturday, June 24, 2017

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 24 (IPS) - In addition to driving up the number of unemployed people to 14.2 million, the severe recession of the last two years led Brazil to join the global trend of flexibilisation of labour laws in order to further reduce labour costs.

  3. UN Response Teams Underfunded as Costs Hit Staggering $23.5 Billion

    Friday, June 23, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - UN response teams that help the most vulnerable people in the world are still largely underfunded, a new status report has revealed.

    The funding available to the teams is no match for the record number of people—141 million—who need assistance today.

  4. East Asia’s real lessons

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 21 (IPS) - International recognition of East Asia's rapid economic growth, structural change and industrialization grew from the 1980s. In Western media and academia, this was seen as a regional phenomenon, associated with some commonality, real or imagined, such as a supposed ‘yen bloc'.

  5. UN Work Stoppage in Geneva Halts Human Rights Meeting

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 19 (IPS) - As UN staffers in Geneva threaten a strike, protesting a proposed salary cut of over 7.5 percent, a token two-hour "work stoppage" last week forced the Human Rights Council to suspend its meeting.

  6. Achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Kenya through Innovative Financing

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 (IPS) - Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the economy.

  7. IFAD’s President Houngbo Calls for Investment in Climate Smart Agriculture for Poverty-Free Future

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 (IPS) - Implementing climate-smart agriculture is critical to reduce hunger and poverty, according to International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) new president Gilbert Houngbo.

  8. Migrant Workers Pour Trillions into World Economy

    Thursday, June 15, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 15 (IPS) - A new report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says the flow of money from migrants—commonly located in developed countries—to their families in lower income countries has doubled over the last decade.

  9. East Asian Miracle Myth Making

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 14 (IPS) - Even before the term ‘Washington Consensus' (WC) was popularized, it was already coming under great criticism despite the ‘counter-revolutions' against ‘development economics' and Keynesian economics associated with Thatcherism and Reaganomics. At the World Bank, the Japanese Executive Director argued that the WC menu of policy advice and conditionalities had resulted in the 1980s' ‘lost decade' in Latin America and Africa. In contrast, the East Asian region had seen rapid growth and industrialization.

  10. Digitization Can Improve Financial Inclusion for Smallholder Farmers

    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    KAKAMEGA, Kenya, Jun 14 (IPS) - Mathew Khaemba, a smallholder farmer in western Kenya, remembers a time when his children were failing in school because they were too hungry to concentrate on their lessons.

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