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  1. Is There a Remittance Trap?

    Thursday, October 18, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 18 (IPS) - RALPH CHAMI is an assistant director in the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, EKKEHARD ERNST is chief of the macroeconomic policy and jobs unit at the International Labour Organization, CONNEL FULLENKAMP is professor of the practice of economics at Duke University, and ANNE OEKING is an economist in the IMF's Asia and Pacific Department*.Workers' remittances—the money migrants send home to their families—command the attention of economists and policymakers because of their potential to improve the lives of millions of people.

  2. For the Survival of the Nile and its People

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    ROME, Oct 17 (IPS) - Running through eleven countries for 6,853 kilometres, the Nile is a lifeline for nearly half a billion people. But the river itself has been a source of tension and even conflict for countries and territories that lie along it and there have been rumours of "possible war for the Nile" for years now. While to date there has been no outbreak of irreversible tension, experts say that because of increasing changes in the climate a shared agreement needs to be reached on the redistribution of water soon.

  3. Developing Countries Losing Out To Digital Giants

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Oct 17 (IPS) - A new United Nations report warns that the potential benefits to developing countries of digital technologies are likely to be lost to a small number of successful first movers who have established digital monopolies.

  4. What Accounts For Southeast Asia’s Phenomenal Success?

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 17 (IPS) - Southeast Asia has made extraordinary strides in recent decades.

    Growth in per capita incomes has been among the fastest in the world, and last year the region was the fourth largest contributor to global growth after China, India, and the United States. Living standards have improved dramatically. Poverty rates are down sharply.

  5. Water: a Private Privilege, not a Community Resource

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    MUMBAI, India, Oct 16 (IPS) - Shekhar Kapur* is director, actor and producer, who rose to international prominence with the 1998 Bollywood movie, Bandit Queen. Water is becoming a private privilege rather than a community resource. It is also one of the world's most precious resources. As vital to the survival of the human species as the air that we breathe.

  6. The Earthquake in Indonesia: How Collaboration Impacts the Global Water Crisis

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, Oct 16 (IPS) - George C. Greene, IV is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Water Mission*, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds, and implements safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areasOn Friday, September 28, the world first heard the devastating news out of Indonesia that a 7.5 magnitude earthquake had struck the island of Sulawesi. The quake caused substantial soil liquefaction — where the earth literally turned to liquid and started to flow — with entire homes sinking into the ground. It also triggered a tsunami, confirmed to be as high as 23 feet, that devastated the coastal areas.

  7. Zero Hunger: our actions today are our future tomorrow

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    ROME, Oct 15 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16   José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsJust three years ago, in September 2015, all United Nations Member States approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The eradication of hunger and all forms of malnutrition (Sustainable Development Goal number 2) was defined by world leaders as a cardinal objective of the Agenda, a sine qua non condition for a safer, fairer and more peaceful world.

  8. A New IFC Vision for Greening Banks in Emerging Markets

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Oct 15 (IPS) - Philippe Le Houérou is President, International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank affiliateThe International Finance Corporation is rapidly greening its portfolio.

    This past fiscal year, 36 percent of our own accounts and mobilization supported climate-smart projects — up from 12 percent a decade ago. Since May, we have been applying a carbon price to all project finance investments in the cement, chemicals, and thermal power sectors, at $40-80 per metric ton.

  9. Women & Youth Key to Achieving Agenda 2030 in South-South Cooperation

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.By 2050 Africa will have 830 million young people. Many countries in the global south, India included are seeing a youth(men and women) bulge. To reap a demographic dividend countries in the global south need to share and exchange knowledge to leapfrog socio-economic transformation.

  10. Helping Ethiopia Achieve Green Growth and Avoid Industrialised Nations’ Environmental Mistakes

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    ADDIS ABABA, Oct 15 (IPS) - As Ethiopia undergoes a period of unprecedented change and reform, the Global Green Growth Institute(GGGI) is partnering with the Ethiopian government to try and ensure this vital period of transition includes the country embracing sustainable growth and avoiding the environmental mistakes made by Western nations.

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