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Push to Privatise Education in Global South Challenged

Friday, April 24, 2015

LONDON, Apr 24 (IPS) - The multinational education and publishing company Pearson PLC was challenged during its annual general meeting on Apr. 24 by representatives of civil society and trade union groups over various profit-driven programmes aimed at expanding private education in numerous countries in the global South. 

Opinion: To Solve Hunger, Start with Soil

Friday, April 24, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 24 (IPS) - Peter looked confused as he recounted how he'd painstakingly planted potatoes to sell and to feed his family of eight, only to find that when harvest time rolled around he had been greeted with tiny tubers not much bigger than golf balls.

Opinion: Has the World Reached Peak Plutocracy?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 23 (IPS) - Parents in despair because they can't pay the fees at the privatised neighbourhood school…

East African Environmental Activist Wins Major Prize

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - On Earth Day, Apr. 22, Kenyan activist Phyllis Omido takes the stage in Washington DC to receive the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts to defend her community from lead poisoning and force the closure of a lead smelting plant that was emitting fumes and spewing untreated acid wastewater into streams, poisoning the neighbourhood – including her own baby.

From Slavery to Self Reliance: A Story of Dalit Women in South India

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BELLARY, India, Apr 21 (IPS) - HuligeAmma, a Dalit woman in her mid-forties, bends over a sewing machine, carefully running the needle over the hem of a shirt. Sitting nearby is Roopa, her 22-year-old daughter, who reads an amusing message on her cell phone and laughs heartily.

Opinion: Realising Unfinished Business of MDGs : A Call for Greater Action and Investment for Malaria

Monday, April 20, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - Later this week, communities around the world will commemorate World Malaria Day for the last time in the context of the global development priorities set in 2000.

Sexual Violence in Conflict 'The Contemporary Moral Issue' Says United Nations

Friday, April 17, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 (IPS) - Impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in war must end, said Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, who presented to the U.N. Security Council the Secretary-General's 2015 report on the issue on April 15.

1.7 Billion Dollars Needed to Improve Ebola-hit Countries' Health Care, Says Oxfam

Thursday, April 16, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 16 (IPS) - The international humanitarian charity Oxfam is calling on the World Bank and major donors to raise 1.7 billion dollars to improve poor health systems in Ebola-affected countries and strengthen community networks for preventing another epidemic.

Clean Cookstoves Could Change the Lives of Millions in Nepal

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PHARPING, Nepal, Apr 15 (IPS) - When 26-year-old Laxmi married into the Archaya household in Chhaimale village, Pharping, south of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, she didn't think she would be spending half the day in the kitchen inhaling smoke from the stove.

First-Ever Training in Emergency Medicine Begins in Ghana

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NEW YORK, Apr 14 (IPS) - In a collaborative effort between the University of Michigan, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, a teaching hospital and other medical groups, Ghana has launched its first-ever training programme in emergency medicine and nursing.

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