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Rethinking trade policy and protectionism in the Trump era

Monday, December 05, 2016

PENANG, Dec 05 (IPS) - What kind of trade policy will the United States have under President Donald Trump? This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unorthodox pronouncements on trade issues during and after the election campaign. If he acts on even some of the positions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world.

The United Nations Volunteer: From Global To Local

Monday, December 05, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 05 (IPS) - Today 05 December is International Volunteer Day, and every year we recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteers to peace and development.

Unleashing Africa’s Full Potential

Friday, December 02, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 02 (IPS) - Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to the youngest population in the world. We have a historic opportunity to realize the full potential of our continent in sharing the prosperity we have earned, in enhancing economic growth and in promoting and entrenching democratic ideals.

ISDS Corporate Rule of Law

Thursday, December 01, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 01 (IPS) - Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in ostensible free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have effectively created a powerful, privileged system of protections for foreign investors that undermine national law and institutions. ISDS allows foreign corporations to sue governments for causing them losses due to legal or regulatory changes.

Selling Their Bodies for Fish and a Handful of Shillings

Monday, November 28, 2016

KWALE, Kenya, Nov 28 (IPS) - It's Saturday morning and Hafsa Juma* is seated on a traditional mat known locally as a mkeka under the scorching sun outside her homestead, located near Gasi Beach on the Kenyan coast.

Let’s Unite to End Violence Against Women in Kenya

Friday, November 25, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 25 (IPS) - Consider this. According to the 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey of Kenya, 4 out of every 10 Kenyan women undergo some form of violence, whether physical or sexual. This figure is staggering and should compel us to pause and reflect.

Ensuring Shared Progress for Sustainable Development and Peace

Thursday, November 24, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov 24 (IPS) - International inequality has grown over recent centuries, especially the last two. Before the Industrial Revolution, between-country inequalities were small, while within-country inequalities accounted for most of overall global income inequality. Now, inter-country income inequalities account for about two-thirds of world inequality with intra-country inequality accounting for a third.

Initial Global Effects of Trump Even Before Taking Office

Thursday, November 24, 2016

PENANG, Nov 24 (IPS) - Even before taking office, President-Elect Donald Trump and the policies he promised during his campaign are already having a worldwide impact in at least three areas --  global finance, trade and climate change.

Kenya’s Youth Unemployment Challenge Presents Opportunities

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 (IPS) - Consider this paradox. Every year 1 million young people join the job market in Kenya, yet Kenya has the largest number of jobless youth in East Africa.

As the government puts in place measures for addressing the issue of high youth unemployment and poverty, The private sector needs to join forces to sustainably grow its business and markets. Businesses and the societies that they operate in are symbiotic and it is now an established maxim that business cannot succeed in societies that fail.

Climate Finance for Farmers Key to Avert One Billion Hungry

Monday, November 21, 2016

MARRAKECH, Nov 21 (IPS) - With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.

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