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  1. Decent Toilets for Women & Girls Vital for Gender Equality

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    LONDON, Nov 16 (IPS) - This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19)-- and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet; still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

  2. Coal Pollution Continues to Spread in Latin America

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    Nov 15 (IPS) - Despite growing global pressure to reduce the use of coal to generate electricity, several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean still have projects underway for expanding this polluting energy source.

  3. Girls in Afghanistan—and Everywhere Else—Need Toilets

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    LONDON/WASHINGTON DC, Nov 15 (IPS) - "I never come here, just because of boys," Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. "They're opening the door." Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study in tents in a vacant lot, the only toilets the girls have access to are on the far side of the boys' school next door. The school is one of a very few for girls in the area, so some students walk over an hour each way to get there.

  4. Finance Following Growth

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (IPS) - Economists of all persuasions recognize the critical role of finance in economic growth. The financial sector's stability and depth are widely considered important in this connection.

  5. The Mekong, Dammed to Die

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    PHNOM PENH, Nov 14 (IPS) - In Laos, the lush forests are alive with the whines of drills that pierce the air. On the Mekong, a giant concrete wall rises slowly above the trees. The Don Sahong dam is a strong symbol, not only for a power-hungry Asia but also for what critics fear is a disaster in the making.

  6. The Harsh Plight of 152 Million Child Labourers

    Tuesday, November 14, 2017

    ROME, Nov 14 (IPS) - While trillions of dollars are being spent on exploring remote galaxies, Planet Earth is still home to harsh realities that could be easily –and much less expensively—resolved. One of them is that worldwide 152 million children are currently victims of child labour.

  7. Are Prospects of Rural Youth Employment in Africa a Mirage?

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    NEW DELHI, Nov 13 (IPS) - Many recent accounts tend to dismiss productive employment of youth in rural areas in Africa as a mirage largely because they exhibit strong resistance to eking out a bare subsistence in dismal working and living conditions. We argue below on recent evidence of agricultural transformation that this view is overly pessimistic, if not largely mistaken.

  8. Economic Development vs. Climate Action: Rebutting Deniers and Wafflers

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    SAN FRANCISCO, California, Nov 12 (IPS) - As negotiators meet in Bonn to put together a deal to implement the Paris Agreement, John Holdren, a professor of environmental policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, stressed that economic development and climate change mitigation and adaptation are not ‘either-or' but must be pursued together.

  9. Victims of El Salvador’s Civil War Demand Reparations

    Thursday, November 09, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR/ARCATAO, Nov 09 (IPS) - Among the sea of names of victims of the Salvadoran civil war, engraved on a long black granite wall, Matilde Asencio managed to find the name of her son, Salvador.

  10. Emerging Markets at Risk Again

    Wednesday, November 08, 2017

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 08 (IPS) - Emerging market governments often draw lessons from previous financial crises – or at least claim to do so – to prevent their recurrence. However, such preventive measures are typically designed to address the causes of the last crisis, not the next one. Hence, some measures adopted may inadvertently become new sources of instability and crisis.

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