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Analysis: Is the Miracle of Microfinance Illusory?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

PHILADELPHIA AND BOSTON, Oct 07 (IPS) - Mohammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, transformed the lives of millions of poor women through unsecured micro loans or micro credit to self-help groups. Microcredit evolved into microfinance that also includes savings and basic forms of insurance and transfer mechanisms. Within a few years, microfinance became a global phenomenon. Although microfinance continues to grow, the enthusiasm for it shows signs of waning.

Women’s Alliance Plans to Counter Violent Extremism

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 06 (IPS) - When the Security Council recently hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss the growing threats from violent extremism, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any success in battling intolerance will be predicated on a "unified response."

Q&A: ‘We Need to do Development Differently in the Post-2015 Era’

Friday, October 02, 2015

BRUSSELS, Oct 02 (IPS) - The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted at a summit meeting of world leaders at the U.N. headquarters in New York on Sep. 25, reflect the five strategic domains the ACP Group is gearing to focus on, as it repositions itself as a more effective organisation in the global arena, says the 79-nation bloc's head Dr Patrick Gomes.

Human Rights Activists Condemn Houthi Militia's Atrocities Against Women in Yemen

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Geneva, Sep 30 (IPS) - (WAM) -- Arab and Yemeni human rights activist monitoring the civil war in Yemen say that women have been subjected to grave human right violations at the hands of the rebel Houthi militia and an allied insurgent group under the command of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Anti-gay Sentiment Arises During the U.N. General Assembly

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the importance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights during a High-Level Core Group event on Sep. 29, noting his experiences in working with governments to eliminate LGBTI-discriminatory policies.

Africa Must Depend Less on Development Aid, Says New Study

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 (IPS) - As the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reach their targeted date by the end of December, one of the lingering questions has long remained unanswered – at least, until now.

Solar Power Slowly Making Inroads into Mideast and Africa

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DUBAI, Sep 29 (IPS) - To the ordinary eye, it looks like an empty desert but from this spit of endless sand is rising the largest photovoltaic solar project in the Middle East.

Report Condemns Atrocities of Houthi Rebels in Yemen

Monday, September 28, 2015

ABU DHABI, Sep 28 (IPS) - (WAM) - A new report from a human rights group operating in Yemen says that human rights violations have reached unprecedented levels, with more than 3,000 people murdered by the insurgent Houthi militia and its allies in Yemen.

Pope’s Outspoken Views Rattle U.S. Conservatives but Not U.N.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - Pope Francis' outspoken views on some of the politically-charged hot button issues – including refugees, migration, human rights, climate change, Iran's nuclear deal, U.S.-Cuban relations and the global arms trade – have touched a raw nerve in the United States.

Opinion: The Pope, Partisanship and the Common Good

Thursday, September 24, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sep 24 (IPS) - Pope Francis delivered two very strong messages in his speech to Congress Thursday morning: let's work together and let's protect the vulnerable.

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