News headlines in July 2019

  1. Tackling Inequality: A Focus on Cities can Improve Upward Economic Mobility

    OXFORD, UK, Jul 31 (IPS) - Tarik Gooptu is in his second and final year of the master's of philosophy in economics at the University of Oxford. Originally from Washington, DC, he received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in economics and political science*.

    Tackling inequality in the 21st century requires us to understand and address barriers to upward mobility that segments of people face within countries. In a world with high and increasing levels of urbanization, the conversation on challenges to mobility must start with cities.

  2. Social Norms & Women’s Access to Financial Services

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 31 (IPS) - Yasmin Bin-Humam is a Financial Sector Specialist, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), an independent think tank dedicated to financial inclusion.

    How do financial services providers (FSPs) shape gender norms that restrict or expand women's access to financial services? In more ways than you might think, and there are good reasons why FSPs should be aware of this.

  3. Tanzania Detains Freelancer Kabendera over 'Citizenship'

    NAIROBI, Jul 31 (IPS) - The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, whom police said is being investigated over his citizenship status.

  4. A Rural Sanitation Model That Works

    BHUBANESWAR, Odisha, India, Jul 30 (IPS) - Research and experience across more than two decades in rural Odisha, India, show that an effective rural sanitation model requires both financial assistance and an integrated water supply.

  5. Free Speech and the Hong Kong Protests

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 30 (IPS) - Sometime in the summer of 1974, I was leaning against the gunwale of the ferry between Calais and Dover, watching the moonlight streaming dark waters. When I turned to the left I found that a Chinese lady also looked out over the calm sea. What she told me changed my world view.

  6. **UPDATE** Investigative Journalist Erick Kabendera Arrested

    Jul 30 (IPS) - Freelancer Erick Kabendera was reportedly arrested from his home in Mbweni, Dar es Salaam, Tanziana yesterday afternoon by unknown men.

  7. Businesses Crucial to the Success of SDGs

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Jul 30 (IPS) - Peter Paul van de Wijs is Chief External Affairs Officer for Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the independent international organizations that helps businesses and other organizations understand and report their sustainability impacts.

    We all know that the UN Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious and will take huge collaborative and international effort to achieve. Government action alone is not enough. So how can the private sector actively contribute – and what can be done to ramp up the participation of businesses around the world?

  8. Bretton Woods Institutions: From Solution to Problem

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 (IPS) - July 2019 saw the 75th anniversary of the historic conference of 44 countries held at the Bretton Woods (BW) resort in New Hampshire during July 1-22, 1944.

  9. Unidentified Men Take Erick Kabendera from Tanzanian Home

    NAIROBI, Jul 29 (IPS) - The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned for the safety of investigative reporter Erick Kabendera who was forcefully removed from his home today, and called on Tanzanian police to disclose whether they have him in custody.

  10. Power is a Privilege & a Responsibility: Q&A with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

    NEW YORK, Jul 29 (IPS) - In a special conversation, Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver speaks with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, about Canada's role in taking action for gender equality at home and abroad and our collective and individual responsibility to share power to build a gender equal world.

    It's on all of us to make gender equality a reality – which means harnessing our collective power to build a gender equal world.

    By empowering girls and women, realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights, tackling gender-based violence, and confronting the combinations of sexism, misogyny, racism, and colonialism, we can take steps towards true gender equality.