News headlines in January 2020, page 2

  1. Oil-rich Gulf Turns to Renewable Energy

    KATMANDU, Jan 29 (IPS) - The increased frequency of climate-induced weather extremes and public opinion pressure are forcing even major fossil fuel exporting countries in West Asia to make a big push towards renewable energy.

  2. Kenya Leapfrogging on 4 SDGS- Building Bridges Between Silicon Savannah and Silicon Valley

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 (IPS) - One year ago, the UN began implementing reforms meant to make it more effective in delivering on sustainable development. Now, with the start of 2020, the global body has declared this as the "decade of action" to turn the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into a living reality for all humanity. But what does this look like, on the ground?

  3. Addressing the Low Female Representation in STEM Education

    DJIBOUTI CITY, Jan 28 (IPS) - Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan loved science as a young girl. But instead of encouraging her, those around her made attempts to steer her in the "right direction". "The right direction was in nursing, teaching and secretarial courses. I was told that girls do not study physics," she tells IPS.

  4. Exchange Rate Undervaluation for Export-Led Growth Promotion

    BERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 28 (IPS) - One mercantilist view is that exchange rate undervaluation – e.g., via accumulation of foreign exchange reserves in China's case – is ‘industrial policy' to promote export-led growth, benefiting producers of exports while discouraging imports.

  5. Multilateralism Versus Regionalism: Which Path Should African Countries Pursue to Expand Trade and Investment Opportunities?

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (IPS) - Increasingly, the ability of multilateralism to address contemporary global issues such as climate change and international trade is being questioned.

  6. Russia’s Prodigious Gift of Higher Education to the Developing World

    NEW YORK, Jan 28 (IPS) - Peoples' Friendship University of Russia - popularly known as RUDN (acronym from its Russian name Rossiysky Universitet Druzhby Narodov) - is a renowned, world-class educational and research institution in Moscow.

  7. African Nations Caught in Conflict Re-commit to Inclusive Education

    DJIBOUTI CITY, Jan 27 (IPS) - Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh knows that his country is in need of an education system that is, "innovative, based on universal principles and values and adaptive of the local realities".

  8. Balanced and Gender-Inclusive Education is a Smart Investment

    DJIBOUTI CITY, Jan 27 (IPS) - Fihima Mohamed's mother never attended school and until two years ago she could not read or write. Mohamed's mother had been born in neighbouring Somalia but was sent to Djibouti as a young girl to live with her aunt. The expectation had been that she would have a better life by escaping the ongoing conflict in her home country at the time.

  9. Biofortified Crops Improve Farmers’ Livelihoods in Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan 27 (IPS) - Steven Seremwe, who is 57 years old, was retrenched from his job as an administrator at Lake Shore Missions in 2012. He decided to focus on farming, and he started growing various crops—white maize, sugar beans, and sweet potatoes, among others—for consumption and sale.

  10. US-Iran Confrontation & Implications for India

    NEW DELHI, Jan 27 (IPS) - The unease in the relations between the US and Iran have been in the international news for around a month now. Both sides have not shied away from using outright methods of warfare like the use of ballistic missiles and assassinations, along with attempts at economic and diplomatic sanctions.