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  1. Innovative Financial Approaches Key to Unleash SIDS Economic Potential

    NEW YORK, Jul 07 (IPS) - Our world is transfixed by the great human toll and economic impact of the worst global pandemic in a century. For the 65 million inhabitants of small island developing states (SIDS), the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is reminiscent of the worst forms of extreme weather events that SIDS contend with annually.

  2. Online Education Moved to Top of Agenda by Indian State after IPS Reports Risks of Unequal Access

    BHUBANESWAR, India, Jul 07 (IPS) - High up at an altitude of between 1,500 to 4,000 feet in India's eastern Odisha state, live the Bonda people — one of this country's most ancient tribes, who have barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

  3. Non-formal Education Helps Senegalese Women Combat FGM and Harmful Practices

    HYDERABAD, India, Jul 07 (IPS) - Growing up in Senegal's southern Casamence region — a conflict zone —  Fatou Ndiaye, now 43, often heard gunfire and watched fearfully as she saw people flee their villages. But what she dreaded more than a flying bullet was Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

  4. Donald Trump, Working Class Hero?

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 07 (IPS) - In his early February annual State of the Union addressUS President Donald Trump typically hailed his own policies for increasing wages and jobs to achieve record low US unemployment. Directly appealing to labour for a second term, Trump claimed exclusive credit for the US "blue-collar boom".

  5. Security Council’s Overdue COVID-19 Ceasefire Resolution Must Put Women & Youth at Center

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 07 (IPS) - More than three months after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made an urgent appeal for a global ceasefire in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Security Council has finally passed a resolution supporting his call.

  6. Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Children in South Asia

    CANBERRA, Australia, Jul 06 (IPS) - The onset of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020 set off a series of health and economic crises that feed upon each other. The health crisis exacerbates the economic crisis by disrupting supply chains, throwing large number of people (particularly those working in the informal sector) out of work and closing down large numbers of enterprises – particularly micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

  7. Why Does Racism Prevail? Leading Scholars Apply their Minds

    Jul 06 (IPS) - All people belong to one biological species and there are no human "races". So why does belief in race persist? It may be a scientific misconception, but it is real. It defines the lived experience of many people and determines how governments act and how people treat one another. How did race come to have this power and this durability?

  8. Has COVID-19 Pushed Women in Politics off Kenya's Agenda?

    NAIROBI, Jul 06 (IPS) - In 2013, Alice Wahome ran in her third attempt to win the hotly-contested Kandara constituency parliamentary seat in Murang'a County, Central Kenya. As is typical of rural politics, the field was male-dominated, with the stakes being high for all candidates but more especially so for Wahome — no woman had ever occupied the Kandara constituency parliamentary seat.

  9. The Missing SDG: Ensure the Digital Age Supports People, Planet, Prosperity & Peace

    MONTREAL, Canada, Jul 06 (IPS) - As the nations of the world prepare to gather virtually to assess progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), society is just beginning to imagine what a post-COVID world might be like.

  10. A Pathway to Universal Healthcare in India

    BANGALORE, India, Jul 05 (IPS) - Universal healthcare (UHC) is an important global goal because of its close links to poverty reduction and enhancement of the growth potential of countries. While several countries can now be said to be well on their way towards achieving this goal, several others, most notably large ones such as India and Nigeriaare decidedly not.

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