News headlines for “Causes of Poverty”

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Q&A: Child Marriage, FGM and Harmful Practices on Women’s Bodies to Increase Because of COVID-19

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 03 (IPS) - An additional 5.6 million child marriages can be expected because of the coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in a short-term increase in poverty and the shutdown of schools.

    The current pandemic is also expected to have a massive impact on the projected growth of harmful practices on women's bodies.

  6. Beyond Ending Conflict in Africa, We Must Tackle its Root Causes

    Jul 03 (IPS) - Hanna Tetteh is the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union.

    As head of the UN Office to the African Union (UNOAU), she spoke with Africa Renewal's Kingsley Ighobor on, among other issues, the current state of the UN-AU partnership and how women and young people can help resolve conflict.

  7. Global Economic Recovery must Prioritise Restructuring of Debt for Developing Countries

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - Unless there is a restructuring of debt for developing countries, the servicing for this debt will take away valuable resources from these nations that are needed to prevent the further suffering of people during the coronavirus pandemic -- particularly with regards to safeguarding the health systems, and protecting the "integrity and resilience of economies". 

  8. Rethink Food Security and Nutrition Following Covid-19 Pandemic

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 02 (IPS) - The Covid-19 crisis has had several unexpected effects, including renewed attention to food security concerns. Earlier understandings of food security in terms of production self-sufficiency have given way to importing supplies since late 20th century promotion of trade liberalization.

  9. Why Accelerating Implementation of AfCFTA Must Remain a Top Priority

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 02 (IPS) - 1 July 2020 was supposed to be the official date to start trading under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). It was a much-anticipated follow up to the 2019 African Union Summit, that launched the operational phase of the AfCFTA in a colorful ceremony in Niamey – Niger.

  10. Sustainable Tourism and Fisheries Key to Growth in Post-COVID Pacific

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 30 (IPS) - Developing countries of Asia and the Pacific are experiencing unbalanced tolls of the COVID-19 pandemic. Grim milestones in infections and deaths have left countless devastated. Yet, we must look at the economic and social impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), where setbacks are likely to undo years of development gains and push many people back into poverty.

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