African leaders driving push for industrialisation on the African continent

Africn industrialisationJul 27 2016 (IPS/G77),  Lyndal Rowlands– Industrialisation in Africa is being driven by African leaders who realise that industries as diverse as horticulture and leather production can help add value to the primary resources they currently export. This is an “inside driven” process, Li Yong, Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) told IPS. “I’ve heard that message from African leaders.” Continue reading

Tanzania backs out of EAC deal with EU over Brexit

Tanzania EACJohn Namkwahe (Dar) and Zephania Ubwani , 10 July 2016: Tanzania has said it will not sign an economic partnership agreement (EPA) between East Africa Community (EAC) and European Union (EU) following Brexit. Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Aziz Mlima told reporters in Dar es Salaam that Tanzania had decided to halt the signing because of “turmoil” that the EU is experiencing following Britain’s exit. Continue reading

U.N. peacekeepers dismissed from South Sudan for failing to protect civilians

SouthSudanTom Murphy, Humanosphere, 1 Jul 2016: Amid renewed violence in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations has admitted that it bungled a February peacekeeping mission there in which 30 people died. As U.N. forces create a security cordon to protect 10,000 people in the region, the U.N. has dismissed staff responsible for the slow response in February. Continue reading

Aquaculture meets agriculture in Bangladesh

Bangladesh agricultureBangladesh, Jun 22 2016 (Naimul Haq IPS) – A continuous influx of sea water is threatening agriculture and food security in vast coastal areas of Bangladesh, but farmers are finding ways to adapt, like cultivating fish and crops at the same time. The coastal and offshore areas of this low-lying, densely populated country include tidal estuaries and river floodplains in the south along the Bay of Bengal. Here the arable land is about 30 percent of the total available in the country. Continue reading

Least Developed Countries’ Vulnerabilities Make Graduation Difficult


Ambassador Ahmed Sareer, Permanent Representative of Maldives to the UN and chairman of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), IPS, 29 June.– Last month, over two thousand high-level participants from across the world met in Antalya, Turkey for the Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action, an action plan used to guide sustainable economic development efforts for Least Developed Countries for the 2011 to 2020 period. The main goal was to understand the lessons learnt by the world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) over the past five years and apply the knowledge moving forward. Continue reading

Eight countries in West Asia below water scarcity limit

Water scarcity in West Asia19 June Manipadma Jena (IPS)  Only 4 out of 12 countries in West Asia remain above the water scarcity limit of 1,000 cubic metres per person per year, the minimum limit viable for human population, the assessment warns. “Water shortage potentially could have more impact on sovereign credit ratings than natural catastrophes as water scarcity conditions are slow onset impacting larger societies,” said Moritz Kraemer, Managing Director of S&P Global Ratings. “Water scarcity, migration and conflict has yet not been factored into the Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis (ERISC) but certainly we need to.” Continue reading

Concern that Don Sahong Dam in Laos will seriously affect population in Mekong River Basin

Bangkok, Thailand, 19 June 2016: The United Nations Special Procedures have raised Don Sahong damserious concerns over the human rights impacts of the controversial Don Sahong Dam under construction on the Mekong River in Laos. The Special Procedures highlight the likely transboundary impacts of the project on the millions of people residing in the Mekong River Basin in Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, who are dependent on fish stocks and riverine resources for their food security and survival.  Continue reading