Majority of the world’s poor are women, says Oxfam

08-03-2017, Oxfam: Gender inequality is one of the oldest and most pervasive forms of inequality in the world. It denies women their voices, devalues their work and make women’s position unequal to men’s, from the household to the national and global levels.

Despite some important progress to change this in recent years, in no country have women achieved economic equality with men, and women are still more likely than men to live in poverty. Continue reading

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) an attack on food sovereignty and must be scrapped, say People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty

In a statement issued on the eve of the RCEP meeting in Japan (March 3)  the PCFS says that any agreement reached will mean the poorest member-countries will suffer.

The PCFS say that RCEP will be a neoliberal trade deal covering 3.5 billion or almost half of the world’s population with a gross domestic product of USD 22.5 trillion, and will strengthen the monopoly control of the biggest agro-corporations within the 10 members of ASEAN, India, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and China and even in the world.

The PCFS adds that the move for a Free Trade Agreement is led by China and will benefit the biggest Chinese capitalists more than any of RCEP member-countries.  Read the full statement below: Continue reading

AfDB support for Tanzania’s off-grid energy plans

James Richards. Public Finance International, 10-01-17: The African Development Bank has approved a $870,000 grant to promote off-grid electricity generation in Tanzania. The money will go towards funding private sector clean energy projects, with a view to improving access to electricity in rural areas of the East African country. The grant was approved under the Sustainable Energy for Africa facility, which is funded by the governments of Denmark, the UK, the US and Italy.

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Bangladesh : NGOs mobilise to stop Rampal coal-fired powerplant

The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) joins movements and communities in Bangladesh in their struggle to stop the Rampal coal-fired power-plant from being built.The United Nations has also requested Bangladesh to stop construction.The proposed Rampal coal-fired power plant is located just 14 kilometres north of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading

Least Developed Countries falling further behind developed countries than ever

19 December 2016: Global poverty is increasingly concentrated among a group of 48 countries, which are falling further behind the rest of the world in terms of economic development, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday by UNCTAD. The Least Developed Countries Report 2016: The Path to Graduation and Beyond – Making the Most of the Process states that a global goal to halve the size of this group will be missed unless the international community takes more action. Continue reading

The Rohingya – – Burma’s fault-line?

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Farmers are key to avert hunger caused by climate change in Africa

morocco-629x472Fabiola Ortiz, (IPS) 12 Dec– With climate change posing growing threats to smallholder farmers, experts working around the issues of agriculture and food security say it is more critical than ever to implement locally appropriate solutions to help them adapt to changing rainfall patterns.Most countries consider agriculture a priority when it comes to their plans to limit the rise of global temperatures to less than 2 degrees C. In line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement, 95 percent of all countries included agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Continue reading

COP22: The final assessment? “A disappointing result for the poorest countries”, says LDC Watch

climate-change-rally30November 2016: “While there was some small cause for optimism at Marrakesh, the major issues were shuffled off, either never to be seen again or put aside for further ‘negotiation’ in the future. Overall, a disappointing result”, said Azeb Girmai, LDC Watch Climate Lead. Continue reading