Let’s walk the walk towards making LDCs history, said Dr Arjun Karki of LDC Watch

Speaking at a meeting on UNCATD’s contribution to the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs this September, Arjun Karki, LDC Watch International Coordinator presented the NGO perspective Continue reading

Transfert d’argent du PAM aux ménages pauvres pour acheter la nourriture

TILLABERI, Niger, 11 août (IPS) – A l’appel de son nom, Rékia Djibo, 42 ans, se détache du groupe de femmes rassemblées devant une classe d’école, dans une localité du Niger, avance d’un pas rassuré vers la salle pour retirer 32.500 francs CFA (environ 61 dollars) offerts par le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM). Continue reading

Malawi’s new law targeting Chinese traders in rural areas draws criticism

The move in Malawi to close down Chinese businesses outside the four major cities has been condemned as xenophobic by rights organisations. A new law enforced on 31 July barred foreigners from carrying out trade in Malawi’s outlying and rural areas.

The investment and export promotion bill required traders to move to the southern African nation’s major cities: Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba. The law is an attempt to protect local small-scale businesses from competition from foreign traders. Continue reading

Athletes from Timor Leste – one of the ‘newest’ LDCs – complete in the Olympics

Augusto Ramos Soares from Timor-Leste

Augusto Ramos Soares and fellow marathon runner Juventina Napoleao, 23, are the only Timorese athletes who will compete at the Olympics this year. Their participation is no small feat for a country still shaking off a past so violent that locals like to joke: “The last time I ran, it was because Indonesian troops were chasing me.” Continue reading