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

La sécheresse menace 17 millions de personnes dans la Corne de l’Afrique

La sécheresse généralisée dans toute la Corne de l’Afrique menace la subsistance de plus de 17 millions de personnes, a prévenu dimanche l’agence des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), évoquant une “urgence humanitaire”. “Une intervention humanitaire immédiate et de grande échelle est indispensable”, a insisté dans un communiqué l’organisation spécialisée basée à Rome. 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

Rich countries and corporations stealing from developing countries through trade mis-invoicing and fake invoices

Jason Hickel, 14-01-17: A recent study has found that the flow of money from rich countries to poor countries pales in comparison to the flow that runs in the other direction. Researchers at the US Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and the Norwegian School of Economics have tallied up all the financial resources transferred between rich countries and poor countries each year: not just aid, foreign investment and trade flows, but also non-financial transfers such as debt cancellation, unrequited transfers like workers’ remittances, and unrecorded capital flight (more of this later). Continue reading

Les progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre du Programme d’action d’Istanbul sont mitigés, selon les Nations Unies.

12-01-2017: Les progrès réalisés dans la mise en œuvre du Programme d’Action d’Istanbul Les progrès accomplis vers la réalisation des objectifs et cibles du le Programme d’Action d’Istanbul sont mitigés. Au cours de ces cinq dernières années, les progrès des Pays les Moins Développés (PMA) vers la sortie de cette catégorie se sont accélérés, avec 10 PMA étant actuellement engagés dans ce processus de sortie. Continue reading

Progress in implementing LDC’s Istanbul Programme of Action is mixed says United Nations.

12-01-2017:  Progress in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action has been mixed.  Over the past five years, progress by the LDCs towards graduation from the category accelerated, with 10 LDCs currently in the graduation process. Furthermore, progress has been made towards several goals and targets. Extreme Poverty has seen consistent reduction in LDCs albeit slowly. 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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Proportion of official development aid going to LDCs is declining

Aid to the world’s poorest countries fell for the second year running in 2015 as donor governments prioritised refugee costs on their own soil, according to anti-poverty group the ONE Campaign. ONE said that while it was pleased by new aid data, published last month by the OECD, that showed a 6.6% real term rise in the overall amount of official aid delivered in 2015, it was disappointed that the proportion of that figure going to the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) and Africa is still declining.

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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