A Review of Trade Preference Schemes for the World’s Poorest Countries

This new study from the ICTSD analyses the implementation of preferential trade schemes in seven major markets – Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States – and simulates the possible impact on least developed countries (LDCs) stemming from extending full duty-free and quota-free market access in concluding non-agriculture market access negotiations in the Doha Round. 

Journée internationale de la jeune fille : en Afrique, 30 millions des filles ne vont pas à l’école

7 octobre 2012A l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la jeune fille qui sera lancée le 11 octobre prochain, Plan Guinée a organisé un déjeuner de presse à Conakry pour expliquer les raisons de cette célébration.  Concomitamment avec cette célébration, Plan international va lancer sa campagne mondiale dénommée « Parce que je suis une fille”.  Continue reading

A new UN aid strategy for Somalia

At the start of October, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and UNICEF conducted a planning mission in Dolow, in Somalia’s southern Gedo region. The mission, which included meeting implementing partners and communities, is one of the many steps toward implementing the three UN agencies’ joint strategy to build resilience in Somalia, explains Elena Pasquini Continue reading

Le Rwanda, accusé de soutenir la rébellion congolaise, se défend devant l’ONU

La ministre rwandaise des Affaires étrangères, Louise Mushikiwabo

Le Conseil de sécurité a entendu le 29 août les ministres des Affaires étrangères rwandais et congolais suite aux accusations portées par un rapport de l’ONU contre le Rwanda. Des discussions à huis clos au cours desquelles les membres du Conseil ont exigé du Rwanda qu’il renonce de soutenir la rébellion congolaise du M23 et qu’il respecte la souveraineté de la RDC. Continue reading

$4.6 Trillion Later, Foreign Aid Remains An Economic Somnolent

The governments of the Western industrialized world have provided over $4.6 trillion (in constant 2007 dollars) to the world’s less-developed countries (LDCs) over the past 50 years, the equivalent of several Marshall Plans. Some of this has been extremely useful, but aid to advance economic development has not worked well

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Climate Change Hits Pacific Islands

Karibati Climate activist Wanita Limpus. Credit Catherine Wilson/IPS

BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) – Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and climate change and rising sea levels are a reality threatening human security now. Continue reading

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