Tuesday, 11 June 2013

IPS Update June 10 2013

Tackle Malnutrition Now 
Jomo Kwame Sundaram 
Between 2010 and 2012, 868 million people worldwide were deemed hungry by a conservative definition. This figure represents only a small fraction of the world’s population whose health and lives are blighted by malnutrition. Jomo Kwame Sundaram, assistant director-general for economic and ... MORE > >

Malnutrition Still Killing Three Million Children Under Five 
Sudeshna Chowdhury 
Kevin’s Carter’s disturbing picture of the 1993 famine in Sudan won him a Pulitzer Prize. The image of an emaciated child being watched by a vulture was etched into the world's memory forever, drawing attention to conditions where survival becomes the only priority. Reducing the child ... MORE > >

Children Help Take Care of Havana Bay 
Ivet González 
On a piece of paper, Jennifer Rivas draws a beach, with little girls carrying bags of trash and signs that say “Let’s take care of the environment.” The 10-year-old is part of an educational programme, Friends of the Bay, that involves 322 schools in the Cuban capital. The initiative, created in ... MORE > >

When the Health System Is Taken Ill 
Athar Parvaiz 
Leaning on her daughter’s arm in the post-operative ward of a hospital in Srinagar, capital of the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Begam views the anti-infection pill she is being offered with a large dose of suspicion. “How can I be sure it will relieve my suffering?” the ... MORE > >

Skyscrapers, Land Rovers in One of World’s Poorest Countries 
Thembi Mutch 
Lined up along the streets of central Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city, are expensive, European-style bars and restaurants with sophisticated names like Café Continental, Nautilus, 1908 and Mundos. And the residential houses and flats in the capital of this southern African nation are a ... MORE > >

Africa Leading the New Patterns of Growth 
Pascal Lamy 
The old theories governing the way that countries produce and trade are being replaced. The pattern of trade is being transformed by increasingly sophisticated technology and innovations in transportation; and the topography of actors is shifting to reflect new poles of growth. This is no ...MORE > >

Despite Peace Talks, Forced Displacement Still Climbing in Colombia 
Helda Martínez 
Drugs and arms traffickers are muscling in on Colombia's Pacific coastal region, forcibly displacing local people, according to a new report by the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES). One of the factors forcing people to leave their homes is "disputes and strategies to ...MORE > >

Reviving Zimbabwe’s ‘Growth Points’ 
Michelle Chifamba 
More than three decades after Zimbabwe’s independence, the idea of developing its rural areas seems to have been laid to rest, as points intended for development have been turned into beer outlets, which seem to be more lucrative than industry. But across the country, those in rural areas are ... MORE > >

Driving Against Gender Stereotypes 
Amy Fallon 
It is swerves and roundabouts for Keddy Olanya, a 32-year-old wife and mother of three from Gulu, northern Uganda, who is one of only a handful of female drivers negotiating the country’s potholed roads on a bodaboda or motorbike taxi. Olanya had been a teacher for a year in Lukome village, ...MORE > >

Good Health Lies Just Across the Border 
Ashfaq Yusufzai 
Muzaffar Shah, a shopkeeper from Kabul, sits in a hospital waiting room, desperate for news. He has travelled nearly 300 km to get to the Khyber Teaching Hospital in Peshawar, capital of northern Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, where his wife is now in intensive care. Just a few ... MORE > >

Poverty No Longer Explains School Dropout in Argentina 
Marcela Valente 
Poverty no longer explains the high secondary school dropout rate in Argentina, one of the richest countries in Latin America. Experts say a growing number of adolescents express a lack of interest in education, a phenomenon that can be found across the region. A recent survey of 13-15 year ... MORE > >

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