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Mo Money Mo Solutions – the African Development Bank’s Ready to Double Investment Across the Continent

Traders transporting goods in Mali. Thanks to the African Development Bank (AfDB), infrastructure linking African nations has made cross-border transportation of goods easier. Courtesy: Mary Newcombe/ CC by 2.0 By Issa Sikiti da SilvaCOTONOU, Benin, ...

Four Ways the African Development Bank Can Support a More Secure Africa

An eight-month-old boy is examined by a doctor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Nov 7 2019 – Free movement of people and goods across Africa increases the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. ...

Urgent Need to Replace Competition with Cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin

The Aral Sea Basin, defined in red, straddles six countries in Central Asia. See detailed map in full at http://bit.ly/2BQPpRm. Credit: UNU-INWEH By Stefanos Xenarios, Iskandar Abdullaev and Vladimir SmakhtinNUR-SULTAN CITY, Kazakhstan, Nov 7 2019 ...

UN Agency for Palestinians in Crisis as Chief Quits

A United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) school in Gaza. UNRWA director Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned amid a misconduct probe over whether he fast-tracked his girlfriend into a top aid job. Credit: Khaled Alashqar/IPS By ...

Italy’s Olive-Oil Industry Sees Simmering Threats from Climate Change and Nasty Bacteria

By Eric RegulyROME, Nov 6 2019 – On a warm Saturday morning in late October, the silver-green leaves of the 200 productive olive trees on a rolling country property in Umbria, in central Italy, sparkled in the brilliant sun. Fausto Venturi, a local ...

Burkina Faso: Climate Change Triggers Rural Exodus

A zone of Baobab reforestation in Burkina Faso. The Sahel is experiencing an overall decrease in rainfall, but also a depletion of soils due to agricultural overexploitation and progressive deforestation of the original savannahs. Courtesy: Ollivier ...

Europe’s Green Deal is Turning Red

Credit: UNDP By Delara BurkhardtKIEL, Germany, Nov 6 2019 – Global temperatures are set to rise by a catastrophic 3°C by the end of the century unless we take major action. The next 10 years in particular are crucial. The Intergovernmental Panel ...

Trade Liberalization for Development?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Nov 5 2019 – The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO), all dominated by rich countries, have long promoted trade liberalization ...

Prepare to Win: Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness

Young students take part in Tsunami evacuation drills in Bali, Indonesia. Credit: UNDP Asia-Pacific By Asako OkaiUNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 2019 – Once considered rare in their occurrence, in the last 10 years tsunamis have struck nearly every year: ...

Online Trolls, Bots, Snoopers Imperil Democracy: Report

Freedom House president Mike Abramowitz warned of online propaganda and disinformation spreading ahead of elections in 24 countries this past year. Credit: Erick Kabendera/IPS By James ReinlUNITED NATIONS, Nov 5 2019 – Using armies of online ...
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