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Housework not homework for millions of children in Malala’s Pakistan

LAHORE, 26 July 2013 (IRIN) – Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the UN in New York calling for “free, compulsory education all over the world for every child” is a reminder that back in her home country several million children are out of school, exploited for their labour, and/or abused. The most recent annual … Continue reading

African governments still underfunding health

NAIROBI, 23 July 2013 (IRIN) – Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal. Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Togo and Zambia have met the target, and five other countries are spending at … Continue reading

Malala’s prescription for change: One child, one teacher, one pen and one book

by Anne Hamilton Malala Yousafzai on Friday delivered her first speech since being shot by the Taliban on a school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley last October. Addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a Youth Assembly of 1,000 students at U.N. headquarters, she confirmed to the world that being shot in the head at point-blank range … Continue reading

Oxfam-led campaign urges African states to spend more on agriculture

by Megan Rowling LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Ten years after African leaders promised to spend at least 10 percent of their national budgets on agriculture, development and farmers’ groups have called on African governments to invest more and better in the sector, focusing on smallholders, women and livestock. In a statement on Wednesday, the … Continue reading

Countering Africa’s green revolution

NAIROBI, 8 July 2013 (IRIN) – Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies. They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices – those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields through … Continue reading

Corporate tax breaks cost poor nations $138 billion a year-report

by Luke Balleny LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Developing countries could send every child to school, meet all the health-related Millennium Development Goals and have money left over if they cancelled tax incentives for big multinational corporations, according to a new report by campaign group ActionAid. The report entitled “Give us a break: How big companies … Continue reading

New strategies needed as rapid urbanization threatens sustainable development – UN report

2 July 2013 – Without fresh ideas to address rapid urbanization, the number of people living in slums lacking access to basic infrastructure and services such as sanitation, electricity, and health care may skyrocket from one billion at present to three billion by 2050, the United Nations today reported.   That wake up call is … Continue reading

Millennium Development Goals are within reach, but stronger efforts needed – UN report

1 July 2013 – Thirteen years after the world set the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries have made big strides to meet the eight anti-poverty targets by their 2015 deadline, says a United Nations report released today, which stresses that the unmet goals are still within reach, but nations need to step up their efforts to achieve … Continue reading