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Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Emma Batha Child marriage has soared in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, the U.N. children’s agency stated.

Dickensian times return for children

Leanne Temme/AFP   By Hazel Speed What a dreadful and sad indictment there are so many children sleeping rough in the UK, Oliver Twist being reenacted in real terms in 2016.

Bangladesh receives $360 million World Bank financing to improve waterway connectivity

Erik Nora   By Sheuli Akter To help the poor population living in remote areas, Bangladesh has launched a project to construct 14 landing stations in shoals, where often waterways are the only mode of transportation.

Child trafficking: A menace in India

Reuters photo   By Jose Kalathil According to Walk Free Foundation, a human rights organisation, India has the largest number of modern slaves in the world with more than 18 million trapped as bonded labourers, forced beggars, sex workers, and child soldiers.

Hunger: How You Can Help

By Cynthia M. Lardner Hunger is a globally endemic problem impacting global stability and impeding peace. As President Barack Obama stated, “Hunger, disease and poverty can lead to global instability and leave a vacuum for extremism to fill. So instead of just managing poverty, we must offer nations and people a pathway out of poverty. […]

Uhuru Kenyatta must be prepared to lose unless he changes tactics

By Joe Khamisi If free and fair elections were to be held today, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga would most likely upset the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

An Open Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Eric Thayer   By Sami Jamil Jadallah   Dear Mr. Trump, First, let me congratulate you on your election and I have to admit, for a non-politician you did a hell of job understanding and speaking the language of Main Street America, which sad to say has been neglected by America’s political elite, Democrats and […]

America’s poor are getting the shaft

Timothy A Clary/AFP   By Sami Jamil Jadallah In a few days, the ugliest and most distasteful presidential election in US history will be over and we will see which candidate won to preside over the US as president, an election that is all about groping and emails, making us the laughing stock of the […]

Senior Citizens Welfare Act – A Social Ethical Responsibility

Sohail Karman   By Zeeshan A. Shah Pakistan is a country with over 53 million people. It is also blessed with over 12.5 million senior citizens who are the pride of the country and who have contributed to various endeavors over the years. Yet only about 2% of the population received old age benefits under […]

World Bank Pledges $2 Billion to Bangladesh for Climate Smart Growth

Conor Ashleigh   By Sheuli Akter World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, concluding a two-day trip to Bangladesh, has focused on the country’s successes in reducing extreme poverty, pledging $2 billion over the next three years in new funding to help the country become less vulnerable to climate change.

World Bank to Increase Support to End Stunting in Bangladesh

Don McPhee   By Sheuli Akter   President Kim announces financing to help increase commitments up to $1 billion

Renewable Energy & Environmental Governance: Creating a Sustainable Pakistan

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Most emerging nations carry additional environmental challenges, battling with the food, water and energy crisis also.

One girl under 15 married every seven seconds – Save The Children

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters   By Temesghen Debesai One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.

Congo’s Joseph Kabila Must Go

Issouf Sanogo/AFP   By Joe Khamisi In 2001 a clean-shaven 30-year old shy, Chinese-trained military officer, Joseph Kabila Kabange, stepped in to take power from his father, Laurent Kabila, who had died ten days earlier from a bullet fired by a child soldier at his official residence in Kinshasa.

Will Corporations Pay Damages for Climate Change?

AP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah   Fossil Fuels are Killers. Over 63 % of the world’s emissions have happened because of 5 major corporations, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.   The result is the Climate Change we feel today. This change is not based on fallacy and rhetoric but is the major cause […]

To Our Shame – A challenge to Politicians

Dylan Martinez/Reuters   By Hazel Speed Some years ago when returning to London for a day, (having lived in Central London previously), I was quite moved by the number of homeless, yet again, and I also observed the worst notice I had ever seen, particularly aimed at these poor people. It was in an Office […]

Pakistan and the Global Water War

APP photo   By Zeeshan A. Shah Over 7 billion people today need food and water to live and survive. Another 2 billion will be added to that number by 2050. Estimates say that human beings can survive a month without food, but not more than 15 days without water.

Tears of Shame

By Zeeshan A. Shah   If you wish to thrive for 100 years, then educate your Children  – Dalai Lama     In a recent UN report on Sustainable Development Goals –SDGs, Pakistan has been identified as having one of the worst indicators in Education Development. It has saddened many of us to know that […]

Nigerian army faces new dangers in Boko Haram campaign

Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters   By Ulf Laessing Nigeria’s military has liberated large swathes of land from Boko Haram but a ride with an army convoy, all guns firing for fear of ambush, shows how far the northeast is from normality after a brutal Islamist insurgency that has displaced millions.

Symbolism And Myth

Rouf Bhat/AFP   By Ananya S Guha We are a nation of symbols. Symbolism works in every aspect of our nation. But the symbolism is outside, within there are contradictions.

Oil: Will Kenya be a victim of the ‘African Curse’?

By Joe Khamisi Less than one year from now Kenya will be exporting its first barrel of oil.

Economic diversification, job skills can help accelerate growth in Bangladesh – ADB

Munir Uz Zaman/AFP   By Sheuli Akter Improved infrastructure and a more diversified economy can help Bangladesh increase economic growth, create meaningful jobs, and enhance the country’s structural transformation as a thriving middle-income economy, say two new Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports.

The Forgotten

Jewel Samad/AFP   By Zeeshan A. Shah On August 30th every year, the world marks the International Day of the Disappeared, many countries around the world falling back to recall the gravity of the crisis – a shocking and terrifying experience that some of us went through in our lives; the loss of our precious children. […]

DRC: The challenges faced by domestic workers in Goma

Paul Bettings   By Byobe Malenga A shortage of employment in various African countries is driving many people to focus on jobs such as retail and domestic work in people’s homes. In Goma, in the politically sensitive region of North Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, this trend is affecting fathers, mothers and even girls […]

World Bank increases support for health sector in Bangladesh

Munir Uz Zaman/AFP   By Sheuli Akter Bangladesh has reduced under-five child mortality by 29 percent between 2007 and 2014, and during the same period, births attended by medically trained professionals increased from 21 percent to 42 percent. Despite such remarkable progress made over the last decade, the country needs to go an extra mile.

Poverty and Child Labour on the rise in Balochistan, Pakistan

By Feroz Khan Jamali The people and children in one of the biggest population districts of Balochistan are facing two major problems: poverty and child labour.

Back to square one!

By Shakeel Haider It’s no more a unipolar world but a world with a total breach of peace and harmony. History either repeats itself or not but the world situation looks like very much like the decade of the 1980s.

Questioning the intelligent use of foreign aid: Diplomacy all the way

By Anant Mishra Introduction Not long ago, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on the occasion of International Migrants Day said: “Migration is an expression of the human aspiration for dignity, safety and a better future.”

Struggle of the Common Man

By Cynthia Meru “God give me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can change and the wisdom to know the difference.” This is the prayer I hold close to my heart and it is with great courage I write this article to all organizations, be […]

Seven challenges before Modi’s India

By Ratnesh Dwivedi It’s been close to two years and the Modi Administration has already started feeling the heat; Ram Mandir, Jat Reservation, ‘flip flop’ Policy on Pakistan, criticism by the opposition, challenge to sustain a smooth GDP and many more.