Tag: International Development
Spotlight on charities as hunger hits millions
A humanitarian crisis is gripping much of East Africa. Millions face starvation. Charities have launched appeals for donations. But would businesses do a better job of solving the problem?
‘Happy’ Liberia is finally Ebola free
The international community has successfully worked with the Liberian people to rid their country of the Ebola virus. Is this story an ideal model for future aid projects?
Cyclone turns islands into ‘hell on earth’
One of the most powerful cyclones ever has devastated the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, leaving many without homes, electricity and drinking water. But are these disasters really ‘natural’?
Stats guru says life is far better than we think
When Hans Rosling gave top students a questionnaire about the state of the world, their answers were less accurate than a chimpanzee’s. Why? Because they were far too pessimistic.
The scandal of massive global food wastage
A new study has disclosed that up to 50% of the food produced every year never makes it to the plate. With billions of hungry people to feed, how can we stop this horrendous waste?
Development success as child mortality rate drops
The number of children dying before their fifth birthday is in decline, according to a new report. It is good news in international development – but is it really time to celebrate?
Brazil flexes new ‘soft’ power with African aid
Brazil: once a recipient of aid, now a generous provider for other nations. Over the past month, its money has flooded into African countries. But what does Brazil want in return?
Child bride annuls marriage in landmark case
Laxmi Sargara was just one year old at her wedding. Now, in a historic first, she has annulled the marriage – but her story echoes the plight of millions of girls around the world.
Global summit speaks up for developing economies
Last week, the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met for the fourth annual BRICS Summit. Are these emerging nations the future of our planet?
Blair squirms as Liberia leader backs anti-gay law
When Tony Blair was confronted with homophobic comments from a respected African leader, he evaded the question. Was he right, or should the West put pressure on intolerant regimes?
Fair trade farmers celebrate record sales
‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ kicks off today: a yearly drive to give a decent deal to farmers in the developing world. The movement is flourishing – but some say it leaves a bitter taste.
War torn country targeted by financial ‘vulture’
The Democratic Republic of Congo, ravaged by war, poverty and disease, is being sued by a ‘vulture fund’ for $108 million in unpaid debts. Development experts are horrified.
Vaccine could spell the end for malaria
After decades of research, scientists have made a breakthrough in the fight against malaria. A new vaccine halves the risk of catching the devastating disease.