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Fighting inequality in Asia and the Pacific

By Shamshad Akhtar Bangkok, Thailand, May (IPS) – Inequality is increasing in Asia and the Pacific. Our region’s remarkable economic success story belies a widening gap between rich and poor. A gap that’s trapping people in poverty and, if not tackled urgently, could thwart our ambition to achieve sustainable development. This is the central challenge heads of state and government ... Read More »

Safety nets saved one-third very poor from extreme poverty

The State of Social Safety Nets 2018: Safety nets protect vulnerable households from impacts of economic shocks, natural disasters, and other crises • An estimated 36 percent of the very poor escaped extreme poverty because of social safety nets, providing clear evidence that social safety net programs are making a substantial impact in the global fight against poverty. Read More »

Micro gardening scheme to help feed Rohingya refugees

By International Organization for Migration Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Apr 6 (IOM) – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Read More »