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Act now to avert unimaginable devastation: UN urges leaders

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, May 29 2020 (IPS) – Unless global leaders act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable suffering and devastation around the world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said yesterday, May 28. He painted a picture of hunger and famine at historic proportions, with some 60 million people pushed into extreme poverty and ... Read More »

63% coastal poor households borrow loan from local lenders

A recent survey finds that about 63% of coastal poor households have borrowed loan from local money lenders at high-interest rates  due to absent of institutional credit facilities. The survey also finds 57% of households are suffering from  food crisis because of the lockdown, and about 46% of households have experienced increasing violence against women. The Monitoring and Research Department ... Read More »

Mitigate Covid-19 caused hunger surge before it is too late

By Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo ROME, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) – Many uncertainties haunt the world’s campaign to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is now sure: Global economic activity will suffer greatly, with large-scale consequences for the incomes and welfare of all, but especially for the most vulnerable food import-dependent countries. Read More »

Covid-19 crisis, crime, poverty: Need for social security

By Hassanal Noor Rashid Global inequality and injustice have been heated topics and of deep social concern throughout human history. In January 2020, OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief), a reputable confederation of charitable organisations, declared in a widely circulated report “2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population”. Read More »

Billionaires beware

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Sydney and Kualalumpur, Jan 7 2020 (IPS) – The latest November 2019 UBS/PwC Billionaires Report counted 2,101 billionaires globally, or 589 more than five years before. Earlier, Farhad Manjoo had seriously recommended, ‘Abolish Billionaires’, presenting a moral case against the super-rich as they have and get far, far more than what they might ... Read More »

Global Community Commit $82 Billion to the Poorest Countries

Focus on jobs, gender, fragility, climate, and good governance Stockholm, December 13, 2019 — A global coalition of development partners announced today their commitment to maintain momentum in the fight against extreme poverty, with $82 billion for the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest. The financing, which includes more than $53 billion for Africa, will ... Read More »

A $650 mn pledge aimed at eradicating extreme hunger by 2030

By Thalif Deen UN, Nov 22 2019 (IPS) – When a coalition of international donors pledged more than $650 million to provide assistance to over 300 million smallholder farmers in developing countries, the primary aim was to help increase agricultural and livestock production besieged by droughts, floods and other natural disasters triggered by climate change– mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and ... Read More »

পদ্মা সেতু রেল প্রকল্পে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত ৩০৪১ জনকে পুনর্বাসন সুবিধা প্রদান

ঢাকা থেকে ভাঙ্গা পর্যন্ত পদ্মা সেতু রেল সংযোগ নির্মানে ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত ছয় জেলার ৭৭০০ জনের মধ্যে ৩০৪১ জনকে পুনর্বাসন কার্যক্রমের আওতায় ইতোমধ্যে অতিরিক্ত অনুদান হিসাবে ৭৭ কোটি ৬৯ লক্ষ ৫০ হাজার টাকা প্রদান করা হয়েছে। বাকী ক্ষতিগ্রস্তদের সহায়তাও প্রক্রিয়াধীন রয়েছে। Read More »

Why can’t dynamic Asia-Pacific beat poverty?

By Shuvojit Banerjee and Poh Lynn Ng Bangkok, Aug 2019 (IPS) – Asia and the Pacific is lauded globally for its rapid economic growth over recent decades and has lifted 1.1 billion people out of extreme poverty since 1990. Nevertheless, the region continues to have the largest number of poor people in the world. Read More »