Economic development

“Remarkable transformation” in Aceh 10 years after tsunami

An Indonesian city and province has undergone a “remarkable transformation” ten years after it was hit by a tsunami, according to a spokesperson for the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Good policies can help bridge income gap

Tackling income inequality should be a priority for countries across the globe, says a professor of economics and public policy.

The gap between rich and poor is at its highest level in 30 years, according to the Organization for Economic Development (OECD).

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A fruitful partnership in Armenia

Can financial equity funds be employed to find a solution to poverty? The approach seems to be working in remote Armenia in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia.

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Vanuatu: connecting the “unconnected” key to future

Developing internet connectivity for the so-called “unconnected” can help impact economic and social development, particularly in the least developed countries.

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Humanitarian priorities for 2015 to be set by aid workers battling crises

The humanitarian priorities for 2015 will be set by relief workers battling crises and disasters on the ground, a senior UN official has said.

Over US$400 million has been pledged by donors to a UN fund in support of urgent aid needs for next year.

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Azerbaijan promises broadband internet access to all citizens

People across Azerbaijan, even those living in remote rural areas, are to have access to high-speed by 2017, according to a senior government official.

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One million people could face food insecurity due to Ebola

The deadly Ebola disease outbreak in West Africa could leave up to one million people without enough food in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Broadband is “highway” to inclusivity

Broadband, or jigh-speed Internet access has been described by a senior Kenyan government official as “the highway to inclusivity” and economic development.

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Investment in agriculture needed to feed 9 billion people by 2050

Investment in agriculture and rural development is going to be crucial in fighting poverty and feeding a global population that is expected to reach nine billion in 2050.

That’s according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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South Africa's "economic challenges" after 20 years of democracy

The regular interruptions to electricity supplies in South Africa known as load-shedding are symptomatic of the economic challenges the country faces, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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