Economic development

Least developed countries need continued support

The United Nations recognizes that the least developed countries, known as the LDCs, need special international support to get out of poverty.

More than 880 million people in the world live in these countries, the majority of which are in Africa.

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Growing Chinese investment in Africa

Chinese investment in Sub-Saharan Africa has been on the rise in recent years.

In 2008, it peaked at more than $5 billion dollars. However, some controversy does surround the issue.

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Almost 2.5 billion people are excluded from formal banking

Three quarters of poor people around the world don’t have a bank account, according to a report issued by th

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“World economy slowly improving but remains fragile: IMF”

Prospects for the global economy are slowly improving but risks remain according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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'More and Better Jobs in South Asia'

South Asia is a vast swath of land extending from Afghanistan to the west and Bhutan in the east and from the Himalayas to the Maldives. Covering 8 countries, it has a population of over one and a half billion inhabitants.

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Finance and the Good Society

Many blame the financial sector for the current economic downturn, but in his new book “Finance and the Good Society”, Robert Shiller aims to change that way of thinking.

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Seeds for change help women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire


After 10 years of civil war, women farmers in Côte d’Ivoire are fighting poverty and preserving peace, by growing high-quality rice seeds.

This pest-resistant breed of rice not only doubles their yields and profits, but it also gives them greater independence.

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Infopoverty World Conference links development and technological innovation

Can technological innovation help fight poverty?

That’s the question being asked at the two-day Infopoverty World Conference underway at UN Headquarters.

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UNEP forum calls for action on E-waste

Eighteen African states, the UN, the private sector and other groups have agreed on a set of priority actions to better manage electronic waste – or ewaste - in Africa.

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Rio+ 20: no goals without accountability: human rights experts

Twenty-two UN independent human rights experts want to make sure global goals are not only set at the Rio+20 conference in June, but also met.

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