Economic development

Increasing role of UN Economic and Social Council

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) could play a significant role within the global governance structure according to Konstantin Huber, an Executive Director at the World Bank and a Member of its B

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Rural women in the Himalayas are making their voices heard

Women living in India’s Himalayan mountain ranges are gaining control over their natural resources and their lives by utilizing their local wisdom.

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Mountainous community in Pakistan comes together to establish microcredit facility

In the mountainous terrain of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in Pakistan, it isn't easy to start a small business. Banks are far away and in bad weather they’re inaccessible by road. Moreover, the poor people here don’t have the collateral for loans or the ability to pay high interest rates.

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Rwandan rural women farmers empowered

International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March annually to celebrate and highlight the achievements that women are making around the world.

The theme for this year is “Empower Rural Women, End Hunger and Poverty.”

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Rapid urbanization in Asia lands more children in slums

Child migration is one of the biggest challenges that Asian countries face. That’s according to the newly released report by UNICEF on state of children living in urban areas worldwide.

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Fostering economic integration in East Africa

As the East African Community consisting of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi has agreed on a customs union and the beginnings of a common market, the EAC together with the International Monetary Fund will co-host a conference to discu

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Searching for safe arsenic-free water in Bangladesh

Enormous progress has been made in Bangladesh where poisonous arsenic was found in well water across the country, but more still needs to be done to help the people there.

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Africa’s rising energy needs pressed by UNEP meeting in Nairobi

Africa’s rising energy needs has been the focus of a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this week that brought together environmental experts from across the globe.

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Using climate-smart agriculture to feed the world

Smarter ways of growing crops could be one of the answers to the growing problem of not having enough food for a growing population, according to world leaders at an International Fund for Agricultural Development conference.

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Brazil to wipe out extreme poverty by 2014

Authorities in Brazil have come up with a plan to lift 60 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty in two years time.

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