West First Policies Expose Myths

31 Mar

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 31 (IPS) – As the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic shifts from China to the developed West, all too many rich countries are acting selfishly, invoking the ‘national interest’, by banning exports of vital medical supplies…

Harness Youth to Change World’s Future

31 Mar

NEW YORK, Mar 31 (IPS) – Vanessa Nakate of Uganda may have been cropped out of a photograph taken at the World Economic Forum, but she along with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg have made the climate crisis centre stage.Read the full story, “Harness Y…

Zimbabwe’s Afforestation Challenge

28 Mar

BULAWAYO, Mar 27 (IPS) – “I have never planted a tree in my life,” laughs Jairos Saunyama, a tobacco farmer, revelling at the absurdity of the question of whether he is involved in the country’s afforestation efforts. Sawunyama is one of thousands of …

India’s Trinity of Challenges

27 Mar

NEW DELHI, Mar 27 (IPS) – The exigencies of combatting the coronavirus pandemic on a war-footing — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide stay-at-home lockdown for 21 days to break the chain of transmission — has certainly deflected…

Coronavirus & Early Lessons from China

27 Mar

WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 (IPS) – Helge Berger is the IMF’s China mission chief, Kenneth Kang is a deputy director in the IMF’s Asia & Pacific Department, and Changyong Rhee is director of IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department.The impact of the coronavirus is…

Far From Home During a Pandemic

26 Mar

KATHMANDU, Mar 26 (IPS) – Nepali workers in Qatar who have been quarantined in a camp that has been closed off for two weeks say that aside from concerns about jobs and health, they are now also worried about their families back home.Read the full sto…

COVID-19 in the Time of Insecurity

26 Mar

AMMAN, Jordan, Mar 26 (IPS) – Humankind has outlived multiple pandemics in the course of world history. The kingdoms and states of Central and Western Europe abolished the institution of serfdom once it had become clear that medieval rule in the after…

Improving Development Impact

25 Mar

ROME, Mar 24 (IPS) – Most developing countries have good policies, programmes and projects in place. Many of these have been prepared with assistance from development partners or international financing institutions such as the World Bank, the regiona…