Crisis alla Turca

GENEVA, Aug 28 (IPS) – Yilmaz Akyüz is former Director, UNCTAD, and former Chief Economist, South Centre, GenevaThe meltdown of the Turkish currency over a matter of a few days in August 2018 has elicited various reactions and interpretations both at home and abroad, and created widespread concern that it could mark the beginning of a series of crisis in emerging economies exposed to a reassessment of risks by international investors and lenders as well as a rapid normalization of monetary policy in the United States.

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Damning U.N. Report Outlines Crimes Against Rohingya As Children Suffer from Trauma One Year Later

DHAKA, Aug 27 (IPS) – At 12, Mohammed* is an orphan. He watched his parents being killed by Myanmar government soldiers a year ago. And he is one of an estimated half a million Rohingya children who have survived and been witness to what the United Nations has called genocide.

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A Journey From a Nepali Village to the Upper Ranks of UNICEF

BRIGHTON, UK, Aug 28 (IPS) – Sir Arthur Richard Jolly, an eminent development economist, is Honorary Professor and former Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.Kul Gautam’s memoir is everything which one hopes for from a good biography. There are difficulties all along the way, obstacles and challenges overcome and a vision pursued with extraordinary persistence in spite of everything.  

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Why India’s Solar Water-Drawing ATMs and Irrigation Pumping Systems offer Replicable Strategies

NEW DEHLI, Aug 28 (IPS) – At New Delhi’s Savda Ghevra slum settlement, waterborne diseases have become less frequent thanks to solar-powered water ATMs that were installed here as a social enterprise venture three years ago.

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Making the Case for Investing in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

LONDON, Aug 27 (IPS) – Ruth Romer is Private Sector Advisor, WaterAid UKTea picker Bina, 45 from Sylhet, Bangladesh, used to walk for an hour each day to collect water from a well, also using water from a nearby stream, which was contaminated. Bina and her children were often sick as a result; leading to missed work and a loss of income.

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Annan Victim of One of the Greatest Fake News Concoctions in History

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 27 (IPS) – Ian Williams is a former President of the UN Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) and author of UNtold: The Real Story of the United Nations in Peace and WarLooking at the deserved outpouring of eulogies over Kofi Annan I could not help remembering the advice of the old Latin saying, “Say nothing about the dead unless it’s good.”  

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How Safe Drinking Water in Rural Vanuatu Will Save Women Time While Aiding in Economic Development

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 27 (IPS) – Access to safe water for drinking and an adequate supply of water for other purposes is challenging in the rural areas of Vanuatu. A new project, that uses solar water pumping technology, will save time and energy for rural women whose task it is to collect and make water more accessible to their communities.

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If Vanuatu Can Ban Single-Use Plastics, so Can the Other Commonwealth Countries!

PORT VILA, Aug 21 (IPS) – Op-ed by Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu.

Cradled in the South Pacific, my home country Vanuatu is made mostly of ocean.  The Pacific covers 98% of the national jurisdiction. Here, some 280,000 Ni-Vanuatu like myself live simply off the land and sea.  We view the ocean as a living ‘bridge’ that connects islands and continents while sustaining life in all its forms. Where we come from, the ocean has a heartbeat.

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Has Globalization Enhanced Development Cooperation?

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (IPS) – Protracted economic stagnation in rich countries continues to threaten the development prospects of poorer countries. Globalization and economic liberalization over the last few decades have integrated developing countries into the world economy, but now that very integration is becoming a threat as developing countries are shackled by the knock-on effects of the rich world’s troubles.

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