By Fabíola Ortiz RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 6, 2011 (IPS) – With seven months to go until the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, Brazil is uniting in support of proposals to be included in the summit’s draft final document, which aim to transfer its successful national social and environmental sustainability programmes to the global scale. [...]
By Athar Parvaiz* SRINAGAR, Nov 30, 2011 (IPS) – Sammad Sheikh of Tangchekh village in north Kashmir cannot understand why the rice fields that his family cultivated for generations are drying up.
By Rebekah Kendal * – IPS/Big Issue South Africa CAPE TOWN, Sep 24 (IPS) – Informal cross-border traders embody the spirit of African entrepreneurship. Driven by a lack of formal employment opportunities offering regular wages and hours, and succeeding in challenging conditions through sheer determination and a savvy business sense, this army of informal traders [...]
K. S. Harikrishnan KASARGOD, India, Apr 25, 2011 (IPS) – Ajith, a nine-year old boy from Badiyadukka village in the southern Indian state of Kerala, waits patiently for his mother to return from the market and take him to the toilet. His bones are so deformed, he is totally immobile.
By Keya Acharya BANGALORE, Apr 15, 2011 (IPS) – They were the face of India’s “brain drain” – the best and the brightest government-educated scholars who eventually left for foreign shores. Now, they have opted to give back as a gesture of thanks for the top-notch education they received.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 4, 2011 (IPS) – There are nearly as many female as male scientists in Brazil. But in academia or in private laboratories, women face subtle barriers to career advancement and equal salaries.
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 3, 2011 (IPS) – Thousands of women farmers in Brazil demonstrated this week against the use of toxic weedkillers and pesticides on crops and in favour of agricultural techniques that protect their families’ health.
By Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, Feb 8, 2011 (IPS) – A decade after heavy floods wrecked havoc in Southern Africa, the region is better prepared to monitor and respond to seasonal flooding. This is thanks as much to the growing strength of transboundary institutions as it is to technical improvements.
By Mario Osava* RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 2, 2011 (Tierramérica) – The growing presence of Chinese and Brazilian capital in Latin America’s energy sector is facilitating the construction of hydroelectric complexes, but is also the fuelling nationalist stances that are adding to the environmental criticisms of those major projects.
Mario Queiroz interviews MANUEL CORREIA, president of the Portuguese Institute for Development Support LISBON, Jan 4, 2011 (IPS) – Despite the global economic crisis that has hit Europe especially hard, Portugal’s official development aid to its former colonies will not decline this year, although “unfortunately no increase is expected either.”