By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda GENEVA, Mar 17 (IPS) – India, Brazil and South Africa, the international grouping for promoting international cooperation among the three countries known as IBSA, along with China and several other developing countries, have denounced the ongoing attempts to craft an exclusive, plurilateral agreement to liberalise trade in services without concluding the [...]
By Fabiana Frayssinet RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 1 (IPS) – The Brazilian government is stepping up South-South aid, to strengthen the South American giant’s status as a donor country and its international clout. It now provides assistance to 65 countries, and its financial aid has grown threefold in the last seven years.
By Athar Parvaiz SRINAGAR, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) – Kashmir is missing out on a ‘demographic dividend’ and unable to cash in on its youthful population for lack of initiatives from a state government bogged down by a two-decade-old separatist insurgency.
By Davison Mudzingwa* CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb 7 (IPS) – When a financial crisis threatened the existence of Africa’s oldest community station, Bush Radio, an outpouring of sympathy and appeals went viral on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. However, despite this outspoken support that showed that the station is worth saving, its [...]
By Zofeen Ebrahim KARACHI, Feb 3, 2012 (IPS) – If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the path to peace between India and Pakistan may lie in the commonalities in their cultures and cuisines.
By Isolda Agazzi “Africa is not poor, but empoverished by Europe and its good pupils”, according to demonstrators at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Credit:Isolda Agazzi/IPS GENEVA, Feb 15, 2011 (IPS) – In an unusual move, West and Central African civil society organisations have participated in the negotiations between their countries and the [...]
By Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, Feb 11, 2011 (IPS) – Long years of armed conflict have obstructed development in the areas on either side of the Angola-Namibia border. Now a 45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade is set to improve access to clean drinking water and decent sanitation for one million people. Most people in [...]
By Isolda Agazzi DAKAR, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – It is only the second time that the World Social Forum (WSF) takes place in Africa, the first one having been held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007. Since the start of the WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 10 years ago, the organisers have been building African [...]
By Mantoe Phakathi MBABANE, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – Apart from the looming job losses in Swaziland’s public sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have also warned of retrenchments following the government’s decision to suspend procurement from small businesses.
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.