By Neena Bhandari SYDNEY, Apr 11 (IPS) – While developing Asian countries have experienced robust growth – lifting living standards and reducing poverty – increasing wealth is fuelling income disparities and inequality, posing a major threat to the region’s stability, warns the Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s flagship report released Wednesday.
By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda GENEVA, Mar 30 (IPS) – Brazil and South Africa have experienced a widespread contraction of their manufacturing industries, with the latter suffering massive unemployment as well, thanks to the rampant volatility and misalignment of dominant global currencies like the dollar, trade experts from the two countries say.
By Servaas van den Bosch JOHANNESBURG, Mar 29 (IPS) – South Africa’s membership of the bloc of leading emerging economies and its unique position in Africa heralded the country’s role as a gateway into the African continent. However, trade experts question whether it can live up to this position as investors begin to increasingly look [...]
By Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI, Mar. 19 (IPS) – By allowing a generic manufacturer to produce a patented cancer drug at a fraction of its current cost, India has declared that it is not about to abandon its role as the ‘pharmacy of the world’s poor’.
Analysis by Kester Kenn Klomegah MOSCOW, Mar 19 (IPS) – India’s proposal to set up a bank of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will top the agenda at the summit of the group in New Delhi Mar. 28.
By Isolda Agazzi GENEVA, Mar. 7 (IPS) – As donors struggle to meet their aid commitments, and the number of people around the world in need of direct humanitarian and development assistance skyrockets, many experts and activists are asking the tough question: are donors being effective?
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 Mario Osava PORTO VELHO, Brazil, Feb 21 (IPS) – Pierre was in the next-door country of Dominican Republic when the January 2010 earthquake destroyed half of Port-au-Prince and killed at least 200,000 of his fellow Haitians, including his wife and his mother.
By Bari Bates BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (IPS) – Behind closed doors, a trade deal affecting a fifth of the world’s population has been quietly in the works for years.
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (IPS) – When the world’s rising population hit the historic seven billion milestone last October, the United Nations predicted that population growth will continue to increase, reaching an estimated 9.3 billion by the year 2050.