Global Issues

Water and conflict

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars in the future.” A year later he revised that position, saying water problems could be a “catalyst for cooperation”. full report

Survival of the biggest - side-lining of local NGOs in disasters

LONDON, 21 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Five days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Paul Valentin was giving a TV interview in his role as international director of Christian Aid. full report

Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good

LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential. full report

Analysis: Can the world really end poverty by 2030?

NEW YORK, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - The slogan “make poverty history” has been used by development pundits and pop star philanthropists for years. Now, in a bid to turn words into deeds, it is being discussed as a universal global target to be met within a generation. full report

Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 17 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan. full report

Bigger, badder - the challenge of urban disasters

MANILA, 16 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Responding to the devastation wrought by disasters in cities requires relief workers to adjust to the unique constraints and demands of specific urban settings, experts and aid workers say. full report

Women paying price of Latin America drug wars

NEW YORK, 15 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - As growing numbers of women languish in Latin American jails on drug-trafficking charges, their role in organized crime is under the spotlight - as is the prison system that incarcerates them, and the patriarchal society that appears to be failing them. full report

New US Farm Bill provides hope for food aid reform

NEW YORK, 14 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Efforts to improve the way the US government distributes roughly US$2 billion in international food aid each year achieved some successes in the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014 - commonly referred to as the Farm Bill - but the food aid mechanism used by the world’s largest donor continues to prioritize the needs of US commercial interests. full report

Acting locally - the South's rising philanthropy

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - Forget Gates. Move over Oprah. Emerging economies too have their own home-grown titans of philanthropy, providing a potentially better attuned and more sustainable income source for local humanitarian and development needs. full report

Africa’s Top 10 Philanthropists

NEW YORK, 11 April 2014 (IRIN Global) - An estimated US$7 billion is given away every year by Africa’s philanthrocapitalists – at least the ones we know about. These are the men (sadly no women yet on this list) providing home-grown solutions to local needs. full report

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