Economy

Breaking the poverty trap – the power of cash grants

NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - A cash injection of as little as US$12 per month for an impoverished family could determine whether a child eats properly or goes to school or not. With cash transfer programmes around the world now having a profound impact on the lives of poor people, the debate is less about whether to implement them than how to do so. full report

Business boost needed to sustain Philippines post-Haiyan recovery

MANILA, 8 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Progress made during recovery stages after the November 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines could be undermined without job creation strategies to secure stability beyond short-term livelihood projects, warn aid agencies and government officials. full report

Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

NEW YORK, 3 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Growing concern about the extent to which organized crime is undermining stability and prosperity on the African continent is galvanizing a search for analytical tools and a clamour for more research to understand the contextual forces at play and how best to undermine them. full report

Stark choice for many Afghans: sickness or debt

KABUL, 2 July 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The cost of health care is throwing many poor Afghans into a cycle of debt. While most now have access to basic public health care, the quality is so low that many patients seek out private services at a higher cost than they can afford - driving some of them further into poverty. full report

Refugee economies - the Ugandan model

LONDON, 30 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When a team from Oxford University's Humanitarian Innovation Project set out to explore what work refugees and asylum seekers in Uganda had managed to find, they were struck by the breadth and scale of businesses they were engaged in - from being café owners to vegetable sellers, to farmers growing maize on a commercial scale, millers, restaurateurs, transporters and traders in fabrics and jewellery. full report

Cape Town poor tap into new food markets

CAPE TOWN, 27 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - It is a Saturday in Cape Town. In many parts of South Africa’s second largest metropolitan area people mill about, inspecting baby cabbages and shitake mushrooms at one of a dozen or so relatively new farmers’ markets trading in organic or “natural” and - perhaps equally important to these consumers - local produce. full report

Madagascar back in the US trade fold

ANTANANARIVO, 27 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - As anticipated, the US government has reinstated preferential trade status for Madagascar on its 54th independence day anniversary, providing hope for the country’s embattled economy. full report

Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV

KAMPALA, 25 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn. full report

Stemming Zimbabwe’s urban influx

HARARE, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A government-approved programme to give micro-loans and training to young people in rural areas is helping to stem the influx of migrants to Zimbabwe’s urban centres full report

Fury over Senegal’s private land buyers

SAINT LOUIS, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Senegalese smallholder Doudou Sow is furious. Over the last 10 years, he says, farmers have been squeezed out by an influx of private investors acquiring fertile arable land in the Senegal River Valley where he has worked as a farmer for the last two decades. full report

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