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Norway breaks silence on "Illegitimate Debt"

Anti-debt campaigners are hailing as groundbreaking Monday's decision by Norway to cancel 80 million dollars in debt owed by five poor nations after it determined that the loans were not granted in a good faith effort to promote development.

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12 lakh ‘missing’ schoolchildren in Maharashtra

Schools in every district of the western Indian state have been found guilty of pumping up enrolment figures in order to comply with teachers’ wishes and retain government funding.

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Young people worldwide can eradicate poverty

The world’s young people, now numbering more than 1 billion, are a major human resource for development, and can be key agents of innovation and positive social change.

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Child labour - India's 'cheap commodity'

According to a recent ILO report on child labour,there are 218m aged 5-17 years, who are employed; of this number, 126m are employed in hazardous work. The United Nations Children's' Fund says that the sheer volume of children engaged in work is living proof of the world's failure to protect them.

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Quality teachers a must for quality education

Quality teachers are a must to ensure quality education for the students, said the speakers at a discussion.

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Indian government comes under civil society scrutiny

A coalition of Indian civil society organisations are holding a two-day meet in New Delhi to remind the Indian government of the promises that it had made to the people during elections nearly two years back. The organizations are also releasing a report card of the government’s performance during these two years.

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Child Labourers rescued

A Delhi-based NGO has, with the help of state authorities, rescued 17 children from embroidery factories operating in the Indian capital.

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Jammu and Kashmir floods: How to help

Civil society has come forward to provide relief and succor to those who have been rendered helpless at the hands of merciless rains in Jammu and Kashmir. In these times of need many of us would like to extend their helping hand to our brothers and sisters in the flood affected state. For those of you who want to reach out through the nonprofits already active in the area, OneWorld South Asia provides a detailed description of such organisations.

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Cooperatives crucial allies in fight against hunger: FAO

Small-scale food producers can gain access to local and global markets with the help of cooperatives, says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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