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Negotiating Durban
Nov 30, 2011 The Durban climate talks may turn to be a 'greenwash' unless developed states of the global north make pledges to cut their CO2 emissions, says Indian journalist and political analyst Praful Bidwai.
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UNESCO report hails Afghan strides in girls' education
Oct 18, 2012 A new UNESCO report called the 'The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education' talks about the need to put education in the centre of humanitarian aid agenda in conflict-ridden countries.
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Zambian prisons 'overcrowded and dangerous'
May 03, 2010 A report by the Human Rights Watch has cited Zambia’s prisons among the most overcrowded in the world with gruesome violation of basic rights. Not having enough space to sit or sleep, the inmates suffer from various illness and inadequate health facilities only add to their woes.
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Workers in Egypt protests for better pay
May 05, 2010 Workers and labour union groups in Egypt are demanding better wages including a rise in national minimum wage from 6 dollars to 215 dollars, last set in 1984. Analysts expect that the labour groups could emerge as strong political influential group ahead of parliamentary elections due in October this year.
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'Tin Can' houses for African poor
May 10, 2010 The government has declared Blikkiesdorp, close to Cape Town, a temporary relocation area, in an attempt to deal with housing backlog just ahead of the Soccer World Cup 2010. People living at the temporary site without basic amenities are comparing it to concentration camps.
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Long-lasting conflicts require shift in approach
May 20, 2010 The annual report of International Committee of the Red Cross emphasizes on long-term humanitarian response to curb the socio-economic problems caused by extended armed conflicts in several parts of the world. Sustained and flexible assistance is required to ensure stability and growth of these countries.
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Africa: losing funds, losing lives
May 28, 2010 According to a recent report by the International Medical Charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), HIV treatment will soon become inaccessible to the Africans as the international donors recede from funding HIV and AIDS related programmes.
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Mining leads to TB epidemic in Africa
Jun 02, 2010 A new study by American Journal of Public Health reveals that increased cases of HIV and crowded living and working conditions are contributing to tuberculosis epidemics among miners of African continent. According to the study, migrant workforce increases the risk of the disease in families, friends and communities of miners.
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World cup football brings misery to many homes
Jun 03, 2010 Families suffer terrible miseries as their homes get demolished to build car parking areas and stadiums for the upcoming football world cup in South Africa. Meanwhile, following the orders of a local court, the government has unveiled an extensive plan to provide homes to the homeless.
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100-days to save million African children's lives
Jun 16, 2010 This year's Day of the African Child (June 16) marks the beginning of a 100-day window for world leaders to save millions of children's lives in Africa. Save the Children will organise series of events and encourage leaders to meet the goal to reduce child deaths in the continent.
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Solar-powered Soccer match for Africa
Jun 18, 2010 Greenpeace Africa has gifted Jericho, a South African village near Johannesburg, a solar-powered public viewing area that has been constructed by local youths and school children. A large-screen TV powered by the Sun was placed in the Jericho community hall making it an entirely different experience to watch soccer uninterrupted.
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Good hygiene for good eyesight in Nigeria
Jun 23, 2010 According to NGO Helen Keller International, two-thirds of Borno’s 15 districts suffer from trachoma-endemic, an infection causing blindness resulting from poor hygiene. Failure of the government to prioritise health in its budgeting and absence of clean toilets, sanitation is putting more people at risk of contracting the disease.
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The inhuman face of the Games
Jun 28, 2010 While the South African government claims that World Cup will bring economic opportunities for all Africans, many worry about the potential impact on ordinary citizen. Housing and Land Rights Network disclose how millions are being displaced and laws bypassed to enable hysterical development for the games.
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Green spirulina cakes could offer cure from malnutrition
Jun 30, 2010 Aid agencies are banking on blue-green, protein-packed algae, Spirulina as a possible solution to malnutrition in Chad with the end of a US$1.7 million cultivation in December 2010. The spirulina has been promoted as an energy-enhancing supplement globally, also for its small environmental footprint.
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After war, sexual violence still continues in Congo
Jul 01, 2010 Post war, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been left with a legacy of sexual violence against women. Though, the number of cases of rape by combatants has been on a wane, a new issue of civilian rape is on rise.
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It is time for Africa!
Jul 12, 2010 Hosting successfully the greatest sporting event FIFA World Cup 2010, Africa should now forge a united battle against social injustice and deprivation. Newspapers lauding African patriotism and spirit, stressed that the country should now prove its merit in delivering services for the poor and needy.
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African leaders urged to focus on MDGs
Jul 21, 2010 A week-long 15th Ordinary African Union summit is being held in Kampala focusing on “Maternal, Infant and Child Health and Development in Africa”. With the MDGs deadline just five years away, only partial success has been achieved and the summit calls for an emphasis on women and children to spur development.
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Paying high price for free maternal care
Jul 27, 2010 In Zimbabwe, many women are forced to pay high fees for maternal health services that are free under government policy, due to the revision of revenues by institutions. Health workers also warn that it is driving them to herbalists that expose infants to unnecessary life threatening conditions.
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Uganda emerges as the top WFP supplier
Jul 27, 2010 Millennium Village- Ruhiira in Uganda marches closer towards MDGs by adopting a strategic, integrated approach to rural development that helps to feed hungry children in the country. Applauding its progress, United Nations is now planning to step up its efforts to beat poverty in the country.
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Egyptians take to streets to protest water crisis
Jul 28, 2010 Thousands of people staged a protest in Cairo to stress upon the government to address the severe water crisis that is affecting livelihoods. Egypt’s total water consumption has increased over time, and experts say agriculture and irrigation methods are primary reasons behind this.
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Guinea NGOs struggle to grab aid donor’s attention
Jul 29, 2010 Even as much of Guinea’s population is food insecure and lacks basic health services, many donor orgainisations do not see the country’s situation as an emergency. A large part of development funding is also blocked until an elected government is in place.
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Madagascar: Women struggle for fair representation
Jul 30, 2010 Brigitte Rasamoelina and Yvette Sylla, two women in Madagascar, both having different approaches to politics are determined to give women a fair chance in the power-struggle. Despite possessing the required skills, women in the country have found few places among its decision making bodies.
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Nations urge to materialise climate pact
Aug 10, 2010 Even as the stalemate over mitigation strategies to reduce GHG emissions continues, negotiations for a global treaty in Bonn witnessed activists urging for concrete commitments to manage climate finance and build up institutional infrastructure to deal with climate change adaptation; especially in the poorest and most vulnerable countries.
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Sudan: Hunger drives children back to the army
Aug 16, 2010 Many children demobilised from southern Sudan’s army are returning to the barracks due to shortage of food in their homes. The country’s demobilisation commission lacks sufficient resources to support the ex-combatants and therefore relies on organizations like the U.N to provide families with food for the returned children.
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Clean drinking water trickles through tea bags
Aug 20, 2010 Researchers have come up with a cost effective portable solution to obtain clean drinking water - now declared a human right. The device, of the size and shape of a tea bag, will benefit millions of Africans who have been historically deprived of safe drinking water.
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South African media laws under fire
Aug 23, 2010 Recent legislations in South Africa have been directed towards putting curbs on freedom of the media. The bills have come under fierce criticism from journalists and advocacy groups in South Africa and elsewhere as tools of repressive regimes.
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Land grab for biofuel to augment food crisis
Aug 30, 2010 A recent Friends of Earth report accused EU countries of land-grabbing throughout Africa for producing biofuel crops that is increasing food prices and landlessness. Biofuel companies, however, claim that they consult with local governments and utilise land not intended for food production.
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Maternal deaths fall by third globally
Sep 16, 2010 UN estimates reveals that fewer women dying from pregnancy-related causes, but 1000 still die a day and more needs to be done to achieve set targets.
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New HIV infections decline in Africa: UN
Sep 21, 2010 As new HIV infections are steadily declining around the world, 22 of the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa have reduced HIV incidence by 25% owing to greater awareness and use of pre-emptive measures. The UN, however, called for greater global investment to achieve MDG 6 as challenges still remain.
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Nutri-rich farming in West Africa
Sep 28, 2010 A nutrition forum of west African states concluded that it is imperative for agricultural practices to focus on augmenting the nutritive quality of the produce.
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