With the exception of sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean spends less on infrastructure than any other world region. According to a World Bank report, however, the region should not spend more to boost development – it just needs to spend more wisely.
Direct Relief has contributed $32 million in medical resources for Colombia and Peru, where historic flooding and mudslides have killed hundreds of the region’s most vulnerable people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
Costa Rica is one of the happiest and healthiest countries in the world, but is one of few in Latin America that is seeing an increase in income inequality. Experts at the U.N. Development Program say the growing income gap disproportionately impacts the country’s indigenous populations and other minorities.
The Disasters Emergency Committee said it raised £50 million in three weeks to support humanitarian aid for people in East Africa. While it is good news in the short term, there is concern that the constant cycle of these emergency appeals fails to help address underlying issues.
Education experts in Mexico met last week to discuss inequality, which they say will be the greatest challenge in reforming the country’s education system.
In war-torn countries across Africa and the Middle East, it is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier. International organization Women for Women International works to empower these women in an effort to rebuild their lives, families and communities.
An initial inquiry by the Australian government has found no evidence that an aid worker in the Gaza Strip diverted money to support Hamas. A review by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not clear Mohammad El Halabi of wrongdoing, and Australian government officials say they are waiting on the result of his trial.
Protesters poured into the streets of cities across Chile on Sunday to call for a repeal of the country’s privatized pension system, which they say benefits the rich while leaving the poor with a monthly pension below the minimum wage.
Months of record-breaking rainfall has prompted a humanitarian crisis in Peru, with some of the country’s poorest displaced from their homes and left vulnerable to hunger and illness.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the poor they would benefit from his surprise ban on 86 percent of the country’s currency in November. Now, nearly five months later, it seems the poor have made the shocking move work for themselves – and Modi – with the help of digital finance technology.