The world’s most rich and powerful will gather once again for the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Monday to discuss how they can tackle the biggest threats to global development. While the slated theme this year is globalization, the problem of inequality appears to be unavoidable.
What can a game of Snakes and Ladders teach a child about violence? It turns out a lot. A recent study shows that a new gender equity program in Indian schools can transform not only how students respond to gender discrimination and violence, but how their teachers, parents and communities do as well.
A sharp rise in the price of gasoline and consequent protests and blockades this week have threatened access to food, transportation and other basic goods and services for Mexico’s poor.
Global spending on development assistance reached its highest level, largely driven by the refugee crisis, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
When a city’s infrastructure and services are ineffective, it may feel good for its citizens to rant on social media about it. Will it make the services better? Probably not. That’s where technology comes in. A team of developers partnering with the government of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta developed an app so citizens can channel their social media savviness to monitor public services.
Two Moroccan U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic were killed and two others wounded by unknown attackers in the southeast of the country, the U.N. mission there said. The peacekeepers were escorting fuel trucks on Tuesday afternoon about 37 miles west of the town of Obo when they were attacked, the mission said in a statement, adding that the assailants fled into the bush.
Here’s some good news from 2016: Costa Rica is still steadily reducing its poverty rate, bolstering its economy and its reputation as one of the best development success stories in Latin America.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Wednesday that narrowing the wealth inequality gap is at the top of this year’s agenda, and he plans to do so primarily by improving access to land, financial services and education for the poor.
A U.N. aid worker was sentenced this week to seven months in jail for helping the Islamist fundamentalist organization Hamas, according to news reports. Wahid Abdallah al Bursh pleaded guilty to unintentionally aiding the group while he worked for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP).
Thousands of people are starting to return to formerly rebel-held east Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction “beyond imagination”, a top U.N. official told Reuters from the Syrian city. In the last couple of days around 2,200 families have returned to the Hanano housing district, said Sajjad Malik, country representative in Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
The government of Myanmar has arrested four police officers in connection with a video making rounds on social media that appears to show police beating unarmed Rohingya men.
The Israeli government followed through on its pledge to punish countries for voting to condemn settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It canceled a planned visit by Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, recalled its ambassadors and cut aid to the West African nation for sponsoring the resolution.
The number of women killed in Bolivia is on the rise, but activists say there are plenty of actions the government can and should be taking to combat it.