India’s campaign to end open defecation has been widely celebrated by officials as an innovative and aggressive success. Even Bill Gates recently declared that the country is “winning its war on human waste” with a 360-degree video. But independent surveys and investigations have come to a vastly different conclusion – that victory, unfortunately, is not in sight.
As the global economy stares down the barrel of rising inequality and increased automation, more countries are toying with the idea of a universal basic income. But a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is less than enthusiastic, saying that without significant tax hikes, a basic income would do little to reduce poverty and even exacerbate it in some cases.
More than 31 million people – one person every second – were uprooted in their home country in 2016 because of conflicts and disasters, and numbers will grow unless the underlying causes like climate change and political turmoil are tackled, an aid group said today.
In a country where officials face termination for sharing government health statistics, health experts are relying on outside organizations to shed light on the ongoing health crisis in Venezuela.
What makes a person poor? Lack of education, lack of opportunities and laziness, according to respondents of a new survey conducted in Chile.
A budget deal struck by the U.S. Congress this week to prevent a government shutdown was viewed as a rebuke to proposed cuts by the Trump administration. Both political parties agreed to continue funding existing programs and went a step further by providing $990 million in additional funds for international famine relief.
People from developing countries who work internationally are sending less money home. It is the second consecutive year remittances dropped, making it the first significant decline in three decades. The trend is concerning, the World Bank said upon releasing the new remittance figures.
China’s economic miracle has long been hailed as one of the biggest contributors to the fall in the global rate of extreme poverty. But now that growth is slowing and the country is working its way out of the “middle income trap,” economists have turned their focus toward the sharp inequality that latched onto China’s stunning growth. And according to a new study, it’s far worse than previously estimated.
There are now 1.4 million children facing acute malnutrition in Somalia, a 50 percent increase since the start of the year, according to UNICEF. The U.N. agency is concerned by what it calls the “triple threat of drought, disease and displacement” Somali children face.
A pair of airstrikes hit near a hospital in the Syrian city of Idlib, damaging the facility, Save the Children officials said. There were no fatalities at the hospital from the attack – the twelfth attack on a health facility in April.