Int. Development Stories 2020

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The government of Uganda has decided to temporarily reopen two of its borders to welcome refugees from neighboring DR Congo. Un Refugee, Mental Health Support, Safe Haven, Water Tank, Republic Of The Congo, Vulnerability, The Locals, Uganda, Life

Uganda welcomes thousands of DRC refugees amid COVID-19 lockdown

On humanitarian grounds, the President of Uganda directed its Government to temporarily re-open the Zombo border to allow life-saving aid and protection to be provided to the group of refugees.

By Dr. Calestous Juma  "The first step in pursuing peace is to enhance human capabilities by expanding engineering education."  uch of the conflict around the world is a result of social inequities that undermine societies’ ability to pursue sustainable development. The focus on expanding human capabilities helps society to look to an open, positive, and prosperous future. This is in contrast with a world in which the future appears closed with little opportunity for growth. Engineering Courses, School Of Engineering, Social Science, Science And Technology, Un Sustainable Development Goals, Kennedy School, International Development, Machine Learning, Opportunity

A Few Thoughts on Engineering Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

By Dr. Calestous Juma The first step in pursuing peace is to enhance human capabilities by expanding engineering education, argues Dr Calestous Juma FRS HonFREng, Professor of Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and author of ‘Innovation and Its Enemies’.

By Dr. Calestous Juma  "The first step in pursuing peace is to enhance human capabilities by expanding engineering education."  uch of the conflict around the world is a result of social inequities that undermine societies’ ability to pursue sustainable development. The focus on expanding human capabilities helps society to look to an open, positive, and prosperous future. This is in contrast with a world in which the future appears closed with little opportunity for growth. Engineering Courses, School Of Engineering, Social Science, Science And Technology, Un Sustainable Development Goals, Kennedy School, International Development, Machine Learning, Opportunity

A Few Thoughts on Engineering Peaceful and Inclusive Societies

By Dr. Calestous Juma The first step in pursuing peace is to enhance human capabilities by expanding engineering education, argues Dr Calestous Juma FRS HonFREng, Professor of Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School and author of ‘Innovation and Its Enemies’.

17 out of America’s top 25 corporations are making extraordinary profits during the COVID-19 pandemic. And forget about protecting workers or innovation, 99% of these profits will be distributed to shareholders—who are overwhelmingly white and predominantly male.  #COVID19 #Capitalism #BigPharma #TechCompanies #Oxfam Tech Companies, Innovation, American, Big

Big Pharma, tech companies and wealthy Americans bag dramatic profits during COVID-19

Pharmaceutical and tech companies and wealthy white Americans benefit from dramatic pandemic profits, further exacerbating inequality.

By Ajith Raj R & Gloria Benny “The COVID-19 is just another silly bug; not even a threat when compared with the deadly Nipah virus which we have successfully fought in the past. So nothing to worry about COVID-19”.This quote appeared in one of the advisory materials published for COVID-19 awareness in the regional language of the southern Indian state of Kerala. The Eighth Day, The Day Will Come, Human Development, Indore, Times Of India, Kerala, The Past, Death, News

Unconventional responses to unconventional time - Lessons from the Indian state of Kerala’s successful fight with COVID-19

Timely interventions and health actions are not the only aspects that enabled the Kerala model of COVID-19 response to be unique. It focused a lot on preparing Kerala as a society to face this adverse condition by building people’s trust in its health system.

The Duterte administration has assigned former military generals to deal with Covid-19 and has sent police Special Forces to contain communities. #Duterte #Philippines #COVID19 Phil Robertson, Respect People, Human Rights Watch, War On Drugs, Looking For People, Search People, Special Forces, Public Health

Philippines uses ‘drug war’ tactics to fight COVID-19

The Duterte administration has assigned former military generals to deal with Covid-19 and has sent police Special Forces to contain communities.

More people are going hungry than before, a recent study by the United Nations has found. Tens of millions have joined the ranks of the chronically undernourished over the past five years, and countries around the world continue to struggle with multiple forms of malnutrition.    #RashmiMistry #StateofFoodSecurityandNutritionintheWorld Good Healthy Recipes, Healthy Foods To Eat, Whole Food Recipes, Mediterranean Bowls, World Food Programme, Food Insecurity, Unhealthy Diet, Protein Rich Foods, Food System

3 billion people in the world today can't afford a healthy diet: UN Hunger Report

The latest estimates are that a staggering 3 billion people or more cannot afford a healthy diet. In sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, this is the case for 57 percent of the population – though no region, including North America and Europe, is spared.

A commentary provided by the International Institute for the Middle East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES)  The rapid development of events in Libya has led to the consent of the rebel general Khalifa Haftar to talks with the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. The aim is to seek a peaceful solution to the six-year-long civil war based on the Cairo initiative of June 7, 2020. Haftar's forces suffered more defeats in western Libya than the government in Tripoli, aided by Turkey. Muammar Gaddafi, Responsibility To Protect, Turkish Military, Un Security, Military Intervention, Internal Affairs, Armed Conflict, Muslim Brotherhood, Cairo

Will Libya partitioned into East and West Libya in 2020?

The main players in the Libyan crisis are now Russia, the UAE, France and Egypt on one side and Turkey and Italy on the other. The biggest threat is the fact that these countries are not concerned with the territorial integrity of Libya. Economic and strategic interests are what brought them to Libya.

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces lockdowns, most countries and municipalities are pursuing digital government strategies, many with innovative initiatives – but vast numbers of people still do not have access to online services, according to the 2020 edition of the United Nations E‑Government Survey, released this week.  COVID-19 has pushed more government activities online despite persisting digital divide, says the UN. The    #Egovernment #LiuZhenmin #UnitedNations Online Dashboard, Strategic Leadership, Technology Consulting, Online Application Form, Challenges And Opportunities, Emergency Response, Maine, United Nations, Countries

These five countries top the 2020 e-government ranking

Despite the gains and major investments in e-government by many countries, the digital divide persists. Seven out of eight countries with low scores are in Africa and belong to the least developed countries group.

I see the BRI as merely one modern-day tool which helps to ultimately return China to global dominance, in keeping with Xi’s version of the Chinese Dream, writes James Harvey. #BRI #China #Hegemony BeltAndRoad West Africa, North Africa, Global Times, Diego Garcia, Hotel California, Access Control, Central Asia, The Republic, Eastern Europe

China’s Belt & Road Initiative: economic prosperity or hegemony?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s debtbook diplomacy under the guise of a developmental helping hand, an economic windfall to his South-South friends, turns into a stranglehold on their very sovereign economic livelihoods.

The world’s tourism sector could lose at least $1.2 trillion or 1.5% of the global gross domestic product (GDP), having been placed at a standstill for nearly four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, UNCTAD said in a report published today.  The UN’s trade and development body warned that the loss could rise to $2.2 trillion or 2.8%    #PamelaCokeHamilton #UNCTAD Florida Hotels, Best Places To Vacation, Best Vacations, Summer Vacations, Family Vacations, Summer Travel, Summer Beach, Summer Packing Lists, Cruise Packing

'Global Tourism Sector set to lose at least $1.2 trillion due to Coronavirus'

Tourism is the backbone of many economies and a lifeline for millions of people around the world, but COVID-19 has brought it to a halt, causing severe economic consequences globally.

Meet four African entrepreneurs making an impact in tech, healthcare, and agriculture during the COVID-19 pandemic. Low Interest Loans, Young Entrepreneurs, Digital Technology, Public Transport, Women Empowerment, Agriculture, Health Care, African, Meet

African entrepreneurs are driving prosperity despite a global crisis

Entrepreneurial innovation is creating unprecedented opportunities for Africa to grow its economy, create jobs, and transform people’s lives.

A new study conducted by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Tech Against Trafficking, a coalition of technology companies helping to end human trafficking using technology, sheds light on how technology is being used and can be used to prevent and combat human trafficking worldwide. Global Supply Chain, Use Of Technology, Civil Society, Research And Development, Data Protection, Private Sector, Human Trafficking, Sheds, Being Used

More than 300 tech tools could be used to combat human trafficking globally, a new study recommends

The study examines how technology is misused to facilitate human trafficking, how more than 300 hundreds of tech tools have approached the problem, and how governments, civil society, and the private sector can strategically use tech to combat trafficking.

Putting smartphones in women’s hands could be a powerful tool to support sustainable development goals in the developing world, according to a group of researchers from McGill University, University of Oxford, and Bocconi University.  Giving women access to information they otherwise wouldn’t have, mobile phones are transforming lives, the researchers claim. Fight For Justice, Information And Communications Technology, University University, National Academy, Academy Of Sciences, Sustainable Development, Human Rights, Women Empowerment, Mobile Phones

Smartphones empowering women worldwide, study finds

Access to mobile phones is associated with multiple indicators linked to global social development, such as good health, gender equality, and poverty reduction. The link between mobile phone access and female empowerment is stronger in less- and least-developed countries.

The demand for raw materials used to manufacture rechargeable batteries will grow rapidly as the importance of oil as a source of energy recedes, as highlighted recently by the collapse of prices due to oversupply and weak demand resulting from COVID-19, according to a new UNCTAD report.    #Conflictminerals #UNCTAD Electric Car, Raw Materials, Oil

Demand for electric car batteries' raw materials set to rise: UNCTAD report

The demand for raw materials used to manufacture rechargeable batteries will grow rapidly as the importance of oil as a source of energy recedes

"Patriarchy still posits deep-rooted challenges hindering women’s engagement with electoral politics in India." Socio Economic Class, Political Participation, Indian Constitution, Affirmative Action, International Development, Patriarchy, Second World, Gender, Challenges

Women and Indian politics: gender and political participation in India

Patriarchy still posits deep-rooted challenges hindering women’s engagement with electoral politics in India.

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