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Newborn Deaths Expose India’s Low Health Budget

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 06:57:06 +0000

A year after the Indian government began paying pregnant women to deliver their babies in state-run facilities, the pressure is showing on the country’s understaffed and poorly equipped  hospitals. Between February and May, 397 newborns died at the G.B. Pant hospital in this city, summer capital of northern Jammu and Kashmir state, underlining deficiencies typical [...]

Technology Bolsters Cooperatives’ Chances of Success

Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:56:29 +0000

The success of cooperatives, values-based associations owned and managed by their own clients and hailed as an alternative business model, is highly dependent on their use of information and communications technologies (ICTs), experts say. Boasting more than one billion global members, cooperatives have progressed significantly in the past decade, triggered by the wider availability of [...]

RIO+20: The Two Faces of BRICS Development Aid

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:01:08 +0000

The BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) face a key choice: to opt for “good” development aid, based on sustainable development, or for the “bad” old traditional model, which they criticised when they were its recipients. This was the conclusion of a debate on the sustainability challenges facing the leading emerging economies [...]

Learning from Argentina’s Formula to Improve Education

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:45:35 +0000

Argentina’s success in improving the quality of education in primary schools in low-income areas has awakened the interest of other countries in Latin America, which are keen on learning more about the experience and applying it themselves. The plan, called Policies of Institutional Self-Evaluation for Improving the Quality of Education, was designed by UNICEF experts [...]

Finetuning the Fight Against AIDS in Cuba

Mon, 18 Jun 2012 15:16:02 +0000

New attitudes are emerging among Cubans toward the AIDS epidemic, as HIV-positive people who are aware of its causes seek other ways to reduce infection rates in the country. “People are not internalising the perception of risk, even when they know that their sexual partners might be infected. People are having sex without protection, because [...]

New Set of Sustainable Development Goals Looks Beyond 2015*

Sun, 17 Jun 2012 23:49:46 +0000

When world leaders from over 100 countries wind up their three-day Rio+20 summit in Brazil next week, they will leave behind the shattered remains of a slew of proposals that never got off the ground. A 30-billion-dollar Global Fund for Sustainable Development? A Financial Transactions Tax? A Sustainable Development Index? A Sustainable Development Council? A [...]

Cilantro Spices Up Coexistence with Drought in Brazil

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 21:02:44 +0000

Many grow lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, beets and other vegetables. But cilantro is ever-present in the gardens that are helping rural families weather the lengthy drought that is once again wracking Brazil’s impoverished Northeast. Cilantro is the favourite “because of the flavour it adds to beans, meat, pasta – everything,” said Silvia Santana Santos, a beneficiary [...]

Europe and Former Colonies Urge Action at Rio+20

Sat, 16 Jun 2012 00:43:26 +0000

Europe and 79 of its former colonies have sent a strong message to the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil next week that it should use the opportunity to both fulfill past promises and deal with “new and emerging challenges”. Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) grouping ended their joint ministerial conference [...]

Earth’s Future Not for Sale, Activists Say

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:55:45 +0000

Just ahead of the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), many are worried about the influence that corporations will have on the summit’s agenda. Friends of the Earth, a grassroots environmental group, is one of the groups concerned about the influence that private sector lobby groups hold over the U.N. “Increasingly [...]

Nepal’s Female Farmers Fear Climate Change

Fri, 15 Jun 2012 02:01:32 +0000

When Arati Chaudhary’s husband left for India to find work as a migrant labourer, the job of managing farm and family fell on her slender shoulders. “My family (of four children) will starve if I don’t work harder on the farms this year. I just hope that it rains well in the monsoon season (June-September),” [...]