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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Week With IPS 3/10/2017


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The Indigenous ‘People of Wildlife’ Know How to Protect Nature
Baher Kamal
In the northern part of Mount Kenya, there is an indigenous community -- the Il Lakipiak Maasai ("People of Wildlife") -- which owns and operates the only community-owned rhino sanctuary in the country. They have managed to alleviate the human-wildlife conflicts that arise in the area due to ... MORE > >

At 60, Ghana Looks to a Future Beyond Aid
Kwaku Botwe
Ghana turned 60 years old this week. The West African country gained independence from Britain on Mar. 6, 1957, and remains a study in contradictions. At 60, Ghana is viewed by many as a beacon of democracy and stability. But its current growth rate is just 3.6 percent -- the lowest in 20 years ... MORE > >

Bolivia Passes Controversial New Bill Expanding Legal Coca Production
Franz Chávez
A new bill in Bolivia, which will allow the amount of land allocated to producing coca to be increased from 12,000 to 22,000 hectares, modifying a nearly three-decade coca production policy, has led to warnings from independent voices and the opposition that the measure could fuel drug ... MORE > >

Another Somalian Famine
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Last month, the United Nations declared another famine threat in Somalia due to yet another drought in the Horn of Africa. Important lessons must be drawn from the Somalia famine of 2010-2012, which probably killed about 258,000 people, half of whom were under-five. This was the greatest tragedy in ... MORE > >

Gender Disparity at UN: Three Out of 71, Zero out of Nine
Thalif Deen
The United Nations has frequently been accused of vociferously preaching gender empowerment and women’s rights to the outside world -- but failing miserably to practice what it preaches in its own political backyard. The charge is usually made against the 193-member General Assembly, which has ... MORE > >

Why a Feminist Foreign Policy Is Needed More than Ever
Margot Wallström
Lately, the world has tended to present itself in increasingly darker shades. In many places, democracy is questioned, women’s rights are threatened, and the multilateral system that has taken decades to build is undermined. No society is immune from backlashes, especially not in relation to ... MORE > >

Barefoot Solar Warriors Take On Gender Injustice and Climate Change
Stella Paul
On a summer morning in 2008, Magan Kawar decided to leave her village for a job. The very next day, her parents-in-law excommunicated her. “They were very angry,” says the 52-year-old mother of two from Bhawani Khera village of Rajasthan’s Ajmer, a district 400 kms west of New Delhi.3 “Women ... MORE > >

Unemployment and the Informal Economy – Key Challenges for Women in Latin America
Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs
The participation of women in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean has steadily grown over the last few decades. But in 2017, as unemployment and informal work are on the rise, there is a continued need to push hard for gender equality in order to create more and better employment ... MORE > >

New land rights are changing women’s world of work
Monique Barbut
International Women’s Day this year focuses on economic empowerment in the changing world of work. The vision is to achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls by 2030. Girls’ aged three will become adults with a legal right to work in 2030. Together, with those aged up to 10, these ... MORE > >

Caribbean Awaits Trump Moves on Climate Funding, Paris Deal
Kenton X. Chance
Caribbean leaders worry that with climate change sceptic Donald Trump in the White House, it will be more difficult for small island developing states facing the brunt of climate change to secure the financing necessary to adapt to and mitigate against it. Mere days after Trump’s inauguration, ... MORE > >

Guyana’s New Oil Fields Both Blessing and Curse
Desmond Brown
The recent discovery of large volumes of oil offshore of Guyana could prove to be a major headache for the country, as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) members press for keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels ... MORE > >

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