Kiwi aid agencies are echoing calls from Buckingham Palace for donations to help east African nations facing famine and starvation. The UN says the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second World War.
Just over a year since the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launched, civil society groups across Europe and Asia say their initial wariness toward the bank has deepened. CSOs are concerned about both the way the China-backed bank has rolled out key initial policies and what is actually included in those documents.
In June 2012, communal riots between Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists first erupted in the state of Rakhine. After the subsequent government crackdown and “persecution” of the area’s Rohingya, state-sponsored violence induced forced displacements of this Muslim minority. Nearly five years later, this issue is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis and it’s time for the Association of South-East Asian nations (ASEAN) to present a regional response, argues DB Subedi for The Huffington Post.
The Trump administration’s just-released 2018 budget outline proposes cuts to US foreign assistance that could reduce it by around one-third, placing the US roughly on a par with donor countries one-sixth its economic weight.
Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods. The El Niño-driven crisis has increased the malnutrition rates of rural children, and driven up food prices for urban residents. This article for IRIN lists 17 countries struggling to come to terms with the impact of two consecutive years of drought, which has left more than 38 million people at risk this year.
With the world’s highest birthrate, at an average of seven children per woman, Niger’s population is set to double in 17 years. NGOs are providing contraception, but what if women want more babies? Jill Filipovic for The Guardian canvasses the various challenges to population control in a country where women are encouraged to have as many children as possible, and 80% of the population live in poverty.