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The state of the World Food Crisis

Posted on 10 May 2022

The 2022 Global Report on Food Crises — released last week — paints a grim picture of deteriorating food crises that are expected to be compounded by the war in…
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More non-profit NGOs shut down

Posted on 10 May 2022

Nicaragua's parliament has voted in favour of shutting down 50 non-governmental organisations, for ‘failing to comply with regulations’.

Critics say the move is part of a larger crackdown on opponents…
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Global Impact of US Roe vs. Wade roll-back

Posted on 10 May 2022

The Supreme Court’s pending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could have drastic impacts on US funding and policies for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) internationally. Although Roe…
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Pacific nations walk geopolitical tightrope on Ukraine

Posted on 10 May 2022

Some Pacific leaders have broadly lambasted the Russian assault, but some countries have resisted outright condemnation of the superpower, as they try to balance regional alliances with the West, China,…
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International community is ignoring the dire impact of climate change on the Pacific

Posted on 10 May 2022

Pacific leaders are being ignored, says former President of Kiribati Anote Tong in an interview with RNZ. Tong, who is now a member of the Elders Voice, was one of…
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Pacific Studies Professor Steven Ratuva: Call it what it is...a climate crisis

Posted on 10 May 2022

An Aotearoa New Zealand-based Fijian professor of Pacific studies says the increase in the frequency of natural disasters and land erosions, and rising ocean temperatures means new terminology is now…
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Sweden to become the biggest recipient of its own development aid

Posted on 09 May 2022

Sweden plans to use almost one-fifth of its annual aid budget to pay for the influx of refugees from Ukraine, depriving the Global Fund, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and other…
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Covid and TB in Papua New Guinea

Posted on 03 May 2022

A Covid outbreak has spread rapidly across Papua New Guinea, affecting many people. The World Health Organisation reveals that, as of mid-April 2022, more than 43,600 cases have been confirmed,…
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International poverty line adjustment

Posted on 03 May 2022

Since the introduction of the dollar-a-day poverty line in the 1990 World Development Report, the World Bank has used purchasing power parities (PPPs) — exchange rates that account for relative…
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The Friday wives: standing up for change in Cambodia

Posted on 03 May 2022

As Prime Minister Hun Sen attempts to stamp out growing dissent to his 37 years of rule in Cambodia with arrests and mass trials against opposition leaders and supporters, a…
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