Socioeconomic Factors

Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

Report says women’s lagging political, economic status in Asia a liability for future growth

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Elaine Kurtenbach
Report says women’s lagging political, economic status in Asia a liability for f
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SHANGHAI — The 2 billion women in Asia are still paid less than men for similar work and are extremely underrepresented in top leadership positions, according to a report that estimates limits on female employment cost the region $89 billion a year in lost productivity.

The Asia Society survey on women’s status in health, education, economic activity and political leadership urges improvements to ensure the region benefits fully from its underused pool of human talent.

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Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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Ashwin Parulkar
Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem
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These days, Indian policymakers are debating how to create a vast new food entitlement program. There is talk of poor households struggling to cope with high food prices and malnourishment among their children.

What you don’t hear much about, however, is the most tragic and outrageous consequence of India’s failure to feed its people adequately: starvation deaths. ... Read more about Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko
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* Rising population, development put more in harm's way

* Policymakers urged to act in next few decades

* Less emphasis on mitigation, more on cutting risk

By David Fogarty and Deborah Zabarenko  

March 28 (Reuters) - A future on Earth of more extreme weather and rising seas will require better planning for natural disasters to save lives and limit deepening economic losses, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a major report on the effects of climate change.  ... Read more about Plan now for climate-related disasters - U.N. report

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World radio day: an opportunity to celebrate an unsung hero

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Amy O'Donnell
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 World Radio Day celebrates radio's role in empowering people in remote communities – not just as a source of information, but increasingly as a way to make their own voices heard ... Read more about World radio day: an opportunity to celebrate an unsung hero

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Four of 10 Nigerian children have malaria – Report

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Victoria Ojeme
Four of 10 Nigerian children have malaria – Report
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ABUJA—A new survey on malaria prevalence among Nigerian children has revealed that four out of every 10 have malaria.

The survey conducted in 2010 by the National Malaria Control Programme, NMCP, and released in Abuja, yesterday, said the current ratio of malaria infection translates into 42% of Nigerian children that are infected with malaria.

The survey also indicated that the prevalence increased with age and decreased with wealth. ... Read more about Four of 10 Nigerian children have malaria – Report

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Unicef says urban children in developing world need urgent attention

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Alex Duval Smith
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On another beach in a different world, Chinasa Paul would be sipping a soft drink bought by his parents. But if the 15-year-old eats today in Lagos, it will be thanks to tips he receives for lugging crates of drinks up and down Kuramo Beach.

Unicef will today call for an urgent shift in focus by policy makers neglectful of the needs of millions of children like Chinasa whose number is set to increase as the growth of cities in the developing world becomes one of the pressing issues of our time. ... Read more about Unicef says urban children in developing world need urgent attention

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