Food Insecurity At ‘Crisis’ Or ‘Emergency’ Levels Haunts More Than Half of Afghans

By Radwan Jakeem NEW YORK (IDN) — Forty years of war, recurrent natural disasters, chronic poverty, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic have devastated the people of Afghanistan. The recent upheaval has only exacerbated needs and further complicated an extremely challenging operational context, notes the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its […]

People as Pawns to Power: The Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis on the Belarusian Border Needs Urgent Attention

By Anna Alboth The writer is Anna Alboth is Media Programmes Coordinator, Minority Rights Group International, Warsaw. WARSAW (IDN) — For an organisation established on the back of a humanitarian disaster that shocked the world, the lack of discussion at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly about events unfolding on the Polish-Belarusian border […]

In the US, Unpaid Maternity Leave Puts Mothers in a Bind

By Mike Brown* OMAHA, Nebraska, USA (IDN) — Around the world, paid maternity leave is the norm. According to data from the International Labour Organization, African nations including Algeria, Benin, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, and many more provide 14 weeks of paid maternity leave where 100% of wages are replaced. In the Americas, Barbados, Colombia, Dominican […]

Honduras Granted USD20 Million OPEC Fund Loan to Help Improve Climate Resilience of Rural Communities

By Reinhard Jacobsen VIENNA (IDN) — The OPEC Fund for International Development has signed a US$20 million loan agreement with Honduras to co-finance the ‘Northeastern Small Producers’ Economic and Social Inclusion Project—PROINORTE’. The importance of the project lies in the fact that the Central American nation’s economy is primarily agricultural, making it especially vulnerable to […]

Frequent Kidnapping Gives Mozambique Tainted Image

By Kester Kenn Klomegah* MOSCOW (IDN) — While Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his Government struggle with strategic plans, with the possible engagement of the southern African regional group and funding assistance from the United States and the European Union, to enforce nation-wide security, kidnapping of foreign business representatives has become common in Mozambique.

World Bank-IMF Pledge Support for Pandemic Affected Countries

By Caroline Mwanga WASHINGTON (IDN) — While planning to rebuild economies after the COVID-19 pandemic, countries would do well to lay the foundation for a green, resilient, and inclusive future. This was the message of the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) virtual Spring Meetings from April 5 to 11, 2021. World Bank Group President David […]

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