Developing Countries

Why Fairtrade fails to help farmers in developing countries

Fairtrade or ‘Fairer Trade’? Who knew that the use of a comparative could cause so much fuss? What with Sainsbury’s dropping the Fairtrade label from its own-brand teabags in favour of a ‘Fairer Trade’ label, that’s exactly what has happened. Ignoring the fact that Sainsbury’s actually announced …

Agriculture

Gates Foundation Launches Open Platform To Connect Mobile Finance In Developing World

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today announced an open source platform, Mojaloop, to allow companies to build a secure digital payments platform at scale. Across the developing world banks, developers and mobile carriers are developing systems to support payments. M-Pesa in Kenya is probably …

Banking

These Are the Most (And Least) Safe Cities in the World

The Economist Intelligence Unit's third annual Safe Cities Index has ranked four East Asian and three European cities in the top 10, with the top …

Cities

Western culture is to blame for rising childhood obesity in developing countries

New statistics have revealed the extent of the world’s obesity epidemic, with obesity rising tenfold in children over the past four decades. In …

Ed Sheeran

Women in developing nations often get less eye care than men

Women in developing nations suffer from eye disease, but often for different reasons than those in the developed world.<p>Paul Courtright, one of the authors of a 2001 study that estimated the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment among women worldwide, attributes this in large part to gender …

News (U.S.)

Developing countries are facing a challenge: Keeping their phones charged

Of all the challenges in the developing world, who would have thought one of them would be finding a place to plug in a smartphone?<p>Nations like India, Nigeria and Bangladesh have an ever-increasing number of smartphone users, but often lack the power to keep devices charged. Phone owners have …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Bitcoin’s rise in African markets is driven by an old Russian ponzi scheme

“Welcome to the System! Together we will change the world!”<p>These are the words I found scrawled at the bottom of a web page, right next to a picture of Sergei Mavrodi, a convicted Russian fraudster infamous for operating Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (or MMM), one of the world’s largest ponzi …

Bitcoin

Chicago ranked one of world's safest cities

You read that right.

Cities

Twenty thousand underage girls ‘marry illegally every day’

Credits Allison Joyce/Getty ImagesAlt Text A 15-year-old girl prepares for her wedding in BangladeshWorld Bank says one in three girls in developing …

World Bank

Africa: EU and Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Partners Reaffirm Commitment for Sustainable Ocean Governance

[PR Newswire] Brussels -In the framework of the 'Our Ocean' Conference, the European Union and the group of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states …

Oceans

As satellites get smaller and cheaper, space programs in developing countries are getting bigger

The premise of After The Flare, a new space fantasy novel by Deji Bryce Olukotun, is that a solar flare has hit earth and destroyed electricity grids followed by devastating cyber attacks that paralyze all communication. This all sounds plausible until you learn the only functioning space program …

Geography

Secretary-General’s press conference with Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua-and-Barbuda [with Q&A]

Thank you very much, Mr. Prime Minister for your warm welcome. Indeed, this visit is a visit of solidarity with the people of Barbuda and Antigua, …

Climate

3D Printed, Solar-Powered Cart Could Help Ease Water Troubles in Developing Countries

How far do you have to go to get water? If you simply have to walk into the bathroom or kitchen, you’re one of the luckiest people in the world. In …

Future of Payments 2017

Published in<p>Report<p>Oct, 2017<p>Viewrcnt.eu/fp4ib<p>Summary<p>From fintech disruptors to mobile payments in the developing world, the global finance industry is …

Banking

This Place In Uttarakhand Where Many Women Die Every Year Needs Our Urgent Attention

Despite being a developing nation, India lacks a lot of basic facilities, especially so in remote areas. People have to walk miles to get an …

Uttarakhand

Sixty years after Sputnik: taking stock and looking to the future

It’s been 60 years since the Soviet Union fired the first salvo of the space age. On October 4 1957 it launched Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, …

South Africa

Nearly Half Of All Abortions Unsafe In Developing Countries

Of the 56 million annual abortions performed around the world, nearly half, or 25 million, posed some threat to the health or life of the woman. The vast majority of unsafe abortions – 97 percent — were performed in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.<p>Andabout half of those …

News

Back to the future: 5 lenses on the future of global development

By Homi Kharas, Andrew RogersonFive years ago—before the Trump presidency and Brexit, among other phenomena—we looked at major trends and forces …

Economics

How improving childcare brings benefits for everyone

<i>Blog by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women</i><p><b>Date:</b> Friday, October 13, 2017<p>There are 679 million …

Child Care

Africa: Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?

(Photo: Blacksmith Institute | Pure Earth)RomeEach year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as the number of …

Recycling

Future of Manufacturing | World Bank Live

The Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice hosted an event on October 12 that focused on the ways technology is affecting how and where goods are …

World Bank

State clueless as e-waste keeps piling up

As a developing country with a burgeoning middle class population, Indonesia has become one of the world’s largest markets for electronics. According …

e-Residency joins forces with the UN to empower entrepreneurs in the developing world — e-Estonia

<b>Estonia’s e-Residency programme is now being used by the United Nations (UN) to improve access to e-commerce and entrepreneurship in developing</b> …

Innovation

A post-disaster map of Caribbean politics and aid status

No, Dominica is not the same as the Dominican Republic; Montserrat is a British territory, but the UK can send it help and call it aid; there are a …

Caribbean

Developing countries need support, Mozambique tells UN

Mozambique has urged the world’s wealthier countries to support the developing world to help deal with the “overwhelming challenges of our …

News (South Africa)

How fintech is increasing financial inclusion

Fintech, the global phenomenon of finance melded with technology to make banking less like banking and finance services more accessible, seems to …

FinTech

Why Gaming Can Be A Force For Good

It is a fact accepted by marketers across the world that 'purpose' is the new consumer currency.<p>One in seven millennials would identify as …

Sustainable Development Goals

World Bank warns of 'learning crisis' in global education

<b>World Development Report 2018 calls for greater measurement, action on evidence</b><p><b>WASHINGTON, September 26, 2017</b> – Millions of young students in low and …

Education

The Challenge of Connecting Schools to the Internet in the Developing World

Rolling out internet-enabled technologies to improve technology in the developing world will not work if internet access is lacking.<p><i>Cathryn Shelton</i> …

International Relations

Climate change could be making our food less nutritious

More CO2, Less Nutrition<p>Agricultural researchers have discovered that many of humanity’s most important food staples have been gradually losing …

Climate Change