UNICEF: On World Water Day, Poor Rural People Missing Out

  As the world commemorates World Water Day, UNICEF called on governments to pay particular attention to those who are being left behind in their countries’ progress, especially with regard to access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. Two […]

Disaster Losses Top One Trillion Dollars As Donors Underfund Risk Reduction

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, today launched a new report by Development Initiatives which highlights major discrepancies in the way that donors allocate funding for disaster risk reduction despite economic losses of over one […]

Visiting UN Official Proposes US-Africa Agenda

Cheick Sidi Diarra didn’t hesitate in answering his rhetorical question about what the United States could do to further economic development in Africa. Mr. Diarra, the United Nations’ special adviser on Africa, was in Atlanta in late February at the […]

WTO Gives Special Treatment For Service Providers From LDCs

  The stated objective of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – to open trade barriers worldwide – upholds that this could benefit every country, poorer or richer. But developing countries, and especially the least developed ones, have farther to go […]

Sustainable Development For The “Energy Poor”

  In the theater of environmental preservation, increasing the global poor’s access to energy is usually cast as a necessary evil because it comes at the expense of the environment. Yet, given the direct correlation between adequate access to energy […]