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Mission Midwife: The Case for Trained Birth Attendants in Senegal

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Posted by admin 26 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Diouma Tine is a 50-year-old vegetable seller and a mother of six boys. In her native Senegal, she tells IPS, motherhood isn’t a choice. “If you’re married, then you must have children. If you don’t, then you don’t get to stay in your husband’s house, and no one will respect you.” Despite this prevailing cultural […]

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OPINION: ISIS Appeals to a Longing for the Caliphate

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Posted by admin 26 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In this column, Farhang Jahanpour – former professor and Dean of the Faculty of Languages at the University of Isfahan, who has taught for 28 years in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford – examines the historical background to the emergence of ISIS and argues that it is basing its appeal on reinstatement of the caliphate.

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Biodiversity Offsetting Advances in Latin America Amidst Controversy

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Compensation for biodiversity loss, which is taking its first steps in Latin America, is criticised by social organisations for “commodifying” nature and failing to remedy the impacts of extractive industries and other activities that destroy natural areas and wildlife. “No market mechanism resolves the underlying problem,” Margarita Flórez, executive director of the Environment and Society [R

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ISIS Complicates Iran’s Nuclear Focus at UNGA

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Iran’s foreign minister arrived in New York last week with his sights set on a final deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. But a pressing regional conflict is hanging heavily over the already strained negotiations as Iran and world powers resume talks on the sidelines of this week’s U.N. General Assembly. A Sep. 21 report by […]

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World Bank Reports Major Global Support for Carbon Pricing

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Seventy-three countries and 22 lower-level governments offered formal support Monday for a global price on carbon dioxide emissions, including China, Russia and the European Union. Together, these countries account for more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to the World Bank, which unveiled a major new push towards global carbon pricing. Other backers […]

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Saving the Lives of Cameroonian Mothers and their Babies with an SMS

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
“You can’t measure the joy in my heart,” Marceline Duba, from Lagdo in Cameroon’s Far North Region, tells IPS as she holds her grandson in her arms.   “I am pretty sure we could have lost this child, and perhaps my daughter, if this medical doctor hadn’t shown up,” Duba says, a smile sweeping her […]

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Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs

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Posted by admin 26 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
On the sidelines of the U.N.’s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and “help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes.” But the announcement by the Global Alliance, which includes more than 20 gov

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Obama Mandates Climate Resilience in All U.S. Development Projects

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Posted by admin 26 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
All international development assistance and investments from the United States will now be required to take into account the potential impacts of climate change, according to a new rule signed Tuesday by President Barack Obama. When designing development programmes of any type, federal agencies will need to factor in climate resilience, referring to the ability […]

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