As long as the Kenyan shilling is under pressure from the dollar, the price of fuel and food will continue rising. In August the shilling reached a record low of 95.05 shillings to the dollar. The low income segments are hardest hit by this situation. Continue reading →
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Jul 25, 2011 (IPS) – For the first time ever, the finance minister has allocated almost four million dollars from the current national budget to provide free sanitary pads to schoolgirls. Continue reading →
The world is on track to meet the first of the Millennium Development Goals – to halve the number of people living below the poverty line by 2015. The trouble is that this line – set at a dollar a day – is a deeply flawed and unreliable measure of poverty. David Woodward explains why, and proposes a radical new rights-based measure.
How we define poverty is critically important. Poverty is a moral concept: ‘poor’ is something we consider that people should not be. So, by setting our poverty targets according to a particular poverty line, we are saying that it is quite acceptable for people to live at that level of income, just as long as they don’t fall below it.
Millennium Development Goal One defines poverty as having an income below the dollar-a-day line – although actually this is now $1.25 per person per day, at purchasing power parity (PPP), at 2005 prices. This means that it is an income which would buy the same as $1.25-a-day in the US in 2005. Continue reading →
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The earthquake not only smashed markets, collapsed warehouses and left more than 2.5 million people without enough to eat. It may also have shaken up the way the developing world gets food. Continue reading →
African Charter Article# 22: All peoples shall have the r ight to their economic, social and cultural development within the common heritage of humanity .
Nigeria’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs says to achieve the MDGs by 2015 Nigeria requires a whopping $170.30 billion within a period of six years starting by 2010. This raises the issue of what has actually been achieved. To cost the MDGs out of the expectation and hope of Nigerians is unacceptable.
The Millennium Develop-ment Goals (MDGs) is a UN initiative launched in 2000 and adopted by UN member states in 2001 under the auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to improve the lot of humanity by 2015. Nigeria is a member of that international effort and so much money and personnel at state and Federal levels have been deployed to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Continue reading →
Residents paint images depicting President Barack Obama, center, and Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean on a wall at the slum of Bel Air in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, April 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) (Ramon Espinosa – AP)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, April 16 — The U.S. economic crisis touched down recently in the dusty town where Marie Rosita Simon ekes out a living selling sandals. Her brother, a New Jersey cabdriver, slashed his monthly $400 transfer to her by half because his business was off.
For Simon, that amounted to a 40 percent plunge in income for her family of five. Coming after a horrendous year in which food prices soared and hurricanes washed away her plantain and bean crops, the 43-year-old street vendor decided something had to go: dinner. And sometimes she can’t provide breakfast for her children.