Urban Water and Sanitation: Who cares about Poor?

The city development planning and judicious resource allocation in most of the cities in South Asian countries is a big challenge. Among the basic amenities, water and sanitation remained the core concern that lead to health problems, livelihood losses and an impediment to economic growth. Given the population growth and rapid migration from rural to [...]

U.S.-Israeli relationship never stronger, says Defense Secretary

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his visit in Tel Aviv on Thursday that the United States and Israel’s relationship has never been stronger and that both nations should stand together “as we contemplate and work with the extraordinary change that is taking place around the region.” According to Cheryl Pellerin of American Forces [...]

Continuing Colonialism: World Bank Funds Mining in Africa

Ahafo Gold Mine in Ghana The private finance sector arm of the World Bank Group announced last month that it would invest $300 million to promote mining in Africa. “Mining is a critically important yet challenging sector and [the International Finance Corporation] IFC has a role to play in supporting responsible companies that will bring [...]

Political Restructuring in China – A Template on How China can Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy!

Last week, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called for political reform once again, while at the same time he rejected (again) any comparisons between his country and the autocracies now collapsing in North Africa and the Middle East. Premier Wen is right when he says that the current socio-economic conditions in China are nothing like the [...]

FOREIGN AID, GLOBAL POVERTY and the UN

On 20-22 September 2010, the UN celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) program. This was with the intention of taking stock of the progress made thus far and to urge governments and the private sector to help meet the ambitious goals by the target date of 2015. The eight goals that [...]

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