Development, Self-Interest & Countries Left Behind

Sarah Bermeo Inter Press Service   The world’s wealthiest countries today promote development abroad in a way that is relatively new. For centuries, some of these countries colonized the developing world. As former colonies gained independence they were caught in the international power struggle of the Cold War, often led by dictators who found it […]

Why people come for counselling

Why people come for counselling

Rev. Fr. C. Joseph Counsellor, St. Joseph’s College-Jakhama   Why people come for counseling is best explained in the single word pain. It does not matter what the problem is, whether it be in terms of relational breakdown, physical trauma, lack of confidence, anxiety, fear or phobia, the client perceives their personal situation as painful. […]

Kenyan women club together to leave the slum life behind

Sophie Mbugua Thomson Reuters Foundation   The thought of getting old, retiring and still living in a slum used to scare Emma Ochieng. Now the 55-year-old primary teacher has a new house on an estate about a 45-minute drive from the city of Kisumu in western Kenya.   For over 20 years, the single mother […]

Three Opportunities for Humanitarians in 2018

Larissa Fast Inter Press Service As 2018 begins, the challenges of humanitarian crises are momentous. Humanitarians are responding to large-scale emergencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Iraq, Syria and Yemen.   Rohingya refugees are seeking protection in Bangladesh and the threat of famine and armed conflict looms in Nigeria, South Sudan, and Somalia. […]

Intellectual Property Regime Undermines Equity, Progress

Developing countries must reject the intellectual property rights regime imposed on them by powerful foreign monopolies in recent decades   Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service   Over the last few decades, people in the developing world have been rejecting the intellectual property (IP) regime as it has been increasingly imposed on them following the […]

Consider them as important and capable people

Consider them as  important and capable people

Dievileno Chasie Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama   December 3rd is observed as the International day of Persons with Disability. The year 2017 is especially relevant as India passed its Rights of Persons with Disability Act on the same year and with the many provisions in the Act, we can expect […]

Let Them Carry Books Not Bricks

Let Them Carry Books Not Bricks

Payal Bose Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, St Joseph’s College, Jakhama   Child labour is defined as the work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity that is harmful to their physical, emotional and mental development.   It is not to be misunderstood that child labour refers to the small day […]

The Life of a Fugitive

The Life of a Fugitive

The oxford dictionary describes a fugitive as “a person who has escaped from captivity or is in hiding”. As one reads this article, one will find that this article is more tilted towards a person who is in hiding rather than a person who has escaped from captivity. Man has the tendency to avoid and […]

Frustrated indigenous leaders aim to start own climate fund

Sebastian Rodriguez Thomson Reuters Foundation   Leví Sucre, an indigenous leader from the Bribri community in Costa Rica, remembers how his family used to grow beans on 5 or 6 hectares of land at their home in the Talamanca region. But that was many years ago, he says.   “That’s impossible now. When growing beans, […]

Poor minorities left behind in Indian cities boom

Rina Chandran Thomson Reuters Foundation   Arun Kumar, who heads a Mumbai charity, works with his team in some of the poorest neighbourhoods in the city, helping residents lobby officials for civic amenities such as water, toilets and public health centres.   This can take 10 to 15 years.   But even after 25 years […]

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