Monday , March 30th , 2020  

Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

The first case of coronavirus was found near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.Over a million Rohingya refugees are now cramped in hilly terrains of Ukhiya in southeastern regions of Cox’s Bazar along Bangladesh border with Myanmar. Credit: ASM Suza Uddin/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around...

Saluting IPS Journalists and Supporters during Covid19 Pandemic

By Farhana Haque RahmanROME, Mar 30 2020 – As the coronavirus pandemic shifts around the world, now stretching even the developed health services of richer nations to breaking point, here at IPS our dedicated journalists in developing countries are standing strong in giving a voice to the Global South. This means IPS, with its far-flung network of correspondents and contributors, is committed...

India’s Trinity of Challenges

Normally bustling streets in cities across India were mostly deserted as the country observed the shutdown. Credit: UN India By N Chandra MohanNEW DELHI, Mar 27 2020 – The exigencies of combatting the coronavirus pandemic on a war-footing — Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide stay-at-home lockdown for 21 days to break the chain of transmission — has certainly...

Coronavirus & Early Lessons from China

Credit: UN Population Fund (UNFPA) By Helge Berger, Kenneth Kang, & Changyong Rhee, International Monetary Fund (IMF)WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 2020 – The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China’s experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease...

Zimbabwe’s Afforestation Challenge

Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland East province. Perennial dry conditions have also seen Zimbabwe struggle with annual wild fires that have destroyed large tracts of land and damaged the soil, effectively providing the right conditions for turning parts of the country into mini deserts.Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS By Ignatius BandaBULAWAYO, Mar 27 2020 – “I have never planted a tree in my life,”...

Coronavirus Worsens Yemen’s Long Tale of Woe

Credit: United Nations By Abdul MohammedSANA’A, Yemen, Mar 26 2020 – In every room in Yemen’s Al-Saba’een hospital, patients in critical condition waited on chairs, and still others laid on the bare ground. I saw women and girls sharing beds in pairs, and children laying close together being treated. This is Sana’a, Yemen’s best-supplied and capital city, on what has become an ordinary...

TRENDS E-Symposium to Address Post-Corona Globalization Challenges

By Ehtesham ShahidABU DHABI, Mar 26 2020 (IPS-Partners) TRENDS Research & Advisory is organizing its first-ever E-Symposium to discuss the global impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and offer insights on the steps needed to mitigate its negative effects worldwide. This will be the first online symposium of its kind to be organized since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the Gulf and Middle East...

A Positive Policy Turn for People Most Vulnerable To Drought Worldwide

By UNCCD Press ReleaseMar 26 2020 (IPS-Partners) The international community is developing policy measures and actions to help the people most vulnerable to drought to take early action to avoid loss of life, and the heavy and growing losses of livelihoods and damage to property and ecosystems following droughts. The Intergovernmental Working Group on Drought (IWG) that is leading this initiative...

East Asian Lessons for Controlling Covid-19

By Nazihah Muhamad Noor and Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 26 2020 – By the third week of March 2020, the number of Covid-19 deaths in Italy had overtaken the number of deaths in China. Authorities all over the world are restricting the movements of their populations as part of efforts to control the spread of Covid-19. For the time being, more and more governments are benchmarking...

COVID-19 in the Time of Insecurity

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal By HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of JordanAMMAN, Jordan, Mar 26 2020 – Humankind has outlived multiple pandemics in the course of world history. The kingdoms and states of Central and Western Europe abolished the institution of serfdom once it had become clear that medieval rule in the aftermath of devastating pestilence would founder...