Development http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26374/all en Smarter infrastructure spending needed for growth - study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/smarter-infrastructure-spending-needed-growth-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Countries could increase the productivity of infrastructure investment to make savings of 40 percent, or $1 trillion a year, by adopting proven best practices, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) said on Thursday.</p> <p>MGI estimated that the world needs to spend $57 trillion on infrastructure - the sinews of an economy - between now and 2030 simply to keep up with projected growth. That is nearly 60 percent more than the $36 trillion spent over the past 18 years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130116/smarter-infrastructure-spending-needed-growth-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Construction Development Entertainment Infrastructure Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:30:36 +0000 5735372 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico's Pena Nieto to launch drive to end hunger http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/mexicos-pena-nieto-launch-drive-end-hunger <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto unveils his plans to eradicate extreme poverty on Monday, a blight affecting more than 10 percent of the population in Latin America's second biggest economy.</p> <p>Hoping to emulate the recent success of Brazil in lifting millions out of poverty, the 46-year-old Pena Nieto will kick off a "national crusade against hunger" in southern Mexico in Chiapas, one of the states hardest hit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/mexicos-pena-nieto-launch-drive-end-hunger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Enrique Peña Nieto Enrique Pena Nieto Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 22:15:59 +0000 5736434 at http://www.globalpost.com REUTERS MAGAZINE-The do-good profit motive-Sir Harold Evans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/reuters-magazine-the-do-good-profit-motive-sir-harold-evans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sir Harold Evans</p> <p>Jan 21 (Reuters) - What kind of people created the basics of our modern world? Mass travel on jet planes, cell phones and MRI scanners, video games and gene-based medicines and news 24/7 and that laser at the supermarket checkout? Come to think of shopping, how did we get the container ships that make it possible for us to have almost anything from almost anywhere? Orange juice from China, nuts from India, swordfish from Japan, salmon from Alaska ...</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/reuters-magazine-the-do-good-profit-motive-sir-harold-evans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cola Development Rural community development Social Issues Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:15:56 +0000 5737190 at http://www.globalpost.com British PM says leaders must be accountable in poverty fight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/british-pm-says-leaders-must-be-accountable-poverty-fight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that leaders should be held to account for failures to deliver on plans to reduce poverty, after a top UN development meeting in Liberia.</p> <p>Cameron was in the capital of the West African nation to co-chair with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a one-day high-level United Nations meeting on ways to update the fight against global poverty after 2015.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/british-pm-says-leaders-must-be-accountable-poverty-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> David Cameron Development Poverty Socioeconomics Technology AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 19:45:51 +0000 5743488 at http://www.globalpost.com Microloan recipients decline for first time: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/microloan-recipients-decline-first-time-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The number of the world's poor people who benefited from small loans has declined for the first time as purported abuses in India cast a shadow over the "microfinance" industry, a study said Tuesday.</p> <p>The report called for microlenders to find ways to be more effective, including by tightening rules on accountability and by embracing mobile technology to better reach the world's desperately poor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/microloan-recipients-decline-first-time-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Economics Microfinance Social Issues AFP Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:46:06 +0000 5745869 at http://www.globalpost.com Microloan recipients decline for first time: study http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/microloan-recipients-decline-for-first-time-study <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The number of the world's poor people who benefited from small loans has declined for the first time as purported abuses in India cast a shadow over the "microfinance" industry, a study said Tuesday.</p> <p>The report called for microlenders to find ways to be more effective, including by tightening rules on accountability and by embracing mobile technology to better reach the world's desperately poor.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/microloan-recipients-decline-for-first-time-study" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Economics Microfinance Social Issues AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 06:31:20 +0000 5746063 at http://www.globalpost.com Half of all Afghans paid bribes in 2012: UN report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/half-all-afghans-paid-bribes-2012-un-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The cost of corruption in Afghanistan has risen sharply and half of all citizens paid a bribe to public officials last year, a new United Nations study said Thursday.</p> <p>More than 11 years after a US-led invasion led to billions of dollars in aid flowing into one of the world's poorest countries, Afghanistan ranks among the most corrupt nations on earth.</p> <p>And Western nations due to pull their troops out next year have linked future financial support to the aid-dependent nation to a crackdown on graft.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/half-all-afghans-paid-bribes-2012-un-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abuse Asia Development AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 07:02:32 +0000 5748511 at http://www.globalpost.com India says annual GDP growth to slide to 5.0 percent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/india-says-annual-gdp-growth-slide-50-percent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>India's government said the economy will likely register its slowest annual growth in a decade and expand just 5.0 percent in the fiscal year ending in March, citing official estimates released Thursday.</p> <p>This is lower than an earlier forecast of 6.2 percent for the year, as the economy continues to be hit by weaknesses in the manufacturing, farming and services sectors, data from the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) showed. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/india-says-annual-gdp-growth-slide-50-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Foreign direct investment International economics AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:16:16 +0000 5748958 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombian farmers learn how to remove landmines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/colombian-farmers-learn-how-remove-landmines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>When she was 15, an anti-personnel mine blast nearly killed Gloria Nancy Vasquez as she traveled in rural northwestern Colombia. Now she's learning how to unearth the deadly explosives.</p> <p>Vasquez, 23, has joined a team of local volunteers being trained by a British organisation to remove landmines from the heavily forested hillsides of El Retiro, in the coffee-producing department of Antioquia.</p> <p>Leftist guerrilla groups, paramilitary fighters and government soldiers have battled in the area for decades, making Antioquia one of Colombia's most heavily mined regions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/colombian-farmers-learn-how-remove-landmines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Mine action Mine warfare War AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 05:30:39 +0000 5753233 at http://www.globalpost.com Children of Europe's debtor countries pushed into poverty - charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/children-europes-debtor-countries-pushed-poverty-charity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* More children on poverty line in five countries</p> <p>* Poorest children of five in Spain and Greece</p> <p>* Charity blames austerity cuts</p> <p>By Claire Davenport</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Almost a third of children in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain have been pushed to the brink of poverty by austerity designed to bring down public debt, the global charity Caritas said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130214/children-europes-debtor-countries-pushed-poverty-charity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Development Economics Socioeconomics Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:32:28 +0000 5755313 at http://www.globalpost.com Insurgency threatens food crisis in Central African Republic-WFP http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/insurgency-threatens-food-crisis-central-african-republic-wfp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Insecurity in Central African Republic threatens a severe food crisis this year, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Friday, citing a doubling of prices for staples such as corn after a month-long insurgency.</p> <p>Some 800,000 people live in the central third of CAR, an area still held by the Seleka rebel coalition.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/insurgency-threatens-food-crisis-central-african-republic-wfp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development food Food and drink Food politics Human Interest Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 12:00:51 +0000 5756569 at http://www.globalpost.com UK infrastructure fund secures 1 bln stg in backing http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/uk-infrastructure-fund-secures-1-bln-stg-backing <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sarah Mortimer</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Two major pension schemes have joined Britain's first multi-billion-pound infrastructure fund, giving a boost to the government's efforts to tap pension savings for projects such as roads and power plants that might help fuel growth.</p> <p>The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) and Lloyds TSB have joined The Pension Infrastructure Platform (PIP), bringing the number of signatories to ten and total backing for the fund so far to 1 billion pounds ($1.6 billion), PIP said on Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/uk-infrastructure-fund-secures-1-bln-stg-backing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Development Employment compensation Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:45:20 +0000 5758870 at http://www.globalpost.com FDI in India slumps 19 pct in December http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/fdi-india-slumps-19-pct-december <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Foreign direct investment (FDI) in India slid by 19 percent to $1.1 billion in December 2012, marking a blow to government efforts to draw vital funds to overhaul the country's shabby infrastructure.</p> <p>India has said it needs to attract around $1 trillion in investment over the the next five years to overhaul its dilapidated infrastructure from ports to airports and highways in order to boost flagging economic growth. </p> <p>In December 2011, the country drew $1.35 billion in foreign direct investment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130220/fdi-india-slumps-19-pct-december" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Foreign direct investment India International economics Technology AFP Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:16:30 +0000 5761162 at http://www.globalpost.com Native Americans, blacks have highest U.S. poverty rates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/native-americans-blacks-have-highest-us-poverty-rates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - American Indians and native Alaskans had the highest poverty rate in the United States, 27 percent, during the recession and economic recovery, followed by African Americans at 25.8 percent, according to government data released on Wednesday.</p> <p>From 2007 through 2011, 14.3 percent of the country's population had incomes below the poverty level, the U.S. Census Bureau found in a special report on race and poverty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130220/native-americans-blacks-have-highest-us-poverty-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Development Health in the United States Poverty in the United States Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:30:27 +0000 5761519 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Niger arrests doctors after graft probe by Bill Gates charity http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/niger-arrests-doctors-graft-probe-at-bill-gates-charity <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Corrects to make clear that graft probe was conducted by GAVI)</p> <p>NIAMEY, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Niger arrested about 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote vaccination in poor countries, judicial and police sources said on Monday.</p> <p>Niger's government has made tackling corruption a priority since taking office in 2011, and last year President Mahamadou Issoufou fired two ministers suspected of illegally awarding state contracts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/niger-arrests-doctors-graft-probe-at-bill-gates-charity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Development GAVI Alliance Government Law Niger Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:15:56 +0000 5765890 at http://www.globalpost.com