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Poverty

NIGERIA

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1998
Large dams bring poverty in their wake to the thousands who get affected by their construction. The latest is the Kainji Dam, built on Niger river in Nigeria. According to reports from the BBC World Service, at least 100,000 people in western Nigeria were forced to flee their homes after floodwaters overflowed from the dam. More than 60 villages have been completely washed away, said the report. And the death toll is huge.

THE PHILIPPINES

Issue Date: Sep 15, 1998
The Philippine government is compelled to take major steps to ease poverty and unemployment in the drought-stricken Southeast Asian region. The farm sector, which analysts say has been neglected by administrators in the past, is reeling under drought conditions propelled by the El Nino phenomenon and is desperately in need of money to boost agricultural production. The agricultural sector needs at least us $1.9-2.3 billion a year to get moving.

Cause of death: poverty

Issue Date: Aug 31, 1998
Death and disease are closely linked to economic well-being. The greatest number of people in sub-Saharan Africa or India die due to communicable diseases, which have close associations with poverty and lack of health care. Communicable diseases do not kill so many in the developed parts of the world, such as Europe or North America. These are the findings of a 1996 study, The Global Burden of Disease (GBD), by researchers at the World Health Organisation and Harvard University, USA.

In Focus

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1998
The Punjab government has ordered a probe into a series of suicides by small and marginal farmers and landless workers in Sangrur district of the state. This decision was taken by Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal after a Chandigarh-based human rights group, Movement Against State Repression (MASR), found that nearly 100 farmers in the Lehra block of Sangrur district had committed suicide in the past four years. These farmers were facing acute poverty and indebtedness.

Beyond progress

Issue Date: Jun 15, 1998
compulsory acquisition of land by public and private sector companies often displaces people, forcing them to give up their homes, assets, means of livelihood and even vocation. More often than not, the affected families are driven towards poverty a state of relegation, loss of livelihood and destitution.

Our country, our mess

Issue Date: May 31, 1998

Rooster calls no more

Issue Date: May 15, 1998
in front of a poultry firm in district Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh ( mp ), a board catches the eye. With a furious looking photograph of a black chicken, it declares: "Kadaknath, pride of Madhya Pradesh." It is, literally. Even the flesh, bone and skin of the species known as Kadaknath is black. Local people call it kala mans (black meat). This variety is unique to Jhabua.

UNITED NATIONS

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1998
More than 35 senior officials from various leading insurance firms recently came together in Zurich, Switzerland, to found, in association with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Insurance Industry Initiative. The lead comes from the realisation within the insurance industry that protecting human life and property, preventing catastrophic events and making a positive contribution to the quality of life of future generations are essential to their business.

NEPAL

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1998
The Nepal government and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) have recently concluded an agreement for providing US $2,5 million for the implementation of the ambitious Micro Enterprises Development Programme (MEDEP). MEDEP is being implemented by the ministry of industry with support from several partner organisations and other government ministries. Its purpose is to contribute to the government's overall aim of poverty alleviation by fostering the establishment of micro industries by low-income families.

PROJECTS FOR PAKISTAN

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1997
A US $12.5 million project that focuses on poverty alleviation, environmental protection and improving the quality of education has been launched in Pakistan. The project, instituted by the United Nations Development Programme, will create teacher training and resource centres to improve the quality of teaching and of primary and secondary education. Another programme, the Programme for Improving livelihoods and Urban Settlements will promote activities that create income-earning opportunities and improve the urban environment.
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