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Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
Aid workers have warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the flood-affected areas of Mozambique. After weeks of flooding from torrential rain that killed 67 people and displaced 21,000, the cyclone Eline lashed the country on February 22 making matters worse.

Developing issues

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2000
the growing livelihood insecurity that the masses face due to depletion and degradation of environmental resources, population explosion, unemployment and poverty have marked the end of the 20th century. The development sector involved in contesting these issues at the local level has raised more questions than answers. The sector finds it difficult to set an agenda while understanding the global processes of change and its implications at the grassroots level.

The rich are enjoying themselves at the expense of poor people's health

Issue Date: Jan 15, 2000
How does pollution affect the poor? In the developed countries, it is not the poor who are responsible for environmental problems. It is the richer class which owns more than one car per family, who dump their waste in the neighbourhood. Therefore, the rich are enjoying themselves at the expense of poor people's health. Similarly, people in developing countries are using second-hand and outdated technology that has been dumped by the developed countries. The poor are affected in two ways: both by the foreign as well as the mother countries.

One up

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1999

Taking stock

Issue Date: Dec 31, 1999
seven years after the 1992 Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where countries around the world vowed to stop desertification, officials gathered in another Brazilian city of Recife to assess local as well as global regeneration measures undertaken so far. More than 150 countries signed the Recife Initiative, which aims to take stock of the mounting ecological and social catastrophes. The countries have resolved to protect fertile land from desertification.

Nurture nature

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1999
environment is related essentially in two forms -- as a productive input and an amenity. In the former, the ecosystem directly contributes to the Gross Domestic Product ( gdp ) and, therefore, it is significant for the group of organisms (read people) during the course of their growth and development -- the developing world. The latter form, meanwhile, is related to those group of people who have already achieved a desired level of growth and social equity -- the developed world.

Labour vs pollution

Issue Date: Oct 15, 1999
Roy: I would say there are three major issues on which people should focus the discussion. Firstly, is that it is easier to take decisions regarding labour than capital. Is it something that can be changed. Secondly, can the environmentalist and the labour movements work together? If they want to work together then the question is how can we move towards that situation. Thirdly, do we want to learn from history?

Sensitive economics

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1999
I read your piece on Amartya Sen with great interest. I, too, have some reservations on the stand taken by the Nobel laureate. As an economist schooled in the uk and the us , Sen is most likely to ignore poverty's ecological dimensions. But can the people working to alleviate the ecological poverty of the have-nots produce viable answers to correct economic and social disparities? Interestingly, the same issue carries the story of Sukhomajri.

Trouble in Tripura

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1999
Brata Kumar Reang, a farmer from Gachhimpara village of Dashda block in the extremist-dominated Dhalai district of north Tripura has had to barter his son in exchange for just 10 kg of rice. Unable to feed his family, Reang first sold his cattle and when the situation got worse, he sold his four-year-old son to his neighbour, who was a little better off than him.

A question of priorities

Issue Date: Apr 15, 1999
The world has sufficient resources to accelerate progress to accelerate progress in human development for all and to eradicate poverty. According to the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 1998, the total additional yearly investment required to achieve universal access to basic social services would be an estimated US $40 billion, which is 0.1 per cent of the world's income.
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