The World Bank has approved $600 million for two projects in Bangladesh to help over 1.75 million poor and vulnerable populations.
Covid-19 in Bangladesh: PM allocates Tk 10.50cr for the poor
Dhaka, Apr 21: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday allocated Tk 10.50 crore in favour of deputy commissioners of the country to provide assistance to the poor, distressed and insolvent people who have been affected due to the ongoing lockdown…
Robi to stand beside underprivileged people during Ramadan
Dhaka, Apr 15 : Robi has come up with an innovative Iftar donation campaign to stand with the underprivileged people of the society in the holy month of Ramadan.
Corporate step on Argentina, Bolivia for Pvt Pension give-up
If Argentina and Bolivia lose the disputes, it means that impoverished citizens and elderly pensioners will have to compensate wealthy financial corporations.
Concerns Mount over Dramatic Deterioration in Yemen Conflict
The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen has warned that the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, is rapidly deteriorating as Yemenis, including women and children, face hunger, injury and death.
Highest-ever fund promised to IFAD to tackle hunger, poverty
US$3.8 billion, that’s how much the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will now be able to invest in the world’s rural poor.
People in poverty doubled, extreme poverty trebled in 2020
Dhaka, Jan 23 – The South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM) on Saturday said the percentage of the population living below the poverty line (upper poverty line) has nearly doubled from 21.6% in 2018 to 42% in 2020, while…
Govt measures need to be implemented for poverty alleviation
Measures taken by the government need to be implemented to alleviate poverty in the country.
COVID-19 could push over 1 bln into extreme poverty: UNDP
An additional 207 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty by severe long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic, bringing the total number to more than 1 billion by 2030, according to a new study from the UN Development Programme…
Millions of New Poor Are on the Way – Who Cares?
By Roberto Savio ROME, Nov 26 2020 (IPS) – The recent meeting of the G20 – scheduled to take place in Riyadh but held virtually due to the Coronavirus pandemic – has been an eloquent example of how the world…
COVID-19 compounding inequalities
Kuala Lumpur/Sydney, 18 Nov (IPS/Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury) — The United Nations’ renamed World Social Report 2020 (WSR 2020) argued that income inequality is rising in most developed countries, and some middle-income countries, including China, the world’s fastest…
Global Poverty Soars, Incomes of Billionaires Hit New Highs
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Oct 15 2020 (IPS) – The phenomenal rise in extreme poverty -– for the first time in 20 years — has been accompanied by an upsurge in the incomes of the world’s billionaires and the…
Why We Need Trees to End Poverty – Landmark Report
By Alison Kentish NEW YORK, United States, Oct 15 2020 (IPS) – With extreme poverty (living on $1.90 a day) projected to rise for the first time in over 20 years, a new study has concluded that global poverty eradication…
Sold baby gets back mom, thanks to Aditmari UNO
A physically-challenged woman, who had to sell her newborn due to poverty, got back the baby with the help of the Aditmari Upazial Nirbahi Officer (UNO) on Friday.
Baby sold to pay clinic bill returned to mother in Gaibandha
At the intervention of Law Minister Anisul Huq, the Gaibandha district administration on Sunday tracked down the newborn who was sold by his parents to meet bills of a private clinic, at Sadullapur Upazila and sent him to mother Anjula…
Tragic: Mother sells newborn to pay hospital bills
A woman, who gave birth at a clinic in Gaibandha, sold her baby for Tk 16,000 to foot her medical bills.
World risks losing generation of children: Nobel Laureates
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 7 2020 (IPS) – The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of millions of people worldwide, accounted for over 869,000 deaths, destabilised the global economy and triggered a marked rise in poverty and hunger…
100mn people may enter extreme poverty globally in 2020: UN
UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed has said as many as 100 million people are expected to be pushed back into extreme poverty in 2020, the first rise in global poverty since 1998.
Act now to avert unimaginable devastation: UN urges leaders
By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, May 29 2020 (IPS) – Unless global leaders act now, the COVID-19 pandemic will cause unimaginable suffering and devastation around the world, the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres said yesterday, May 28. He…
Virus, Floods, Locusts put Somalia in Human Trafficking trap
By Shafi’i Mohyaddin Abokar MOGADISHU, May 28 2020 (IPS) – While simultaneously suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, flooding and a locust crisis, Somalia, could well see a rise in the number of people who are susceptible to human trafficking.
PM launches cash disbursement for 5m poor families
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday inaugurated the disbursement of Tk 1,250 crore cash aid for five million poor families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
63% coastal poor households borrow loan from local lenders
A recent survey finds that about 63% of coastal poor households have borrowed loan from local money lenders at high-interest rates due to absent of institutional credit facilities. The survey also finds 57% of households are suffering from food crisis…
Mitigate Covid-19 caused hunger surge before it is too late
By Marco V. Sánchez Cantillo ROME, Apr 28 2020 (IPS) – Many uncertainties haunt the world’s campaign to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing is now sure: Global economic activity will suffer greatly, with large-scale consequences for the incomes…
In-work poverty in times of pandemic
by Luca Ratti on 27th April 2020 @LucaRatti15 The coronavirus crisis is exacerbating in-work poverty in the EU—and a powerful raft of labour-market and welfare measures is needed for an adequate response.
GP, BRAC launch “Dakche Amar Desh” to support poor
Dhaka, April 25: Grameenphone and BRAC teaming up on Friday launched an initiative titled “Dakche Amar Desh” to stand beside the vulnerable and most affected people in this deadly COVID-19 gripped situation.
Mother sells hair for Taka 180 ($2) to buy milk for baby
Savar (Dhaka), April 22 – The nationwide shutdown aimed at curbing coronavirus has left her day-labourer husband jobless, leading their family, including her toddler, to starvation. As the family is new in the locality, no-one gave them any relief either.
UNO office besieged in Brahmanbaria for relief
Several hundred people besieged the office of Sarail upazila nirbahi officer on Tuesday demanding relief.
Europe’s social safety nets were not ready for the corona shock
by Sarah Marchal and Ive Marx on 21st April 2020 @IveMarx The coronavirus crisis has punched a hole in Europe’s safety nets. But they were already frayed and urgent repairs are needed.
Govt spending must target inequalities, not bail out riches
Geneva, 17 Apr (Kanaga Raja) – States need to invest massively in decreasing inequalities and poverty arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and not just bail out large corporations, banks and investors with no human rights or social conditions attached.
Covid-19 crisis, crime, poverty: Need for social security
By Hassanal Noor Rashid Global inequality and injustice have been heated topics and of deep social concern throughout human history. In January 2020, OXFAM (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief), a reputable confederation of charitable organisations, declared in a widely circulated…