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The fate of mothers with disabled children

In Malawi, many parents are raising children with physical disability or health challenges what is a heavy burden.

SDG4

Good education for everyone

Though poor education affects society as a whole, many governments do not prioritise the sector appropriately

D+C/E+Z

Why we believe in our Digital Monthly

What purposes our Digital Monthly serves, and how it differs from the print issue

Teenagers

Mexico wants to prevent teenage pregnancies

What young Latin Americans must learn about sex and reproductive health

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Climate and biodiversity

To protect life on earth, we must cooperate

The world conferences of Sharm el-Sheikh and Montréal have shown once again that global crises require multilateral solutions

Libya

Libya lapses into Gaddafi nostalgia

More than ten years after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime, the situation in Libya is so devastating that some long for pre-revolutionary times

Infrastructure

The pros and cons of plastic water tanks

Large water tanks are a blessing in case of water shortage in Zimbabwe, but also have downsides

Democracy under attack

8 January 2023 in Brasília looked like 6 January 2021 in Washington

In protest against legitimate election results, right-wing extremists vandalised government buildings

Demographic dividend

Benefiting from falling numbers of children

Under certain conditions, falling birth rates can produce a “demographic dividend”, for example in sub-Saharan Africa

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Labour market

Brain drain in Ghana's tech industry

Ghana's IT companies are competing for the best minds both on the local and on the global labour market

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Churches

Churches in South Africa lose worshippers after pandemic

Church administrators are decrying declining numbers of worshippers after Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa

Languages

Understanding people in their native language

Ever since author Martin Kämpchen learned to speak Bengali, he has seen India with new eyes

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D+C/E+Z

Why we believe in our Digital Monthly

What purposes our Digital Monthly serves, and how it differs from the print issue

Pandemic

How Beijing managed to calm protests fast

In view of nation-wide rallies, China reversed its zero-covid policy

Refugees

Uganda’s open-door policy

As masses of people flee from strife-torn countries, international donors appreciate Uganda’s valuable service to the international community

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Technological development

Affordable internet access for all

In Zambia, internet access is still limited, but the Starlink company of US billionaire Elon Musk aims to improve the situation

Identity politics

The painful partition of India

How colonial India became two and eventually three different countries

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Trauma

What helps traumatised societies to heal

Armed conflict disrupts society – and the media have a special role to play as peacebuilders

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Overview fiscal space

Governments’ budget constraints are too tight

To rise to the challenges of the current polycrisis, governments need more fiscal space

Zambia

Copper price determines economic fate

Zambia's economic development is characterised by ups and downs

Sick children

Emotional and economic hardships

Children born with severe heart conditions do not have a big chance of getting adequate medical treatment in Zimbabwe

Global governance

How to improve the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatment

For all countries to become able to rise to the challenges of the current polycrisis, debt-restructuring is needed

D+C/E+Z

Why we believe in our Digital Monthly

What purposes our Digital Monthly serves, and how it differs from the print issue

Overview living with disabilities

Inclusion instead of discrimination

Around the world, persons with disabilities are discriminated against, though they could be empowered to fully participate in society

Overview multilateral policymaking

Global problems require global solutions

Why multilateral policymaking must improve and who can make it happen

Overview global food security

How to end world hunger

Overview: This is what needs to happen to ensure global food security and achieve SDG2

Overview extreme weather

International response to climate crisis must speed up

Extreme weather is causing increasing damages, and it is possible to reduce

Hygiene

No water in hospitals

Hospital patients suffer from lack of water in Malawi

Macroeconomics

Why central banks must pay attention to ecological risks

Climate change and nature loss can undermine both macroeconomic and financial stability

Ecosystems

A future for the Pantanal

Traditional communities protect biodiversity of world’s largest inland wetland in Brazil

Our view

New trauma looms if traumatising past is not dealt with

Societies must acknowledge pain, assess causes and achieve a minimum level of reconciliation after dictatorship or war