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Corruption swallows a huge dose of water IPS 28.03.2019

About 32% of the world’s population lack access to safe drinking water. A new report has revealed that 10 per cent of water sector investment is lost to corruption. The study from Water Integrity Network (WIN) also shows the degree to which poor water governance negatively affects the world’s most vulnerable populations – specifically women, children, and the landless, reports IPS.

Farmers reap benefits of tree regeneration in Kenya IPS 28.03.2019

In the arid lands across Sub-Saharan Africa, farmers are among those worse hit by climate change. In Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, crop production has plummeted but villagers are now reaping the benefits of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), a model that encourages tree regrowth. This in turn has helped farmers more than triple their crop production, reports IPS.

Zika: single mothers Reuters 24.03.2019

Single parents are common in Brazil but doctors on the frontline of the Zika outbreak are concerned about how many mothers of babies with microcephaly are being abandoned. Some blame Brazil's macho culture while others say there is not a strong enough support network for fathers of children born with the condition. Reuters meets the single parents struggling to cope.

Taking on the Golden Triangle's narco-empire Reuters 24.03.2019

Patrols on the Mekong River by the Laotian army and Myanmar police may have subdued pirates targeting cargo ships but drug production and trafficking in the region, known as the Golden Triangle, is booming. Reuters took a trip down the Mekong with The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to discover the steps being made to combat the Golden Triangle's raging drug industry. Jeremy Douglas, the UNODC's Asia-Pacific chief said drug revenues are so great that: "It's like having an undeclared sovereign state in your midst with no borders and lots of money."

Seville migrant: from war to law Reuters 24.03.2019

More than 1.2 million refugees have poured into Europe in the past year, though few have entered Spain, due in part to its economic crisis. Reuters meets one of those who ended up in Seville. Howard Jackson is a well-known colourful character who fled to Spain from a civil war in Liberia 20 years ago. He spent years hawking tissues at traffic lights dressed in a series of colourful costumes to make money, but is now pursuing a career in law. This is his story.

Tales from a Syrian refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan Spare Change News - USA 24.03.2019

The Bardarash Refugee Camp is home to more than 11,000 internally displaced people in Iraqi Kurdistan, northeast of Mosul. But it has now closed its doors to newcomers. Freelance journalist Taylor Smith meets one family – who were once Christian but converted to Islam – to uncover conditions in the camp. She found people live in extreme poverty, with many becoming increasingly frustrated at a lack of employment and options.

Springbok rugby legend Chester Williams’ letter to my younger self The Big Issue South Africa - South Africa 23.03.2019

Chester Williams chats about highlights of his career playing for South Africa and winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup for his country. He talks about the “small, skinny” boy who once played for the bottom team, his simple beginnings and the advice he’d give that youngster now.

Women Water Friends script a success story IPS 21.03.2019

In the drought-stricken region of Uttar Pradesh – India’s largest and most populated state, women living in “lower castes” are fighting to end the water crisis in their own villages. Dressed in blue that symbolises water, the groups have named themselves: ‘Jal Saheli’ (meaning ‘Water Friend’ in Hindi). In areas of India, those deemed lower in the caste system are last to access water and sanitation. But the women “Water Friends” are taking a stand up against this cycle of discrimination and claim their right to local water sources, reports IPS.

Rural Costa Rican families flourish in the shade IPS 21.03.2019

Families in rural Cost Rica are sowing the seeds for their own futures thanks to the Shade House programme that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is carrying out in the southeast of the country. Using an innovative canopy system, farmers can manage the quantity and quality of sunlight, the percentage of shade and the impact on the crops of rainfall so they can grow their produce all-year round. IPS investigates how this new style of farming could grow throughout the country.

Our Vendors: Christina F. – The contributor (Nashville, USA) The Contributor - USA 21.03.2019

Christina started selling The Contributor in Nashville two months ago. She reflects on her experiences of homelessness, the pain of giving up her three children, struggling with financial insecurity, her initial experiences as a street paper vendor and her hopes for the future.

The Formation of Beyoncé StreetWise - USA 21.03.2019

Beyoncé has gone from talented child star to feminist hip-hop Amazon, to the Black-Power-Beyoncé courting controversy with Formation, unveiled in front of 115.5 million viewers the Super Bowl 50 halftime show in February. As the pop juggernaut/strident feminist continues her Formation world tour across the U.S. and Europe, Alexandria Spillman & Katherine Smyrk bow down to the powerhouse that is Queen Bey.

How 'Blackfish' helped end SeaWorld's killer whale programs Reuters 21.03.2019

On March 17, SeaWorld announced it would end its captive breeding of killer whales, or orcas. The theme park’s treatment of the animals was thrown in the spotlight three years ago by Blackfish, a documentary examining the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed by an orca. The film sparked a campaign on social media demanding SeaWorld end its orca breeding program. Reuters spoke to the documentary’s director about the impact of Blackfish.

Germany's top Nazi hunter to keep up chase for another decade Reuters 21.03.2019

Undeterred by dwindling numbers of living suspects, Germany's top Nazi hunter is determined to keep tracking down criminals involved in Hitler's murder machine for another decade. A handful of new Auschwitz-related trials are underway in Germany, but one has already stalled due to the frail health of its defendant, who is over 90. Jens Rommel tells Reuters his work is getting more difficult every year and yields only modest results. But it still matters, say victims’ relatives.

The Right To Exist: The most fundamental right that you’ve never had INSP 21.03.2019

When Bud Stratford became homeless, he had people to turn to. His father let him set up a tiny makeshift home in the parking lot of the family business, where Bud worked. But he quickly realized others weren’t so lucky. His experiences offering help to a fellow homeless man called Dave, showed Bud that in the USA the very right to exist is contingent on owning property. He is now a committed advocate for homeless people - and for the controversial Tiny Homes movement currently battling against the local government in LA.

Amputee football on the rise in Europe with Paralympics the ultimate goal INSP 21.03.2019

Amputee football may not be the most recognisable of disability sports, but the fast-paced and competitive game is slowly growing in popularity. INSP meets the amputee football players, coaches and advocates working to promote the sport around the world. Their ultimate goal is to compete at the Paralympics.

Vendors: our job is more than selling papers Groundcover News - USA 21.03.2019

Two Groundcover News vendors in Ann Arbor, Michigan, share their thoughts on selling street papers, challenging public perceptions of homelessness and why one of the best ways to understand homelessness is getting involved with your local street paper, and most importantly, taking the time to talk to your local vendor.

Controversy and debate over US gun laws and the NRA Groundcover News - USA 21.03.2019

With a gun homicide rate 25 times higher than other high-income countries around world, gun control remains a loaded topic in the United States. Just this month, a Florida gun rights activist was shot in the back by her four-year-old son. But Americans remain divided on whether the country’s gun deaths could be reduced through tougher laws on gun ownership. Groundcover News reporter Martin Stolzenberg looks at the history of the chief gun ownership lobbying group the NRA (National Rifle Association), the alarming power it wields over the country’s leaders and his opinion on the effect of the nation’s lax gun laws.

Trophy Hunting: a question of morality The Big Issue South Africa - South Africa 21.03.2019

The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a US dentist last year shone a spotlight on Africa's big game industry and trophy hunting in particular. Big game hunting means big business in Africa, with the sector claiming to contribute $200million a year to the economy. But does it really help or hurt South Africa and its neighboors? Peter Borchert, former publisher of Africa Geographic, investigates the contentious issue for the Big Issue South Africa.

The Pavement Bookworm The Big Issue South Africa - South Africa 21.03.2019

Philani Dladla fought off addiction and homelessness, finding solace and a whole new life through books. After a YouTube clip of him reading a book on the street in Johannesburg went viral, Dladla’s story seized his country’s imagination. It led to media interest, radio interviews, a TEDX talk, even slots on television news. The Big Issue South Africa met “The Pavement Bookworm” to learn how he is passing on his passion for reading to youngsters on the street.

How internet access can change lives of homeless in Brazil Aurora da Rua - Brazil 21.03.2019

A Brazilian NGO in Salvador, the capital city of Bahia in Brazil is fighting to make mobile phones and the internet more accessible to the homeless so they can build their support network, access vital services and look for housing and jobs. Brazilian street paper Aurora du Rua finds out more from a social worker with the NGO behind the project, and also speaks to one of the street paper’s homeless vendors, Lázaro, about how having access to the internet can has helped him.

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