COVID-19: Stakeholders emphasis need for collaboration to tackle poverty
State Craft Inc, a full-service governance consulting firm recently held a cross-sector roundtable with Sadiya Umar Faruq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and other leaders in the business and development sector in Lagos.The purpose of the cross-sector roundtable was to align private and public sector priorities, and to coordinate activities of intervention towards alleviating the many problems affecting the poor and vulnerable across the nation.The roundtable was convened with the aim of rallying stakeholder support to boost efforts of the federal ...
Move on? Then stop whining why the Philippines remains poor, corrupt
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the political and economic rut our nation has been dragged into, it seems we have to move on. And move on we must even if this perpetuates the status quo — the poor getting poorer, the rich becoming richer, the powerful getting, well, more powerful.Thanks to the much-vaunted resilience of Filipinos, the implementation of onerous laws and the imminent passage of a “pork-ridden” national budget seem not enough to dampen their positive outlook or their survival spirit. So what if prices of basic goods soar and public services dwindle? So what if government ineptn...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Helping hand for the poor
A woman processes braided bags at a poverty relief workshop in Lianyungang, East China's Jiangsu Province on Tuesday. Such facilities, created to offer low-income families a helping hand, have boosted the income of poor households. Photo: cnsphotoCopyright Global Times. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Price cap on virus tests backed
Doctors have expressed support for the Department of Health’s (DOH) move to recommend a price cap on the cost of COVID-19 tests, pointing out that it is not fair for the poor to be made to wait longer for their test results.According to Dr. Maricar Limpin, the government should regulate the price of COVID-19 tests using the standard PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test because it is not right that just because a person has the capacity to pay, he is able to obtain his test results within hours while others may have to wait for a week for theirs.“[By regulating,] we would somehow see equity in ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Let’s Talk About The Subsidies For The Rich
The poor in Nigeria are continually stripped of subsidies that subside the existential hurt that comes with living in the poverty capital of the world.Petrol subsidies are particularly enduring emotional blackmail weapons against the poor by people in government.Since 1970 when Yakubu Gowon increased the pump price of petrol from 6 kobo to 8.45 kobo, subsequent Nigerian governments have always insisted that subsidies are unsustainable and must be removed for the “benefit” of the people it helps!Just when you think they have finally removed the last “subsidies” and would now grant the masses fr...
The impact of covid on women and the poor especially in the Philippines
The impact of covid on women and the poor especially in the PhilippinesWhen Bill Gates said that millions more will die before the COVID-19 pandemic is over it includes the Philippines. Although we are on the medium economic level we have a big poor population of disadvantaged women and poor families who are homeless.Most of these deaths, he said, would be caused not by the disease itself, but by the further strain on health-care systems and economies that were already struggling. He also lamented the politicisation of the response to the virus in America, and the spread of conspiracy theories...
Why strong leadership matters in this pandemic | Daily FT
Sri Lanka and New Zealand took early and hard action to tackle COVID-19Every country in the world has closed or partly closed its borders since the pandemic began in December 2019. But the economic, social and political cost for global immobility, is immense. Also, it is mostly the poor who lost jobs, savings and could not access medical care or education, among many other limitations.In addition, COVID-19 has caused mass unemployment. Most international workers without jobs are expected to leave, but cannot, because many flights have been grounded or since airports have been closed. So when w...
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Helping the poor can protect forests too, Indonesian welfare program shows
JAKARTA — Lifting people out of poverty in Indonesia has also helped slow the country’s rate of deforestation, a new study finds.The study looked for links between deforestation data and a government poverty-alleviation program launched in 2007 and known as PKH — at the time the biggest of its kind in the world.“If we look at the countries with vast rainforests, they’re developing or middle-income countries. Just based on that, the correlation is very clear,” Rhita Simorangkir, a researcher at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and one of the authors of the study published in Science A...
'It's like a vicious cycle': How the pandemic leaves the poor not only exposed, but hungry
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Rarely does a mother try to stop her child from drinking a glass of milk. But with schools closed and unemployment spiking during the pandemic, Lissete Frausto, a mother of two in Oakland, finds she has little choice.Her 4-year-old son normally gulps it down.“I’ve been trying to figure out things so that he doesn’t want to drink milk as often,” she said.Because of her husband’s immigration status, Frausto said her family was excluded from the federal stimulus checks. When schools and day care facilities closed, Frausto was forced to stop working and stay home to care for h...
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