The South Pacific island of Fiji is suffering from a massive drought. The sugarcane crop of 1998 is well below normal production. Even the torrential rains due to La Nina, which lashed Australia,

The Rajasthan Government has constituted a permanent high-power committee to lay down the policies from time to time in connection with poverty alleviation and urban development in accordance with

More than 44 million Russians, or 30 per cent of the entire country, now live below the poverty line and the economic crisis appears likely to push the numbers even higher, according to government

United Nations' "Race Against Poverty" Award-1998 for the Asia-Pacific region, to be given by the U.N. Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan, has been bestowed on Fatima Bi, Sarpanch of Kalva village of

Amartya : Economics Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said that the basic problem with India is that it has ignored education, health care and other aspects of 'social opportunity building' . At a

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) handling of East Asian currency crisis and insentitivity to the consequence of its prescriptions on developing world's people has come in for a scathing

The floods in Bangladesh have dealt a nasty blow to one of the country's most celebrated instituions, the Grameen Bank. After years of providing credit to the very poor, it has come to symbolise the

Dented by the Congo rebellion, renewed fighting in Angola, failed privatisation plans in Zambia and slumping metal prices, mining investors are singing the blues. Long-term prospects are not so

The World Bank has hired outside auditors to investigate expenditures from its annual $25 billion fund for development projects after an internal examaination uncovered "alarming information" about

AT a time when developing nations are getting lured into global economy issues, that translate into increased consumerism promoted by the developed world, the 1998 annual state of the earth