High trade growth for least-developed countries

The value of the total exports of least-developed countries (LDCs) including goods and commercial services, grew by 23.9 per cent in 2011 to reach US$229.8 billion, according to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). However, the LDC coordinator in the WTO, pointed out that “a lot remains to be done”. LDCs’ exports of manufactured goods and commercial services expanded by 24.8 … Continue reading

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Failing the Global Poor

I have just read a very interesting article with the title shown above, by Professor David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester published in The World Today by Chatham House. In the article he looks at the eight millennium development goals and how close we are to achieving them. He writes: “When world leaders meet in New York … Continue reading

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“Near to impossible” to achieve all Millennium Development Goals

UNCTAD Secretary-General Supachai Panitchpakd, Secretary-General of Unctad, said in opening the organization’s symposium in Geneva yesterday that since the crisis hit in 2008, some 53 million people in the developing world have fallen below the poverty line “and more than 100 million additional people are going hungry.  These numbers are not moving in the right direction.” “Prior to the crisis, … Continue reading

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Rise in UK homes where no-one works

There has been a huge rise in the number of working-age people who are living in workless households. The Office for National Statistics defines a working-age household as one that includes at least one person of working age – either a man aged 16-64 or a woman aged 16-59. A workless household is then defined as a working-age household where … Continue reading

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