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E-payments for the unbanked are booming

The pandemic is providing mobile phone network operators with a unique chance to partner with fintech firms and banks to deliver clever e-commerce solutions to the informal sector in Africa The post E-payments for the unbanked are booming appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Africa, E-commerce, Poverty, Economy, South Africa, Mobile Payments, Fintech, Openaccess, Informal Sector, South Africa (country, COVID-19, Partner Banks

£10,000 fines warning for failing to self-isolate as Covid infections soar

Penalties are part of carrot-and-stick plan that includes cash help for lost earnings during isolation periodsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople who refuse to self-isolate when required to do so will face fines of up to £10,000 under an emergency “carrot and stick” plan to control the second wave of Covid-19 sweeping the country.With infections rising at rates last seen before the full lockdown in March, around four million people on low incomes and in receipt of ...
Tags: Health, Politics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Labour, Boris Johnson, Sadiq Khan, Coronavirus outbreak

'There are a lot of frightened people': Rhyl dreads return of Covid-19

Residents of Welsh seaside town fear economic impact of a possible second wave amid rising unemploymentCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt first, Tom’s two young sons saw setting up home in a large metal box as an adventure. Forced to leave their home in the north of England because of a family breakdown, the three had loaded their possessions into a van and headed to north Wales, Tom’s place of birth.They could find nowhere to stay so Tom (not his real name) put their...
Tags: Business, England, Wales, Housing, Economics, Travel & leisure, Communities, Society, UK News, Poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment, Social exclusion, Tom, Denbighshire, Coronavirus outbreak

'Covid has magnified every existing inequality' – Melinda Gates

Pandemic could result in a ‘lost decade’ for developing countries says co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in stark reportThe world’s poorest countries risk a lost decade of development unless leaders move quickly to help them recover from the fallout of Covid-19, Melinda Gates told the Guardian.The co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has committed $350m (£270m) to support the global response to the pandemic, said it was in the hands of the global community to deci...
Tags: Science, World news, Poverty, Infectious Diseases, Global development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill, Melinda Gates, Sustainable Development Goals, Melinda Gates Foundation, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

Heritage Month leaves much to be desired

Our economy may have doubled since 1994, but this growth has not trickled down to improve the livelihoods of the majority of South Africans The post Heritage Month leaves much to be desired appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Democracy, Poverty, Economy, Growth, Openaccess, Heritage Month, Heritage Day, South Africa (country

Freeze on national living wage would be totally wrong, says TUC

Frances O’Grady calls for pay rise pledge to be met, amid speculation it will be scrappedThe head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has denounced a possible freezing of the national living wage as “totally wrong”, as the Treasury reportedly considers backtracking on a planned pay rise for the lowest paid.The hourly pay rate under the national living wage, the legal minimum paid to workers over the age of 25, was due to rise 6.2% from £8.72 to £9.21 in April, under targets set last December by t...
Tags: Politics, Money, Society, UK News, Pay, Living Wage, Work & careers, Poverty, Minimum Wage, Trade unions, TUC, Treasury, Frances O'grady, Sajid Javid, National Living Wage, Trades Union Congress TUC

Countryside fit for a superpower? Inside China’s colossal rural revamp

Beneath the veneer of Xi Jinping’s ambitious agricultural plan farming communities remain marred by homelessness, poverty and unstable marketsThe official pictures tell a delightful tale. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is seen touring fish farms, rice paddies and vineyards in Ningxia, ambling through lily fields in Shanxi, and inspecting mushroom- and fungus-growing operations in Shaanxi.The carefully choreographed images aim to create a vision of his latest signature policy – rural revitalisation....
Tags: China, Environment, World news, Poverty, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Social exclusion, Farming, Urbanisation, Shanxi, Ningxia, Shaanxi

How can we design schools to be anti-racist?

Recognizing when something is overtly racist is easy, but when it comes to education in America there is often subtle and systemic racism at play that can put children at an early disadvantage. Chris Lehman of the Science Leadership Academy says that now is the time to have these important conversations and to design schools to be anti-racist.Lehman says that in Philadelphia, the amount of money spent on one child's K-12 education can be $170,000 less than that of another child who lives in the ...
Tags: Money, Learning, Education, Children, Relationships, Youth, Race, Future, America, Communication, Economics, Poverty, Policy, Teaching, United States, Innovation

Is a capitalist-socialist economy inevitable?

What will the economy of the future look like? To answer that we must first consider the current trajectory and the ways in which modern capitalism operates, who it benefits, and if it is sustainable.In this video, historians, economists, and authors discuss income and wealth inequality, how the American economy grew into the machine that it is today, the pillars of capitalism and how the concept has changed over time, and ways in which the status quo can, and maybe even should, change."It's not...
Tags: Politics, Resources, Money, Government, Economics, Society, Poverty, United States, Capitalism, Innovation, Inequality, Humanity, Universal Basic Income, Social Change, Global Issues, Capital Institute

New Zealand's astounding wealth gap challenges our 'fair go' identity | Max Rashbrooke

New data shows the richest 1% are worth 68 times more than a typical New ZealanderThe extent of wealth inequality in supposedly egalitarian New Zealand has been laid bare by figures showing the wealthiest individuals have over NZ$140bn (US$93bn) stashed away in trusts – and overall have nearly 70 times more assets than the typical Kiwi.The new data, drawn from the 2017-18 Household Economic Survey, are likely to underestimate true inequality, as the ultra-wealthy are generally reluctant to take ...
Tags: US, Poverty, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Inequality, Nz, Max Rashbrooke, Household Economic Survey

Pacific's fight against Covid-19 hamstrung by lack of clean water

Access to clean, safe drinking water across the Pacific is the lowest of any region in the world, raising fears for the rapid spread of coronavirus Papua New Guinea’s battle against a climbing rate of Covid-19 infections is being hampered by the most basic of shortages – access to clean water –public health experts have warned.Case numbers have jumped from just 11 cases two months ago to 424 on Friday, with four deaths. And efforts to contain escalating case numbers throughout the archipelago, a...
Tags: Environment, Water, World news, Poverty, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, South Pacific, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Pacific, Kiribati, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus outbreak

‘You can’t get close, yet you can’t stay away’: Latino cultural beliefs clash with pandemic safety

Tight-knit families, a cornerstone of Latino culture, and economic factors collide to make Covid-19 easily transmissible Priscilla Garcia checked up on her father after her mother was hospitalized with fainting spells. He wasn’t feeling well, either, so she made him chicken noodle soup with Texas toast, the way he liked it.“He was so weak and scared here by himself,” Garcia said. “That’s why I came.” Continue reading...
Tags: Texas, Race, US news, Poverty, Garcia, Coronavirus outbreak, Priscilla Garcia

Mercy Baguma: appeal to pay funeral costs as calls for inquiry grow

Fundraiser for woman found dead next to baby in Glasgow flat almost triples its targetAn appeal for funeral expenses for Mercy Baguma, the Ugandan asylum seeker who was discovered dead next to her hungry baby in a flat in Glasgow, has nearly tripled its original funding target as calls grow for an inquiry into her death.Baguma’s body was found by police on Saturday morning next to her one-year-old son, who was reportedly suffering from malnutrition and required hospital treatment. It is believed...
Tags: Scotland, Society, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Poverty, Social exclusion, Home Office, Glasgow, Baguma

A net to catch the NEETs

A decade of reconstruction looms post-Covid. This is our chance to restructure the economy to build a more inclusive one The post A net to catch the NEETs appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, Youth, Poverty, Economy, Unemployment, Openaccess, National Youth Service, Social Development, NEETs, South Africa (country, National Youth Development Agency, National Student Financial Aid Scheme, NSFAS, EPWP, Expanded Public Works Programme, NYDA

Why a blanket approach to redressing spatial inequity is flawed

Equal distribution of resources will not close the access gap. Instead, resources must be deployed where they are needed most - and low-cost housing must move from the urban periphery too The post Why a blanket approach to redressing spatial inequity is flawed appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Resources, Housing, Opinion, Poverty, South Africa, Access, Openaccess, Apartheid, Top Six, South Africa (country, Spatial Planning, Post-apartheid, Spatial Inequality

With total control, President Déby is Chad's greatest threat to stability

‘President for life’ knows he is protected by France while Chadians die of hungerOnce a year, there is a ranking of the conditions of the world’s nations. It’s like a country’s report card, with health, education and living standards as key indicators. The UN’s Human Development Index tells citizens – and campaigners like me – how well or badly a country is doing.Since 1990, the year Idriss Déby seized power, ousting his mentor Hissène Habré in a bloody war, Chad – a landlocked former French col...
Tags: France, Africa, World news, Poverty, Hunger, United Nations, Global development, Chad, Un, Sahara, Hissene Habre, Idriss Deby

Exposure to air pollution may increase risk of Covid death, major study says

ONS finds single-unit increase in pollution exposure over long term may increase death rate by up to 6%Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLong-term exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of death from Covid-19, according to a large study by the Office for National Statistics.It analysed more than 46,000 coronavirus deaths in England and showed that a small, single-unit increase in people’s exposure to small-particle pollution over the previous decade may increas...
Tags: Health, England, Environment, UK News, Poverty, Air Pollution, Pollution, Ons, Office for National Statistics It, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID

UK's poorest 'skip meals and go hungry' during coronavirus crisis

FSA report finds food insecurity has shot up, bringing risk of malnutrition and obesityCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has had a catastrophic effect on the nutritional health of the UK’s poorest citizens with as many as one in 10 forced to use food banks, and vast numbers skipping meals and going hungry, according to the government’s food safety watchdog.Food insecurity has shot up even further since lockdown as people’s income reduced, the Fo...
Tags: UK, Fsa, Society, UK News, Poverty, Food Banks, Food poverty, Food Standards Agency FSA, Coronavirus outbreak

Who Holds the Key to a New America?

A historic low-income-voter turnout in 2020 would mean a victory for Democrats.
Tags: News, Poverty, Endorsements, New America, Politics And Government, Presidential Election of 2020

Pet pantry’s ‘car hops’ roll out pet food for needy LA families

Justin Khosrowabadi and Jacob Miller, of Los Angeles Animal Services, pass out pet food during LA Animal Services’ “carhop” themed Pet Food Pantry at East Valley Animal Services Center in Van Nuys on Monday, August 10, 2020. The donated food is free for low-income families and those experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Jacob Miller, of Los Angeles Animal Services, passes out pet food during LA Animal Service...
Tags: News, La, Pets, Charity, Los Angeles, Sport, Poverty, Soccer, Van Nuys, Los Angeles Daily News, East Valley, Jacob Miller, Chesterfield Square, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Sarah Reingewirtz

How renamed streets in Mumbai's slums are encouraging children to study

A mobile school helped Rehmuddin Shaikh become a rugby star. Now a street named after him is inspiring a new generationNo map of Mumbai mentions Rehmuddin Shaikh Road. But a local taxi driver would find the narrow lane between the huts in Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba, behind Mumbai’s elite Cuffe Parade. Despite not being officially named by the city authorities, the road boasts a new signpost.Rehmuddin Chittasahab Shaikh grew up and still lives here. Today, he is a rugby star, winning national gold an...
Tags: Education, India, Society, Poverty, South and Central Asia, Global development, Mumbai, Rehmuddin Shaikh, Ambedkar Nagar Colaba, Rehmuddin Chittasahab Shaikh, World Rugby Level

Poor and Desperate, Pakistani Hindus Accept Islam to Get By

Drawn by jobs or land offered by Muslim groups, some Hindus, facing discrimination and a virus-ravaged economy, are essentially converting to survive.
Tags: News, Poverty, Pakistan, Muslim, Discrimination, Hinduism, Minorities, Freedom Of Religion, Economic Conditions and Trends, Clergy, Muslims and Islam, Caste Systems, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

In Argentina’s Debt Negotiations, a Kinder, Gentler Capitalism Faces a Test

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management company, is opposing a debt settlement deal with Argentina as the country grapples with soaring poverty and the pandemic.
Tags: News, Corporate Social Responsibility, Poverty, Argentina, International Monetary Fund, Government Bonds, Blackrock, Fernandez, BlackRock Inc, Macri, Georgieva, Fink, Mauricio, Business Roundtable, Laurence D, Economic Conditions and Trends

Coronavirus Forced Indian Workers on a Deadly Journey

Amrit and Saiyub were among the millions of Indian workers forced onto the road by the coronavirus lockdown. Nothing could shake their friendship in an unforgiving world.
Tags: News, India, Poverty, Remittances, Modi, Amrit, Narendra, Economic Conditions and Trends, Labor and Jobs, Caste Systems, Migrant Labor (Non-Agriculture, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Saiyub

How 2 New York Schools Became Models for Coping in a Pandemic

Vulnerable children need creative solutions, educators say: “The entire system has missed something if they don’t rethink what the fall semester looks like.”
Tags: News, Parenting, Poverty, Ny, New York Foundling, The, Children and Childhood, Education (K-12, Shutdowns (Institutional, Manhattan (NYC, Teachers and School Employees, Mott Haven (Bronx, Quarantines, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Mott Haven Academy Charter School, New York Schools Became Models for Coping

UK waste incinerators three times more likely to be in deprived areas

Greenpeace data raises concern over air quality and health of vulnerable peopleEdmonton incinerator expansion ‘fundamentally unjust’ say residentsWaste incinerators are three times more likely to be situated in the most deprived and ethnically diverse areas of the UK, it has been revealed, raising fears about the impact on air quality and the health of vulnerable people.Data obtained by Unearthed, the investigative arm of Greenpeace, found that areas in the top 20% for deprivation host nearly on...
Tags: UK, Environment, Society, UK News, Poverty, Air Pollution, Social exclusion, Greenpeace, Waste, Incineration

A Quarter of Bangladesh Is Flooded. Millions Have Lost Everything.

The country’s latest calamity illustrates a striking inequity of our time: The people least responsible for climate change are among those most hurt by its consequences.
Tags: News, Global Warming, Poverty, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Bangladesh, Floods, Humanitarian Aid, Monsoons, Dhaka (Bangladesh, Cyclone Amphan, Brahmaputra River (India

The Guardian view on the disappearing aid: a shake up with lethal consequences | Editorial

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, levels of hunger and poverty are going to rise. Given this, the abolition of DfID is a serious mistakeThis week’s warning from Unicef is stark. Without immediate action, children under five will die in their tens of thousands in the coming year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The UN agency estimates that an additional 6.7 million children will become dangerously under-nourished unless at least $2.4bn can be mobilised. The risk is that 10,000 more children ...
Tags: Politics, England, Africa, Conservatives, Poverty, Hunger, Global development, Un, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Boris Johnson, Unicef, Saharan Africa, Dominic Raab, International Monetary Fund (IMF, Department for International Development (DfID

Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t

The two issues are linked, but during the coronavirus pandemic the relationship is not always simple.
Tags: Food, News, Poverty, Finances, Income, Relief, Food Insecurity, Trump, Food Stamps, Illegal Immigration, Recession and Depression, United States Economy, Wages and Salaries, United States Politics and Government, Donald J, Immigration and Emigration

They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

As the pandemic destroys paychecks, migrant workers are sending less money home, threatening an increase in poverty from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America.
Tags: News, Poverty, Romania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, South Asia, Remittances, Eastern Europe, Saharan Africa, Foreign Workers, Labor and Jobs, Third World and Developing Countries, Migrant Labor (Non-Agriculture, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV