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30 Dec 2018 description

Some 3.3 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 and the United Nations estimates another 2 million could follow in 2019

  • Tensions building as more Latin Americans flee homelands

  • UN predicts 2 million more Venezuelans to migrate in 2019

  • Appeal for global help as more countries impacted

By Anastasia Moloney

28 Dec 2018 description

We asked aid agencies to name their three priorities for 2019

by Emma Batha

LONDON, Dec 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid agencies are bracing for a challenging new year as they tackle protracted conflicts from Yemen to Central African Republic and get to grips with escalating crises such as the mass exodus of Venezuelans fleeing turmoil at home.

24 Dec 2018 description

A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu in December became the first person in the world to be immunized with a vaccine delivered by a commercial drone

By Isabelle Gerretsen

LONDON, Dec 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From stopping child trafficking to mapping slums or delivering medicines, governments and companies found new ways to use technology in 2018 to help people globally.

Here are 10 new uses of technology in the past year:

19 Dec 2018 description

by Megan Rowling

"Levels of climate finance must meet the actual costs for our countries to adapt and address the impacts of climate change"

BARCELONA, Dec 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.N. climate talks in Poland over the past two weeks failed to deliver enough new funding for poor countries that are already suffering as the world warms, but did take some steps towards narrowing the shortfall in the future, experts said.

14 Dec 2018 description

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:19 GMT

"There are limits" to how much people can adapt if drought continues to worsen in the semi-arid Sahel, researchers warn

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is driving much drier conditions in Africa's Sahel belt, which has experienced a 50-percent hike in record dry months in recent decades, scientists said.

11 Dec 2018 description

by Mami Mizutori | UNISDR

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

There is no economic loss data for 63 percent of the disasters recorded over the last 20 years

“It’s the economic loss, stupid!”

08 Dec 2018 description

For cities, compact's biggest breakthrough is that public services should not discriminate based on whether someone has migrated legally or illegally

By Carey L. Biron

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities say they will gain new recognition for their role in planning for and responding to influxes of migrants when countries adopt a major migration agreement next week.

05 Dec 2018 description

by Megan Rowling | Friday, 30 November 2018 14:47 GMT

As climate impacts from floods to fires surge, paying to cut risks now will be cheaper, poorer countries say

Governments can no longer hide from the devastating consequences of wild weather and rising seas, and must dig deeper into their pockets to curb and repair the damage, developing nations said ahead of a key U.N. climate change conference.

03 Dec 2018 description

Climate impacts - from heatwaves to worsening storms, floods and fires - are surging and threatened to overwhelm health systems, doctors say

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Nov 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising heat and wilder weather linked to climate change make it "the biggest global health threat of the 21st century", with hundreds of millions more people already suffering in the last two decades, medical officials warned Wednesday.

19 Nov 2018 description

Wars, persecution and other violence have uprooted a record 68.5 million people, according to the U.N. refugee agency

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Companies could help refugees rebuild their lives by paying them to boost artificial intelligence (AI) using their phones and giving them digital skills, a tech non-profit said on Thursday.

REFUNITE has developed an app, LevelApp, which is being piloted in Uganda to allow people who have been uprooted by conflict to earn instant money by "training" algorithms for AI.

17 Nov 2018 description

Is the data aid agencies collect from the people they help secure enough? Not necessarily, experts say - and that's creating risks

By Sebastien Malo

NEW ORLEANS, Nov 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Are you HIV-positive? Gay? Frustrated with government assistance after a disaster? Aid workers are increasingly asking such questions of the people they help, hoping to better pinpoint their needs by gathering and analyzing data on them.

16 Nov 2018 description

by Anuradha Nagaraj | @anuranagaraj | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:38 GMT

Once-safe havens for migrants have closed, allowing human traffickers to jump in and lock migrants into profitable cycles of exploitation and abuse

LONDON, Nov 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - European countries are helping human traffickers by closing their doors to migrants, who risk swapping hardship at home for a new life of slavery on the road, humanitarian experts said on Thursday.

15 Nov 2018 description

More than 600,000 migrants have arrived on Italy's shores from north Africa since 2014

By Elaine Allaby

ROME, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of migrants and Roma have been left homeless following two days of evictions in Italy, as its interior minister said on Wednesday that he was restoring order to the country.

14 Nov 2018 description

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, leading to the trafficking of children to fill them

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Nov 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of children around the world live in orphanages, but child rights experts say most are not orphans.

Orphanages have become a lucrative business in developing countries, attracting generous funding. This has led to the trafficking of children to fill them, according to charities Forget Me Not and Lumos.

13 Nov 2018 description

Smallholder farmers managing between one to 10 hectares of land provide up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asia

By Thin Lei Win

ROME, Nov 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday.

08 Nov 2018 description

By Inna Lazareva

TEL AVIV, Nov 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the concrete bowels of a vast bus station in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, a group of children gathers in the evening to play and dance to songs blaring from a CD player.

Their parents are African migrants who work until late, struggling to earn enough to put food on the table.

While their children have access to state education in Israel, they face hardships, support workers said.

31 Oct 2018 description

By Isaiah Esipisu

But care will need to be taken to ensure water is used widely and doesn't lead to shortages, experts say

UKUNDA, Kenya, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape.

24 Oct 2018 description

Under a law, expected to come into force in January, Sweden will invalidate all underage marriages

By Emma Batha

LONDON, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Among the tens of thousands of child refugees who have fled to Sweden from war-torn countries is a group of young girls who have presented the Nordic country with a major dilemma - they are married.

23 Oct 2018 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Oct 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A top U.N. adviser has urged the global body to put victims at the heart of its efforts to combat sexual harassment, saying it had to do more than pay lip service to zero tolerance.

Purna Sen said the United Nations too often sidelined victims in favour of technocrats, citing the current practice of sharing the outcome of internal investigations only with the suspect - and not the complainant.

22 Oct 2018 description

By Jared Ferrie and Annie Banerji

OU KRALANH, Cambodia/TOLAKCHUIN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phally Chhiv placed a pot of simmering soup filled with fish and greens on a wooden platform outside her one-room home in northwestern Cambodia - using nutrient-packed minnows that experts hope can help to end global hunger.