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21 Jun 2018 description

by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 20 June 2018 10:42 GMT

"Without transparency, we risk undermining public trust in our life-saving aid"

LONDON, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most of the world's biggest aid donors are failing to make public what their spending achieves, according to a study released on Wednesday that ranks China, the United Arab Emirates and Japan as the worst performers.

21 Jun 2018 description

Up to 50 percent of Puerto Rico's 1.2 million homes are thought to be "informal" - built on land the inhabitants do not own

By Sebastien Malo

NEW YORK, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Puerto Rico should use some of the billions of dollars in aid pledged after a deadly hurricane last year to fix a flawed land ownership system that is hampering reconstruction, community leaders said in a report published on Wednesday.

20 Jun 2018 description

By Sebastian Rodriguez

SAN JOSE, June 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When La Mosquitia, a heavily forested region on Honduras' Caribbean coast, began to experience unusual flooding, David Wrathall, a climate and disaster expert who was living there, headed into the forest to take a look.

What he found was a surprise: Huge sections of forest had been cut by drug trafficking gangs and turned into cattle ranches aimed at laundering illegal drug profits.

20 Jun 2018 description

"Women can and should go out and work, especially with the circumstances we're facing. I have no husband or father or brother to help – I'm proud to do it."

By Paula Dear

IRBID, Jordan, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sameera Al Salam folds a discarded piece of newspaper into a long strip then loops it round her finger to form a tight circle, the first stage of making the upcycled handbags, trays and bowls the Syrian refugee hopes will help her earn a living.

20 Jun 2018 description

"This is a wake-up call" that action is needed now to deal with fast-approaching problems, says one urban expert

By Laurie Goering

CAPE TOWN, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned Tuesday.

18 Jun 2018 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:40 GMT

By Anastasia Moloney

CUCUTA, Colombia June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Exhausted but relieved, Yariani Flores lay next to her healthy newborn son, along with four other Venezuelan women who just gave birth in a hospital in Colombia's border city of Cucuta.

15 Jun 2018 description

"From now on we will use this precious good in a much more rational way"

By Karla Mendes

PLANALTINA, Brazil, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Surveying a field of 50,000 green peppers, Daniel de Almeida proudly explains how he "produces" all the water needed by crops and livestock on his farm on the outskirts of Brasilia, a city about to end water rationing after a severe drought.

15 Jun 2018 description

by Rina Saeed Khan | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Water available per person is set to reach a tenth - or less - of what it once was, experts say

ISLAMABAD, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's water crisis has become increasingly visible in recent months: levels in the largest dams are low; parched irrigation canals mean farmers in the south planted less cotton; and the commercial capital Karachi has long queues at hydrants.

15 Jun 2018 description

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 14 June 2018 15:00 GMT

ROME, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Increasing food production through intensive farming will not necessarily end world hunger, experts said on Thursday in a finding that flies in the face of established policy.

The United Nations has said countries must double the productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers by 2030 to eliminate hunger and ensure all people have access to food.

13 Jun 2018 description

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:08 GMT

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A campaign by Colombia to eradicate child labour discovered nearly 5,000 children working in the past three months, including hundreds from economically stricken Venezuela, the government said on Tuesday.

13 Jun 2018 description

by Heba Kanso | @hebakanso | Thomson Reuters Foundation

"A kid should be living a life of dignity and respect with no humiliation"

By Heba Kanso

TRIPOLI, Lebanon June 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 13-year-old Mounir fled Syria for Lebanon with his family after surviving a rocket strike that nearly killed them, he thought he would be safe. In fact, he had swapped one form of danger for another - sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

11 Jun 2018 description

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a major corridor for migration further north into the United States

By Ellen Wulfhorst

MCALLEN, Texas, June 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fear of tighter border patrols and tough new laws is silencing victims of human trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a prime location for migrants to enter the United States, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation.

08 Jun 2018 description

Humanitarian and development workers trying to reduce disaster risk too often ignore conflict in their interventions, experts say.

By Zoe Tabary

LONDON, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to protect the poorest from threats such as hurricanes and floods will fall short unless they take into account the on-the-ground realities of countries beset by conflict or poor governance, humanitarian experts said.

08 Jun 2018 description

"Basketry has not only offered a source of livelihood, but it has also opened doors for us in the world"

By Caroline Wambui

MATHIGA, Kenya, June 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sheltered by a tarpaulin from the blazing sun, a group of Kenyan women weave handfuls of dried reeds, their practiced hands turning them into exquisite baskets, mats and hats that have been sold to tourists from around the world.

08 Jun 2018 description

"They (men) look at us differently because we can even lend them money or pay our children's school fees"

By Moraa Obiria

ARUBELA, Uganda, June 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Once reliant on seasonal farming jobs to make ends meet, Aguti Rukia is now a successful entrepreneur in Arubela, eastern Uganda.

With the help of a $150 "micro-grant" last year, Rukia and two women from her village started a business buying petrol from fuel stations and selling it in smaller quantities to motorcycle taxis in the area.

07 Jun 2018 description

Worsening flooding is costing sub-Saharan Africa 1.4 percent of its GDP each year, the U.N. environment agency says

By Wesley Langat

NAIROBI, June 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When heavy rains hit Kenya's capital in March, Penina Mueni's three sewing machines went underwater.

The tailor, who repairs clothes in southern Nairobi's Makuru kwa Reuben slum, hadn't had problems with flooding earlier. But as climate change brings more intense rains, it is threatening her business.

07 Jun 2018 description

By Kieran Guilbert

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising populism across Europe is fuelling human trafficking in Libya where a growing number of migrants are being trapped in detention centres and sold into slavery, aid officials told a conference on modern-day slavery on Wednesday.

The rise of anti-immigration political parties in nations from Italy to Slovenia and Europe-wide efforts to stem migration means more migrants in Libya are struggling to leave and are falling into the hands of traffickers, several experts said.

07 Jun 2018 description

By Zoe Tabary

BRUSSELS, June 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world is failing Yazidi women forced into sex slavery by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, with 3,000 still unaccounted for but little action to find them, according to the head of a charity dedicated to helping survivors.

Murad Ismael said many Yazidi women and girls had been brainwashed or killed in captivity, while those who had managed to escape after years of enslavement and rape were left struggling to survive without an income or identity papers.

06 Jun 2018 description

Weather and disaster offices have for years faced criticism for a lack of flood early warnings - but that is changing this year, experts say

By Amantha Perera

MARAWILA, Sri Lanka, June 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late May, floods were the last thing on Chamindha Fernando's mind.

A drought that started in late 2016 was in its second year and the biggest local worry was that drinking water in Marawila, a coastal town about 65 km north of Colombo, might run out.

05 Jun 2018 description

by Inna Lazareva | @InnaLaz | Thomson Reuters Foundation

"We have seen conventional activism failing. If it is for our country, we might as well get the information out. It doesn't really matter how, as long as we are not hurting anyone in the process."

JUBA, June 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of artists and musicians in South Sudan is on a mission - to mobilise young people across the country through music, graffiti and poetry to help bring peace to the war-torn nation.