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Tea pluckers delivering and weighing the day's harvest, Fort Portal, Uganda

Fair Trade report from SOAS, University of London

By Thu, Jun 19, 2014 10:17PM UTC Comments Off Tea pluckers delivering and weighing the day's harvest, Fort Portal, Uganda

The Fair Trade, Employment and Poverty Reduction (FTEPR) project based at SOAS, University of London, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented in Ethiopia and Uganda, has just published the findings of four years of research. The project has collected detailed micro-level evidence from areas producing agricultural exports on how rural...

A million millionaires: Can China’s income equality figures be believed?

By Fri, Jan 25, 2013 4:45PM UTC Comments Off A man takes photos of a Ferrari at an auto exhibition in Beijing. Pic: AP.

One of the most important measures used worldwide to size the income inequality in the world was not published in China for over a decade. But this year, the official Gini coefficient was finally released after authorities initially said they were not going to do so. This index revealed the gap between rich and poor...

Indian government flush with cash, but public has no toilets

By Thu, Jun 07, 2012 1:48AM UTC 1 Comment A boy walks to a makeshift toilet outside his home at a slum in Mumbai. Pic: AP.

Every time I return to the Indian capital – in the mornings – by train, I get sad. The closer I get to New Delhi Railway Station – the throbbing heart of the city’s railway network despite efforts to decongest it by making satellite stations – the sadness turns to anger. Thankfully, life has denied...

China: Size obscures reality

By Fri, May 04, 2012 7:55PM UTC Comments Off crowds in Guangzhou, pic by Steve Jurvetson (Flickr CC)

Most of the world’s poor live in Asia – and loads of them still live in China. China, with its international reputation for rapid and soaring economic growth, is still home to 170 million people who earn under $1.25 per day (2008 statistics). That’s 13 percent of the entire population. If these Chinese poor had...