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Ethiopian farmers exchanging phone numbers with a research assistant. Petr Matous

Mobile phones are not always a cure for poverty in remote regions

Mobile phones are often touted as technology that can help bring economic benefits to the poor. But the benefits to those living in rural and remote areas without other infrastructure are limited.
Financial inclusion has been touted as one of the solutions to addressing poverty in South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa’s social grants: busting the myth about financial inclusion

Entities at the centre of the storm engulfing South Africa's social grants distribution system have claimed to be champions of financial inclusion. The claim in itself is scandalous.
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is guided through Mbalmayo, Cameroon, a town where residents are engaged in projects to further the MDGs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

How Africa can perform better in the new round of UN development goals

The Millennium Development Goals failed in aspects like poverty. Lessons must be learnt to ensure that these mistakes will not be repeated by the Sustainable Development Goals.
Many Venezuelans won’t be able to celebrate Christmas this year. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

In Venezuela, Christmas is a luxury few can afford

Empty toy stores, bakeries without bread and families who can't travel to be together. This is the year that the government Grinch stole Christmas.
The increasing proportion of children living in housing-related poverty confronts us with the question: what will we do about it? Ollyy/shutterstock.com

Rental housing policies trap children in poverty, so how low will we go?

Many children are living in low-income families that struggle to pay the rent to keep a roof over their heads. Unaffordable housing is fuelling childhood poverty, so where is the policy response?

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