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Give a man the means to borrow, so the argument goes, and he can work himself out of poverty. But do microfinances’ claims stand up? wk1003mike/Shutterstock

Does microfinance really alleviate poverty? The 34-billion-dollar question

Small loans from governments and philanthropists are often held up as a route out of poverty. But proper research into whether they work is thin on the ground.
Africa needs average economic growth of over 7% for several decades if it’s to reduce poverty and increase income levels. Shutterstock

What needs to be done to make Africa politically stable

Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has begun its two-day review of Australia’s record on racial equality. Shutterstock

Australia’s record on racial equality under the microscope

Australia's track record on racial equality and tackling racism is under review – and the findings will have significant implications.
The UN committee urged Australia to end offshore processing and bring the men on Manus to Australia or another safe country. AAP

UN slams Australia’s human rights record

The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record.

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