The furore over Australia's international ranking in science, maths and English obscures what we should really be focusing on.
AIDS and HIV are still major health threats, fueled by poverty and discrimination as much as by the virus responsible for the infection.
Business Briefing: Former chief World Bank economist on inequality and doing away with big money
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A former chief economist to the World Bank and economic adviser to the Indian government says doing away with big currency notes is a noble idea but an ineffective tool.
South Africa's proposed national minimum wage must not be seen as a solution for all the country's economic problems but as a floor to protect the most vulnerable workers.
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
In times of budgetary constraint, the cost of Australia's welfare system has been regarded by many in the Coalition as a drag on economic growth. Labor's Jenny Macklin has a different take.
Malcolm Turnbull has declared the case must be made for greater, not less, global economic integration.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe says Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government.
Since the future is so uncertain, South Africa's best response to Trump's election is to learn the lessons of its causes.
One of the messages coming out of Donald Trump's victory is that his supporters are rejecting the tolerance and cosmopolitanism of the past 30 years.
The sad truth is that neither Trump's racist populism, or Clinton's maintenance of the status quo, will do much to help the real and biting difficulties many Americans are facing.
Guyana can show how distractions or buffers are a powerful means to concentrate and maintain economic power.
Design will make the difference between smart city projects offering great promise or actually reinforcing or even widening the existing gaps in unequal ways their cities serve residents.
South Africa has made remarkable progress in redressing its historically and mainly race based deprivations but a lot still needs to be done.
The ride-sharing app means different things in different countries. In Karachi and Lahore, it has highlighted economic inequalities.
Scotland's failure to meet target illustrate a worldwide problem - the right to adequate heating and energy is not being properly recognised.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
A 700-page book of economics was never going to be a walk in the park.
South Africa's 2016 medium term budget was awaited with bated breath amid rising political tensions, increasingly violent student protests and the threat of a credit downgrade.
As many as 30,000 delegates gathered to decide the future of cities for the next 20 years – here's how it played out.