The first microloans were made to women in rural Bangladesh in the 1970s. Banesa Khatun (far left) here in 2006, was still using Grameen Bank 30 years later.
A new study finds that giving small loans to very poor people reduces both the incidence and depth of poverty in the developing world.
The Australian government has plenty of ministers, but not one of them oversees the whole $6 trillion housing sector.
New research finds a state of confusion when it comes to Australian government policymaking on housing, despite its huge economic and social significance.
The CPA were a part of the committee who originally wrote the ASX Code.
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The ASX code was written by, and for, corporate insiders. The council that regulates it is not monitored by a government body, and its members are not elected.
The change in the price of crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, and other crypto-assets are due to investors realising the value.
While the current speculation in crypto-currency and assets should make us pause, this is not a speculative driven bubble like tulips, or gold mining stocks.
Doctors with special training in acupuncture and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine worked together in emergency departments.
Some emergency doctors are already using acupuncture to relieve patients' pain. Now a new study shows when it works, when it doesn't and how emergency departments of the future might use it.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks.
A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
One of the cases brought to the ANCP alleged forced evictions at a coal mine in Colombia jointly owned by BHP Billiton.
The Australian government is missing a vital opportunity to promote ethical business practice and mediate disputes before they blow up, by improperly resourcing the ANCP.
The Finkel Review is scientifically modest but politically deft.
Chief Scientist Alan Finkel has attempted to address the energy 'trilemma': electricity that's cheap, reliable and low-emissions. Has he succeeded? Our expert panel weighs in.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
The human-like forms of saguaro cacti in Arizona.
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Killers, cartoons, and even romantic objects, the cactus's ongoing popularity has led it down some strange paths.
Yangon’s ‘ballet of the street’.
Yangon's traffic woes are set to last.
For thousands of years, women’s tattoos have been permanent records of female power over adversity.
For thousands of years, tattoos have been indicative of the passage from girlhood to womanhood, of female power and female beauty.
Australia's videogame industry has called for an end to the government's silence around funding. And with local games competing on the world stage, it's time for the cultural medium to be recognised alongside TV and film.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer?
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Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
The last thing the spider saw before everything went black.
If a huge huntsman spider is sucked into a vacuum cleaner, can it crawl out later? Lucy, age eight, really, really needs to know.
The village bell was once a powerful symbol of sonic identity. Living in the noise of today’s global cities, what sounds exist that express our communal identity?
Sound, as a still relatively unexplored medium of urban design, provides an obvious starting point in the search for new relationships and identities in the contemporary city.
Noise transformation and community-led design projects are reclaiming unwanted spaces that lay adjacent to motorways.
Communities have an increasing desire to be informed and included in local art, design and infrastructure projects. This has inspired new ways of dealing with noise-afflicted areas.
Under the proposed reforms, the CFA will become a volunteer-only organisation.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' firefighter reforms have much to recommend them, but there are still many hurdles to jump before they are peacefully implemented.
Australian brand Discount Universe at 2016 Fashion Week.
AAP Image/Tracey Nearm
When Malcolm Turnbull released his innovation agenda, the arts were missing. But Australia's fashion industry is a true innovator, comparable to French and Italian fashion houses. It's time to recognise this at home.
Even though Sydney’s population growth (at 14%) is below the average across all capital cities, its housing supply failed to match this growth.
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Data on housing supply in Australia's capital shows that while it's increasing in areas with lots of jobs, house prices are too high for those who might want to move for work.