Tread Softly is an educational resource, offering over 100 short briefings on topics relevant to sustainable development and global justice. These focus especially on the world’s poorest countries, striving for social and economic equality, amidst the scramble for scarce and degraded natural resources.
You can access every briefing from the menu above (or the footer menu below). The links that immediately follow are recent news stories chosen for their relevance to Tread Softly topics.
A breakthrough alternative to growth economics 12/4/2017: George Monbiot describes Kate Raworth "as the John Maynard Keynes of the 21st century" for the insights of her book, " Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist."
Humanitarian aid is hardwired to fail drought in Africa 13/4/2017: The threat of famine for nearly 11 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya has not yet been averted because humanitarian aid has a track record of arriving too late. That’s what happened in Somalia in 2011.
Guns are the true cause of hunger and famine 6/4/2017: The Executive Director of Mercy Corps Europe says that it's time to recognise the truth that violence and conflict are the drivers of the world's hunger crises. The solution is investment in conflict prevention, as much as food production.
Reflections on World Health Day 13/4/2017: A lucid explanation by Martin Khor of how standards of health in poorer countries are held back by the astronomic prices of patented medicines. Affordable generic treatments are often impeded by intellectual property laws.
Why is Africa importing $35bn in food annually? 21/4/2017: The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has been explaining the Bank's priorities. Top of the list is support for agriculture in order to reduce the need to import food.
How a Warming Planet Drives Human Migration 19/4/2017: Many human development agencies are reluctant to link migration to the impact of climate change. But this map visualisation points to a strong correlation between regions experiencing above average warming and high incidence of migration.
Study reveals how to stop mass extinction 18/4/2017: Scientists believe that the alarming rate of species extinction could be stabilised if 50% of the world's natural habitat enjoyed protection from human interference. Currently, around 15% of the earth’s land area is protected.
Doughnut economics can save us 6/4/2017: Kate Raworth traces the failings of contemporary economics, the context for her widely praised book, "Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist."
Boats arrested for illegal fishing off West African coast 3/4/2017: Fisheries off West Africa have the highest rates of overexploitation in the world, putting the food security of millions of households at risk. Recent action by Greenpeace Africa has led to the arrest of Spanish and Chinese vessels.