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.
Stemming Illicit Financial Outflows 28/2/2017: Vast sums are being syphoned out of developing countries in illicit financial outflows, depriving governments of revenue whilst rewarding organised crime and corruption.
What Does Water Have to Do with National Security? 27/2/2017: Water stress increases the likelihood of disputes over water, as people and countries compete for scarce resources. Meanwhile, demand for water is growing, driven by population and economic growth, and aggravated by climate change.
Pakistan to conduct first census in 19 years 2/3/2017: The World Bank estimates Pakistan's population at 188.9 million but the country still uses the official 1998 figure of 134.7 million. An overdue census will resolve the confusion, provided politicians don't interfere.
Uganda flirts with unsustainable debt 28/2/2017: Raising debt finance from China for much needed development of African infrastructure is cheap and free from intrusive conditions. But the debts are beginning to pile up.
Famine declared in South Sudan 20/2/2017: Famine has been declared in parts of Unity State in the northern-central part of South Sudan. The formal announcement means people have already started dying of hunger. The famine is the first to be declared since 2011 in Somalia.
Trump Marks the End of a Cycle 21/2/2017: We are witnessing the conclusion of Pax Americana and the return to a nationalist and isolationist America. Roberto Savio traces the evolution of global governance since the post-1945 template which was dominated by American values.
Politics of demonization breeds division and fear 22/2/2017: Amnesty International's annual report calls on people around the world to resist political actions which roll back long-established human rights. It warns that narratives of blame, hate and fear have risen to a level not seen since the 1930s.
Restoring Faith in Globalization 16/2/2017: A former prime minister of Sweden offers a strong defence of globalization, arguing that the gradual interlinking of regions, countries, and people is the most profoundly positive development of our time.
Global hydropower boom will add to climate change 14/2/2017: New research finds that the world's hydroelectric dams account for more than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, largely though release of methane. This raises difficult questions about the role of dams as a source of renewable energy.
South Sudan: First famine declared since 2011
from BBC News
Human Life Is Getting Better
A vlogger’s assessment of the annual letter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is emphatically positive on the outlook for global poverty and the role of foreign aid
South Sudan: First famine declared since 2011 from BBC News
Human Life Is Getting Better
A vlogger's assessment of the annual letter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is emphatically positive on the outlook for global poverty and the role of foreign aid