Tag Archives: Poverty

Why have South Africans been on a looting rampage? Research offers insights

Police enter a flooded mall that had been ransacked . Photo by Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images Guy Lamb, Stellenbosch University The looting of businesses, shopping centres and warehouses in South Africa over the past week, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, has taken place at an unprecedented scale. It has affected both poor and middle-class areas. Private as …

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How race, sex and class combine to affect school results

Steve Strand, University of Oxford When it comes to education, we cannot think about race, sex and class in isolation. When I was commissioned by the UK government to investigate how these issues affect academic achievement, I discovered how they all matter – and in combination. I believe that an analysis that focuses on any one of these in isolation …

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How global tax dodging costs lives: new research shows a direct link to increased death rates

Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye Bernadette O’Hare, University of St Andrews; Kyle McNabb, Overseas Development Institute, and Stephen Hall, University of Leicester Tax abuse is an expensive business. According to a recent report by the Tax Justice Network, avoiding or evading tax deprives governments across the world of around US$427 billion (£302 billion) every year. This is money that could otherwise be spent on …

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Niger’s democratic transition is good news, but the threat of insurgency remains high

Following an inconclusive election in December 2020, Niger’s Independent National Electoral Commission is set for a runoff in February. Photo by Issouf Sanogo/AFP via Getty Images Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University Despite the twin problems – poverty and insecurity – that have faced Niger in the past few decades, President Mahamadou Issoufou successfully completed his two-term tenure. In December 2020, …

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The coronavirus pandemic is already increasing inequality

Shutterstock Steve Schifferes, City, University of London So far, the impact of the coronavirus crisis has not been felt equally across the UK population in health and economic terms. If it is followed by a major recession, the effect on inequality could worsen dramatically. The risk of infection has varied depending on where you live. But within cities it is …

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El aumento del trabajo infantil: el efecto de la pandemia del que nadie habla

Shutterstock / Arcscapes Maria Celeste Ruiz, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech and Núria Pedrós Barnils, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech El trabajo infantil, tal y como afirman la Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT) y UNICEF, es fruto de la combinación de factores como la pobreza, las emergencias regionales y la migración. También es una consecuencia directa de las …

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Low funding for universities puts students at risk for cycles of poverty, especially in the wake of COVID-19

Particularly during an economic crisis, graduating from university should not sentence students to a lifetime of debt. (Shutterstock) Tracy Smith-Carrier, Western University Post-secondary education has consistently been linked to the promise of a better life. Graduating from post-secondary study has been identified as the single most important factor affecting intergenerational mobility. Yet, several factors at play today show how this …

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