Read more about the article Negligence Thwarts Tree Planting Efforts in Malawi
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Negligence Thwarts Tree Planting Efforts in Malawi

While tree planting and forest conservation has been at the centre of the Forestry Department of Malawi since 1976, deforestation seem to have gained more ground within the same period. These noble efforts have been frustrated by the increased bare grounds in the country side, especially on the periphery of the growing towns and cities. Tree planting has been the main driver to rehabilitate the destroyed forest resource in the country. Tree planting and forest conservation efforts have been focused at the village level where communities are at the centre…

Read more about the article People Centered Forest Policy for Malawi
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People Centered Forest Policy for Malawi

“My forest, my life” echoes as the theme for the National Forestry Season for 2013/14 in a Malawi, a country reputed to have the highest deforestation rate and land degradation on the African continent. Illegal charcoal production, wanton cutting down of trees and encroachment in protected forests have destroyed the picture of the once lush miombo forests of the country. Amid all the increased forest destruction that goes on, almost unabated, the government still recognizes the important contribution of forests to the national economy. According to the Economic Valuation of…

Read more about the article Build Leadership for Women Leaders
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Build Leadership for Women Leaders

“A woman is like a tea bag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt. International Women's Day is observed on March 8 every year. I would like to write a few words on building women leaders as a mark of respect to women. Although leadership is not gender specific, we find a very few women leaders globally due to cultural, religious, social and other factors including glass ceiling. The good news is that currently women are kicking the glass ceiling and…

Read more about the article Mandela – Mahatma Gandhi of South Africa
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Mandela – Mahatma Gandhi of South Africa

“It would not be right to compare me to Gandhi. None of us could equal his dedication or his humility. He showed us it’s necessary to brave imprisonment if truth and justice were to triumph over evil.” Nelson Mandela. With the passing of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, the world has lost one of the towering personalities of the 20th century. He is known to the world not as a black leader but as a global leader who made a significant difference to the world with his convictions to…

Read more about the article An Honor to be a Woman in India
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An Honor to be a Woman in India

“The man, who was born to a woman and doesn’t respect a woman, has no right to live in this world.” – Prof. M.S.Rao. Dear leaders, It is an honor to share some thoughts on women who constitute approximately half of the Indian population. You are the force behind India! You are the power of India! You are the real leaders of this great country! Several revolutions are successful with your active support. You have transformed the Indian society amazingly by working from behind scenes. Because you think what is…

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Early Marriage: what is the right age?

What is the right age for a girl to become a woman? “The transformation of gender relations in the developing world is the greatest social revolution of our era, and we need to keep that in mind in everything we do” Dr. John Coonrod, Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In a barren region of southern Ethiopia, 13-year-old Dhaki worries about whether she will be pregnant as a result of her husband – 11 years her senior – forcing himself upon her last night, and whether her neighbours heard…

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Women’s Day

I'm a painter who only paints the portraits of women! I've a portrait of: A woman who miles away, bare-footed under the blazing sun, walks And fetches the drinking water from a polluted pond! A woman pregnant who taking rest instead, Toils with men and feed her poor family; A woman who in the morning is raped by her master And in the night manhandled by the drunk husband But raises voice never, since she has been taught The husband is the mini-god while the master, the godfather! A woman…

Read more about the article UNFCCC and Cancun Climate Change Summit
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UNFCCC and Cancun Climate Change Summit

How can the UN avoid a repeat of the disastrous Copenhagen summit in Mexico? In the wake of the unsuccessful climate change conference held in Copenhagen last year, another summit is to be held in Cancun, Mexico this December. Intent on not ‘getting it wrong’ a second time, a series of meetings are to take place in the run up to Cancun, to discuss, deliberate and streamline negotiations. “Governments have a responsibility this year to take the next essential step in the battle against climate change.” These albeit ‘underestimated’ words…

Read more about the article The UN and The Queen
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The UN and The Queen

Will the Queen’s visit to the UN influence the quest for world unity and peace? Or do actions speak louder than words? Whenever you make a trip to Buckingham Palace, regardless of the day, month or year, American accents are always the most prominent intonation to be heard outside the palace, as eager tourists from the States excitedly ogle the British Monarch’s abode. With such devoted enthusiasm, wonderment and intrigue many Americans hold of the British royal family, it was little wonder that New Yorkers were excitedly distracted by the…

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Poverty in Morocco

As the unevenness in wealth grows in Morocco, the age of excess needs to be replaced by an age of equality. If I was given a Dirham every time a Moroccan person picked up my two young sons and kissed them lovingly on the cheek during our recent five-day visit to Marrakesh, I would probably have made enough money to buy myself a "meat tagine" at one of the more up-market restaurants in the city. Touching and kissing fair-haired children, I am told by particularly enthusiastic and friendly local, is…

Read more about the article Making the Law Work for Everyone
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Making the Law Work for Everyone

The specter of poverty, and the resultant suffering from want and fear, have been realities for so long that poverty is often deemed to be a natural and inevitable part of the human condition. In earlier times, when the struggle merely to survive was paramount for most people, this conclusion seemed reasonable, perhaps even unavoidable. In our era however, we have every possibility to make economic opportunity broadly available. In the last six decades, more wealth has been created than in all previous history. No longer can it be argued…

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Haiti’s Tortuous Development

Long before the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country had been plagued with problems. Haiti, with some eight million people, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and has been so for quite some time. It is also of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) most densely populated countries, with 306 people per square kilometer in 2003. The earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale hit Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. It is estimated that 3 million people have been affected by the disaster making an already vulnerable…