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# developing-world - Friday 1 February, 2019

Simply refusing a straw with your cocktail isn't going to do much to reduce the world's plastic consumption

A ban on single-use plastics in Ireland won’t make a dent in ocean plastic pollution, while just five developing nations are the source of most of the pollution, writes Barry Dunning.

# developing-world - Saturday 29 December, 2018

This Young Scientist project aims to revolutionise education in refugee camps

It consists of solar panels and a lead acid battery from an alarm or car, with a Raspberry Pi – a tiny and cheap computer – to provide processing power.

# developing-world - Monday 18 April, 2016

Irish tax deals costing poorer countries 'millions' in tax revenues

ActionAid has called on the Irish government to reconsider treaties that reduce multinationals’ tax obligations in developing countries.

# developing-world - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Trócaire Lenten boxes raise over €6m this year

The Trócaire Lenten campaign is in its 41st year.

# developing-world - Monday 13 October, 2014

Column: Women, the elderly, and the disabled are disproportionately hit by natural disasters

Surely powerful natural events like cyclones and tsunamis should be indiscriminate in their destruction? The figures tell a different story.

# developing-world - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

How cooking with coal and wood fires is killing millions around the world

…Especially women and children.

# developing-world - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

Opinion: Humanitarian work is intense and all-consuming, but I believe in what I do

Aid work is very full on – you work, live and socialise with your colleagues. But, cheesy as it sounds, I do really believe in what we’re doing here.

# developing-world - Thursday 31 July, 2014

Facebook's latest app is offering developing countries free access to Wikipedia and Google

Mobile users in Zambia will be the first ones to use’s new app, which provides them with free basic access to internet services through their phone.

# developing-world - Friday 25 April, 2014

Column: A vaccine could soon be here for one of the most devastating diseases on the planet

With malaria causing 627,000 deaths last year, there are high hopes for the first vaccine. But old-fashioned people power can also make a difference.

# developing-world - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

"By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world" - Bill Gates

The entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist today released an annual letter, aimed at tackling what he called “the three myths” about poverty.

# developing-world - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Column: Our lack of willingness to promote transparency is damaging developing countries

Ireland cannot give with one hand to developing countries while facilitating tax avoidance at the same time, writes Morina O’Neill.

# developing-world - Sunday 15 December, 2013

€3.4m funding from Gorta gives new hope to disabled youth in India

The Irish people have been thanked for their generosity in helping to establish a pioneering care centre for mentally and physically challenged children in rural India.

# developing-world - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Costello launches initiative to encourage retired public servants to volunteer

An online register is being set up to match the skills of volunteers to the needs of the countries and communities.

# developing-world - Friday 13 September, 2013

We should be using more seaweed to power things, MEPs say

MEPs want a cap placed on the use of less environmentally friendly biofuels, and a switch to fuels derived from seaweed and other sources.

# developing-world - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Revelry at second anniversary of South Sudan hides severe poverty

Barry Andrews, CEO of GOAL, writes from Juba, South Sudan which is “badly neglected… but a model of modernity in comparison to the rest of South Sudan”.

# developing-world - Friday 24 May, 2013

Column: The Ohio kidnap victims are finally free but the nightmare continues for girls across the world

The horrific incarceration suffered by three US women kidnapped and held for ten years is now over, but for one girl every two seconds – torn from her family and forced into marriage – it has just begun, writes Vanina Trojan.

# developing-world - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Fast fashion, fair wage: What Vietnam can teach Bangladesh

Vietnam – working on improving technology, conditions and pay – is proving more attractive to brands who want to protect their consumer reputation.

# developing-world - Tuesday 5 March, 2013

In pics: 40 years of the Trócaire Lenten box Fundraising This post contains images

In pics: 40 years of the Trócaire Lenten box

Do you remember these designs?

# developing-world - Monday 26 November, 2012

Workers protest 'deathtrap' factories

Meanwhile, a second blaze broke out a 12-storey factory building, sparking new wave of panic.

# developing-world - Sunday 19 August, 2012

Column: How to stop crises becoming disasters

On World Humanitarian Day, Concern Director in Kenya Anne O’Mahony writes from Nairobi on tackling the underlying causes of vulnerability to the worst effects of manmade and natural shocks.

# developing-world - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Column: Population growth an obstacle to development...

…But let’s not fall back on reprehensible arguments that disease and food crises are “natural” methods of curbing it, writes Concern Worldwide’s Overseas Director.

# developing-world - Monday 18 June, 2012

Column: Dragging heels on climate change hurts the poor

The changing patterns of climate and other factors have caused chaos in the developing world, writes Concern’s CEO Tom Arnold. This week’s Earth Summit is a chance to prioritise solutions.

# developing-world - Monday 2 January, 2012

Haiti two years on: finding jobs is now the priority

Oxfam’s Caroline Gluck reports from the island nation still struggling to recover from the devastating impact of the 2010 earthquake.

# developing-world - Thursday 1 December, 2011

Column: The drugs do work - but there are new obstacles in the fight against AIDS

Yes, AIDS-related deaths are decreasing – but there are several huge threats in the fight against HIV and AIDS, writes Breda Gahan on World Aids Day.

# developing-world - Tuesday 28 June, 2011

Column: IMF leader selection is not democratic and, frankly, a sham

Oxfam Ireland’s Chief Executive Jim Clarken argues that the appointment of an IMF head is pre-ordained – and excludes developing countries and rising powers.

# developing-world - Thursday 14 April, 2011

Study: Two million babies stillborn every year worldwide

Researchers believe that about half of stillborn babies could be saved if their mothers had better medical care – and also say that rising rates of maternal obesity could be contributing to stillborn rates in the developed world.