Category: <span>Social Justice</span>

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

The 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,600 more, is the clothing industry’s worst ever industrial incident. It is not just the body count, though, that made the collapse of the Rana Plaza, a nine-story building in the Bangladeshi industrial city of Savar (near Dhaka), capture global attention (briefly)...

The Commodification of Water is the Answer to Scarcity Experts Argue, But What Are the Implications for Africa?

The Commodification of Water is the Answer to Scarcity Experts Argue, But What Are the Implications for Africa?

According to the United Nations, by 2050, two-thirds of the world will not have access to water. One in three people still do not have access to clean water and it is estimated that about 842,000 deaths per year is attributable to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene, with 361,000 deaths of them occurring in...

Growing Inequalities: Closing the Widening Inequality Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

Growing Inequalities: Closing the Widening Inequality Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals is reducing inequalities. It’s complete title is, “Reduce inequality within and among countries.” The United Nations website states: “Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern. Despite some positive signs toward reducing inequality in some dimensions, such as reducing relative income inequality in some countries...

Strings Attached: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity, It’s Used for Political and Economic Influence

Strings Attached: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity, It’s Used for Political and Economic Influence

In December 2020, prior to his departure from the US presidency, Donald Trump offered the Philippines a gift: US$29 million worth of military equipment. In response, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, called the gift “a symbol of the Philippines and the United States’ continued warm alliance”. This gift is by no means unusual. According to...