Illustration: Pete Reynolds

We can’t grow our way out of poverty

For more than half a century, economists and policymakers have focused fanatically on growth as the only feasible way to end global poverty and improve people’s lives. But in an era of planet-wide ecological breakdown, that comfortable conventional wisdom is crashing to an end. Jason Hickel lays it on the line.

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A living wage for the world?

Dinyar Godrej ponders what a global minimum wage might look like.

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Heads down and with not a moment to spare: women workers stitch garments for fast-fashion foreign brands at a factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.Photo: Mehedi Hasan/NurPhoto/PA

For a few cents more

The globalized garment industry is as ruthless as they come, creaming off huge profits while paying workers a pittance. Trade unionist Anannya Bhattacharjee from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance is pressing the case for a living wage. She explains to Dinyar Godrej that the changes needed are surprisingly small – yet vehemently resisted.

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Daiana Borges says she gained dignity after she started to sell her products: ‘Before, I could not look people in the eye.’Photo: Vanessa Martina Silva

Can cash hand-outs cure poverty?

Vanessa Martina Silva considers the track record of Brazil’s flagship Bolsa Família, the world’s largest conditional cash transfer scheme.

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Illustration: Yeyei Gómez

Who’s the thief?

Tax havens in the Global North enable the systematic looting of the Global South. John Christensen explains how their activities impoverish the world.

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President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, a critic of Western influence over his country, meets with US President John F Kennedy. There may have been smiles all around but Nkrumah’s cards were marked.Photo: Abbie Rowe/Wikimedia Commons

A brief history of impoverishment

Poverty between – and within – nations doesn’t just exist. It is created and needs constant maintenance. Warning: extremely violent content. Words: Dinyar Godrej.

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Protesters against Argentina’s hunger crisis gather for a brew, 5 September 2019. They had camped out overnight in front of the Ministry of Social Development in Buenos Aires.Photo: Carol Smiljan/NurPhoto/PA

Argentina’s big squeeze

Why is hunger growing in a country known as an agricultural powerhouse? Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

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Action on Poverty

Links for campaigning and more reading on poverty.

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Wary looks: Ntombekhaya Sobuza and little sister Asanele outside their shack constructed from packaging materials from a Volkswagen plant, on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.Photo: James Oatway/Panos

Shut out

Poverty is not down to chance or bad choices. It’s hard wired into a deeply unequal economic system. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Dinyar Godrej.

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Illustration: Pete Reynolds

The age of development: an obituary

Wolfgang Sachs wrote a seminal series of essays for the New Internationalist in 1992 called ‘Development: a guide to the ruins’. The concept of development lives on – and takes on new shapes as it is reframed by the UN, reinterpreted by the Vatican or hijacked by authoritarian populists to serve their own nationalist agenda. But, he argues now, we need to move beyond its misguided assumptions into a new post-development era based on eco-solidarity.

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Fifi, with her daughter Mia, bemoans the slow pace of reconstruction.Photo: Tamzin Forster

Barbudans are resisting disaster capitalists

Ever since Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017, residents of Barbuda have been trying to defend themselves against those who would cash in on their misfortune. Gemma Sou hears what they have to say.

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View of Ferizaj.Photo: Arianna Pagani

After Isis

Thousands of former ISIS foreign fighters and their families are held in Kurdish camps in Syria. Hundreds have escaped during the recent Turkish offensive. Most European countries refuse to repatriate them, but Kosovo is bringing its citizens home. Sara Manisera reports.

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Bad tech

Bad tech

Data-snatching, AI and eye-spy: some of the new technologies undermining migrants’ rights.

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Jose Caceres, a migrant who was deported back to Honduras, holds up a picture of his sons. He was separated from his 11-year-old Brayan (right) five months ago as they tried to enter the US. Brayan is now living in a shelter in Maryland.Photo: Jim Wyss/Miami Herald/PA images

Deported by Silicon Valley

Governments are increasingly using surveillance and big data to track immigrants. Gaby del Valle reports from the US, where activists are trying to hold data-mining firm Palantir to account.

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Throughout history, migrants have often been treated as a source of disease and 'contagion'. (Left) Immigrant children are examined on arrival at Ellis Island, New York, 1911.Photo: Bettmann/Getty

How fear infected the border

Ruben Andersson traces the roots of a Freudian fixation.

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Illustration: Denise Nestor (figures) and Amel al-Zakout (background scene)

Who do you save?

Syrian artist Amel al-Zakout nearly drowned in the Mediterranean Sea after her boat capsized en route to Greece. Volunteer lifeguard Gerard Canals was part of the rescue operation. Hazel Healy put the two in touch with each other to speak for the first time since the shipwreck.

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Previous page:  Students perform Irish dancing at the Queens Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, New York. For people from ethnic minority backgrounds living in Ireland, the friendly image of the ‘invisible border’ does not apply – racial profiling by police and immigration officials takes place at crossing points and in-country.Photo: Richard Levine/Alamy

Ireland’s invisible frontier

The threat of Brexit has caused great anxiety about the return of a ‘hard border’ in Ireland. Yet it’s minority communities who have the most to fear, writes Luke Butterly.

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Illustration: Nick Taylor

Open borders, 2050

Alex Sager imagines a time when all people are free to move.

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Free entry

Free entry

Planet earth is not the same size for everybody. This infographic shows where you can travel to without a visa, depending on your nationality.

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Speak out

Speak out

A network of solidarity exists among and alongside those who move, and stay, without permission. Hazel Healy profiles three initiatives. ‘Is it fair that Europe walks as it wants in Africa but not the opposite?’ ‘Once you help, you cannot close your eyes’ ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’.

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