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Dollarisation in Zimbabwe. Photo: Richard Hammond/Panos/Hollandse Hoogte

‘A challenging investment environment’

27 May 2014
Zimbabwe is facing difficult times. With a shrinking economy and an uncertain economic outlook, major banks are loath to lend money for investment. Small local businesses in particular are feeling the credit squeeze. The introduction of private equity could help to bridge the current gap between supply and demand for investment. read more

Turning deadly methane gas into clean energy

23 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - An Asian Development Bank supported project in the People's Republic of China is helping to convert deadly methane gas from coal mines into clean energy for thousands of people and hundreds of businesses. read more
The Different Faces of Sustainability © Motivaction

The different faces of sustainability

21 May 2014
UPSIDES RECOMMENDS - A hidden, but revolutionary potential, is present among the Chinese population to achieve a breakthrough in environmental sustainability. This is the main conclusion of a survey by Motivaction about environmental sustainability in China, Europe and the US. The findings make clear that popular support for environmentalism is highest in China, followed by Europe and the US. read more
Waste being collected at New Delhi Railway Station

Organising India’s waste recyclers

20 May 2014
In India, globalisation and urbanisation have led to an enormous rise in consumption and consequently in waste production. In most Indian cities about 1% of the population recycles waste for a living, approximately 20% of the total waste generated. Environmentalist, writer and founder of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group Bharati Chaturvedi: ‘Unfortunately the work of these waste pickers and recyclers is hazardous and unrecognised. We want to change this.’ read more