Matthew Ponsford

Megacities get smart but concerns that leaving girls behind

Nov 16 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Megacities of the future will boast high-speed rail, superfast broadband, and green energy systems - but experts on Thursday said they were failing to leave space for one thing: girls.

New U.N. powers to quiz firms in bloody battle over land rights

Oct 25 2017

DUBLIN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A United Nations official charged with defending human rights activists has gained new powers to question company directors in a bid to crack down on a worldwide surge in attacks on people who oppose their megaprojects.

U.N. executions expert: liberal development kills

Oct 18 2017

DUBLIN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A United Nations special rapporteur on Wednesday blamed neo-liberalism for unleashing violence worldwide, calling "the liberal vision for development" a killer in the community.

Older Britons joining army of young homeless: report

Oct 12 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain faces a ticking time bomb of old people sleeping rough, with more than 200 elderly people becoming homeless each month and their numbers set to spiral, local councils said in a report released on Friday.

Radical action vital to calm 'perfect storm': economist

Oct 12 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As disgruntled voters fall into the arms of promise-all populists, it is time for progressive politicians to get radical and tackle the "grotesque" inequalities that are fuelling extremism, according to economist Guy Standing.

'Capital of poverty': record number of working Londoners are poor according to report

Oct 09 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than one in four Londoners, many of them in work, live in poverty due to stagnant wages and rapidly rising rents, according to a report released on Monday.

Cities make for healthier, happier people: report

Oct 05 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Contrary to popular belief, busy city centers beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socializing and walking make for happier, healthier people, according to a new report.

Sofa surfing and sex with strangers hide London's homeless

Sep 27 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For each person sleeping rough on London's streets, there are 13 more "hidden homeless" who sofa surf, sleep on buses, squat or have sex with strangers each night, a report said on Wednesday.

Open house takes on whole new meaning in London's sharing economy

Sep 27 2017

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - First cars went communal, and bikes were open to all. Then private offices became co-working spaces, and spare rooms morphed into mini hotels as London's sharing economy took off.

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