Thanks to ITS for drawing my attention to a disturbing article in the Christian Science Monitor on child poverty in Albania.
Despite recent economic growth, a third of Albania's children live on less than $2 a day. And according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a staggering 35 percent of children in rural areas are malnourished; in urban areas, 17 percent are. In terms of child malnutrition – measured by the percentage of children under age 5 who are underweight – the World Bank puts Albania just above Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe.
On a different note, the latest report from IPS discusses the new legal framework for the development of the tourist industry.