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Stories about Development

21 October 2016

Sri Lanka Pays the Price for Past Government's Extravagance

The huge sum of money spent canceling an order for new Airbuses could have funded a whole lot more.

20 October 2016

A Lack of Open Space Forces Kids in One Mumbai Suburb to Play in a Dirty Field

“We don’t tell our parents that we play here. They think we go to a proper ground to play. If they know...they will not let us out to play."

12 October 2016

Blinded, Married, and Turned Loose in the Ring: Three Stories of Girls in Modern-Day India

Global Voices reviews a few stories covered by the Video Volunteers community's citizen journalists, showing how girls in India face and cope with various gender-related challenges.

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Global Voices Advocacy

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

28 September 2016

Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout

The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.

A Bangladeshi Man Who Knows Hunger All Too Well Provides Affordable Meals for Children in Need

"There was a time when I used to wait in the long lines in front of the temple for a little food," says one of the founders of the venture.

Vietnamese Land Activist Cấn Thị Thêu Has Braved Violence, Arrest and Prison

"I will live in a way that they will see that their brutality will never threaten our will to fight. We will hold on to our land until the end."

26 September 2016

What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?

"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."

23 September 2016

The Struggles of Peacebuilding in Mali

Between the signing of the peace accord on June 20, 2014, and June 25, 2015, Mali recorded 191 attacks, leaving 385 people dead.

22 September 2016

The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?

Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.

A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests

The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.

20 September 2016

Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict

“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.

There’s a Teacher Roaming Rural Colombia Atop Two Donkeys, Bringing a Mobile Library to Children

"One day, teacher Luis decides to load his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, with books and takes them to remote areas for children who can't access them otherwise."

18 September 2016

Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper

"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"

15 September 2016

A Former Street Child in Mumbai Builds a Cafe-Cum-Library for Homeless Youth

"I sold books for nearly three years to collect funds to set up this cafe. We will always be open to street children and never reject their entry..."

Havana Is a City That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Limelight

In recent years, Cuba has become fashionable, and Havana is a star in the world market.

8 September 2016

Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal

Global Voices Advocacy

President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.

Filipino Fishers Living in a Scenic Cove Fight to Save Their Homes From Demolition and Land Grabbing

"Our forefathers have been here, 150 years ago. They were the ones who cleared the area. Now a giant developer wants us to leave the land where we grew up."

India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor

One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.

2 September 2016

Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".

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