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Stories about Development

24 May 2016

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

7 May 2016

Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio

"I asked if they knew what disaster would befall us if the lake were to dry up. They said, if it goes dry, we'll just have to go somewhere else."

5 May 2016

A New Dam in Portugal Is About to Destroy Parts of a World Heritage Wine Region

Opponents warn the dam will cause an ecological disaster, destroying rare ecosystems and farmlands important to the wine industry.

This New Data Set Is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people.

4 May 2016

What Is #TheAfricaWeWant? One That's Prosperous, United and Fair, for Starters

"#TheAfricaWeWant is one of Solidarity & Sisterhood, Beauty & Brotherhood, Unity but not uniformity. Where multiplicity of voices strengthen"

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

22 April 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Priorities, Anyone?

This week we take you to China, Mexico, Jamaica, Macedonia and Uganda, where we speak to Prudence Nyamishana who tells us why Ugandans are peeved at their government's priorities.

17 April 2016

Community Fights to Protect Cherished Mangrove in Cancun, Mexico

"The people, especially the young people, are trying to save the mangrove. The government lied to us. The destruction they left behind is a disgrace."

12 April 2016

Australia’s ‘Stop the Clock’ Movement Fights to Keep Foreign Aid From Falling to Historic Lows

Should cuts to foreign aid go ahead in May as planned, Australian aid would dip to its lowest level since records began in 1960.

6 April 2016

Liberia Is Handing Over Public Primary Education to a Private American Company

"Thinking of schools only as places to learn how to read may appear a reasonable idea in a country where most children cannot achieve even that."

5 April 2016

Macedonia's Academy of Arts and Sciences Pulls Its Public Debt Clock Following Political Pressure

The issue of public debt in Macedonia, one of Europe's poorest countries, is a touchy one.

24 March 2016

Albanian Activists Rally Against a ‘Concrete’ End for Tirana's Last Public Park

"...the voice and perspective raised by numerous civic movements has met with outright arrogance by the Tirana Municipality authorities..."

18 March 2016

The Amazonian City of Pucallpa Has Been Protesting For Days, but Peru's Media Isn't Taking Notice

"Sixth day of regional strike in Pucallpa and there isn't one news story in the Sunday programmes."

14 March 2016

Kyrgyzstan Keeps Half an Eye on Renewables

Demand for renewables is growing in a country where the Soviet-era energy system is visibly wilting.

12 March 2016

Lebanese ‘You Stink’ Protesters Are Back on the Streets

Eight months after taking to the streets to protest against Lebanon's mounting rubbish problem, the issue is not solved. Protesters are back on the streets today.

5 March 2016

India's Promise To Double Farmers’ Paltry Income May Be Too Little, Too Late

With compounding problems in the agriculture sector, one recommendation suggests that increasing productivity and focusing on small disadvantaged farmers are key to improving farmers’ standard of living in India.

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