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Stories about Development

13 November 2019

The future of asylum seekers is uncertain in Sri Lanka

"The authorities must take urgent steps to guarantee the safety, dignity and human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers, ensuring that they are safe and have humane living conditions."

10 November 2019

Tanzania high court upholds ruling to end child marriage despite attempts to repeal it

In October 2019, the Tanzanian High Court upheld the ruling to end child marriage. The ruling is a step toward eliminating harmful practices and ending all forms of discrimination against girls.

5 November 2019

Amidst denial, Pakistan's smog issues pose serious health risks to the city of Lahore

Many Pakistanis are wondering when the Pakistan government will realize the magnitude of the degradation of air quality in Pakistani megacities and take steps for a solution.

3 November 2019

Will collective farming by artists save one of Manila's remaining urban fields?

"As peasant advocates aiming at promoting agroecology, we want to participate in agricultural production."

30 October 2019

Zanzibar zooms in on the future of visual arts in Africa

Visual Arts Festival Zanzibar brought together artists from Zanzibar and across Africa for a week of conversations, workshops and panels on the current state of visual arts.

29 October 2019

Tanzania tech startup fights fake drugs through new online platform

Hawa Dagaa, a pharmacist in Dar es Salaam, believes that the new online system will help her track the pharmaceutical products, reducing her chances of purchasing fake drugs.

25 October 2019

Soon Bangladesh's capital may have two more reasons to complain about the traffic

"People are suffering a lot for the traffic jams, the people want respite, please finish the first Metrorail project."

18 October 2019

From dictatorship to democracy: All eyes on The Gambia’s upcoming Universal Periodic Review

Ahead of The Gambia's Universal Periodic Review, which issues top the agenda of civil society organizations? "There has been a kind of a media boom after the dictatorship."

13 October 2019

This Tanzanian youth advocate has a vision for inclusive education

A recent study conducted by HakiElimu found that even in schools deemed “inclusive,” the learning environment was still not very friendly for students with visual impairment.

12 October 2019

India's apex court halts tree felling in Mumbai amid protests

The Court stay on tree-cutting in Aarey may be a temporary victory to activists fighting for preserving Mumbai forest, but India is losing the larger battle on protecting the environment.

9 October 2019

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa: Global Voices represents at Addis Ababa digital rights conference

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The forum represented a huge step forward for digital rights in Ethiopia, where, just five years ago, press freedom and digital rights were at an all-time low.

2 October 2019

No land, no fish: Mekong community in northeast Thailand struggles against a double-threat

"I don’t understand but I’m very stressed. How can they demolish it? I don’t have anywhere to live. We aren’t rich investors. We’re poor people."

Youth gather in China to halt biodiversity loss and promote harmony with nature

At the MAB Youth Forum, 176 young people from 82 countries gathered in China, to discuss the urgent biodiversity crisis caused by climate change and declare their commitment to all...

28 September 2019

Cameroon’s amputee football team set to miss first international debut

The Cameroon amputee team was formed in March last year and needs international participation to get recognized by the World Amputee Football Federation. Their journey has been daunting.

22 September 2019

Zanzibar's one and only music academy on the brink of closure

For the 1,800 talented students who have trained at the DCMA, this is the only musical home they know, where they can learn and grow as professional musicians and artists.

17 September 2019

Indian authorities approve uranium exploration in Nallamala Forest, sparking protests

The Chenchu indigenous community, environmentalists and civic bodies protest proposed uranium mining in the Nallamala Forest located in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India.

16 September 2019

Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years

Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.

15 September 2019

Tobago's coral bleaching alert makes it clear there is ‘no alternative’ to fighting the climate crisis

As warmer ocean temperatures wreak havoc on coral reefs around Tobago and other islands in the Caribbean Sea, we talk to a biologist who is concerned for their future.

12 September 2019

Cameroonians with HIV face ‘a death sentence’ as Global Fund threatens to pull antiretroviral drugs

HIV-positive Cameroonians fear a shortage of free ARV drugs as the Global Fund threatens to pull supplies due to Cameroon's growing $47 million dollar debt.

11 September 2019

Cameroonian parents fear sending children back to school in midst of armed conflict

In Cameroon, separatists have used school boycotts as a bargaining chip. Fighters have killed and kidnapped teachers in English regions to keep schools from opening again until demands are met.