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Stories about Development

The EU and Armenia, partners in reform?

Recent promises of multi-billion-euro investments in Armenia by the European Union signal a deepening relationship between Yerevan and Brussels and renewed EU confidence in the legacy of the 2018 Armenian...

The Dhimal art of weaving

Sixty-five-year-old Chandra Kala Dhimal is one of the last few weavers from Nepal's indigenous Dhimal community keeping traditional wooden weaving alive.

Sri Lanka sacks agricultural scientist for raising concerns over agro-chemical ban

The sudden move to total organic farming could be one of the multiple triggers for a Sri Lankan food crisis that has affected the availability of essential food in the...

Turkey finally ratifies the Paris Climate Agreement

All eyes are on the upcoming council meeting in January 2022, where the government will announce the new action plan to combat the climate crisis.

Why Salvadoran farmworkers ponder migrating to the United States

"I leave the house for work at around 4 in the morning, and I return around 5 in the afternoon. This is my daily routine six days a week."

‘Self governance is self love': Barbados elects first local head of state on journey to becoming a republic

"We have a good relationship with the British monarchy. Long may it continue, as equals. Congratulations to our incoming President Dame Sandra Mason."

Indigenous artist depicts the hidden history behind the creation of Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake

Few of the tourists flocking to Bangladesh's Kaptai Lake know the dark history behind the site's creation. With a stunning visual story, artist Tufan Chakma sets out to change that.

COVID-19, vaccination and the progress of the global healthcare system

“ … obesity might soon be recognised as a vitally strategic global element in explaining varying COVID-19 levels between rich and poor.”

China's reputation challenged by perceptions of low-quality projects and products in Ethiopia

In contrast to the official praise, the Ethiopian public is often critical about the quality of these projects, as well as Chinese products sold in Ethiopia.

Ukraine’s trans-border transplant quandary

Going abroad for organ transplants is common in Ukraine, but the logistics are tricky. But a new law and enthusiastic regional doctors could make a national transplant system a reality.

Female foeticide to football in Nepal

Srijana Singh Thakuri of Nepal's national women's football team: "My story is not unique. It is just what happens when girls and women are given a chance, opportunity, and investment."

Philippines will allow casinos on world-famous Boracay Island, despite local opposition

“I appeal to our leaders in the province not to allow gambling casino that will destroy our cherished land.”

Pakistan's proposed media development authority could further curb freedom of media

The representatives of different press clubs of the country have declared the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) “a media martial law” and rejected it outright.

South Asia mourns Indian feminist icon Kamla Bhasin

Kamla Bhasin, a pioneer of the women’s rights movement in South Asia, died on September 25, 2021 in New Delhi, India. Activists remembered her on social media and mourned her...

India’s gasoline dilemma: Double burden of rising prices and soaring demand

As petrol and diesel prices skyrocket, so does demand, almost certainly leading to inflation, and thus adding a greater financial burden to people already hit by unemployment and the pandemic.

Global warming: Sea snot appears on Aegean Sea beaches in Chalkidiki, Greece

In June, a marine heat wave increased the average daily temperature of the Aegean Sea to 28 degrees Celsius, which is whole 4 degrees higher than previous years.

In Georgia, a taxi service for women by women

A new taxi service in Georgia, called TaxiWoman is promising safe journeys as it will serve only women, with women drivers behind the wheel.

Dalit erasure, or how Rolling Stone India failed to demonstrate diligent storytelling

A special cover by pop culture magazine Rolling Stone India and music platform Majjaa carrying interviews of singers Dhee and Vincent de Paul stirred controversy and widespread displeasure.

China's unfulfilled promise to develop Venezuela's mines

The Venezuelan and Chinese governments promoted the mining sector as a solution to Venezuela's oil dependence. Despite millionaire investments, the industry is far from its achieving its promise.

The story of a potato biscuit-chips fusion — how a Bangladeshi brand mesmerised India

A Bangladeshi manufacturing company has become extremely popular in India because of its spicy, sweet and savoury offerings — especially for its potato-biscuit fusion which became an internet sensation.

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