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Stories about Development

4 February 2016

The Movement for Affordable and Accessible Sanitary Napkins in South Asia

In Bangladesh, India and Nepal, efforts are underway to provide women with a sanitary napkin they can afford in order to improve health and remove social stigmas attached to menstruation.

1 February 2016

One Photo, One Thousand Words About Post-Apartheid South Africa

South Africans are saying the photo, which shows a controversial radio personality with his lawyer walking near a man seemingly digging through rubbish, captures the income equality plaguing their country.

15 January 2016

An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse

The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.

14 January 2016

Hong Kong's Government Is Walking All Over Chinese Dolphins—Literally and Figuratively

"You don't want the real one and kill them all. Then you step on the fake one and take a photo while laughing. What kind of mentality is this?"

11 January 2016

It's David v. Goliath, as Citizens of ‘Europe's Greenest’ Region Take On an Italian Energy Giant

The Bridge

Italian energy giant Terna SpA slaps an activist with a 16 million-euro lawsuit as it pushes forward a mega-project in Abruzzo—"Europe's lungs". Which will triumph: business or socio-environmental dissent?

Young Innovator From Somalia's Puntland Builds Vehicles of Hope

"To keep him busy I used to give him some plastic items and ask him to assemble them. I guess that’s how all these wonderful inventions began."

10 January 2016

SMS Platform Empowers Small Scale Farmers in Uganda

"Wefarm is a Wikipedia for farmers, or as its founder describes it, 'Internet for people without Internet.'"

A China-Financed Economic Corridor Brings Promise and Discord to Pakistan

Can Pakistan's regions and political parties come to a consensus over who should benefit most from the mega-project? That seems unlikely for the moment.

7 January 2016

A Revolution of Music and Poetry From Behind the Computer Screens of Nicaragua

Blogger Heydi Ortega argues that today's Nicaraguan youths are in a unique position, beset with a new generation's troubles, and poised for revolutionary actions, if they're willing.

30 December 2015

The Tragic Rise of Child Abduction as a Business in Madagascar in 2015

"I would not wish such a nightmare on my worst enemy. The Malagasy population feels completely helpless in the face of this wave of children kidnapping."

29 December 2015

Tajikistan's Pamir Region: Forever on the Brink of Disaster?

Sarez, a high-altitude lake vulnerable to breakout in the event of major seismic activity, looms ominously over the lives of the Pamiri people and the wider region.

26 December 2015

For Land-locked Nepal, a Year of Natural and Man-Made Disasters

“I have negative thoughts. But if everyone gets positive, I will get the energy to stay positive.”

23 December 2015

25 Years After Officially Closing, Kyrgyzstan's Biggest Dump Is Still Rancid and Expanding

Is the toxic, anarchic landfill that has troubled Bishkek for over two decades about to be brought to heel?

17 December 2015

Mapping for Niger, as Told by One of the Project's Volunteers

Rising Voices

The project faces limited logistical, financial, and human resources as well as a general ignorance of Open Data, making each activity realized a feat of volunteer passion and activism.

16 December 2015

The Complexities of Adapting to Climate Change in Benin

Poverty, practicalities and lack of awareness can complicate efforts to do so, experts at a conference on development and climate change in Benin concluded.

10 December 2015

Photographer Elyor Nematov Captures the Lives of Kyrgyzstan's Russia-Based Migrants Left Behind

When will father come home? Sometimes months, sometimes years, sometimes never.

30 November 2015

Bangladesh Keeps Blocking Social Media, Threatens New Surveillance Tactics

Global Voices Advocacy

With the lack of accountability shown by the government, a move towards more stringent controls of the Internet is worrying for the state of free expression in the country.

29 November 2015

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself ‘What Would the Tanzanian President Do?’

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

27 November 2015

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

26 November 2015

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

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