See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Stories about Development

26 April 2017

How the United States Has Become a Problem for Indians

To learn more about the lives of Indians in Donald Trump's America, Global Voices spoke to two Indian young men about their aborted plans to study in the United States.

25 April 2017

One Small Town's Referendum on Gold Mining Is a Big Victory for Citizen Participation in Macedonia

It was the first successful referendum since Macedonia gained independence 26 years ago.

22 April 2017

A Colombian Philosopher Explores the Alternatives to Overusing Mother Nature

"It might sound like a cliché: 'We must unite to face worldly problems', but that unity is necessary. Divided peoples don't win."

16 April 2017

Chinese President's Ambitious Xiongan Dream Sparks Skepticism

"In Hebei, where people believe in the planned economy, how can they attract and embrace alternative [people] who go against the establishment?"

Urbanisation in Chechnya: Why Do People Leave Their Ancestral Villages?

Chechnya's farms have fallen fallow as villagers enthusiastically swap the hard work and abundance of the countryside for occasional labour and handouts in the city.

14 April 2017

Some South Africans Argue It's Not Just Their Country's Credit Rating That's Junk Status

They blasted the country's president, historical and present-day inequality, and the rating agencies themselves after S&P Global Ratings and Fitch downgraded South Africa.

12 April 2017

Bend It Like Poonam: Teen Girls Challenge India's Patriarchy on the Football Field

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and find more confidence in their sexuality through football.

9 April 2017

Beijing Unveils New Economic Area To Give Millennials a Shot at the ‘China Dream’

"Using public housing to counteract the property market is a strategy [for] the young generation who [cannot] afford property [...] if the plan works out, it can be a model."

7 April 2017

One Day They Stole Me: True Story Animations Spotlight Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Scourge

Tatyana Zelenskaya's powerful drawings tell the story of five kidnapped women, each with a very different destiny.

31 March 2017

A Canadian Company Is Set to Construct Brazil's Largest Open-Pit Gold Mine—in the Heart of the Amazon

The Volta Grande Gold Project will extract 600 tons of gold over the course of 12 years. But activists and indigenous groups oppose the plan.

20 March 2017

India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves

This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.

19 March 2017

In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation

"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."

14 March 2017

Africa’s Green Energy Challenge: Mega Projects, Off-Grid or Somewhere in Between?

South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy.

12 March 2017

India's Cashless Villages: Not Really There Yet, But the Journey Has Begun

The Lanura village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water and other amenities of life. The people were stunned to learn that the village was declared a "cashless village."

Georgian Town of Batumi Suffers Riots Over a Parking Ticket, Local Grievances

Social media users have been tweeting about the situation in the city under the hashtag #BatumiRiots.

6 March 2017

India’s Government Plans to Refuse School Lunches to Students Without National ID Cards

Beginning this summer, the Indian government will controversially start requiring more than 100 million school children to show their Aadhaar (national identity) card in order to claim their lunches.

3 March 2017

A Year After Berta Cáceres’ Assassination, the Struggle for Land in Honduras Continues—and So Do the Threats

"We strive to make energy a human right. It should be part of the common property and therefore the people should have a say in it."

1 March 2017

‘Speed Thrills but Kills,’ ‘Safety on Road Is Safe Tea at Home’ and Other Bhutanese Road Signs

"I Loved Driving on the Hills coz of these boards. I would prefer this, rather than the Advertising Boards along the roads."

27 February 2017

What Does Trump's Presidency Mean for Brazilians? It's Complicated.

"I know about half a dozen people here, who have truly forgotten that one day they arrived here and lived here illegally."

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices
Email Frequency



No thanks, show me the site