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Stories about Development

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.

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.

7 September 2019

Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India

As mental health awareness grows and the need for addressing the existing gap becomes more imminent, many more community-based initiatives are required to relieve the mental health crisis in India.

6 September 2019

Bangladeshi brides will no longer be questioned about their virginity for marriage certificates

The verdict came after a five-year-long legal battle and has been hailed a landmark victory for the equal rights campaigners.

3 September 2019

At a floating village in Cambodia, children drift away from schooling

“Some children can’t catch up with other students and decide to stop and go to work.”

2 September 2019

Once celebrated by Homer, Turkey's Mount Ida is losing trees and going bald

Activists and artists join forces in Turkey to fight deforestation caused by mining companies.

30 August 2019

Mass tree-planting in Ethiopia broke world records, but its impact will take time

Mass tree-planting projects are exciting, but the solution is never as simple as it seems. Send a Cow encourages smallholder farmers to plant multi-purpose trees in harmony with the environment.

27 August 2019

‘Kingston Creative’ breathes new life into Jamaica’s downtown district

With the involvement of 100+ volunteers and more than 20 community groups, Kingston Creative is reinvigorating Jamaica's capital with its ongoing #PaintTheCity mural project.

In Nigeria, disability activists say social stigma is greatest obstacle to human rights

“Many people see disability as a charity issue rather than a human rights issue, says Ekaete Umoh, a disability rights activist in Nigeria.

19 August 2019

Will Zimbabwe succeed in overturning a ban on the ivory trade?

Zimbabwe is currently sitting on a stockpile of seized ivory worth hundreds of millions.

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

13 August 2019

Malaria has affected over 5 million people in Burundi so far this year

In Burundi, so far this year, malaria has affected 5,738,661 million people — that's about half its population. Yet, the government hesitates to declare an epidemic.

9 August 2019

Talking trash: Lebanese citizens continue to mobilize to solve the garbage crisis

A solution for Lebanon’s garbage problem is yet to be made after the government held off on a decision to build incinerators during talks that took place within Beirut.

7 August 2019

Travel: An extreme sport for Africans

The Bridge

It’s difficult for Africans to travel outside Africa — but it’s equally grim to travel within the continent.

6 August 2019

Witch-hunting still claims lives in rural India

Witch-hunting is a practice that still exists in some parts of India where people, mostly women, are branded witches and treated inhumanly often leading to mob-lynching.

1 August 2019

Iran's invisible children

"Given the Islamic Republic’s history of discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, this lack of infrastructure, economic negligence and the depth of poverty appears intentional..."

29 July 2019

A brief history of Taiwan's indigenous Seediq tribe

Rising Voices

The Seediq tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power.

26 July 2019

Poland's artistic and architectural contributions remembered in 2019 commemoration of the 1963 Skopje earthquake

This year's annual commemorations of the earthquake include an exhibition in Poland of artworks sent to the city of Skopje by Polish artists in a show of solidarity.

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