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Stories about Development

13 August 2018

Romania's paediatrician shortage crisis signals red flags about its healthcare system

Several hospitals in towns outside the capital Bucharest operate with only one pediatrician on duty. When they take a vacation, the unit has to shut down.

28 July 2018

Sharing a passion for permaculture in Suriname

An interview with Alex Yakaumo, a permaculturalist who spends his time lecturing and running workshops about self-sustaining agricultural ecosystems in his community in Commewijne.

27 July 2018

One of Europe's last primeval forests crumbles in the hands of the Polish government

Watchdog environmental organizations say at least 160,000-180,000 trees were felled since 2016, after the Polish government tripled the amount of wood to be harvested from Białowieża.

Southern Iraq rages over dire living conditions

With frequent power cuts intensifying the effects of a brutal heatwave, people have taken to the streets to demand better public services, jobs and an end to corruption.

24 July 2018

Why Bamyan province brings out the best of Afghanistan

"These pictures give us a clear message: security, awareness and gender equality. I wish to have such gatherings in all provinces."

13 July 2018

First Malaria World Congress explores ways forward as elimination efforts stall

The message from the 1st Malaria World Congress: "We're at a crossroads. We neglect #malaria at our peril."

5 July 2018

First comprehensive study on child abuse in Madagascar points to alarming level of violence

89% of children report having suffered from domestic abuse at least once and 30% of minors in the island have had a child.

23 June 2018

The Nepali “sausage vine” evergreen plant is famous in the United Kingdom, yet remains unknown in Nepal

"We plant and eat fruits of foreign origin like avocado and kiwi...However, we don’t even know that foreigners are trading delicious fruits taken from our own jungles."

19 June 2018

Can the United States connect Cubans to the internet? A historical review from the Cuban perspective

Advox

There is likely no way for the United States to provide internet access to Cuba without authorization by the Cuban government.

14 June 2018

Taiwanese and Vietnamese activists are working together to pursue justice for the victims of the Vietnam marine life disaster

"This is the pain of Taiwanese. If we experience this kind of pain, we should not then inflict it on Vietnam."

Port Harcourt: Nigeria's city of ‘soot so thick’

Soot causes cancer and lung disease, and long-term exposure to soot increases the risk of coronary artery disease.

8 June 2018

A fishing village and mangrove habitat in the Philippines faces threats of reclamation

"We will not leave our homes. We will fight so long as there are people supporting us and giving us the strength to fight."

4 June 2018

As fuel prices in India hit a four-year high, an outraged public demands tax relief

Due to stronger global prices for crude oil, India is witnessing a rise in retail prices as the country sources 80% of its oil needs from abroad.

26 May 2018

Bangladesh's ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on drugs is leaving dozens dead

Human rights advocates say security forces are extrajudicially killing those suspected of drug crimes.

In India, 13 people are killed after police open fire on copper plant protesters

"My Constitution...ensures my right to protest. It ensures my right to life,livelihood,safe and healthy environment. #Thoothukkudi exposes the barbaric assault on these rights."

13 May 2018

Bangladesh blasts off with their first ever satellite launch into space

"Successful deployment of SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed. Maybe this is how a country changes. So proud."

9 May 2018

An uneven playing field for female candidates in Sri Lanka

"They expect more women to come into politics, but when there's no support for us or action taken against harassers, we are left wondering if we are wasting our time."

6 May 2018

Homeless, jobless, and penniless, residents resist closure of the Philippines’ Boracay island

"As an advocate for the environment I want it rehabilitated too, but I bleed more for the people who are affected by the closure."

2 May 2018

Bulgarian environmental activists score important court victory in struggle to #SavePirin National Park

"Great news for @zazemiata + thousands of people protesting against plans to damage #Pirin national park in Bulgaria! #SavePirin"

24 April 2018

Skopje's pedestrians call out cars and cafes for dangerously invading their #PublicSpace

"No problem, pal, the patients will find a way [around your car parked on the sidewalk]. #PublicSpace"

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