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Stories about Development

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

5 July 2016

Kazakhstan's Capital Has a Million Residents? Probably Not.

"The president says a million. And the president never makes mistakes."

28 June 2016

Political Sniping Follows India's Failure to Win Nuclear Suppliers Group Membership

"Those dissing govt becoz india not part of nsg : this is the reason we not respected : letting politics come in way of standing by nation"

Teacher Shortages Aren't Always Hopeless, Proves Human Rights Group in India

A recent report by Oxfam found that 37 percent of the Indian government's primary schools lack adequate teachers due to insufficient funding.

26 June 2016

As Delhi's Ruling Party Demands Full Statehood, Could Dexit Follow Brexit?

On the heels of Brexit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, says that Delhi will soon have a referendum on full statehood -- but is a referendum even constitutional?

22 June 2016

India's LGBTQ Community Accuses Prime Minister of Hypocrisy Over His ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ for Orlando

"Your 110 character tweet was missing five important characters. Five characters that would reveal a truth that your government is refusing to acknowledge-LGBTQ’!"

16 June 2016

The Diaspora Comes Together to Contribute to Madagascar’s Development

"I’ve spent most of my life in France, but my whole family is...Malagasy. I think there’s a desire for us to gather and talk about our mixed cultural identity."

8 June 2016

Bangladesh's ‘Eco-Cooler’ Beats the Heat Without Electricity

A new social venture has come up with a simple idea to provide a cheap solution to the problem of overheating in the summer in areas without electricity.

1 June 2016

Colombia City Combines Gardening and Hip Hop to Revive Community

In one of the poorest areas of Colombia, people sing and cultivate collective memory and community empowerment.

24 May 2016

A Peruvian Amazon Community Is Putting Up a Fight Against the Expansion of Oil Palm

The legal case of Santa Clara Uchunya against the Pucallpa Plantations is emblematic because its outcome will have far-reaching consequences for the future of the region and its indigenous peoples.

23 May 2016

The Arkana Alliance: An Organization that Builds Bridges with the Shipibo Communities of Ucayali in Peru

Rising Voices

Meet the Arkana Alliance, an organization that is working in the Peruvian Amazon to empower the Shipibo people and help them preserve their environment.

20 May 2016

Creating a Space for Guinea's National Languages on the Internet

Rising Voices

"We must not make anyone feel marginalised because they have little or no understanding of the French language."

14 May 2016

Lower Castes in India Are Still Clearing Human Waste With Their Bare Hands, Despite Laws Against It

According to a recent report, many rural households in India continue to engage in manual scavenging, finding that it has less to do with poverty than with enduring caste-based discrimination.

7 May 2016

Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio

"I asked if they knew what disaster would befall us if the lake were to dry up. They said, if it goes dry, we'll just have to go somewhere else."

5 May 2016

A New Dam in Portugal Is About to Destroy Parts of a World Heritage Wine Region

Opponents warn the dam will cause an ecological disaster, destroying rare ecosystems and farmlands important to the wine industry.

This New Data Set Is Poised to Revolutionize Climate Adaptation

By combining satellite and on-ground weather information, scientists are improving our ability to bring resilience to extreme weather for the world’s poorest people.

4 May 2016

What Is #TheAfricaWeWant? One That's Prosperous, United and Fair, for Starters

"#TheAfricaWeWant is one of Solidarity & Sisterhood, Beauty & Brotherhood, Unity but not uniformity. Where multiplicity of voices strengthen"

3 May 2016

One Woman's Experience Breaking India's Feminine Ideal—With a Mohawk

"I constantly had to explain myself to others. There were whispers, giggles and derogatory comments: 'She’s gone butch.'"

28 April 2016

Five Cameroonian Data Journalists Take Stock of Paul Biya's 33 Governments

A data journalism project sheds light on all 33 different governing bodies during the Paul Biya administration in Cameroon.

Five Years Ago, a Tsunami Devastated Japan. Now a Filmmaker Looks Back.

The Canadian filmmaker Estelle Hebert has produced a one-hour documentary about one village's struggle to revive after a massive tsunami devastated much of Japan on March 11, 2011.

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