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Stories about Development

26 April 2019

Cultural heritage and stray dogs under siege in Baku's Formula 1 rerun

"Every year, we invest in Formula 1 but not in our education system? Why?"

20 April 2019

Bangladeshi paint company advert draws criticism from lovers of traditional Alpana art

"Berger is offering their synthetic paints to the Alpona artists of Tikoil village. The artists will no longer need to paint every season, colors will last forever. What a horror!

11 April 2019

Expelled Chinese diamond mining firm quietly returns to Zimbabwe

"How can a company mine diamonds from 2010 to 2015 and fail to produce audited financial statements, a basic integrity requirement?"

9 April 2019

These women ride across Bangladesh on motorcycles to spread the word about empowerment

Sakia Haque and her friends wanted to talk to Bangladeshi girls about women's empowerment and educate them about reproductive health, so what did they do? They hopped on motorbikes!

29 March 2019

In India, a video brings awareness to children suffering from mumps

A video reporting the outbreak of mumps at a primary school in Uttar Pradesh led to setting up of health camps and ensured that children were treated.

24 March 2019

Cote d'Ivoire's chocolate waste spurs second industry in cocoa butter

An Ivorian woman makes cocoa butter to sell to soap makers, using chocolate scraps from Cote d'Ivoire's booming cocoa bean industry, the largest in the world.

20 March 2019

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

15 March 2019

Afghan women send a message to government, Taliban: We want in

"Peace does not just mean an end to the war. No country can be successful in its national programs without the participation of women."

2 March 2019

For the love of language: The first book of stories printed in Mro language

Bangladeshi organization prints first book in Mro language to support the growth of indigenous languages.

27 February 2019

What diapers taught me about Europe

The Bridge

"With unrestricted access to information, my critical consciousness was awakened, and I began to reconsider binaries like “developed” and “backward” and re-analyze politics both in Turkmenistan and West."

20 February 2019

To change the system from within or without: the dilemma for feminists in ‘New Armenia’

Most feminists concede that the new government is not quite educated on what women’s movements are about. But many have been forgiving, at least for now.

12 February 2019

Nigeria's presidential elections — a test for democracy in Africa

"If the upcoming presidential election in Africa’s most populous country are free, fair and credible, it sets a strong example for the continent’s other democracies."

6 February 2019

The ‘coal curtain’ is the new Iron Curtain

While Western Europe reduces its coal usage, the former Soviet bloc nations are moving in the opposite direction.

30 January 2019

Mining disaster in Brazil shows that Bolsonaro's pledge to loosen up sector regulation is totally insane

On his inauguration, Bolsonaro criticized the mining regulators and vowed to loosen up the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

29 January 2019

Amid civil unrest, internet shutdowns are making Zimbabwe's economic crisis worse

Advox

"It's not the fuel price increases, it's not the looming hunger. The most scary thing is that these guys in government are convinced that they are doing a good job."

25 January 2019

Sri Lankan tea estate workers take to the streets to demand fair wages

'Companies say they don't have profit, govt says it doesn't have money, ministers make so many promises[...] workers want only Rs. 1000 daily basic wage for the work they do'.

19 January 2019

Jordan stalls on official poverty statistics amid tax law controversy

Reports on poverty in Jordan have been absent since 2010, putting the government under fire for answers.

10 January 2019

First transgender pride march hopes to shatter stereotypes in Pakistan

The first transgender pride march seeks to change stereotypes and demand rights.

5 January 2019

As international factory safety group ordered to leave Bangladesh, garment workers fear return to deadly work conditions

In April 2013, a garments factory collapse at the Rana Plaza building in Savar, Bangladesh, left 1,134 people dead. The tragedy exposed the lack of safety of Bangladesh's garment industry,...

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