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· February, 2006

Stories about Development from February, 2006

Kenya: Poverty eradication industry

ThinkersRoom comments on the growing poverty eradication industry…“Poverty is one of the biggest employers, and what’s more, has created some of the biggest gravy trains in history”

Vietnam: Planned City

Le Bao Tuan of Sticky Rice experiences “architecture shock” visiting Phu My Hung, a booming planned community built on a former swamp south of Saigon. He writes: “Phu My Hung...

Hurricane Katrina: Rethinking Disaster Relief Response

Hurricane Katrina: Rethinking Disaster Relief Response

India: Illiteracy and the road ahead

India: Illiteracy and the road ahead

Africa: water & energy solutions

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on an amazing invention that may provide the water and power to may people in poor rural areas of the developing world. “To solve the problem, he’s...

Nigeria: culture and the modern world

Nigeria, what's new? publishes extracts from his forthcoming book – here he discusses where does culture meet the modern world? “Mention female anatomy or clitoral circumcision and our people cringe...

Indonesia: Electric Growth

Sarapan Ekonomi critiques John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman: “His self declared crime — inflating the forecast of electrical demand to force Indonesia into bankruptcy — has...

Cuba: Macheteros

Que Bola? posts a lovely black-and-white photo of two macheteros, or Cuban sugar cane workers, remarking that “it is mindboggling to see the old antiquated equipment and ox drawn wagons...

Ethiopia: Food Aid dependency

Black Star Journal comments on a BBC article on Ethiopia's dependency on foreign food aid..…”It notes that while aid may be well-intentioned, its effects can sometimes be devastating (and I'm...

Mozambique: microfinance

Aid worker, Jared of Jared's Mozambique Adventure describes his time spent with the “Caixa das Mulheres de Nampula (CMN), an association that offers savings and small enterprise loans exclusively to...

Zimbabwe: IMF debt a waste of resources

Zimbabwean Pundit likens Zimbabwe's repayment of the IMF debt to that “the head of a family in a starving village, throwing food over the fence to baboons waiting on the...

DRC: Making change work

Breaking Hearts in the Heart of Darkness uses the Nescafe phenomenon or “who do I have to kill to get a decent cup of coffee” as a metaphor for governments...

Trindad & Tobago: Port of Spain fire

Both Attillah Springer and Francomenz report on the fire which took place yesterday in the downtown area of Port of Spain, which Francomenz reminds us is “the capital’s second major...

Ethiopia: Water raises birth rate

Researchers studying a water supply programme for Ethiopian villages found that it had many benefits, but one unpredicted result was an increase in the birth rate – from EthioBlog

Africa: Entrepeneurs

My Hearts in Accra points to an article in the Washington Posts by William Easterly, an economics professor who asserts that “the West cant save Africa” but possibly African entrepeneurs...

Bangladesh: Muslim Aid

Bangladesh: Muslim Aid

Nigeria: Postives

Jeremy of Naijablog rooting for Nigeria as usual provides the reaons why he is staying in Nigeria and why maybe some of us should be heading back sometime soon.

Sudan: glimmer of democracy?

Sudan Watch points to a reuters report that might mean “Glimmers of democracy breaking out in Sudan.

Burkina Faso: Missionary Aid in Djibo

Missionary aid worker, Under the Acacais outlines his schedule over the next few weeks and describes the town of Djibo where he will be living in Burkina Faso.

St. Lucia: Tech Institute visit

Matthew Hunte vists the Vieux Fort Technical Institute in southern St. Lucia, “in an attempt to understand a bit more about that nature of this unique school and to truly...

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