Stories about Development from July, 2006
Nigeria: Missing Lagos
“Lagos,” writes Jangbalajugbu, “is a city that habours the hardworking as well as the lazy. The sane and insane. It is a city with different kinds of people from the rich, educated, wealthy, brilliant & intelligent to the dejected, the accursed, the incorrigible, the hopeless, the dead but breathing-walking corpses,...
The unshackling of Bangladesh
Tasneem Khalil reports that Bangladesh is the cover theme for August 2006 issue of Himal Southasian, South Asia's first and only regional magazine. The magazine's introspective comment: "Bangladesh is set to become a powerful member of the world community, once it deals with its difficult issues of mal governance and confrontational politics".
African innovation: hi-tech roads
African Architecture & Design writes: With soaring global temperatures, “bitumen based roads seem not to be as durable because of their low melting points, although concrete is a better alternative to bitumen/asphalt, it is however more expensive to construct with.”
Trinidad & Tobago: FTAA
With the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) practically a “dead duck”, Jeremy Taylor suggests that Trinidad & Tobago remove the sign at the airport proclaiming the country “the natural home of the FTAA secretariat”.
Tajikistan: Intellectual Development
Vadim discusses why Tajikistan placed last in intellectual development amongst post-Soviet states on the World Bank's knowledge index.
Liberia: Firestone under fire
In honor of Liberian independence day, Black Looks highlights a campaign to persuade U.S. tyre maker Firestone to clean up its operations in Liberia, spearheaded by the Friends of the Earth.
Singapore: Looking for Contributions
Singapore's new groupblog is calling for it's readers to contribute articles. “As those among the readers who have been perusing the blog might surmise, Singapore Angle strives to be an online forum for promoting civil and reasoned discussions of Singapore affairs and other related issues of interest. To that end,...
Serbia: Macedonian Gastarbeiters
Dictionary of the Serbian Mess writes about Macedonian miners working at Serbian mines.
Liberia: Lights on in Monrovia
Yebo Gogo takes note of the restoration of street lighting in the Liberian capital of Monrovia for the first time in more than a decade, under the watchful eye of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “Rebuilding the nation's shattered infrastructure is the first step to rebuilding Liberia. So far, Johnson Sirleaf's...
Bahamas: Consequences of foreign investment
Bahama Pundit's Nicolette Bethel worries about the consequences of “development” funded by foreign investment. “While it may have been wise a decade ago to invite all and sundry to consider The Bahamas as a good place to do business … foreign investment cannot remain an end in itself.”
Sri Lanka: Trade Unions and Development
Land Like No Other discusses trade unions in Sri LankaS, and if the comparison with developed countries accurately presents the case of trade unions and development. “Privatization is not a devil as these labour unions trying to emphasize. All they worry is, that they can't misuse the properties of these...
Nigeria: Fear of science
Of all the science-related fears Chippla has encountered, none seems greater than the fear of mathematics, he writes, among other musings on the discovery of the cause of malaria and Nigeria's Diaspora Day.
Sierra Leone: Economist's tale
R.E. Ekosso reviews, and even approves of, The Economist's Tale, written by World Bank consultant Peter Griffiths after a recent research trip to Sierra Leone. “This book”, says Griffiths in his introduction, “shows that it is individuals who cause poverty, underdevelopment and famine, by their actions, by their failure to...
Barbados: Against the water park
Barbados Free Press tackles the question of the water park that's been proposed for the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary near the island's south coast, posting a commentary from “Travel Guy”, a Canadian reader with Barbadian roots, and reporting on a controversy involving the proposed engineering firm.
Guyana: Pothole challenge
“Dear Car Manufacturers Abroad, I challenge you to come and test you cars in Real Life Conditions…. Some potholes so deep you can’t call them potholes, you got to call them cauldron holes.” Guyana-Gyal writes an open letter complaining about the state of the roads.
Laos: Growing Economy
Samakomlao blog links to a radioaustralia report that is talking about the economic activity in Lao.
Jeremy Goldkorn from Danwei writes about the disappearing of Beijing and Shanghai because of urban renewal.
African countries need technocrats
Africa Unchained points to a passage in George Ayittey's book by the same name, which runs: “We need TECHNOCRATS to fix our broken, dysfunctional institutions. REPAIRMEN or plumbers who will unclog the gutters or the system. CUTLASSES to chop down all the dead wood.”
Kenya: Meeting with Bill Gates
4Sheezy wonders what might have happened if she had managed to get a meeting with Bill Gates while he was in Kenya, to talk about his HIV/AIDS work.
Nepal: Development and Democracy
United We Blog! takes a closer look at development and democracy. “Nepal does not fall within any specific model when we only look at the theoretical background. Reforms, leading to liberalization, had already been initiated in some sectors (especially in financial sector) before advent of democracy in 1990.”
Jamaica: Reggae aesthetics
Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp thinks about the role of “reggae aesthetics” in the post-colonial Caribbean, and posts a podcast of his poem “version break”.