Stories about Development from May, 2008
Bangladesh: Agriculture and Technology
End Poverty In South Asia asks if investments in agricultural technology by themselves be sufficient to ensure rural poverty reduction.
Nepal: Improving the economy
Nepal Monitor on the possible strategies to revive Nepal's economy.
Bangladesh: Coping with price rise
Unheard Voices has a series of posts on how communities in poverty-struck areas are coping with increasing prices and government apathy.
Urbanisation in Southeast Asia
Scholar and blogger Alvin Lim tackles the phenomenon of “urbanisation without industrialisation” in Southeast Asia.
Egypt: Styill Building Pyramids
Tom Gara says the Egyptians are continuing to build pyramids – in this sarcastic post.
East Timor: New blog about economics of development
“A blog about economics of development, in particular about the East Timor economy, and about what can then be helpful to economic development of this country”, A.M. de Almeida Serra [pt] introduces a new blog about East Timor.
Nicaragua: A Closer Look at a Government Program for Microloans
The governmental program called Usura Cero provides low interest rate loans to Nicaraguan women for their micro-businesses. It was recently featured on an investigative news program and a local blogger provides in-depth thoughts on the success of the program.
Russia: Kaliningrad Region
Raf Uzar writes about the history of Kaliningrad region.
Guyana: Copyright Laws
Signifyin’ Guyana comes across an article on copyright laws in Guyana that “made (her) jaw drop.”
Kyrgyzstan: Police Fighting Crime
The Azamat Report analyzes a recent news story about Kyrgyzstan's police effort to fight crime and particularly on its alleged “operation to expel” a notorious criminal leader, and says that it has plummeted his respect to police way below the imaginable level.
Africa: Learning by Ear
A new multimedia distance learning programme for Africa in English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic: ‘The Learning by Ear program examines the challenges that young Africans face and engages listeners in an informative and entertaining way. The programming is a lively mix of in-depth reports, radio dramas and feature...
Ukraine: News Roundup
An update on oil, inflation and other Ukrainian issues – at Orange Ukraine.
Armenia: Nasty Politics
The first president of the Republic of Armenia depicted as a Jew, supporters of the newly elected president labelled as “Turks” while he is depicted in visual propaganda as a Nazi or female genitalia? Blogian says it's all run of the mill in what is fast becoming a mutually hostile...
China: Shenzhen Garbalogy
Maryannodonnell points out that the history of garbage can tell a lot about a city.
Brazil: Can the Amazon problem be solved with new management?
Changing the command in a Brazilian Ministry used to be a domestic affair, but the resignation of the renowned rainforest defender Marina Silva from the Environmental Ministry has sparked global reactions. Ms. Silva's replacement was quickly announced by President Lula, through the designation of Carlos Minc, former environmental secretary of...
Bangladesh: A visit to Vietnam
An author from Unheard Voices visits Vietnam and is impressed with the progress made in the country, which has a lot in common with Bangladesh.
India: Healthcare models
Rural Development of India on two health initiatives that work on improving access to healthcare.
Europe: Eastern Partnership Project
AnTyx writes about the Eastern Partnership project.
Anguilla: Culture Shock
“Cultural identity is as equally important as political independence and economic self-sufficiency in the process of nation-building. Cultural development is the bedrock of the creation of a national identity”: Corruption-free Anguilla wonders whether the island has a culture.
Jamaica: Homophobic Talk?
The Jamaican Prime Minister's comments on BBC‘s HARDTalk programme spur blogger Francis Wade to make a few comments of his own: “Golding…candidly responded that he would not have a gay person in his cabinet. His distaste and contempt seemed palpable to me. I imagined Jamaicans looking on with pride…I imagined...
Afghanistan: Cutting Through the Noise
Joshua Foust refers in his post to Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson – in Joshua's opinion the only reporter talking about road construction in Afghanistan who is making any sense.