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· January, 2010

Stories about Development from January, 2010

Global Voices in Haiti: On Reconstruction

With scattered clean-up efforts under way in Haiti, debates have begun about how best to rebuild houses and other structures destroyed in the 12 January earthquake. Georgia Popplewell reports from...

Pakistan: Depleting Water Resources

Owais Mughal at All Things Pakistan discusses about the depleting water resources of Pakistan and urges the decision makers to “invest in Pakistan’s Water Resources for the stability of the...

China: Threatened by American Internet censorship

Reactions from Chinese programmers to SourceForge.net's decision to follow American law and block users from several countries include suggestions for how to work around American censorship of the global Internet.

Morocco: A Charter for the Environment

The Moroccan government launched an ambitious project on environment involving a series of regional meetings, workshops and conferences that sparked a national debate that aims at establishing a Charter for...

Belarus: Politics and Economy Update

Belarus Digest reports on the ongoing political repressions in Belarus; the governement's plan “to introduce censorship on the Internet about a year before the next presidential election”; the new price...

India: I want my country back, says Munna

Environmental blogger Hemant Anant Jain aka Munna, writes a thought-provoking post on 26th January, the nation's 61st Republic Day, urging people to look beyond the commercial “growing market” tag and...

Haiti: Media Operations Center launched for Haitian journalism

Réseau Citadelle announces the launch of the Media Operations Center, an initiative from Reporters without Borders and Quebecor, aimed at facilitating the field work of local and foreign journalists in...

Greece: Fiscal Deficit

This month's updates on the 2009 Greek fiscal deficit – by Edward Hugh at A Fistful of Euros: here, here, here, here, and here. And a warning to Hungary –...

Haiti: Shelter Coming Both Too Slow and Too Fast

Talk is already turning to reconstruction in Haiti. Early reports on the damage pointed mostly to lax construction standards, but Marc Herman takes a closer look.

India: The Need For A Micropayments Infrastructure

Rajesh Jain at Emergic stresses the need for “a friction-free person-to-person micropayments capability, much like PayPal” in India. Read the series here: (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

Japan: Tokyo as example for how to rebuild Haiti

palmsundae comments on New York Times’ story about post-war Japan's experience in rebuilding Tokyo. The blogger provides more background on the idea of “user generated-cities”.

D. R. of Congo: The hazards of neglect

Congoblog is a marvel. Every post deserves a mention, but here are some of the more arresting posts to have appeared so far in January 2010.

Georgia: Plans for the largest airport in the Caucasus

The Georgian International Media Center says that the largest airport in the South Caucasus might be built near the Black Sea port city of Poti. However, it notes, the idea...

Hong Kong: The Siege of Legco

DM from Learning Cantonese has a very detailed account of the protest against the government finance plan of the world's most expensive Express Rail Link project on Jan 16, 2010.

Georgia: Patriotic military classes

In the latest edition of Caucasus Watch, a bi-monthly feature of the blog-based Evolutsia, Inge Snip takes exception to a proposal from the Georgian president to introduce patriotic-military classes in...

Senegal offers free land to Haitian earthquake survivors

Senegalese president, Abdoulaye Wade, has been making headlines by offering free land to any Haitian earthquake survivors who wish to "return to their origins," according to a spokesperson. Online, the...

Haiti: International clashes over humanitarian assistance

Five days after the terrible earthquake which has partly destroyed the capital city, Port-au-Prince and others like Leogane and Jacmel, it has been very difficult for rescuers, medical teams and...

Afghanistan: Slow progress on power supply

Nick Fielding says that providing electricity for the residents of Afghanistan is one of the best ways of undermining the Taliban insurgency. However, although reports indicate increase of energy supply...

Haiti, Cuba: Cooperation

Espas Ayisyen Toulouse posted a long speech [Fr] by Fidel Castro, who states his pride at the historical cooperation in the field of medical studies between Cuba and Haiti.

People Power Rises in Hong Kong

dm from Learning Cantonese has written a vivid depiction on the recent anti-express rail protest: “It's just like People's Park, Berkeley, in 1967! I feel old.”

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