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· January, 2011

Stories about Development from January, 2011

Liberia: Improving Liberian Education

Jenny discusses the works of Concern Liberia, which involve constructing classrooms, separate toilets for boys and girls, providing furniture, textbooks and other essential learning items like blackboards, pencils and copybooks.

Saudi Arabia: Jeddah Rain .. Again

Saudi Arabia's Red Sea port city of Jeddah has been lashed with rain again, bringing back the ill-fated #Jeddahrain hashtag to our Twitterfeeds. Following are reactions from netizens, who poured...

India: Environment, Common Sense & Social Media

Munna on the Run hopes that social media conversations will work as a gentle persuading force against the profit-at-any-cost market forces and re-ignite a common sense approach to development.

Bulgaria: Sofia's Sugar Factory Tragedy

Maya's Corner writes about Sofia's Sugar Factory, where two people died in 2009 when the neglected building collapsed, and the fate of other landmarks owned by “predator ‘investors’.”

Ukraine: The Newest Euro 2012 Scandal

Foreign Notes writes about the latest Euro 2012 controversy in Ukraine: “In other words, the Ukrainian national team could find itself banned from the Euro 2012 football tournament that the...

Swaziland: My work with social centers

Josh writes about the project he is working on in Swaziland: “Basically, my office operates 4 Social Centers in my town. There are 6 wards but only 4 Social Centers....

Lesotho: My visit to Lesotho

Sue blogs about her visit to a school in Lesotho called Leseli (the light) begun by Kieke Van der Zwaal. Leseli School started in Kieke’s gara

China: A Subversive New Years’ Video Card

C. Custer from ChinaGeek translates and analyses a subversive New Years’ video card, “Little Rabbit, Be Good!”. The video addresses most of the social conflicts happened in the past few...

Argentina: Experimenting with Natural Dyes

Jade Scully blogs about the experiments with natural dyes that are taking place in The Argentine National Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI).

Brazil: Neo-Colonialism in Africa

Leonardo Sakamoto refutes [pt] the statement of the foreign affairs adviser to the Brazilian presidency, Marco Aurelio Garcia, that “A neo-colonial relationship is only established if neo-colonizer and colonized are...

Bahamas: economic “Bahamianisation”?

Rick Lowe of Weblog Bahamas responds to those who argue that “all economic activity” in the Bahamas should be “reserved exclusively for Bahamians” by pointing to a 2003 paper on...

China: Domestic national image film

If you found China Red irresistible, check out the kind of Chinese national image film that gets played to a domestic audience, via Joel Martinsen at Danwei.

Kenya: A blog featuring Kenyan jobs

Jobs in Kenya is a blog with up-to-date career information, advice and current Kenyan jobs. Featured fields includes : Accounting, finance, Banking, Health, Hospitality, IT,Telecommunications and many more

Mali: Cars « Made in Mali » to Be Sold on the West African Market

Ouestafnews writes (fr) that : ” A factory capable of producing 2000 cars a year will soon be inaugurated near Bamako. The first Hyundai cars  «made in Mali» are expected...

China: Better metrics for measuring Asian happiness

With Spring Festival just around the corner, Tsinghua University economics professor Andrew Sheng proposes a more enhanced approach to measuring quality of life: We need Stiglitz Report 2.0, with more...

Taiwan: Product placement and the petrochemical industry

If a petrochemical company treats bloggers to a cushy on-site tour, do posts that follow count as corporate astroturfing? What, as some have alleged, if the excursion was funded by...

Zambia: Zambia is rich but poor

Potpher Mbulo argues that Zambia is rich but poor: “mean, Zambia is greatly endowed with minerals, fertile land and fresh water yet it is gifted with bad culture.The reality on...

Ghana: Ghana Library website offers over 500,000 books

Ghana Library website offers students over 500,000 academic textbooks and literature spread across all subject disciplines.

Africa: Kabissa Network and Online Platform

Learn about Kabissa online platfrom and network in Africa: “As of this writing, Kabissa has 1,558 approved organizations in the network, 215 of them new in 2011, that have been...

Lusophone Culture: Buala “Giving Voice” to Contemporary African Cultures

They propose “to create new views, free from prejudice and colonial judgment,” of contemporary African cultures, and in an interview with Global Voices, Marta Lança and Francisca Bagulho talk about...

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