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· February, 2012

Stories about Development from February, 2012

Chile: The Role of Public Libraries in Post-Earthquake Reconstruction

Several Chilean bloggers are sharing their thoughts on the second anniversary of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Chile on February 27, 2010. Enzo Abbagliati [es] looks at how public libraries...

Egypt: Mahliat, popular initiative to improve local councils

This short video highlights the role of local councils in the community. It is made by mahliat [Ar] or “local councils” – an Egyptian movement founded by Moustafa Shoman. You...

Chile: Aysén Region and the Call for Decentralization

Protests, road blocks, and clashes between protesters and police continue as citizens of Chile's Aysén region demand change. For many, the conflict in Aysén boils down to one problem affecting...

Haiti: Students in Sheds

Haiti Grassroots Watch explores the issues surrounding the non-reconstruction of the state university in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.

Chile: Twitter Users Share Images of Aysén Protests

A social movement that demands better quality of life and lower costs has gained strength in the Aysén region in the Chilean Patagonia. The people of Aysén are uploading their...

Brazil: “Massacre of Pinheirinho”, One Month Later

Blogger Giambatista Brito recalls [pt] the one month anniversary of the “Massacre of Pinheirinho“. On the morning of Sunday, January 22, 2012, thousands of families where expelled from their homes...

Armenia: Activists #Occupy Yerevan Park

Green spaces in Armenia continue to dwindle at an alarming rate, but a small yet dedicated group of environmental activists has also grown. Now, in order to prevent further damage,...

Morocco: “Stop French Made TGV Rail Project”

StopTGV.com is a web campaign launched by a number of Moroccan NGOs. It calls for the cancellation of the controversial French-made Tangier-Casablanca TGV rail link due to start operating by...

Sri Lanka: Promoting Reconciliation and Hope to Young People

Reconciliation is a much discussed buzzword across Sri Lanka. While there has been much talk about how to do it, a group called Sri Lanka Unites is actually doing something....

Egypt: Among Bulaq's Ruins in an Unfinished Revolution

Bulaq Abu el-Ela is one of Cairo’s main informal neighbourhoods, threatened with demolition and its inhabitants resettled into apartment blocks in the middle of the desert. Italian film-makers Davide Morandini...

Malaysia: Petition Against Sarawak Dams

An online petition urges the Malaysian government to review its plan to build twelve “highly destructive” hydroelectric dams in Sarawak that will displace tens of thousands of people and flood...

Egypt: Architecture without Architects

In this short video, Omnia Khalil reflects on the massive change society underwent on social and political aspects during the last three decades in architecture, urban developments and art. Full...

Africa: Weaving the African Dream Through Social Innovations

Gamel identifies social innovations that weave the African dream: “Tech in Education: This project is the main motivation behind today’s post. Tech in Education is a 48hr gathering of ideas,...

Chile: Aysen Region Social Movement Gains Strength

Last year, the Aysen Region was on the national spotlight due to the controversial dam project Hydroaysén. Today people are once again paying attention to this region in the Chilean...

Video Highlights: Video Advocacy and Recent Events

A selection of Global Voices' recent and interesting stories on video advocacy including indigenous rights and recent news from Latin America, East Asia and Sub Saharan Africa selected by Juliana...

Guinea: The Indifference Towards Women with Disabilities

Boubacar Sanso Barry wrote for the site Yanous [fr]: “Example of the indifference and the negligence in Guinea towards disability issues: It is almost impossible to find an organization that...

Rwanda: Sharp Poverty Reduction

Edward Ojulu wrote on The Rwanda Focus blog: “…. over the last five years, more than one million more Rwandans gained access to adequate food, safe drinking wa­ter, good health...

Martinique: All together around Creole

The Creole language in the Caribbean and the cooperation between islands were recently discussed during the Creole-speaking Regions Days, as explained in this post on Tous Créoles [Fr Cr/Fr]. One...

Antigua, Guadeloupe: From the Common Past

For the past decade, the tight historical and geographical bonds between the West Indian islands of Antigua and Guadeloupe have been analyzed by historians. A recent conference entitled “Antigua: From...

Sri Lanka: Lack Of Basic Convenience At The National Development Exhibition

Serendipity reports that there are insufficient toilets planned at the annual Deyata Kirula (National Development Exhibition).

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