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· March, 2012

Stories about Development from March, 2012

South Asia: Every Day Is Earth Hour for Us

Today many countries of the world are observing Earth Hour, an event to make people aware of the climate change by turning off their non-essential lights for one hour. Millions...

Georgia: Tongue-in-cheek development forecast

A satirical video posted on YouTube takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the development of Georgia ahead of parliamentary elections later this year and a presidential vote in 2013. With the...

Philippines: Petition Against Magnetite Mining

An online petition urges the Philippine government to deny the magnetite mining applications in the northern coastal areas of Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Myanmar: Responsible Tourism

The Irrawaddy interviews Dr. Andrea Valentin who talks about responsible tourism and the prospect of pro-poor tourism in Myanmar.

Human Rights Mapping in Cambodia

Human rights advocates in Cambodia have been using online maps to document, monitor, and expose human rights violations across the country. Some of the maps track land conflicts, media killings,...

Spain: General Strike Across Cities and Neighborhoods

Hundreds of people took the streets around cities and neighborhoods in Spain yesterday to participate in a general strike (29M) to protest against proposed government cuts to indispensable social services....

Peru: Focusing on Technology for Social and Economic Development

What if Peru were more committed to supporting and developing technology? This is what Oscar Montezuma asks in the blog Blawyer [es]. He looks at the current cabinet of ministries...

Nicaragua: Film on Consequences of Leaked Sex Videos Seeks Crowdfunding

An award-winning team of producers and actors is coming together in rural Nicaragua to make a movie on the consequences of teenagers making an intimate video which then becomes public...

Macedonia, Kazakhstan: Triumphal Arches to Celebrate 20 Years of Independence

The leaders of Kazakhstan and Macedonia have chosen the same architectural devices - triumphal arches - to mark the two decades of their states' divorce from the larger unions. Filip...

DR of Congo: Health Challenges in Goma Due to Clean Water Shortage

Passy Mubalama reports [fr] that the Town of Goma in North Kivu, DRC is facing multiple challenges due to shortage of clean water. She explains that water provision has been a problem...

Senegal: Wade Warned New President Sall of Shortage in Public Funds

M. Ndiaye reports [fr] that Wade warned newly elected president Macky Sall that the State will not be able to pay public servant salaries if he is not re-elected. Furthermore, P. Faye...

Zambia: President Angers Citizens in Diaspora

Zambia’s President Michael Sata has invited the ire of citizens living abroad for ridiculing them during a three day visit to neighbouring Botswana and also dashing their hopes for inclusion...

Video: Indigenous Communities Document their Growth and Governance

The Indigenous Territory and Governance Platform is made up of a series of institutions all working together to provide the indigenous people of Latin America the tools and resources to...

Spain: Are You For or Against EuroVegas?

The CEO of Las Vegas Sands, multibillionaire Sheldon Adelson, has decided to establish his next hotel-casino complex EuroVegas in Spain. If the Spanish government seems enthusiastic about this project, the...

France: Protests in Marseille against the Privatisation of Water

Babalobi wrote on eWash: “Accompanied by unarmed policemen, protesters marched through the streets of central Marseille singing, dancing and chanting slogans against ‘privatisation’ and ‘commodification’ of urban water supply.” The protests were organised...

China: Reactions to India's Poor and Homeless

Fauna from ChinaSMACK translated Chinese netizens’ reactions to a set of photos that show India's poor and homeless.

Colombia: Video Contrasts Ads Vs. Reality of Oil Extraction Companies

In Is Pacific Rubiales Really Colombia? [es] the people of Puerto Gaitán contradict the statements made by oil and mineral extraction corporation Pacific Rubiales’ television ads where community members state...

Ecuador: ‘March for Life’ Says ‘No’ to Large-Scale Mining

The Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has decided to promote large-scale mining in his country, but in spite of the economic benefits, indigenous communities and other civil organizations do not support...

Brazil: Demonstration Demands President Veto on Forestry Code

On March 7, Brazilian activists organized an act (#vetadilma) urging President Dilma to veto changes on the new Forestry Code. Biologist Pablo Pessoa published photos and videos of the act, and wrote...

Cameroon: UN Drinking Water Data under Question

Oriane Alix in Cameroon reacts to the joint press release from UNICEF and WHO that states that  89% of the world has access to drinking water today. She  writes [fr] the following...

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