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· May, 2012

Stories about Development from May, 2012

Trinidad & Tobago: What Have We Accomplished?

Coffeewallah suggests that when it comes to how the country is governed, “perhaps we need less public holidays, less ‘celebrations’ and more concentrated effort.”

Lesotho: Lesotho vs Corruption

Help make a documentary about how Lesotho, a small country, took on Big Corruption and won. An African success.

Africa: Young Farmers Idea Contest

Through the Young Farmers Idea Contest, the African diaspora and volunteers alike are invited to share their ideas on new ways to engage youths in sub-Saharan Africa under the age...

Bangladesh: Questions Over Indian ‘Tourism City’ Investment Proposal

The story of a 10 Billion Taka (US$120 million) investment in Bangladesh has made it into the country's headlines, following a visit by Subrata Roy Sahara, chairman of Sahara India...

Bangladesh: Shawpno Rath – A School For Slum Children

A group of young people have started a school 'Shawpno Rath' (Chariot of Dreams) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with the aim of providing schooling to disadvantaged children.

Philippines: Budget Transparency Portal

The Philippine government has recently launched the Budget ng Bayan website to promote transparency and good governance in the country. Budget documents and state expenditures are uploaded in the site.

Belarus, Russia: An Online Charity Auction with People for Sale

The idea of auctions as a fundraising tool is not a new one in the charity world. Sometimes, there is even a market for people: dinners with celebrities and business-breakfasts...

Video: Media Portrayals of Cities in the Global South

How do international media represent cities in South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East? Is it fair or helpful to development? A symposium of scholars from the London School...

Ghana: Make Petroleum Revenue Management Bill Public

Seth Bokpe reports that a coalition of civil society organisations in Ghana has called on the government to make the draft Petroleum Revenue Management Bill public.

Myanmar: Power Shortage Protests Spread

Power blackouts in several Myanmar towns triggered peaceful protests in the country. Several protesters were detained but it didn't stop the gathering of ordinary residents and consumers who are angry...

Video: Defying the Stigma of Speaking Indigenous Languages

Al Jazeera's Living the Language video series brings us the stories of indigenous activists and communities throughout the globe who are standing up against stigma and are proposing solutions to...

Elders Call on Youth to Help Lead the Way at Rio+20

A group of independent and former world leaders, The Elders, is calling on young leaders to help make a better world possible at the Rio+20 United Nations conference on sustainable...

Mali: Protests Call for National Unity in Gao and Timbuktu

Following protests in Timbuktu in April 2012, citizens of the city of Gao have taken to the streets to protest about the demands and orders imposed by the Islamic groups...

China: Chinese Man Murdered by Government-employed Demolition Team

Again, a Chinese man was brutally killed on May 15 by dipper when he tried to stop his home from being razed by the government-employed demolition team in Heilongjiang province....

Peru: How the Achuar People are Saving their Territory from Oil Companies

The movie Chumpi & The Waterfall follows the life of young Chumpi and his community, the Achuar people who live in the Amazon Rainforest in the border between Peru and...

Dominican Republic: Juan Bosch and the Elections

Journalist Nelson del Castillo analyzes the political significance of Juan Bosch [es] -the Dominican politician, writer, essayist, historian and educator- on occasion of the national presidential elections held yesterday, May 20,...

Zambia: Tensions Continue Over Severe Fuel Shortages

Zambian netizens do not understand why they are experiencing fuel shortages barely a month after President Michael Sata’s PF government donated 5 million liters of fuel to Malawi following the...

Ethiopia: G8 Summit Casts Fresh Light on Ethiopia

Netizens have stepped up their effort to draw attention to Ethiopia’s independent media situation as the G8 Summit approaches. Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and three other African heads of...

Togo : Presidential Patrimony versus University Facilities

Commenting on the declaration of assets of the new French President Francois Hollande, Jeogo  wrote [fr]: “What is certain is that the patrimony of Francois Hollande (..) is no match for the patrimony of...

Lesotho: Touching Tiny Lives

Touching Tiny Lives works to mitigate the effect of HIV/AIDS on the most vulnerable infants and children under age five by supporting their health, nutritional, developmental, and emotional needs in...

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