Stories about Development from September, 2013
Heavy on the Politicking, Light on the Substance in Cameroon's Elections
Many of the candidates running in Cameroon for National Assembly and municipal council seats are lacking well-defined platforms that tell voters where they stand on the issues.
Planned Olympic Canoe Racing Course Threatens Tokyo Park
Tokyo and the Japanese Olympic Committee plan to build the racing course in Kansai Rinkai Park, despite 25 years of concerted efforts there to restore its bio-diversity.
Online Application For Nepali Passports Required
Hira B Thapa describes the current long and complicated process of applying and issuance of machine readable passports in Nepal. The blogger opines that a proposed online application system will ease and shorten the process.
90% of Madagascar Lives On Less Than Two Dollars a Day. Why?
This chapter of our analysis of the crisis in Madagascar discusses the under-covered causes of the economic decline of the island and the proposed solutions.
Will Madagascar's Upcoming Elections Solve the Island's Crisis?
Madagascar has suffered five political crises in four decades, with the island still reeling from its latest coup d'etat in 2009. Can elections finally pull the country out?
A Positive Example of Community Farming in Mozambique
A positive example of a farming, savings and literacy community project in Mozambique was highlighted in the blog of the NGO Justiça Ambiental (Environmental Justice) following their visit to the community of Nacoma, about 83 km from the northern city of Nampula last July. Justiça Ambiental learned about the association's good practices...
Ancient Pyramid Destroyed in Peru as Developers Eye Land
Peruvians are struggling to protect a 4,000-year-old archaeological site that is being threatened by real estate development.
UNESCO Patron of First SEE Science Promotion Conference in Serbia
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN), under UNESCO patronage, is hosting the First Regional Science Promotion Conference with the aim of gathering science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts from Southeast Europe. The conference program will discuss science from a scientific, but also from an educational and economic point...
Tokyo to Host 2020 Olympics
Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Summer Olympics after the members of International Olympic Committee have voted on September 7th to select the host city. Tokyo 2020 reacts to the news #olympics2020 #BA2013 #olympics pic.twitter.com/lKws4Qcw4E — Olympics (@Olympics) September 7, 2013
South Asia Shining in Some Ways, Suffering in Others
The South Asia Economic Summit , an annual meeting of civil society think-tanks has recently been concluded in Sri Lanka. Participants discussed regional issues and sought for more regional cooperation.
A Mayor's Struggle Against The Pillaging of Bangui, Central African Republic
Catherine Samba-Panza does not waiver in the face of the ongoing massive struggle before her. Olivier Tallès reports [fr] that the Mayor of Bangui was powerless witnessing the looting and vandalizing of the capital city of the Central African Republic by the Séléka Rebels when they took control of the country...
The Fight to Save Traditional Medicine in São Tomé and Príncipe
Some in São Tomé and Príncipe, who prefer to look to nature instead pharmacies for medicine, are working to preserve the traditional practices in the fact of Big Pharma.
Protests Rock Nepal as Dispute Over Buddha Statue Continues
Protests have begun again over a 17-foot statue of Buddha that was briefly erected at Kakrebihar, a Hindu-Buddhist temple near the city of Birendranagar, until police took it down.
Ten Cities Chinese People Want to Escape
The living standard in major Chinese cities is getting more and more unbearable to middle class. Shanghai has topped the ten cities that Chinese most want to escape because marriage cost is too high. Rachel Wang from Tea Leaf Nation picked up netizens’ comments on their discontent about city life.