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· May, 2014

Stories about Development from May, 2014

Rwanda: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful

Although Rwanda has made great strides in recovering from the 1994 genocide, advocacy groups continue to report human rights violations.

“How are We Malagasy Supposed to Provide School Supplies and Medications for our Children ?”

Malagasy blogger  Tojo Fehizoro posted a spreadsheet that summarized the minimum cost of basic supplies for a Malagasy family of 4 with 2 children, 10 and 7 years old respectively. The...

Creating Biogas from Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth (water weed) is a menace in Bangladesh which restricts water flow and blocks sunlight in rivers and ponds contributing to contamination and killing of fish. Instead of spending...

Property Prices a Source of Sticker Shock for Expats in Hong Kong

Expats flock to the city for the high quality of life and abundant work opportunities, but many say rental property prices are too expensive for the average worker.

A Low-cost Solution to Heal Cataract in Sub Saharan Countries

One of the main causes of blindness in sub saharan countries are cataracts. A group of french physicians has developed a surgical kit called “Phacokit” to treat at low-cost individuals suffering from cataract...

Wildlife in Hong Kong Lantau Island

An Open Letter to the President of Madagascar on Land Leases to Microsoft and the Zurich Zoo

In an open letter to the new President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and other elected officials, the Association for the protection of Malagasy Lands asks that several aspects of the contracts regarding...

Bangladesh's Economy Remains Stable, Analysis Finds

Equity analyst and blogger Asif Khan posts a brief economic update of Bangladesh in his blog. According to the analysis, despite political uncertainties the economy looks stable and inflation remains...

“Ban” From Barbados Central Bank Prompts Defense of Press Freedom

Barbados' Central Bank Governor attempts to strip a newspaper of its privileges, prompting a barrage of blog posts questioning his suitability to the post and supporting freedom of the press.

VIDEO: Mining Mogul Brags About the Unbelievable “Deal” He Scored for Zambia's Copper

A video of the owner of Vedanta Resources bragging about the unbelievable deal he cut with Zambia’s government for a copper mine 9 years ago, has appalled many Zambians.

Meet Khadija, a Motorcycle Repairwoman Breaking Boundaries in Bangladesh

BRAC blog profiles how girls in Bangladesh are learning lucrative yet unconventional trades for women. Khadija, for example, was forced to drop out of school before finishing fifth grade to help support...

Tips for Being a First World Country

Mexican Alfredo Cortés de Café Financiero reflects [es] after a trip to Canada about things and attitudes that in this country mean to belong to the “first world”: I want...

Madagascar to Start Distributing Crude Oil Locally and Hope to Boost Job Market

L'Express reports that the Madagascar Oil Group will start testing distribution of 55,000 to  73,000 barrels [fr] of crude oil from Tsimiroro, Madagascar onto the local market. It is part of the new government strategy...

Saint Lucians Defend Country's Image After Hotelier's Murder

After a rich businessman is murdered in St. Lucia, netizens discuss the impact his killing might have on the international perception of the island and by extension, its tourism industry.

Pity for the Poor, or When Do We Get to Hear the Good News?

When NGOs communicate, they often go for narratives of distress and disaster instead of showing progress and potential. The result is a distorted and stereotyped view of the world.

Jamaica: Let's Get Together and Feel…Miserable?

A country ranking by The Cato Institute based on the misery index has listed Jamaica, the land where everything is "irie", as the 5th most miserable country in the world.

Retaking the Streets of Puerto Rico…On a Bicycle

In some urban areas of Puerto Rico, more and more people choose to leave their cars in favor of cycling.

Alternative Voices Speaking For A Secular Bangladesh

Bangladeshi liberal humanist, free-thinker and award winning blogger Asif Mohiuddin has been invited to speak at the World Humanist Congress 2014 in Oxford, UK. He was arrested multiple times for...

Protest against Goods and Services Tax Became Malaysia’s Biggest May Day Rally

Tens of thousands in Malaysia joined the May Day rally organized by the opposition to oppose the Goods and Services Tax which the government will start collecting next year.

Trinidad & Tobago: From One Government to Another

Our country cannot continue exporting our jobs, capital and skilled people in favour of unexamined and undisclosed foreign policies. Afra Raymond says that the current Government to Government arrangements are...

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