Stories about Development from January, 2016
Enterprising Refugees Invited to Show Off Their Business Acumen in Europe
While many see refugees arriving in Europe as a burden, one organisation in the Netherlands is looking for entrepreneurs among the influx so they can contribute to the economy.
An Indian Student Blogs About Being Ostracised and Bullied After Reporting Sexual Abuse
The female film student accused her professor of forcing her to have sex with him, but when she spoke up she said the student body turned on her.
Hong Kong's Government Is Walking All Over Chinese Dolphins—Literally and Figuratively
"You don't want the real one and kill them all. Then you step on the fake one and take a photo while laughing. What kind of mentality is this?"
Matt Damon Was Right. NASA Is Studying Peruvian Potatoes for Possible Farming on Mars
There are 4,500 varieties of potato in Peru, whose International Potato Center has been tasked with helping NASA find the best one for potential farming on Mars.
It's David v. Goliath, as Citizens of ‘Europe's Greenest’ Region Take On an Italian Energy Giant
Italian energy giant Terna SpA slaps an activist with a 16 million-euro lawsuit as it pushes forward a mega-project in Abruzzo—"Europe's lungs". Which will triumph: business or socio-environmental dissent?
Young Innovator From Somalia's Puntland Builds Vehicles of Hope
"To keep him busy I used to give him some plastic items and ask him to assemble them. I guess that’s how all these wonderful inventions began."
SMS Platform Empowers Small Scale Farmers in Uganda
"Wefarm is a Wikipedia for farmers, or as its founder describes it, 'Internet for people without Internet.'"
A China-Financed Economic Corridor Brings Promise and Discord to Pakistan
Can Pakistan's regions and political parties come to a consensus over who should benefit most from the mega-project? That seems unlikely for the moment.
A Revolution of Music and Poetry From Behind the Computer Screens of Nicaragua
Blogger Heydi Ortega argues that today's Nicaraguan youths are in a unique position, beset with a new generation's troubles, and poised for revolutionary actions, if they're willing.