Stories about Development from September, 2016
Puerto Rican Unity, a Bright Spot in the Darkness of an Archipelago-Wide Blackout
The blackout meant hardship for Puerto Ricans, but it also brought out the best qualities of many.
A Bangladeshi Man Who Knows Hunger All Too Well Provides Affordable Meals for Children in Need
"There was a time when I used to wait in the long lines in front of the temple for a little food," says one of the founders of the venture.
Vietnamese Land Activist Cấn Thị Thêu Has Braved Violence, Arrest and Prison
"I will live in a way that they will see that their brutality will never threaten our will to fight. We will hold on to our land until the end."
What Will Happen to Colombia's Youth in the Aftermath of War?
"I'm a direct victim of war and armed conflict. Yet if I have to give my hand to the murderers, I'm ready to do so because I believe in forgiveness."
9 Things to Love About Afghanistan
Some of the world's best bread, melons and pomegranates, plus a diverse people for whom hospitality is second nature. What could possibly go wrong?
The Struggles of Peacebuilding in Mali
Between the signing of the peace accord on June 20, 2014, and June 25, 2015, Mali recorded 191 attacks, leaving 385 people dead.
The Office on Missing Persons in Sri Lanka: A New Chapter or Another Empty Promise?
Thousands of people have disappeared in Sri Lanka since the 1980s stemming from conflict in the country, and their loved ones still don't know what happened.
A Toxic Mix of Illegal Logging and Corruption Is Devastating Europe’s Last Primeval Forests
The documentary film “Clear Cut Crime” shows the toxic effects of collusion between illegal logging and politicians in Romania and Ukraine.
Makeshift ‘Curfew Schools’ Help Kashmiri Students Continue Their Studies Despite Conflict
“Since the schools are shut, I’ve joined this centre to study so that I am prepared for my exams,” says one student.
There’s a Teacher Roaming Rural Colombia Atop Two Donkeys, Bringing a Mobile Library to Children
"One day, teacher Luis decides to load his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, with books and takes them to remote areas for children who can't access them otherwise."
Meet the Street Kids of India Who Have Their Own Paper
"Do media think what a child thinks? Do you know what children want? Do you ever consider these questions?"
A Former Street Child in Mumbai Builds a Cafe-Cum-Library for Homeless Youth
"I sold books for nearly three years to collect funds to set up this cafe. We will always be open to street children and never reject their entry..."
Havana Is a City That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Limelight
In recent years, Cuba has become fashionable, and Havana is a star in the world market.
Maldives Authorities Target Journalists After Al Jazeera Exposes $1.5 Billion Corruption Scandal
President Yameen and his associates embezzled millions of dollars, bribed judges and other high-level officials, and used influence to remove government workers who stood in their way.
Filipino Fishers Living in a Scenic Cove Fight to Save Their Homes From Demolition and Land Grabbing
"Our forefathers have been here, 150 years ago. They were the ones who cleared the area. Now a giant developer wants us to leave the land where we grew up."
India's Bihar Is Failing to Provide Adequate Healthcare to the Rural Poor
One rural health centre in the state is open so infrequently that residents have started using the facility as storage space.
Iran Declares ‘Unveiling’ of Its National Intranet
Iran declared a grand "unveiling" of its national internet. But what's really new here? We analyze the project and the government performance around its so-called "unveiling".