Stories about Development from March, 2017
A Canadian Company Is Set to Construct Brazil's Largest Open-Pit Gold Mine—in the Heart of the Amazon
The Volta Grande Gold Project will extract 600 tons of gold over the course of 12 years. But activists and indigenous groups oppose the plan.
India Fights to Bring ‘My Freedom Day’ to Its 12 Million Slaves
This year, roughly 12 million slaves in India couldn't celebrate My Freedom Day. That number could rise to 18 million, if more isn't done to help India's most vulnerable.
In Northern Sri Lanka, Incidents of Military Intimidation Threaten Reconciliation
"There was clearly anger from the side of the military that people were getting their land back."
Africa’s Green Energy Challenge: Mega Projects, Off-Grid or Somewhere in Between?
South of the Sahara, getting electricity to 620 million people may require an all-of-the-above strategy.
India's Cashless Villages: Not Really There Yet, But the Journey Has Begun
The Lanura village lacks basic facilities, like electricity infrastructure, water and other amenities of life. The people were stunned to learn that the village was declared a "cashless village."
Georgian Town of Batumi Suffers Riots Over a Parking Ticket, Local Grievances
Social media users have been tweeting about the situation in the city under the hashtag #BatumiRiots.
India’s Government Plans to Refuse School Lunches to Students Without National ID Cards
Beginning this summer, the Indian government will controversially start requiring more than 100 million school children to show their Aadhaar (national identity) card in order to claim their lunches.
A Year After Berta Cáceres’ Assassination, the Struggle for Land in Honduras Continues—and So Do the Threats
"We strive to make energy a human right. It should be part of the common property and therefore the people should have a say in it."
‘Speed Thrills but Kills,’ ‘Safety on Road Is Safe Tea at Home’ and Other Bhutanese Road Signs
"I Loved Driving on the Hills coz of these boards. I would prefer this, rather than the Advertising Boards along the roads."