Stories about Development from June, 2017
Fall Armyworms Are Ravaging Crops in Many African Countries
"They've finished eating the wild plants and are now going into the villages where there is more vegetation. They eat everything in their path. All plant life is at risk."
Mumbai Locals Transform the Versova Shore With Their ‘World's Largest Beach Clean-Up’
"Couldn't believe this is exactly the same beach which I visited last year and my friend was like, man, its so dirty."
More Than a Year Later, Landslide Victims Scrape By in a Resettlement City in Myanmar
"A year after the resettlement, residents only just received power and still do not have running water. They are left to rely on collecting rainwater and deliveries from aid groups."
With Economy Unravelling, What Awaits the Turkmen Regime?
"This is the end for Turkmenistan. The crisis has reached the country. Now we’ll see the appearance of the Central Asian Venezuela."
Years After Marriage, Indian Women Dare to Say Their Husbands’ Names for the First Time
Community correspondent Rohini Pawar shares how women in Walhe village in Pune district, Maharashtra, are breaking away from patriarchal cultural practices.
The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan
"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."
Settlement Outside Havana Isn’t the Refuge Many Hoped For
A settlement half inhabited and half under-construction is the “solution” offered in Marianao, an illegal neighborhood on the outskirts of Havana.
There Are 23 Indian-Language Wikipedias. The Oldest Just Turned 15.
It has yet to be included in Google Translate, but Odia was the first Indian language to make an appearance on Wikipedia, 15 years ago.
How Not to Have Six Horrible Months in Uganda
A narrative that exoticizes an African country with no attempt to understand its people tells us more about the writer than it does about the continent.
Small Farmers in Madagascar Say Chinese Investors Forced Them to Sell Their Land for Dirt Cheap
"Is there anything that regular people like us can do to protect our land? We air complaints to...the media or on social media, but no one dares to stand up."
In a Much-Criticized Display of Wealth, the Angolan President's Son Spent Half a Million Euros at a Charity Auction
"...being the son of who you are, we suspect that this money came out of the state coffers, that is to say it is our money..."
Could Professional Sports Boost Economic Development in Africa?
"Of course, sports alone cannot lift a country out of poverty. But they can help inspire social change."
The Pedicab Project Is Giving Nepal's Rickshaws a Modern Update
"Pedicabs...provide an essential mobility service for much of South Asia. The industry to produce and manage cycle rickshaws likewise is also a major employment and income source..."