Stories about Development from September, 2019
Cameroon’s amputee football team set to miss first international debut
The Cameroon amputee team was formed in March last year and needs international participation to get recognized by the World Amputee Football Federation. Their journey has been daunting.
Zanzibar's one and only music academy on the brink of closure
For the 1,800 talented students who have trained at the DCMA, this is the only musical home they know, where they can learn and grow as professional musicians and artists.
Indian authorities approve uranium exploration in Nallamala Forest, sparking protests
The Chenchu indigenous community, environmentalists and civic bodies protest proposed uranium mining in the Nallamala Forest located in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in India.
Street-side vendors of Zanzibar’s iconic ‘kanga’ textiles forced to close up shop after 30 years
Kanga sellers in Stone Town, Zanzibar, were told their street-side stalls are "unauthorized informal businesses" that clutter passageways, impinge on Stone Town's original charm and reduces its value.
Tobago's coral bleaching alert makes it clear there is ‘no alternative’ to fighting the climate crisis
As warmer ocean temperatures wreak havoc on coral reefs around Tobago and other islands in the Caribbean Sea, we talk to a biologist who is concerned for their future.
Cameroonians with HIV face ‘a death sentence’ as Global Fund threatens to pull antiretroviral drugs
HIV-positive Cameroonians fear a shortage of free ARV drugs as the Global Fund threatens to pull supplies due to Cameroon's growing $47 million dollar debt.
Cameroonian parents fear sending children back to school in midst of armed conflict
In Cameroon, separatists have used school boycotts as a bargaining chip. Fighters have killed and kidnapped teachers in English regions to keep schools from opening again until demands are met.
Sedition charge against union leader sparks debate about freedom of speech in Trinidad and Tobago
The legislation is being called into question following the arrest of a prominent trade union leader, over fears it infringes on freedom of speech rights.
Community-based approaches to bridging the mental health care gap in India
As mental health awareness grows and the need for addressing the existing gap becomes more imminent, many more community-based initiatives are required to relieve the mental health crisis in India.
Bangladeshi brides will no longer be questioned about their virginity for marriage certificates
The verdict came after a five-year-long legal battle and has been hailed a landmark victory for the equal rights campaigners.
At a floating village in Cambodia, children drift away from schooling
“Some children can’t catch up with other students and decide to stop and go to work.”
Once celebrated by Homer, Turkey's Mount Ida is losing trees and going bald
Activists and artists join forces in Turkey to fight deforestation caused by mining companies.