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Stories about Development

12 April 2017

Bend It Like Poonam: Teen Girls Challenge India's Patriarchy on the Football Field

Mahila Swarojgar Samiti is helping teenage girls in Varanasi shape their identity and find more confidence in their sexuality through football.

9 April 2017

Beijing Unveils New Economic Area To Give Millennials a Shot at the ‘China Dream’

"Using public housing to counteract the property market is a strategy [for] the young generation who [cannot] afford property [...] if the plan works out, it can be a model."

7 April 2017

One Day They Stole Me: True Story Animations Spotlight Kyrgyzstan's Bride Kidnapping Scourge

Tatyana Zelenskaya's powerful drawings tell the story of five kidnapped women, each with a very different destiny.

31 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.

20 March 2017

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.

19 March 2017

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."

14 March 2017

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.

12 March 2017

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.

6 March 2017

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.

3 March 2017

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."

1 March 2017

‘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."

27 February 2017

What Does Trump's Presidency Mean for Brazilians? It's Complicated.

"I know about half a dozen people here, who have truly forgotten that one day they arrived here and lived here illegally."

22 February 2017

These Female Skateboarders Are Blazing a Trail in India

"I wanted to make it visible that there were girls skateboarding in India, even though the numbers could be counted on one hand at the time."

5 February 2017

In Bangladesh, a New Online Platform to Ensure Parliamentary Accountability

"I went to the local MP's house to discuss about some issues in our neighborhood. It was 10 am and I was told that he still was asleep."

20 January 2017

Diplomacy via Twitter? Indian Minister Threatens Amazon Over Indian Flag Doormat

"This case illustrates the perils of playing to the social media gallery in diplomacy."

19 January 2017

Bhutan's Authorities Ban Film for ‘Misusing’ Religious Masks on Screen

"This narrowed minded decision is not just a ban against the film but a decision against the freedom of expression and creativity in Bhutan."

18 January 2017

Discarded Plastic Bottles Become Blooming Plant Barricades at an Indian Railway Station

"The most critical impact of this simple intervention blew me away..."

15 January 2017

Mindless Deforestation in Jharkhand, India in the Name of Development

One activist suggests that local officials sell the fallen trees -- many of them centuries-old -- to the timber industry for a profit.

11 January 2017

In Niger and Worldwide, a Legendary Surgeon and Humanitarian Is Mourned

Jean-Marie Servant, a specialist in reconstructive plastic surgery, a celebrated humanitarian, and a “giant among men,” has died. On social media, his friends are remembering his compassion and genius.

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