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Stories about Development

29 July 2017

The African Community Reacts to Emmanuel Macron's Comments on Birth Rates in Africa

"Here is the question that we must ask: is it up to a non-African president to tell our women how many children they should have?"

28 July 2017

Philippines: On Facebook's Free Version, Fake News is Even Harder to Spot

Global Voices Advocacy

Free Basics' limitations leave poorer users at a loss, giving them less access to useful information -- and little capacity to determine whether news is reliable or not.

27 July 2017

Facebook’s Free Basics Doesn't Connect You to the Global Internet – But it Does Collect Your Data

Global Voices Advocacy

Regardless of whether they log into Facebook, users of Free Basics are constantly sharing their data with Facebook.

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

Global Voices Advocacy

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

Is Free Basics Really Bringing More Africans Online? A Case Study From Ghana

Global Voices Advocacy

A group of Global Voices contributors tested the Free Basics app in six countries across the globe this spring. Here's what we found in Ghana.

26 July 2017

Menstrual Hygiene Products Are Not Luxury Goods: Indian Rural Women Speak Out

Are menstrual hygiene products luxury goods? Women in India are voicing their doubts.

Hell on Earth in Chittagong: Floods Wreak Havoc in the City

"The waterlogging in Chittagong has worsened today. It seems nobody cares. God save everyone."

24 July 2017

Truths From the Front Lines of Climate Change in Europe’s Far North

"It should be about taking care of what we have left… It’s not only us Saami that pay the price. We will destroy our planet."

Ghana's Social Media Scene Opens New Spaces for Public Debate

"Today, Ghanaians on social media are quick to make permutations of what number of public schools, hospitals, roads and sanitised water systems could have been constructed..."

22 July 2017

Georgian Women March Against Misogyny and Racism

“I’m not too hopeful that the change will come soon, but we will do our part to push for it.”

20 July 2017

Dhaka Citizens Show Mayors Red Card for Failure to Control Mosquito-Born Diseases

"No, Mr. Mayor, nobody has called you to fix mosquito nets inside their homes. You were given the responsibility to kill mosquitoes so we don't require mosquito nets..."

19 July 2017

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.

In Bangladesh, Fear Drives Headline-Making Spate of Snake Killings

"The mainstream media is spreading the news with enthusiasm. This is leading to more people being interested in killing these animals."

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

17 July 2017

An Indian Woman's Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants

"Just think about it, the packets that end up on a street corner or in a dump grow into a plant."

10 July 2017

How Are Boys and Girls Supposed to Sit, Walk, and Dance? An Experiment in India's Gujarat

Pink versus blue, pretty versus brave: the childhood landscape is mined with pernicious gender stereotypes that dictate how we behave as adults.

29 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."

28 June 2017

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."

21 June 2017

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."

19 June 2017

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."

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