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Stories about Development

COVID-19 leaves Indian tea workers struggling for survival

The Indian tea industry is facing losses that hamper the already tenuous well-being of labourers, whose stark economic reality has led them getting back to work during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Sudan needs a legal framework for cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency was a topic in the last election campaign, where its adoption was proposed by one of the presidential candidates as a strategy to democratize financial policy.

Why women’s rights and digital rights go hand-in-hand on Namibian Twitter

In Nambia, a Twitter campaign to legalize abortion drew waves of attacks against feminist activists, but as a result, parliament has agreed to discuss Nambia's outdated abortion laws.

Devastated hilltop in Myanmar’s jade mining region remains home for scores of families despite danger

Despite the danger of further landslides, 77 families remain, saying they cannot afford to relocate.

Is India's digital ID system, Aadhaar, a tech solution for a socio-economic problem?

The world's largest biometric ID system was intended to provide a technological solution to socio-economic problems; instead, it has further ostracised marginal and vulnerable communities.

Kenyan families suffer spillover effects from school closures

Following school closures in Kenya, inequity has run rampant. Education experts want the government to perform a complete education reboot to provide equitable access to learning for all.

In Pakistan, a man accused of blasphemy was shot dead in a courtroom. His killer was hailed as a hero.

Extrajudicial killings of people accused of blasphemy aren't uncommon in Pakistan.

‘Wiki Loves Africa’ 2020 features images of a continent on the move

"Wiki Loves Africa," encourages people to contribute Africa-relevant media to Wikimedia annually around a particular theme to fundamentally change how people both within and outside Africa see the continent.

Calls, SMS, and radio: How pre-internet tech helps low-income children's schooling in India's lockdown

An award-winning non-profit start-up from the city of Cuttack, in the state of Odisha, is providing low-cost remote education to over 5,000 children from 400 villages.

Can Sudan's new government solve the annual mass flooding crisis?

No government in Sudan's history has been able to solve the humanitarian disasters brought on by annual flooding, which inevitably leads to chronic destruction and loss of life.

In the age of misinformation, who holds the power to categorize the ‘truth'? 

Over time, the categorization of information can result in the dominance of a single world view, making platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google the central arbiters of truth. 

COVID-19 has accelerated digitalization but will Tunisia log on?

COVID-19 accelerated digitalization in Tunisia like no previous government could achieve, gaining more digital momentum in a single month than it had in prior decades due to corruption and inaction.

COVID-19 in Europe: The price of being rich

“ … higher incomes mean fewer children and more elderly people, and this age distribution runs smack into the face of an overwhelming force of nature.”

Female genital mutilation likely to rise in the Middle East amid COVID-19 pandemic

The pandemic disrupted FGM prevention measures in the Middle East, where the practice is widely underreported.

In Assad-controlled Syria, the official narrative is ‘no COVID-19 cases’

In order to maintain a facade of control, the Assad regime does whatever it takes to deny the presence of COVID-19 in the territories it controls.

Sudan uprising: Sweeping reforms usher in justice and freedom

These laws show the identity of a new Sudan that recognizes rights, diversity, freedom of belief and expression.

Tanzanians debate the meaning of new ‘lower-middle-income’ World Bank status

The World Bank’s updated classification of Tanzania as a middle-income country has evoked a national debate about what development means and how it should be measured — as election season approaches.

How COVID-19 affects education for people with disabilities in Ghana

In Ghana, students with disabilities shifted unexpectedly to online learning and faced several technical, economic, and social challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO urges Pakistan to reimpose lockdown after surge in cases

Pakistan has implemented new lockdown restrictions after a letter from the WHO urged the country to improve testing and control outbreak numbers.

People with disabilities left stranded during national lockdown in Uganda

In Uganda, the needs of marginalized people — especially those of persons with disabilities — were conspicuously absent in President Yoweri Museveni’s COVID-19 directives.

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