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Stories about Development

29 November 2015

When in Doubt, Ask Yourself ‘What Would the Tanzanian President Do?’

Tanzania's President John Magufuli's radical measures to save money have led to a humorous trending hashtag, #WhatWouldMagufuliDo.

27 November 2015

Gambia's President Bans Female Genital Mutilation, but There's Still Much Work to Be Done

"Lost in all the celebrations...is the fact that FGM is not banned in The Gambia, at least not yet. There is no enforceable law on the books"

26 November 2015

Commonwealth Youth Demand That Leaders Stop Talking and Act

The Commonwealth youth leaders meeting in Malta want their governments to walk the talk.

23 November 2015

Molenbeek, the Complex Reality of a Community Vilified by the Media

In the heart of the Belgian capital lies Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, a low-income community with a connection to those suspected of carrying out the attacks on Paris and other acts of violence.

20 November 2015

The Indian Sub-Continent’s Domestic Workers Deserve Much More Than This

Poor pay, lacking legal protections, abuse. That is the abysmal treatment that domestic workers often receive. But change is slowly but surely taking root, one house at a time.

19 November 2015

Social Media Movements Encourage Indian Women to Wear Their Saree Proudly

From #100SareePact to #SareeNotSorry, Indian women are celebrating the traditional garment online.

13 November 2015

A New Hashtag Battles the Hatred Between India and Pakistan With Love

"Let peace be spread everywhere...Long Live Peace...Long live peace lover of both countries...."

10 November 2015

Meet Three Activists From North Africa Taking on Climate Change

In between the rising sea and encroaching desertification, North Africa finds itself in a precarious situation. Here is how three young activists are taking on climate change.

Bhutan's Legendary Fourth King Turns 60

"Thank you Your Majesty,.... For being the role model with the hallmark of simplicity For being a far sighted and visionary leader"

3 November 2015

These Paintings Depict the Indigenous Peoples’ Struggle Against Exploitation in the Philippines

The Philippines has an estimated 14 million indigenous peoples. The majority are living in remote villages threatened by destructive mining, development aggression, and militarization.

Iran to Provide Universal Public Healthcare to Refugees

Iran's Afghan refugee population nears 1 million, with an additional estimated 1.4 to 2 million unregistered refugees living and working in the country.

1 November 2015

How Successful Was Ghana's #DumsorMustStop Vigil?

How do you define the success of a mass protest?

The Sorry State of Indian Railways

"Life in India doesn't stop for a train journey, it invades it. The train is a meeting place, a marketplace, a hotel and a restaurant."

28 October 2015

Demonstrators in Peru March 180 Miles to Protest Lead Poisoning in Children

The mining wealth of Cerro de Pasco in Peru has poisoned children with lead, and several dozen people decided to stage a 300-kilometer march in protest.

21 October 2015

Overturning Lower Court, Maldives Supreme Court Saves Convicted Adulteress From Being Stoned to Death

The Maldives' Supreme Court has acted swiftly to overturn an island court's decision to execute a woman for adultery. The woman had been sentenced to be stoned to death.

15 October 2015

São Paulo Will Host the 2016 World Social Forum on Migrations

“The forum represents a recognition of the struggle over many years of social movements in the city, above all, that of immigrants, who are increasingly taking on more leadership roles"

It Looks Like Snow, But That Fluffy Stuff on Bangalore's Lakes Is Much More Toxic

The foam in Bangalore, India, is largely being produced in a lake called Bellandur, into which raw sewage and chemical waste have long been pumped without effective water treatment.

14 October 2015

Brazilian Students Protest Against Government's Closure of Public Schools

"Instead of improving the quality of education of the whole state system...it seems that the Alckmin government is interested in getting rid of its best schools."

9 October 2015

The Dark Side of Hydropower in Bhutan

Bhutan depends heavily on its hydroelectric industry, but some bloggers worry that the country may be getting carried away with this industry.

5 October 2015

The Self-Ruling Indigenous People of Cherán, Mexico, Celebrate Their First Government Transition

"Our people will continue on, united in our defence of nature, security, dignity, and animals, because we are an ancestral and learned people who have lived on these lands."

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