Stories about Development from March, 2010
Azerbaijan: Youth, human rights and the Blogosphere
HumanRightsUN posts a video of part of the presentation made by Ruslan Asadov, co-founder of the OL! Azerbaijani Youth Movement [AZ/EN], at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy. One of the other co-founders of OL!, video blogging youth activist Adnan Hajizade, is currently in prison on what...
Armenia: S.O.S. Save Cinema Moscow's Open Hall
Unzipped comments on plans to demolish Yerevan's only open air cinema hall to make room for the construction of a new church. Although the cinema itself was constructed after the demolition of a previous church standing in the same spot, the blog says that there are enough churches in the...
Ethiopian ‘aid for arms’ story sparks storm
The BBC sparked a storm this week with a story claiming millions of dollars sent to help starving people in Ethiopia's 1980s famine were used to buy arms by rebels.
Bulgaria: Protesting Against Seafront Construction in Varna
Ruslan Trad writes about Varna activists' fight against illegal construction on the seafront promenade - and against rampant corruption plaguing the country.
Azerbaijan: Suspect real estate deals in Dubai
Thoughts on the Road comments on recent news reports that $44 million in real estate deals were recently made in Dubai in the name of a 12-year old who happens to have the same name and date of birth of the Azerbaijani president's son. Another $35 million worth of deals...
Haiti: More than a FAD
Emmanuel Midi blogs about “formation, animation, discovery” for children in Haiti's disadvantaged Cité Soleil and Bas Delmas communities after the January 12 earthquake.
East Timor: Oil wealth and national survival
The oil coming from East Timor's oil fields is already the country's greatest source of revenue. Debates over potential changes to the Petroleum Law and the National Oil Company will likely be the most important political debates this year.
Kenya: The iHub launched in Nairobi
The iHub, an innovation center for techies, developers and innovators was launched in Nairobi this week. Several leading bloggers attended the event and here are their stories, photos and videos.
Caucasus: Women's rights
Security, in the Caucasus and beyond… prepares for International Women's Day by chronicling key developments in women's rights in the region. However, with many traditional practices slow to die out, the blog says that changes in societal values brought about during the Soviet years have been overturned since independence. In...
Azerbaijan: Dusty City
ANTV, an online citizen media site co-founded by imprisoned video blogging youth activist Emin Milli and recently awarded for its contribution to freedom of the press in the region, posts a video report on the chaotic urban development in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.
Malawi: 15 annoying things in Malawi
Victor's list of 15 annoying things in Malawi: “The frequent power failures by the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM). One ends up buying countless bundles of candles or if you can afford purchase and run a generator!”
Georgia: Social Innovation Camp in the Caucasus
A web site for the first ever Social Innovation Camp in the South Caucasus has been set up at http://sic-caucasus.net. The event, aimed at promoting the use of social media to implement actual projects for civil society and activists in the region, will be held as part of the Social...
Dominica: Pick Up A Book
“The book is not only the door to other wonderful world[s], but it is the best teacher, university and source of wisdom”: Dominica Weekly extolls the benefits of reading.
South Africa: Is FIFA 2010 an opportunity for nation building?
Rajesh wonders whether the FIFA World Cup 2010 will be an opportunity for nation building in South Africa.
Chile: Praise for Earthquake Preparedness
Chile was struck by a devastating earthquake this weekend. Despite the damage and the rising number of casualties, the international community has praised Chile's preparedness for this situation.