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Stories about Development

31 August 2014

A Home-Grown Campaign in Bhutan Is Giving Refurbished Shoes to Thousands Who Need Them

Bhutanese entrepreneur Dawa Drakpa cleans and recycles old footwear and distributes them to those who can't afford a decent pair. Nearly 1 percent of the country's population have received shoes.

24 August 2014

‘Behind the Wheel': A Look at the Women Tajikistan's Russia-Bound Men Leave Behind

"Behind the Wheel" is a short film about migration and an extraordinary woman named Nigora, who overcame betrayal and local gender stereotypes to set up shop fixing car tires.

23 August 2014

A “Liter of Light” to Brighten the Poorest Homes

After downing a bottle of water, most people are probably inclined to toss it. Those people, however, don't realize that they're throwing away an ingenious means of lighting a home.

21 August 2014

Two Years Ago, Tens of Thousands of Macedonians Took to the Streets Against Poverty and Corruption

Macedonians are marking two years since the beginning of the "AMAN" protests that called for an end to social disparity and corruption in the country, one of Europe's poorest.

12 August 2014

Can President Obama Change African Dictators’ Ways? Not Likely, Says Chadian Blogger

"The fundamental question remained: What steps can the American president take to change things around?"

10 August 2014

4 Infographics on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

4 infographics to know about the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

9 August 2014

Religion and Spirituality Get Tech Savvy in India

Indian tech entrepreneurs and start-ups have taken on ventures trying to tap on Indians' passion on religion and spirituality. This raises issues like whether marketing “God’s” products are ethical.

8 August 2014

More Than a Half Century Later, How Should Jamaica View Its Independence Day?

The learning curve for a people who historically never had a say continues to be a steep one, especially in a climate where corruption was already entrenched.

7 August 2014

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

6 August 2014

Students in India Have Developed a “SmartCane” for the Blind

"It feels great to be able to move around alone," says one happy customer. A new low-cost device, the SmartCane, overcomes the limitations of the traditional cane by using SONAR.

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