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Stories about Development

26 January 2015

Nepal's #SmashChairChallenge Pressures the Constituent Assembly to Draft the Constitution

By satirising the infamous incident in which Constituent Assembly members threw chairs in protest over a new national constitution, the Nepali blogosphere is having a smashing time on Twitter.

21 January 2015

The Leading Cause of Death in Developing Countries Might Surprise You

Is it malnutrition and undernutrition? Malaria? Nope. It’s time to pay attention to a startling stealth killer in developing countries around the world.

18 January 2015

Reports of Forced Religious Conversions Grab Headlines in India

On Christmas day, 59 Christians in Kerala reportedly were "converted" to Hinduism by two Hindu nationalist organizations with ties to the leading BJP party. What happened to religious tolerance?

15 January 2015

‘Africapitalism': Africa's New Way Forward?

Acting on a concept he invented five years ago, a Nigerian economist and philanthropist now says he's ready to invest $100 million in young African entrepreneurs.

13 January 2015

The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry. So is Much of Turkey's Unique Heritage

The Bridge

Turkey's construction-crazed government is talking up the country's rich cultural heritage in an effort to reap tourist dollars. But Ankara is better at promoting historical legacies than preserving them.

9 January 2015

A New Era Begins for Sri Lanka After President Mahinda Rajapaksa Concedes Defeat

The two-time president lost to former Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena, the candidate for the main opposition United National Party, who earned 51.28 percent of the votes.

8 January 2015

The Mobile Money Revolution Is Transforming Bangladesh

One study found that nearly 76% of rickshaw-pullers in Dhaka send money back home to their villages through mobile banking due to its safety and cost efficiency.

Your Guide to Sri Lanka's 2015 Presidential Election

Incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa faces off against his former health minister, Maithripala Sirisena, in a presidential contest rife with electoral violations, social media manipulation, and constitutional stakes for Sri Lanka.

6 January 2015

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Indian E-Tail

One man complained on Facebook that in October he was delivered a bar of soap and a brick instead of the smartphone he had ordered from Snapdeal.com.

5 January 2015

Young Brazilians Are Creating Radio Jingles to Promote Sustainable Amazon Development

Rising Voices

Youth in the Brazilian Amazon community Cabelo Seco are taking the lead through a radio project, supported by Rising Voices, to promote sustainability through traditional, digital, and innovative means.

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