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The Bottom Billion author Paul Collier states in order to fulfill its mission the International Finance Corporation needs to make a profound change.
New leadership at the International Finance Corporation is transforming the institution – but a “profound change” is needed if it is to become a “public development agency whose interest is to develop the country, not to make money,” according development heavyweight Paul Collier.
The population of Niger is expected to double in 17 years since the country has the world’s highest birthrate. Ther rapid growth in population is causing a range of issues, but women do not want to have fewer children. Find out how the government and NGOs are trying to address the issue here:
Roukaya Hamani has an in-law problem. Her husband’s parents want more grandbabies, but she doesn’t want any more children right now. She’s already given birth four times; one of the babies died, and so now she has three, ages seven, five, and 16 months. She’s 18 years old.
The Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) reports that the security of people with albinism has not improved and still leaves 10,000 people vulerable to discrimination and attacks that can cost them their lives.
It was a Sunday in April 2016. A warm, dry day. Seventeen-year-old David Fletcher was being moody and withdrawn. He wanted to watch a football match at the local school instead of helping his family gather maize in the fields. His parents eventually relented and let him go.
Protests in Venezuela against president Maduro continue. Click here to find out why the people of Venezuala are taking the streets and what is happening at the moment.
Venezuela’s capital, Caracas, has seen almost daily demonstrations over the past weeks, some of which became violent. Protesters say President Nicolas Maduro is moving towards tyranny, and they want him to resign. But Maduro says the opposition is conspiring with foreigners to destabilise the country.
Vietnam’s coastal areas are at risk because of the rise in sea level. Read here how mangrove trees may be a solution to this problem:
It was overcast, and Hoi An’s colours softened like a watercolour painting. I paused for the requisite photo of the red Japanese Bridge, the city’s landmark. It hung elegantly between grey clouds and the shimmering canal, a memory from the 1700s when this Vietnamese city was an international trading port.
Elections in Iran are coming up in May. How does the process work and what do the candidates stand for?
The names are in, but in Iran just registering your candidacy is not enough to actually participate in a presidential election. Now it’s time for the biggest hurdle, as the Guardians Council — the 12-member body at the heart of the Islamic republic — vets all applications and comes up with a final list of candidates.
The Congolese passport mandates overcharging of passports. and sends this public money offshore. Read more about this here:
One day in November 2015, President Joseph Kabila visited his foreign ministry and smiled broadly as a computer took his photograph and fingerprints. He was there to mark the launch of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new biometric passport, fitted with a chip to store details of his identity.
The hashtag #EverydayAfrica has been used more than 179,000 times to show the world a different image of Africa from what is usually shown. Instead of war, poverty and drought the page shows a boxing woman, a band playing and a family enjoying their holiday. The success of the Instagram page is now transformed into a book in which 30 photographers re-picture and show the life in Africa.
In 2012, two years after Instagram launched, photojournalists Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill started Everyday Africa, a feed on the photo-sharing application. On assignment in the Ivory Coast, which was recovering from its second civil war, they posted the photos that newspaper and magazine editors wouldn’t commission: images of an Africa where disease, poverty and war weren’t the focus.
Check out the Instagram here:
323.2k Followers, 158 Following, 3,672 Posts – See Instagram photos and videos from Everyday Africa (@everydayafrica)
Cuba is experiencing one of its worst droughts in 100 years. The photo serie vividly shows how Cuba is dealing with increasing drought.
Cuba is experiencing one of its worst droughts in 100 years. Although the government provides drinking water, the shortages caused by the lack of rain are compounded by an aging and dilapidated infrastructure.
In the past, Ugandans have had to flee to other countries for their safety, says Godfrey Byaruhanga, co-ordinator of refugee services for the government. Now it their obligation to “return the good”.“Most of our leaders have been refugees, so it has been easy for them to embrace this refugee policy,” he says. This attitude is in contrast to other African countries struggling to cope with rising refugee numbers, however the situation in Ugunda is not perfect.
A mix of Afrobeat and South Sudanese folk music resounds over the jumbled stalls and makeshift corrugated iron shops that form the trading centre of Nyumanzi, a sprawling refugee settlement in northern Uganda.
“…current problems with domestic violence, for which the punishment has just been downgraded despite 35,899 cases being reported in 2015; the disturbing trend of rape victims being blamed for provoking their attackers; and the fact that police dismiss four out of five rape reports.” Russia sees women’s march for rights, amidst criticism from ideological different feminist groups.
After years of operating in the shadows, Russia’s women’s rights activists are pushing back against “traditional values”, and a government that has recently decriminalised some forms of domestic violence. Last week hundreds of activists marched on city streets to demand equality on International Women’s Day and more than 1,000 attended Fem Fest in Moscow, the first feminist festival of its kind in Russia.
After emerging from decades of self-imposed isolation, Myanmar is now prioritzing tackling issues in sustainable development that are caused by climate change. Read more on this here
Myanmar’s national government and some international development groups are adopting different but complementary approaches to tackling what many in the country consider to be one of the biggest threats to achieving sustainable development: Climate change.
The UN has recently declared famine in South Sudan. How does such a declaration come about? Read more about it here:
IN FEBRUARY the United Nations made the first formal declaration of famine since 2011. Parts of South Sudan, the world’s newest country, are now officially in a state of famine. The UN says that some 20m people are also at risk of famine in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.
Former Gambian president Jammeh shut down many radio stations and made the independent work of journalists impossible. But now, gor the first time in more than 20 years, the tiny West African country’s media is abuzz. Journalists are returning from exile and the new government has been vocal in assuring them of their support.
Hamza Mohamed is a producer for Doha, Qatar-based Al Jazeera English, covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Sinchu Alhagie, The Gambia – “Unbelievable really. Never thought I will see this happen. Guys: chop-chop. Faster, please,”Biram Sait Jobe tells a group of builders who are working on the expansion of the rooms that house Taranga FM.
The number of Syrians who have fled their country has topped 5 million after six years of war, the UNHCR has said. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to increase its support for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them, warning that failure to do so risked undermining global security.
By: Charlie Dunmore | 28 March 2017 ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan – United Nations Secretary General António Guterres on Tuesday urged the international community to increase its support for Syrian refugees and the countries hosting them, warning that failure to do so risked undermining global security.
New research from University College London shows that the global foodmarket is depleting non-renewable water sources at a disturbing rate. The depletion can lead to a threat in food supplies.
From the section Science & Environment The global market for foodstuffs is depleting water sources in many parts of the world quicker than they can naturally be refilled. The complex trade is increasing pressure on non-renewable groundwater, mainly used for irrigating crops such as rice, wheat and cotton.
Read the publication with interesting images here
Recent hydrological modelling and Earth observations have located and quantified alarming rates of groundwater depletion worldwide. This depletion is primarily due to water withdrawals for irrigation, but its connection with the main driver of irrigation, global food consumption, has not yet been explored.
Today is the start of the Arab Summit in Jordan. Issues on the agenda are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Read the prospects of the summit here:
Arab leaders are convening near the Jordanian Dead Sea for the 28th annual summit of the Arab League, as the region faces distressing turmoil and political challenges. Sixteen heads of states out of the 22-member confederation of Arab countries are expected to attend Wednesday’s meeting, including Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Anti-apartheid veteran Ahmed Kathrada passes away. With him gone, the golden generation of South African anti-apartheid fighters is coming to an end too, with only two surviving members.
Veteran South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada has died aged 87, his foundation says. It says Mr Kathrada passed away peacefully in a Johannesburg hospital “after a short period of illness, following surgery to the brain”. Along with Nelson Mandela, Mr Kathrada was among eight African National Congress activists sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.
2017 continues to witness discussions on autonomy rights over women’s bodies and labour. A recent development at the UN Commission saw the UN States pledging to reduce gender gap amidst opposition by international actors like the US and Russia. Read the details here:
UN member states have pledged to close the gender pay gap and reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work that falls disproportionately on women. After two weeks of intense discussions in New York, the Commission on the Status of Women ended with commitments by states to advance women’s economic empowerment by implementing equal pay policies, gender audits and job evaluations.
A new approach to slow down urbanization is being implemented in India. Smart villages are expected to provide people with reasons to stay instead of moving to the big city. This can stop the brain drain and improve the villages on many levels. Read more on these smart villages here:
While there is growing talk of smart cities in conversations on global development, a majority of people in emerging market economies live in villages. This is leading some to ask: what about smart villages?
Yemen is suffering from the biggest foodcrisis in the world, and especially children are the victims of poverty, hunger and diseases, UNICEF states. In Sanaa, people took the streets to call for an end of the violence. Read more on the situation in Yemen here:
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Yemen’s capital on Sunday to call for an end to war in the country. The demonstration was organised by Houthi rebels, who occupy the city and much of Yemen’s north. The rallies in Sanaa came on the second anniversary of the Saudi-led military intervention against the Houthi rebel movement.
While dams have been associated with conflict due to displacement or livelihood issues and environmental or socio-cultural concerns, it promises to boost agriculture and development in rural Afghanistan. This is hindered by Iran and Afghanistan’s face-off over their water territories. Read more about this diplomatic battle here:
In a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote and lawless provinces. Enjoying little international aid or government authority, it is also one of the least developed. However, there is hope for progress.
“You worry each time you leave your house that the police will stop you. Sometimes they ignore your permit and you have to pay or be arrested”. Asylum seekers and immigrants find themselves dealing with xenophobia and corruption in South Africa.
In 2010 police in Johannesburg shot Justin Ejimkonye, a Nigerian migrant, in the leg. The reason why is unclear: It took the police 18 months to charge Ejimkonye with any crime. When they did bring a charge, saying he was carrying cannabis, a public prosecutor decided not to pursue the case for lack of evidence.
In Mosul, organizations and local health authorities engaged in chemical weapons treatment and prevention are not waiting for officials to confirm the use of chemical weapons. Health facilities take action to become functioning again and to be prepared to response adequately to chemical attacks.
Iraqi politicians say no chemical weapons have been used in Northern Iraq, but health authorities and international partners say the risk is significant enough to warrant preparing now for any future cases. Devex speaks with the World Health Organization about the work underway and how recent incidents have shaped their thinking.
What is the way forward from the compromised climate policy and energy research? This article outlines the systemic patterns of influence of fossil fuel industry on research and possible ways of countering it.
On February 16, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center hosted a film screening of the “Rational Middle Energy Series.” The university promoted the event as “Finding Energy’s Rational Middle” and described the film’s motivation as “a need and desire for a balanced discussion about today’s energy issues.”
Tambourine Army is a new organization to fight gender-based violence in Jamaica wants to change the culture of assigning blame and shame to survivors, to a culture where the perpetrators are shamed. Some say the bad economy is causing a rise in abuse, whereas others state that the problem has deeper roots.
What is the effect of current issues, such as the migrant crisis, increasingly isolationist policies and the impact of globalization across borders, on development organizations? Read here more about the response of these organizations:
3 global development organizations ‘bringing charity home’
According to the UN, farm workers are the biggest contributors to Brazil’s food supply. Despite this, the voices of Brazil’s female farm workers remain unheard. Read about their plight for participation here:
Brazilian Women Storm Government, Protest Neoliberal Policies
UNICEF states that 2016 has been the deadliest year in the Syrian war for children. After six years of war, nearly 6 million children now depend on humanitarian assistance. The consequences for the mental and physical health of the young generation are disturbing. Read more in the UNICEF report.
Syria war: 2016 was the worst year for Syrian children, says Unicef – BBC News
Some celebrate international women’s day, while several others do not. There are multiple aspects to this that need to be discussed and debated widely. For starters, take a look at this article that touches upon inclusion of marginalised women in movements and dialogues.
“Higher education is a powerful antidote to the sense of purposelessness and the intense boredom many of the incarcerated describe in prison memoirs.” And this is being realized through the college-in-prison programs in the US. Read more here:
On this international Women’s day, Waris Dirie discusses how the Genital Mutilation of women is still taking place. Over 200 million women and girls have been affected by these practises. The Desert Flower Foundation provides support for the victims. Read the interview here:
Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: Q&A with Waris Dirie of Desert Flower Foundation
We are united, we are international – and we are everywhere. Womens’s Day 2017 is celebrated all around the world. In over 200 cities, strikes are organized to gain attention to a wide range of issues that hold women back. Read more here:
A polluted environment results in a heavy toll on the health of children. Every year, environmental risks – such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, second-hand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and inadequate hygiene – take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years, say two new WHO reports.
The UN gears up for its new Secretary-General António Guterres who is known to play a balancing act between his socialist and religious beliefs. With this development and the rising conservative trends globally, what can one expect in terms of human and sexual rights of citizens?
The United Nations and the Religious Right – Global Issues
On the 21st of March, SID-NL organizes a debate on Doing Democracy Without Political Parties? As a prepartion to this debate, related blog posts will be posted in the following weeks. The first one is an introduction to the functions of a political party.
Political Parties: 5 Major Functions of Political Parties in Democracy – Important India
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Not every passport allows you to travel to the same place as another passport might do. The Passport Index explores how welcoming each nation is, based on the number of countries they accept visa-free or with a visa on arrival. Check out where your passport can take you:
Most Welcoming Countries Rank | Passport Index 2017
“Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou says the deals are a throwback to the post-colonial era, when France played a dominant role in the economies of its former African territories.” To get a glance at the rift between Areva and Niger over uranium, read more.
With its economy contracting for the first time in 20 years, its President’s puzzling health emergencies keeping him in London and a growing discomfort with its vice-president Yemi Osinbajo’s popularity as interim President, Nigeria exhibits a suitable case for power struggles versus governance.
At any time around a third of the water infrastructure in rural sub-Saharan Africa, from simple hand pumps to pricey solar-powered systems, is broken. New technologies are now implemented to keep the water supply safe and keep the taps running. Besides securing the water supply, there are other benefits with this new technology. Read more about this game-changing technology:
Have you heard of Rederij Lampedusa? In the canals of Amsterdam, boat captains tell their stories and use the boats that transported migrants to Europe, shedding light on their plight:
Refugee canal boat tours bring migrant stories to Amsterdam
Yesterday, in several countries Google honored Abdul Sattar Edhi with a doodle. Read more about the founder of the Edhi Foundation, which created the world’s largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan.
Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today
Urbanization is not always a blessing. The rapid growth of cities in the global South comes with complex issues like economic inequality and poor sanititation. Are “smart cities” the solution to these problems?
Unicef describes the disturbing circumstances refugee children in Libya face. Children are at the heart of one of the biggest movements of people in history. One in every 45 children in the world today is on the move.
Implications of a ‘single story’!
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With all attention going to the Oscars this weekend, it is easy to forget the Fespaco: the biggest and most popular African film event in the world. This event celebrates the African culture through cinema. Although many films are made, it is often difficult for people in African countries to see the actual films.
Pan-Africa festival of film projects a renewed sense of optimism
“Samsø is just a reflection of what is happening in Danish society in general. We are national policy in practice.” Perhaps a reflection of what ought to happen too?
Violence, inflation and market failure leave South Sudan in the midst of a severe famine. With 100,000 people facing starvation and another 1 million on the brink of it, man-made food insecurity strikes one more down!
Famine declared in South Sudan
The Kenyan government has launched a enormous program to fight the ongoing drought. The scheme is a ground-breaking insurance program that uses satellites to monitor vegetation available to livestock.
Peace talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and opposition are continued after a year. Could these UN-sponsered talks be the solution to the ongoing conflict? Read more on the current situation here:
Syria’s warring sides brought together for Geneva talks – BBC News
What is to happen with former president Jammeh of Ghana? A family member speaks out:
A dictator in the family: why Ebrima Jammeh wants retribution in Gambia
Cooperation on terrorism and peace talks are on the line as attacks across the Pakistani border are rising. Read more about the implications here:
Brazil is slowly moving away from the international stage. Internal problems cause a lack of investment in foreign relations. Ramon Blanco provides an analysis on how Brazil is now a hangover nation.
The Brazilian hangover: When the party ends
South Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia are on the brink of famine. Four nations at the same time in a distressing situation calls for a major aid operation. The provided aid is not just food, but also consists of innovative new concepts to fight hunger.
Cucumber seeds and beekeeping kits: the new ways of fighting famine
The bitter taste of Madagascar vanilla: a disturbing insight in how the farmers of Madagscar continue to live in poverty whilst the market price of vanilla keep rising. Furthermore, the farmers are in constant fear of losing their crop to theft.
The import of arms in the Middle East has almost doubled in the last five years, whilst the import in Europe, the Americas and Africa has descreased. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published interesting statistics on the import of arms all around the world.
The effects of pollution now have reached the deepest places on earth. 10 kilometers below sealevel, researchers have found disturbing levels of dangerous pollutants.
Entrenched: The world’s deepest ocean trenches are packed with pollution | The Economist
In the early 2000s, Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), abducted tens of thousands of children in Northern Uganda. They stole young boys to fight, and kidnapped young girls to be used as sex slaves and wives to the soldiers. The short documentary I Am Not Who They Think I Am tells the story of two women who were abducted by the LRA and had children while held captive. They escaped after eight years as hostages, but are struggling to reintegrate back into their communities. Their children face stigma and rejection. “I always hear people saying that my mother was captured—they finger-point at both me and my mother,” one young girl testifies. “They think I cannot succeed in life. They think I am a burden in the society.”
What will it take to make global fisheries more sustainable and valuable? One leading NGO in the sector believes it has the right idea:
An $83 billion opportunity for fisheries
The boys and men of West-Africa: an insight in the journey and the severe challenges they face in this quest to better prospects.
“Some think (Trump) may strike a bargain with Mr Putin to push Ukraine to implement the Minsk agreements on Moscow’s terms.” Fighting corruption, violence and political differences within, Ukraine continues to defend itself.
What do the protests in Romania mean for democracies in Europe and rest of the world? Hundreds and thousands come out in the streets to fight against endemic buraucratic corruption.
After the 20 years under the dictatorship of Jammeh, Gambia is now moving into a new era. The flows of aid from the EU that dried up under the dictatorial regime, are starting to bring much needed support to the nearly bankrupt country.
Amnesty International investigated the situation in the Saydnaya prison in Syria. Its report includes witness testimonies and descriptions of cruel acts. Read more about the investigation here:
Syria’s Secret Mass Executions
Last week, DRC’s opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi passed away. What is the impact of his passing on the country?
Etienne Tshisekedi: DR Congo mourns opposition leader – BBC News
Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected yesterday as the new chair of the African Union. Read here more about him:
Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat named African Union leader
What is the healtcare situation like in Syria? And which effect does the executive order signed by president Trump have on it? Read more in this article:
How Trump’s Executive Order Worsens Syria’s Health Crisis
Six years ago the 18-day revolution started in Egypt. How is the human rights situation in the country now?
One protester’s story: Paying the price for seeking freedom in Egypt – BBC News
There are many challenges to ending hunger and famine, but food security practitioners are developing innovative solutions that enable earlier and more evidence-based responses to food crises, and help communities build resilience to climate change and disasters.
Read about five areas of innovation and the lessons that are learned while putting these ideas into practice.
Early warning, early action: The innovations changing food crisis management
New peace talks concerning Syria have started in Kazakhstan. What are the prospects?
Millions displaced and 500,000 dead – will new peace talks end Syria’s agony?
Most African refugees stay on the African continent. Many of them try to reach South Africa. Read some of their stories here:
Refugees risking lives to reach bright lights of Johannesburg
The world’s eight richests people together own as much as the poorest 50% of the world. Oxfam Novib released a report about this inequality. Read more about it here:
World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%
One year passed since the implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal. What has changed so far in Iran?
Iranian President Scrambles To Sell Nuclear Deal As A Win For Tehran
Unrest in Gambia: president Yahya Jammeh does not seem to accept the outcome of the country’s last election. If, however, Adama Barrow is to take office after all, it may mean a return to their country for these exiled Gambians:
Exiled Gambians ponder return to troubled homeland
10 January 2017
Myanmar’s new cabinet has been in power for 10 months. Have things changed in the country? Read this report to find out more:
Free speech curtailed in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar as prosecutions soar
9 January 2017
After tense elections last year, Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo was inaugurated last Saturday. Read here how the transition of power took place smoothly after all:
The Presidential Transition Is Going Smoothly. In Ghana.
4 January 2017
Migration has been a much discussed topic last year. Did you know that a significant amount of migrants stay in the region they are originally from? Read this article from the Economist to get some more insights:
The other kind of immigration
22 December 2016
In developing regions 90% of children are in primary education, and gender parity in enrolment has almost been achieved
20 December 2016
International Human Solidarity Day
“On International Human Solidarity Day, let us emphasize the role of human solidarity in building lives of dignity for all on a healthy planet. We must work together to achieve the SDGs and secure the future we want.”
In Kenya, health workers have turned to social media to apply pressure on the government, in order to get them to honor the agreement about health workers’ pay. Read here how they organize themselves:
Kenya’s striking medical workers are using social media to challenge the government
16 December 2016
Oil spill disasters in Nigeria have not only affected it’s economy and environment; they pose an issue for gender equality as well. Read the article below to find out how.
There’s an invisible cost to Nigeria’s oil spill disasters
13 December 2016
“The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective. It must focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy.” The next United Nations Secretary General António Guterres vows to focus on sustainable development, peace and refom of the UN. Read more here:
UN News – Taking oath of office, António Guterres pledges to work for peace, development and a reformed United Nations
12 December 2016
Bill Gates has committed to leading a billion dollar fund to fight climate change by investing in clean energy. Read more about it below.
Bill Gates and investors worth $170 billion are launching a fund to fight climate change through energy innovation
7 December 2016
Have you heard of Humans of Damascus? Read the story behind this project here:
The woman documenting the ‘Humans of Damascus’
28 November 2016
After the passing of Fidel Castro, many reflect on what he meant for Cuba. Read this article to get more insight in how he influenced the lives of ordinary Cubans.
Castro’s legacy: how the revolutionary inspired and appalled the world
23 November 2016
Despite facing social stigma, economic exclusion and everyday physical challenges, these activists are fighting to make the world listen to the rights of disabled people
“This world belongs to all of us and we all deserve to be treated equally. Children with disabilities aren’t the only ones who benefit from inclusive education, everyone in the classroom does”- Yetnebersh Nigussie
14 November 2016
Ten days after the entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement, dozens of heads of State and Government are expected at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 22), which started in Marrakech, Morocco, on 7 November 2016.
Before the Conference wraps up on 18 November, State Parties hope to define the rules for the accord and to lay out a viable plan for providing at least $100 billion a year to developing countries to support climate action.
8 November 2016
Join Leonardo DiCaprio as he explores the topic of climate change, and discovers what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
18 October 2016
Women routinely make less money that men, but for women of color, the income gap is even bigger. Read about the underlying issues in this article of the Atlantic:
17 October 2016
Two years after unveiling a comic about a rape survivor turned superhero who takes on her abusers, film-maker Ram Devineni is using a sequel to highlight the acid attacks that maim and scar hundreds of women in India every year.
11 October 2016
10 October 2016
As the scale of the devastation from Hurricane Matthew is becoming clear in Haiti, so is the need for emergency aid.
3 October 2016
Voters in Colombia have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.24% voting against it.
28 September 2016
A deficit of engineering skills in Africa severely restricts the future of its economic growth, according to a conference on engineering held earlier this month. Click on the link below to find out how attracting more female students could help solve this problem.
Africa’s shortage of engineering skills ‘will stunt its growth’
21 September 2016
12 September 2016
In many countries today marks the start of Eid Al-Adha holiday! What is Eid Al-Adha and why is it celebrated on different days around the world? Read here to find out.
Why is Eid al-Adha 2016 not on September 11?
7 September 2016
Morocco’s next high-profile project makes a great effort to boost awareness of green energy. They plan to influence the environment, culture, and even gender equality. Read about it here:
Morocco to give 600 mosques a green makeover
31 August, 2016
While tourists find their way back to Kenya’s seaside, in the hinterland is a conflict ongoing between Islamic militants, their defectors and armed police. Read here what the reality of Kenya’s inland is:
Kenya’s seaside looks peaceful, but a murderous war is being waged
24 August, 2016
Recently, a large number of children in Mexico seem to drop out of school and start working from an early age. Why is this happening and what are the consequence of this trend? Watch this video for the answers:
In the Field – Al Jazeera English
23 August, 2016
A group of women in Afghanistan is using the bike as a tool for radical activism. Read their story and the impact their cycling group has had here:
Biking Toward Freedom With the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team – Pacific Standard
18 August, 2016
During the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics, the world got a taste of the Passinho dance culture. This article explores in depth what the recognition of this dance culture means for those in the favelas:
On the road in Rio: how a dance craze is transforming the lives of inner city youth
16 August, 2016
New technologies can make a real difference for those in remote places. In Mexico, an effort is made to get mobile phones to those in rural and remote villages. Read here what the impact has been so far:
‘It feels like a gift’: mobile phone co-op transforms rural Mexican community
11 August, 2016
Since the protests in Tunisia in 2011, more women have become involved in politics than before. Activist Ikram Ben Said tries to encourage women to take part in elections, not just as voters but as candidates. Read an interview with Ikram Ben about her work here:
The Woman Pushing Women Into Tunisia’s Politics
9 August, 2016
Since being elected in November, Myanmar’s first civilian ruling authority since 1962 is working hard to bring peace and justice to the country. The government recently announced it is going to reform the jade industry. Read here what this can mean for Myanmar:
Aung Sun Suu Kyi moves to clean up Myanmar’s murky jade trade
3 August, 2016
Falling oil price influence economies all over the world, but have a great impact on countries like Angola, which depends greatly on oil. The effects of a recent fall in prices are clearly seen in Angola’s capital, Luanda:
An oil boom made it the most expensive city in the world. Now it’s in crisis.
1 August, 2016
This Friday the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro. What has this enormous project meant for the city? Read it in this article from the Atlantic:
The Rio Olympics Are Taking From the Poor and Giving to the Rich
27 July, 2016
In Senegal, a program is set up to get girls coding. This does not only help the girls move forward, but the country too. Read here what is accomplished so far:
Code club Senegal, where women are leading the way
25 July, 2016
What has happened in Germany over the past week? What does this mean for the country?
Germany attacks: What is going on? – BBC News
19 July, 2016
In the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, President Erdogan seems convinced Fethullah Gulen is behind last week’s coup. Who is Gulen and why did he have a falling out with Erdogan? Read it here:
The Turkish President’s Arch-Nemesis
13 July, 2016
In the five years of its independence, violence in South Sudan remains the countries biggest issue. What has gone wrong? Watch this clip to find out more:
Inside Story – What’s gone wrong in South Sudan?
12 July, 2016
Read the latest news and background information on today’s decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the case of the South Chinese Sea:
Hague Arbitration court rules in favor of Philippines in South China Sea Dispute
July 6, 2016
Today, The Iraq Inquiry released its report on the UK’s involvement in the Iraq War. Read its most important findings here:
July 4, 2016
What does Turkey’s repositioning towards Russia mean? Read a reflection here:
Russia Needs Turkey in the War on ISIS