The Democratic Republic of the Congo is not officially at war, but for decades the ordinary Congolese haven’t experienced an essence of peace either. After years of bloodshed and devastation, the DRC is staggering towards normalcy, but after brief intervals the country finds itself rebound into violent conflicts again and again.Read more ...
By IRUNGU PETER
Though universal primary education (UPE) is deemed free, there are several hidden costs which make the programme not absolutely free and at times out of reach for poor parents.
In Kenya and Uganda, there have been cases where students had to buy a bag of cement, toilet papers and brooms for their school. In some cases students who fail to make book donations to school are sent away. Read More
A government-initiated national prayer has been observed in the Malawian city of Blantyre to pray for the flood victims. The deadly floods have affected over 600,000 people in 15 districts of Malawi since early January with 79 dead and hundreds more injured or missing.Read more ...
A group of United Nations human rights experts has urged the international community to rapidly provide all necessary funding and assistance to the Government of Malawi and humanitarian actors in response to the disaster, which has already claimed more than 70 lives.Read more ...
Janakpur Handicraft Centre supports economically backward women in Nepal by giving them training, employment and other opportunities to get empowered.Read more ...
the Development Reporter program offers a unique opportunity specially for young writers, researchers and journalists to write about developmental issues of their interest and network with like-minded professionals in their field.Read more ...
South-South cooperation today expands beyond mere humanitarian assistance and goodwill endeavors. Trade and investment between countries in the South is huge. So is knowledge sharing and capacity building. Here are today’s 10 powerful examples of south-south cooperation in practice.Read more ...
“We never resorted to extremist tactics like kidnapping and killing innocent civilians; we had a very strict code of conduct that never allowed us to descend to the barbarity of the other side”, says José Manuel Ramos-Horta, a freedom fighter, Timor-Leste’s ex-president and a Nobel laureate.Read more ...
When many of her friends and colleagues were busy setting up their ambitious careers in big multinational companies, Nisha Singh, a management graduate of London Business School, UK and an electronics engineer of Mumbai University, decided to quit her job at Google and started working for the education of under-privileged children in her native city of Gurgaon, India. Her 2 years of experience in community activism […]Read more ...
By Luciana Grosu
Being old in Romania often equals being poor. Romania’s population is younger compared to other EU countries, nevertheless, it is aging rapidly.
There are indeed elderly people who die of hunger, alone in their homes. We often hear about such cases, but there’s not much we can do about it”, admits Lisei Maria.
By Winston Mwale
Leaders from 26 East and Southern African countries are meeting in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe to make final touches to an agreement that may see the formation of what could prove to be Africa’s largest free trade area.The proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) is touted to improve the economic and social welfare of the citizens of the COMESA-EAC-SADC region.
By Adil Khan
The Western Sahara dispute is ‘one of the world’s least reported crises’. For almost 40 years a forgotten conflict has ensued in a forgotten region. Contested by Morocco and the rebel organisation known as the Polisario Front, it is the cause of ethnic tensions, a diaspora, and a terrain contaminated with 9 million landmines. Will this conflict be allowed to continue, or will the international community intervene?
The golden age of aid seems to be in jeopardy; perhaps what is needed is a revolution in the system of aid delivery. And what better country to look to for revolutionary inspiration than Cuba?By taking a leaf out of Cuba’s book, the focus of the Western aid system could be shifted towards sustainability.
By Jasen Mphepo
Male circumcision is not only good for HIV prevention but it also prevents from many other bacteria transmitting into women, experts say.Read more ...
By Aparna Patankar
“Strong education systems are the foundations upon which we can build the structures and programs to eradicate poverty”Read more ...
By Ellie Nieminen
“Development is needed everywhere, but in some parts of the world development should be understood as decline,” argues op-ed contributor Elli Nieminen.Read more ...
By Manoj Kr. Bhusal
Epidemics like Ebola cause a lot of deaths, displacements and despair and they aren’t desirable for sure; but on a positive side they also show us the ugly side of corporate capitalism and make it very clear who genuinely cares about the world and who doesn’t.Read more ...