Reinventing a New Model for Education in Rural Nepal

By Manoj Kr. Bhusal

A Public school in Western Nepal offers a new educational model that could significantly change Nepal's primary and secondary education systems.

The False Promises of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness

Some foreign observers claim that GNH provides ideological cover for repressive and racist policies. Love it or hate it, one thing is clear, the pursuit of GNH does not appear to be helping the people of Bhutan rise to a higher standard of living.

What do children play in the Colombian conflict?

By LAURA D. ORTIZ/GSDM  According to the Happy Planet Index in 2012, Colombia is positioned as the 3rd happiest country in the world. The HPI results, that consider this country among other...

“The 10 Women Who Inspire Me Always”

In the hope to also inspire GSDM readers, I would like to highlight ten amazing women from all over the globe who have been ongoing sources of inspiration to myself, Nourishing the Planet, and others.

Conflict in the DR Congo: A Reflection From The Field.

One of the hindrances of the traditional vocabulary of war is that we talk about civilians and soldiers or armed actors as if they are clearly separated groups. Much of Congo is covered with lush, fertile, productive land; there is no reason that anyone should go without food in this country, no reason that there should be stunting and micronutrient deficiencies and malnutrition common enough that you can walk through a village and point out all the children suffering from it.

“We Want Monsanto Out of Nepal”

On September 13, 2011, USAID announced a partnership with Monsanto and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) for introducing and promoting hybrid maize seeds in Nepal. The move...

Making the Most of Mobile Phones

LONDON, September 2011 - It is not often a technology guru will say, “Forget the internet!” but Ken Banks, founder of, advocates going back to basics – using...