Archive for month February, 2016

  • February 29, 2016

    Why social...

    It’s no secret that Egypt has been suffering from a myriad of problems over the past few decades, including a broken education system, environmental problems related to waste management and energy generation, the infamous sexual harassment issue, a deteriorating health sector and a struggling economy, to name a few.  ...

  • February 26, 2016

    The danger...

    After over five years of closed-doors negotiations, on February 4th the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement (known as TPP) was signed by 12 countries that concentrate 40% of world trade – a third of the global economy. Heralded as a “historic free-trade agreement” by the United States, it has faced opposition from...

  • February 23, 2016

    Zimbabwe: that...

    Across Africa, a continent highly dependent on agriculture, climate and weather patterns are fast changing.  Rainfall is becoming erratic so are farming seasons; droughts and floods are now frequent occurrences.   However, agriculture is one of the main sources of livelihood for rural communities across the entire continent.  Farming provides...

  • February 20, 2016

    Operation ASHA:...

    In Sarita Vihar, a residential colony in South Delhi, quite far from the traditional hangouts of the development community in the city, Operation Asha – one of the biggest TB treatment NGO in the world – has its headquarters.   A handful of technology enthusiasts monitors data from service delivery...

  • February 16, 2016

    Giulio Regeni,...

    The story of Giulio Regeni, the Italian researcher whose bodywas found near a highway outside Cairo, nine days after he was reported missing, has been drawing international attention to the dire status of freedoms in Egypt. Despite security forces denial, there’s mounting speculation that the 28-year-old researcher have been killed...

  • February 14, 2016

    Zambia: That...

    Nshima, a sort of porridge made from maize flour and water, is a staple food in Zambia. For Zambian people, ‘maize is life’: it means both food security and economic well-being. This means that rises and falls of the price of corn meal affects the routine of the country considerably....

  • February 11, 2016

    Don’t forget...

    “Are the people in the box real?” Wanjiru Mwangi, estimated to be about 88 asks, pointing at the TV. We’ve been through this before. If I say yes, then she is disturbed by their size and will keep trying to fish them out by hand. If I try to explain...

  • February 9, 2016

    How the...

    New policies could maintain the World Bank’s “human rights free zone,” experts warn   As the World Bank is updating its policies to protect societies and the environment, experts and non-governmental organizations warn that a watering down of the standards could harm the vulnerable in developing countries and undermine human...

  • February 4, 2016

    Why participatory...

    The Escuela Nueva model was designed to address the devastating shortcoming of schooling in Colombia during the 1970s especially in rural areas, and since that moment we have worked to improve the quality, relevance and efficiency of education. Fundación Escuela Nueva is a Colombian NGO founded in 1987 by the...

  • February 1, 2016

    Too young...

    In Africa, especially in sub-Saharan countries, there are concerns with the high rate of pregnancy-related school dropouts. This plague undermines poverty-reduction programs, the route towards gender equality and the very idea of equality of opportunity in the region.   The practice is so widespread that it does not come as...