Home » Archives by category » Development (Page 6)

UNICEF: 50 Million Children Uprooted By Crises

UNICEF: 50 Million Children Uprooted By Crises

War and poverty have forced 50 million children around the world from their homes, according to UNICEF. Up to 28 million of the children have been uprooted by violent conflict, with nearly as many abandoning their homes in search of a better life, says a report released by the UN agency. The report, entitled Uprooted: The Growing […]

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

Passage Through Mexico: The Global Migration To The US

The sun has barely risen and already hundreds of migrants are gathered outside the vast white and green immigration detention centre, hoping to get through its gates. Most have travelled thousands of miles on foot, by boat and bus from South America, but few here speak Spanish. In front of the locked gates near Mexico’s […]

Students Speak: Peace Can Guarantee Sustainable Development

Students Speak: Peace Can Guarantee Sustainable Development

War and violence cost the global economy $13.6tn (£10.2tn) in 2015, according to the annual global peace index. Terrorism is at a record high and the effects of conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have been felt far beyond the region. Worldwide, a record 65 million people were forced to flee their homes […]

Armenia’s School Pupil Engineers Seek To Reinvent The Robot

Armenia’s School Pupil Engineers Seek To Reinvent The Robot

The little robot makes odd beeps as it spins around the room, detecting fires with its thermal sensors and extinguishing flames with a strong blast of air. Its mission accomplished, the beeps die down and the machine comes to an abrupt halt. Rather than being the brainchild of experienced engineers in a hi-tech lab, the […]

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Why Are Kenya’s Students Torching Their Own Dormitories?

Set in the picturesque rolling hills of the Kerio Valley, St Patrick’s Iten is one of Kenya’s best known schools, as noted for the academic pedigree of its students as for its production line of elite athletes. Its alumni include David Rudisha, the double Olympic 800-metre champion, Wilson Kipketer, a three-time world champion over the […]

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The rains are not what they once were in Kitui County. As climate change bites, the wet season is more erratic and drought has become an all-too-common phenomenon in this rural corner of eastern Kenya. This year, the community’s produce of peas, sorghum and other staples failed to reach maturity because the rains arrived one […]

Beslan Mothers Detained Over Anti-Putin Protest At Ceremony

Beslan Mothers Detained Over Anti-Putin Protest At Ceremony

Five women wearing T-shirts blaming Vladimir Putin for the Beslan school massacre have been detained during a ceremony commemorating victims of the siege. Two journalists were also arrested while trying to film the brief protest at the memorial marking the 2004 hostage crisis that left 334 people dead, including 186 children. As a bell rang […]

Cleaning The World’s Water: ‘We Are Now More Polluted Than We Have Ever Been’

Cleaning The World’s Water: ‘We Are Now More Polluted Than We Have Ever Been’

  In May 2000, around half of Walkerton’s 5,000 residents fell severely ill and seven people died when cow manure washed into a well. The extent of the water pollution in the small Canadian town was concealed from the public, people drank from their taps and the result was ruined lives. For academic microbiologist Joan […]

Helping Refugees Is ‘The Moral Imperative Of Our Time’ Says Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Helping Refugees Is ‘The Moral Imperative Of Our Time’ Says Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Award winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, made a powerful speech about the plight of refugees, calling it “the moral imperative of our time” to do more to help “There might not be enough room for everyone but there is certainly room to do more,” she said. “We can create room for people, and today in […]

‘Paradise On Earth’: China’s Hangzhou Gets Propaganda Facelift For G20 Summit

‘Paradise On Earth’: China’s Hangzhou Gets Propaganda Facelift For G20 Summit

As China prepares to host the G20 for the first time, even its mice are feeling the heat. A red banner, hung by Communist party officials in a rundown neighbourhood near the meeting’s venue in Hangzhou, urges residents to take up arms against the troublesome quartet of flies, cockroaches, mosquitoes and rodents before the event […]