Bringing coal-fired power to the poor also means bringing pollution.
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Considerations of the moral case for coal must do far more than consider whether cheap fossil energy will lift people out of poverty. It must consider the pollution and harm to nature that come with it.
If you want to fast-track your child’s development, forget CDs, books that beep, and toys that whirr. Play music with them, with the emphasis being on “play”.
New research shows shared music-making with toddlers may have benefits above and beyond those of reading.
Forget the millenium goals, there’s a new plan on the table.
Global leaders are signing up to an ambitious agenda in New York.
Michael Otieno, a pharmacist, dispenses anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Among the new sustainable development goals is promoting mental health and well being and achieving universal health care.
The sustainable development goals will be ratified by the United Nations next week but there are a few lessons it should learn from the failed millennium development goals.
Vendors sell bananas in an open market in a village near Bujumbura. Burundians are being driven deeper into poverty.
Whenever the crisis in Burundi is discussed, the economy is often overlooked, even though it is central to understanding the backdrop to the most severe crisis since the end of the civil war.
The African continent is embracing technology in varying degrees. Swimmers use a selfie stick to take a picture of themselves in shallow waters of the River Nile outside Khartoum, Sudan.
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Science and technology is seen as a key driver of a nation's economic fortunes. How is the African continent faring a decade after the first major global survey on countries' performance?
At last: people rescued from the Shining Path.
After decades held by Peru's Maoist guerilla rebels, a clutch of indigenous hostages face a whole other attack on their way of life.
Africa’s doctoral graduates have a different role to play across the continent than they did in the years immediately after independence.
Doctoral studies are valued as an engine for development in Africa. If doctoral graduates are to meet this challenge, the very structure of the doctoral programme must change.
I recently noticed a tweet from @CareersatBAT about how British American Tobacco South Africa had packed 200,000 meals of donated food for the Million Meal Challenge being run by Stop Hunger Now Southern…
To grow into healthy adults, children need lots of exercise. The best kind is when they are playing freely – even better when it is with their parents.
Globally, evidence points to children becoming less active because they would rather play computer games than be outdoors.
The heritage of Africa’s Sibudu Cave needs to be preserved as development plans threaten the site.
Africa needs to protect the Sibudu cave from development.
Students at the University of Science of Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
For decades, higher education in developing countries has not been a priority for international aid donors. That is now changing.
Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations in the Bavarian Alps for a summit in June. Time is ripe for a courageous shift in global leadership.
The world needs an alliance of leading well-being economies, a WE7, to lead it in the 21st century. It would be the first step towards a global network committed to a sustainable future for the planet.
Blessed are the bean counters? New investment in Greece could drive development.
Investment for profit and development should lie at the heart of a solution for the imbalances in Greece and Europe.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
The Global South will be left out in the cold if trade deals go ahead.
The white paper on developing northern Australia outlines a solid vision - now for action.
The White Paper on Developing Northern Australia represents the most comprehensive attempt yet to think through the development possibilities of the north.
But it doesn’t mean teachers and therapists should abandon picture-based therapy.
In our study, it was the comparison groups of children who showed a visual learning style, not the children with autism.
Save the Children’s Islamabad HQ, briefly under lock and key.
Pakistan's crackdown on foreign charities isn't just security paranoia – it's an attempt to stamp out bad PR.
Working for governance in Uganda.
A new method measures the hard data that makes it possible to distinguish which governments actually deliver results from those that don't.
Cyclone Pam struck the developing island nation of Vanuatu in March 2015. Poorer nations are more exposed to environmental dangers so are more concerned about impacts that might increase the risk.
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Who cares more about environmental issues: people in rich countries, or not-so-rich countries? A survey suggests it's those in poorer places who are more vulnerable to issues like climate change.