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Eric Elliott's fight against poverty with code goes viral

In his words, Eric Elliott lost everything in 2008 and had to sell his house in 2009, resorting to couch surfing with friends. But by 2010, he had turned all of that around by entering one of the highest-paid industries of all right now: web development.
In the Media by James Walker

Op-Ed: On the ridiculous concept of China's 'ecological civilization'

Chinese officials can want to be green but history says that is not going to happen. Come learn why happy thoughts like this only work in fairy tales.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

IMF no longer forces 'structural adjustment': Lagarde

Washington - The International Monetary Fund has changed and no longer imposes tough "structural adjustment" programs as it did in poor countries two decades ago, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

New device to speed up new drug development

A development in drug testing has been developed. At the moment expensive clinical trials with animals are required. The new device simulates the gastro-intestinal tract and how it absorbs medication.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Inequality, discrimination key obstacles to development: UN

New York - Inequality and discrimination, particularly towards women, are among the world's biggest obstacles to development, a UN report published Wednesday said.The study, which collected data from 176 countries, stressed that growing inequality may undermine p...
In the Media by AFP

World Bank pledges $2 billion for Myanmar

Yangon - The World Bank announced on Sunday a $2 billion development programme for Myanmar, including projects to improve access to energy and healthcare in the impoverished former military-ruled nation.
In the Media by AFP

Top ten science breakthroughs

The magazine Science has selected the most significant scientific breakthroughs during 2013. The Digital Journal has selected some of the most interesting.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

New link between gut bacteria and autism

In a new study, scientists dosed mice modeling autism with a human gut bacterium. The dose reversed some disorder-associated behaviors in the animals.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Nokia create challenges to make apps for visually impaired

Chicago - Accessible applications on cell phones, even in today's age, are hard to come by. Developers either don't want to include accessibility or don't consider that disabled people may want to use their applications.
In the Media by Robert Kingett - 1 comment

Quiet conditions are bad for new-borns in care

Neonatal intensive care units are full of life-saving equipment and people. It could be that the noise that the equipment makes also helps new-borns recover from serious health conditions.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Studying bird song explains how babies learn to speak

New York - Researchers have identified similarities between the way birds learn new songs and how babies learn to speak. It all comes down to transitions between syllables.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Mangroves and locals threatened by El Salvador tourism aid plans Special

Communities and mangroves are under threat from plans to develop the east coast of El Salvador, according to local groups and environmentalists.
Digital Journal Report by Lara Whyte - 3 comments

New method for predicting autism in children

Researchers have put forward a method for predicting autism in infants by examining how their brain reacts as they attempt to speak and process language.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Why do many girls learn to speak earlier than boys?

A gene called FOXP2 is regarded by many scientists as essential for speech in humans. New research has shown that the building blocks of the gene are more abundant in young girls than boys.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

How can software developers distribute, monetize their product?

Palo Alto - How can software and mobile application developers successfully distribute and monetize their products? As the industry closes in on half a trillion dollars annually, entering the market can certainly be a difficult step.
In the Media by Andrew Moran - 1 comment

Photo Essay: A story of development — Ibadan wears a new look Special

Ibadan - This photo essay is sequel to an earlier (April, 2012) essay that documented the rehabilitation work-in-progress of the entire city's road network that began during the last two state administrations.
Digital Journal Report by JohnThomas Didymus - 3 comments

Madhav Chavan wins WISE Prize

Doha - Dr Madhav Chavan has been awarded the 2012 WISE Prize, the world's major prize for education. Chavan was awarded the prize in recognition of his innovative work in bringing literacy and numeracy to India's children.
In the Media by Steve Hayes

Op-Ed: US food aid is corporate welfare

The US food aid programme is corporate welfare for giant agribusinesses, according to a detailed analysis of the data by the Guardian.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 4 comments

Music lessons help babies to develop

New research suggests that playing music to babies helps their brains to develop and leads them to become better communicators as they grow up.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Neverbloomers: Examining what it means to be an adult Special

Montreal - Sharon Hyman has been described by the Montreal Gazette as “a one-woman film industry.” She produces, writes, directs, edits, and stars in her own movies. But despite this accomplishment, she doesn’t feel like an adult.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Entertaining the Masses in Developing, Poor Countries Special

In a YouTube world, literacy will have vanished and with it knowledge. Visuals and graphics can convey information, but they rarely proffer organizing principles and theories.
Digital Journal Report by Sam Vaknin

Fancy hitchhiking across Africa? Special

Want to hitch-hike across Africa to raise awareness of humanitarian issues? A project called Thumbs Up Africa is looking for six couples to hitch from the Netherlands to Cape Town in South Africa. It is a journey of 15,000km down the east coast of Africa.
Digital Journal Report by Lynn Morris - 2 comments

Leap Forward in Chinese imports in August

Beijing - Decrease the surplus in trade balance. Experts disagree on whether the data is permanent or just a result of heavy purchases of raw materials in anticipation of price increases. Relations with the United States.
In the Media by Matteo Marras

US Corporate Interests or Real African Development?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s seven-country tour of Africa included stops in Nigeria and Angola, the continent’s top two oil producers and the Congo. Naturally the issue of US corporate interests in Africa’s natural resources come to mind.
In the Media by Sadiq Green

U.S. learning from Dutch in water management projects

In the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the U.S. federal government looks to Dutch water management systems as inspiration for future development.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 3 comments

Do French People Sleep And Eat Better than Others?

Do the people of some nations sleep better than others? The answer may well depend on how much gunfire and how near borders one’s bed may lie, but one study concluded that the French spend more time sleeping and eating. Read on for more details.
In the Media by M Dee Dubroff - 5 comments

Indian voters not scared of terrorists

NEW DELHI - Despite many bomb attacks and the recent siege of Mumbai, only 14 percent of Indian voters thinks it’s important whether politicians address terrorism. This appears from a poll conducted by the newspaper Hindustan Times.
In the Media by Aletta André - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Book Review: Take Me to the Source

Rupert Wright sent me his book to review. The book is a good read, exploring the many ways that we understand and relate to water. Wright -- as someone who's been involved with water for years -- understands water in the developing world....
In the Media by David Zetland

Breakdown of WTO talks Threatens Global Anti-poverty Goals

The head of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said it was “deeply disappointing” that world trade talks in Geneva had ended without agreement
In the Media by Bob Ewing - 2 comments

Indian Government Set to Spend $9.6 Billion on New World-Class Airports

India is set to spend a record $9.6 billion over a period of five years on improving and building new airports in the country, according to the Airports Authority Of India, which expects more than 100 million people to fly in India this year.
In the Media by Vinay Chand - 2 comments
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How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fra...
How not to develop: the attempt to open tracks in mountains in Nepal has been detrimental to the fragile ecology already threatened by rapid deforestation. This photo shows one of the ill-planned tracks in Baglung district where it was opened few years back but is yet to come to proper use. (Photo courtesy: Arjun Acharya, posted with permission)

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