January 29, 2014
MTV show helped reduce teen pregnancy, say researchers - Humanosphere

January 29, 2014
Taliban attitudes changing amid renewed polio vaccine worker attacks - Humanosphere

January 28, 2014
Rights Groups Pressure Myanmar to Investigate Killing of 40 Rohingya Muslims - Humanosphere

January 12, 2014
Chile’s stunning skies


By Nicholas Buer in Chile’s Atacama region.

HT Alex Evans

January 12, 2014
Global development tweeters to watch in 2014

Honored to be listed. There are so many others worth following on Twitter to stay up on development conversations. Here are my two essential lists that include roughly 400 accounts: http://bit.ly/1d2Oefs & http://bit.ly/1d2Oeft

January 11, 2014
Guardian Global Development made a list, but didn’t check it twice | whydev.org

More than happy to add to this list.

January 11, 2014
Child marriage seen as a girl's health issue - Humanosphere

January 10, 2014
Rights abuses reported, thousands flee in Iraq - Humanosphere

January 10, 2014
Chasing Chaos cuts down the myth of the aid worker saint - Humanosphere

January 9, 2014
Kenyan musicians break through, thanks to the internet

Some great reporting from the NY Times on the Kenyan musical group Just a Band as a window into growing notice of African artists. The article does a nice job tying the political changes with the emergence of the arts across the continent and in Kenya specifically. It is the internet that has helped artists reach more people.

Binyavanga Wainaina, a writer and a founding editor of the Nairobi literary magazine Kwani?, said that the changes went beyond his country to include much of sub-Saharan Africa.

“The growth of democracy in Africa in the ‘90s led to the growth of many, many, many independent artistic institutions and artist production houses,” Mr. Wainaina said, “some to do with technology but also increased freedoms for people to imagine things for themselves.”

From the anti-colonialism movement to the decades after independence, successive waves of African art, whether writers like Chinua Achebe and Ngugi wa Thiong’o or musicians like Fela Kuti and Youssou N’Dour, have reached well beyond the continent’s shores.

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