Posts Tagged ‘development’

Can drones be used for peace?

Posted on: May 7th, 2013 by iainmarlow | No Comments

In an era of intra-state warfare increasingly defined by the ominous buzz of unseen drones high above remote villages, can drones be meaningfully deployed by NGOs for peace? “For the price of one or two satellite images you could buy or lease or build a pretty decent drone,” Christopher Tuckwood, executive director of the Sentinel Project, tells Toronto Review contributor Daniela Porat.

Africa’s poor numbers: “The growth and GDP numbers are guesses”

Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by iainmarlow | 1 Comment

Across Africa, statistical offices gather and calculate crucial economic data that help guide policy making for their own governments as well as international development agencies. There’s just one problem: The numbers are often guesses — and sometimes flat out wrong.

The technicolour streets of Lagos

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by iainmarlow | No Comments

Welcome to Lagos, Nigeria, where the chaotic streets of the biggest city in Africa’s most populous country pulsate with the energy of an economy on the uptick, a place where anything—including the wildest kinds of corruption—is possible.

Part III of Ubuntu: More or less conflict?

Posted on: July 18th, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

In this three-part series, Toronto Review correspondent Sigrun Marie Moss will examine Ubuntu, the meta-philosophy of Sub-Saharan Africa. This third and final installment, examines whether the belief may serve to escalate, rather than decrease, conflict.

Sifting through the Philippines’ trash

Posted on: June 27th, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

In the heart of the Philippines, in a place called Cebu City, thousands of families live off the garbage.

In a small Kenyan village, girls are speaking up

Posted on: March 31st, 2010 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The program started to convince girls that menstruation wasn’t embarrassing enough to miss school. It grew. Then they started speaking up. Writing poetry about rape. And accusing the teachers. Cynthia Vukets reports.

Aid, agendas, power and bodies

Posted on: September 27th, 2009 by iainmarlow | No Comments

The Development Insider argues that development agencies and their agendas are as malleable as the people they claim to help. It’s all about power.