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