Developing Countries

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

When Impact Is More Important Than Invention

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Sometimes commercial viability of biomedical inventions or therapeutics exists only in developed countries, even though minor product optimisations could increase access to life-saving medical care in resource-limited settings through cost reduction and functionality additions.

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

#ShakeYourPower: Turning Music Into Clean Energy

Sudha Kheterpal | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sudha Kheterpal

I'm a British Asian female percussionist and I've been playing on the pop music scene for over twenty years. I've toured with the likes of Faithless, The Spice Girls, and Dido and have been lucky enough to play some really big gigs. These shows require a huge amount of energy to run and also a huge amount of energy to give out as a performer on stage.

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.

The Myth of Increasing Aid

Harry Brown | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

After two years of declining world aid, last Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released new figures that demonstrated that aid had reached a record high in 2013 and increased by over 6.1%. In the face of what appears to be a gratifying headline, beneath the surface lies a far more depressing state of affairs.

mPowering Frontline Health Workers?

Lesley-Anne Long | Posted 25.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lesley-Anne Long

Collaboration is and will continue to be vital to unlocking the health challenges facing our world today and technological innovation needs to serve frontline health workers, not the other way round. If we combine the capacity of mobile with deep understanding of the real needs of frontline health workers and the systems within which they work, a powerful force for change can be created.

It's Time to End Female Genital Mutilation

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

Today is a day you've probably never heard of - The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Talking about this difficult subject might make us uncomfortable, but we should feel more uncomfortable with doing nothing, because for millions of women and girls - an estimated 140 million in fact - uncomfortable doesn't come anywhere close to describing the physical and psychological trauma of having their genitals removed.

WTO in Bali: Anyone Would Think 440ppm Had Never Happened

Ruth Bergan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

Meanwhile, the US continues to subsidise its own agricultural sector for crops like corn, wheat and soy, all of which are exported, all of which are associated with climate change: monocropping and the depletion of soil nutrition, reduction of soil capacity as a carbon sink and use for feed for Greenhouse Gas intensive meat production.

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

Developing Countries Are Finding Innovative Solutions to Their Health Challenges

Allan Pamba | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Allan Pamba

Malawi might not spring to mind as a hot-bed of healthcare innovation. Neither might Bangladesh or Colombia. But that view is changing. All over developing countries, determined people are finding brilliant and creative solutions for long-standing problems. ..

Ensuring That Real Change on International Taxation Occurs - What Can G8 Achieve?

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 16.08.2013 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

The announcement that David Cameron has been able to negotiate an agreement with all of our overseas territories and Crown territories which will mean that they sign up to a 'clampdown' on tax avoidance should be good news.

Time for the Spotlight to Shine on Young Volunteers Who Are Helping, Not Hindering Developing Countries

Brian Rockliffe | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Brian Rockliffe

Volunteering itself isn't a bad thing, but as with most things there are good and bad examples of it. Examples of how young people can make a positive contribution to tackling poverty, which could guide them to choose the right opportunity to generate the right impact, are often overlooked.

The Injustice of Overpopulation

Chantal Lyons | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Chantal Lyons

Most population growth is happening in the developing world. The clue is in the name - many developing nations are on their way up. Endeavouring to curb population growth can only be a positive thing. Many of the actions we could take are intrinsically humanitarian in themselves.

How University Taught Me To Be Patriotic

Julian Tan | Posted 27.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Julian Tan

It is 7:25am in a quiet suburban city in Selangor, Malaysia. Sitting by a bench in my school cafeteria, I rummage through the many contents of my Adid...

Nations Are Tackling Climate Change 'Much More Than People Realise'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

Developed nations are doing more to tackle climate change than many people realise, according to a new report. Almost all of the 33 developed and ...

Mobile Technology Starts to Ring the Changes in the Developing World

Justin Forsyth | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Tech
Justin Forsyth

The world is at a tipping point in our battle to reduce child mortality and lift millions more children out of poverty. Never before have we witnessed such rapid progress in reducing child mortality. In 1990, 12 million children died before the age of 5; last year it was 6.9 million.

'Children's Voices Not Being Heard' On Climate Change (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

Global climate change is sending developing countries back into poverty after years of progress with children the biggest casualties. That's the vi...

Is the UK Set to Become Part of the 'Post-developed' World?

Thomas Midlane | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK Politics
Thomas Midlane

It might be time to start preparing for 'post-developed, de-developing' Britain.

Can The UN Agree On Climate Change This Week?

PA | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK

Countries are gathering for the latest round of United Nations climate talks this week as warnings mount over the dangers of failing to tackle global ...

Developing Countries Face 'Climate Finance Cliff', Says Oxfam

PA | Posted 25.11.2012 | UK

Developing countries face falling off a "climate finance cliff" because rich nations are failing to deliver promised money to help them cope with glob...

The Next Technology Revolution: Will the Developing Countries Steal the Thunder?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Those who argue, rather dream, that the next technology revolution will take place in the developing world seem to have missed out on a number of factors which favour the West.

The Importance of Women Entrepreneurs in Developing Markets

Katharine Tengtio | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katharine Tengtio

Supporting entrepreneurship is undoubtedly a positive and practical choice, however there are many women across developing countries who don't receive any encouragement or support. As a result, these women are unable to pursue their dreams and a major source of growth is left untapped.

The Public Thinks Tax Dodging Is Morally Wrong - Now It's Time for Action

Joe Ware | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

We've heard a lot in recent months about the immorality of tax dodging from both David Cameron and George Osborne. It turns out the public agree with them but crucially don't think they're doing enough about it.

In Uganda, 16 Women Die Everyday From Childbirth-Related Complications

Amy Fallon | Posted 14.09.2012 | UK
Amy Fallon

As she cradled her baby, just a few hours old, on the bed opposite me at the birth centre Natooro told me Kikome, her new daughter's name, meant 'cloudy' in Luganda, a local language spoken in Uganda.