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  • Bangladesh at 50
    February, 2012 By Sanaa Arora

    Recently, Bangladesh completed 40 years as an independent country. At the time of its birth, questions were raised about the country’s survival. Four decades later, Bangladesh is counted among the ‘Next Eleven Economies’, which along with the BRICS, are a group of countries poised for high economic growth in the 21st century. Though the country has witnessed political successes as well as failures, it is looked upon as a leader in the field of development. Bangladesh has led many innovations in the development sector including microfinance by Grameen Bank, and nation reconstruction in education, health and social enterprise by BRAC, the world’s largest non-governmental development organization. 

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  • Community Radio in Indonesia: An Inspiration
    February, 2012 By Jot Prakash Kaur

    Countries in South and South East Asia can draw inspiration from the progress of community radio (CR) in Indonesia and develop it on similar lines. In the long term, the effective development of CR has the potential to help address community specific issues of the region. 

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  • The Irony of Collaboration
    January, 2012 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Sundeep Waslekar writes on the irony of cooperation, which seems most active in times of crisis or in search of solutions to impending crisis. However this spirit of collaboration disappears in the context of prosperity when greed and competition dominates human nature.

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  • 12 for 2012
    December, 2011 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Reflecting on the year that has passed, Sundeep Waslekar looks at 12 things in 2012 that could influence the future of the world.

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  • Microbial Villains: No Longer Fiction
    December, 2011 By Ilmas Futehally

    A radio play broadcast in 1938 about an invasion by Martians into New Jersey created pandemonium on Halloween evening. Structured as a series of radio news broadcasts, the play managed to create panic across North Eastern United States and Canada with thousands of people fleeing their homes in whatever transport that they could find- cars, trains and on foot. 

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  • The Rise of Imran Khan
    December, 2011 By Anumita Raj

    Imran Khan has played many prominent roles in Pakistan over the past few decades: champion cricketer, philanthropist, author and politician. However, it is his latest role that is drawing him the most attention at present: potential presidential candidate. 

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  • Rising East Africa: Signs of Hope
    December, 2011 By Shivangi Muttoo

    Last month, I got an opportunity to travel through Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda on a field trip. As part of my research, I interacted with policy-makers, regional experts from diverse backgrounds, academics and journalists. Through my interaction and exposure to East African culture, I was able to develop an improved understanding of the region. Discussions on Africa are generally centered on poverty, disease and disasters. Positive developments in Africa are featured less prominently in mainstream socio-political discourse. Endowed with abundant resources, both human and natural, African countries, especially in East Africa, are gradually getting their act together and striving for growth for their people. The potential of East Africa to emerge as a powerful regional bloc in the continent should receive significant attention.

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  • Learning from the Past: A Rwandan Example
    December, 2011 By Ambika Vishwanath

    After a two week journey through East Africa, my last stop, Kigali, was literally a breath of fresh air. Clean and green, with ordered traffic and smooth wide avenues, Kigali is a far cry from what one would imagine. 17 years after one of the worst genocides in history, the country and the people have come a long way, and Rwandans have much to feel satisfied about. During the course of visit to the country, I experienced a sense of positivity in the country that is only possible when people truly believe that there is hope in their future. From interactions with all aspects of the civil society, the government and everyday Rwandans, I realized what is most remarkable and commendable is that people have chosen to learn from their horrific past and take charge of their future.

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