Is uneven development in China causing resentment?

The story of China’s growth and change over recent decades is powerful evidence of how industrial development and Globalisation can combine to create rapid change. However, far from everyone in China is feeling the benefit of the changes that have happened and continue to happen. This article reveals how millions of rural Chinese people feel left behind.

 

 

How do commerical concerns conflict with development? The case of Plumpy’nut

Plumpy’nut is a RUTF or ready to use therapeutic food in the parlance of those involved in emergency food aid. It and other products help aid agencies keep people alive when famine and other food limiting emergencies strike. But like most things, Plumpy’nut is a product and there has been an argument over the rights to the product and whether it should be patented:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8610427.stm

Many other companies are involved in fortified foods, many are not for profit organisations:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8114750.stm

There’s more about Plumpy’nut and RUTF here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/11/food-climate-change-famine-plumpy-nut

When will Brazil be a superpower?

Brazil is a huge country, with vast reserves of natural resources. It is poised to take a more important role on the world stage, including hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. This article points out how Brazil’s politicians are aiming to give Brazil an even more vital role in global affairs:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8345071.stm

What social problems are associated with mining developments in LEDCs?

Mining is often a useful way for LEDCs to gain finanancially from their natural resources. However, large global mining companies and governments in developing countries often do not enforce the same planning, social and environmental standards as they would in MEDCs. Here are a couple of examples of the allegations that have been made:

A Canadian mining firm operating in Guatemala:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7934513.stm

A British firm operating in Peru:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/oct/18/peru-monterrico-metals-mining-protest

How is solar power changing lives in India’s rural communities?

Relatively simple and affordable technology often provides the most telling change in terms of developing rural areas in the Less Economically Developed World. This example explains how simple solar technology is providing electric lighting to a small settlement in India and explains the positive impact it is having on people’s lives:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/solarengineers

How close are we to meeting the Millennium Development Goals?

MDG Monitor shows how much (or how little) progress is being made towards meeting our committment to the developing world:

http://www.mdgmonitor.org/

Could broadband bring prosperity to Africa’s poorest?

In April 2009, a new broadband connection was opened up to East Africa, improving connections for fledgling businesses in countries such as Kenya. The hope is that it will help tham compete on a more level playing field with othe rbusinesses elsewhere in the world:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7987812.stm#map