Nepal hydropower project affected persons: Failure to uphold free, prior, informed consent

Indigenous communities affected by the Tanahu Hydropower Project in Nepal have filed complaints with independent watchdogs of the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank — two co-financiers of the project — requesting an independent mediation process. At least 32 affected families or landowners organized under the “Directly Inundation Affected Peoples Collective Rights Protection … More Nepal hydropower project affected persons: Failure to uphold free, prior, informed consent

How DDA consultations on Central Vista violate natural justice: Two days to hear 1,292 people

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) published a notification in newspapers on February 5, 2020, regarding a public hearing on the proposed land use changes to make way for the Prime Minister’s dream, a revamped Central Vista. The notification asks those who submitted their opinions to the land use change notification … More How DDA consultations on Central Vista violate natural justice: Two days to hear 1,292 people

Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China

By Venkat Viswanathan*, Shashank Sripad** When it comes to electric cars, 2019 has been a big year. Tesla ramped up production of its Model 3 sedan, Audi launched its e-Tron all-electric SUV, Porsche unveiled the Taycan sports car, and perhaps the most significant of all, Daimler announced that it has no plans to develop next-generation … More Better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China

Being part of self help group provides a source of additional income, gives a sense of confidence

By Moin Qazi* It’s a journey that started with a few thousand rupees. That was the size of the first loan received by a remarkable woman named Vidya Khustale. Vidya invested the money into her tiny business selling locally made detergents and brooms. With the help of that initial investment and subsequent loans, Vidya’s business … More Being part of self help group provides a source of additional income, gives a sense of confidence

The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

By Moin Qazi* Child prodigies have been with us since early times. But over the epochs, many of them have had their genius questioned—mostly as to whether or not a parent or a mentor was behind their amazing skills. It is only when their talents were authentically established that people around them could acknowledge them … More The making of teenage genius: An amazing kid, Nagpur’s Shreenabh has proved his skeptics wrong

UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals

By Michelle Z Donahue* UN teams up with German aerospace to access satellite technology for development Collaboration aims to tackle water and food security and plan disaster response First project in Mozambique will assist reconstruction following Cyclone Idai The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will have greater access to a suite of powerful space science … More UN turns to space technology to reach Sustainable Development Goals

Darker, poorer migrants in India, coming from ‘inferior’ country, can factor into xenophobia

By Melissa Tandiwe Myambo* South Africa is becoming infamous on the world stage for its violent, even deadly, xenophobia. Attacks periodically erupt. Often the targets are African foreign nationals as well as Bangladeshis and Pakistanis. Similarly, in India, xenophobic sentiment is aimed at Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and African migrants, some of whom have even lost their lives. Yet, … More Darker, poorer migrants in India, coming from ‘inferior’ country, can factor into xenophobia