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Tax matters: is tax the key to development?

08/23/2012 | Lilly Peel

Would a tax on mobile phones boost or hamper development? Are governments spending the tax that they do raise wisely? What can ordinary citizens do to hold their governments to account? Read on to find out.

Enterprise: the key to survival in Dadaab

07/16/2012 | Ochieng' Ogodo

Refugees walk along the main street in Hagadera camp in Dadaab - Piers Benatar | Panos Pictures

Dadaab refugee complex in north eastern Kenya is home to nearly half a million people. Unable to leave the camps without travel permits and unable to officially work due to Kenyan employment laws, many residents have turned entrepreneur to survive.

Primary schooling in Kenya – a parent’s dilemma

05/15/2012 | Audrey Wabwire

Margret Mukoma helps her daughter Michelle with homework - Adrian Gathu | Panos London

This from-the-ground feature explores the impact of corruption on the education system in Kenya, hearing local perspectives from home, from school and from the NGO sector.

Leaders must think of rural people – we are starving

05/04/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women from Gwelekoro village processing cereals - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Kaidia explains the urgent matters that the new Mali government must attend to – the economy, education and hunger.

Our government has chosen power plants over paddy

04/30/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Farmers in Janigir Champa who are about to lose their land - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan Sahu blogs about a new campaign she is organising, helping those who are being displaced from fertile farmland to make room for 34 thermal power plants.

We must lead Mali toward progress

04/23/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

A Mali woman listens to the radio - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Kaidia speaks her mind about the recent coup in Mali and reflects on what these changes could mean for the rural south of the country.

The uncounted people: waste-pickers of India

03/21/2012 | Stella Paul

Woman picking over burning piles of rubbish on the edge of Mumbai's biggest slum, Dharavi, a thriving mix of poverty and enterprise that is home to over one million people - Mark Henley | Panos Pictures

It would be hard to call it a “living” but waste-picking allows Chinnamma to pay the Rs 1,500 monthly rent on her hut in a nearby slum. Without it she would be evicted. However, her means of survival is now under threat.

School books are being priced out of reach

02/24/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

A student heads home with his books from the Mohripur Government Primary School. The school has no desks and no electricity - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

Maimoona tells us about rising book prices hitting the poorest students at her school and how some families struggle to cope. What would you do to support a school child in need?

From melon to haircuts, prices rise for Nigerians

01/23/2012 | Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku

Odutuyo Muibat - Sunday Akinlolu | Panos London

Armsfree looks into the link between Nigerian fuel subsidies and the recent food price protests, and speaks with the Nigerians affected by these changes.

“We, the rag-pickers of Pune, are in big trouble”

12/27/2011 | Stella Paul

Scavenging for food and anything that can be sold in the Bantella rubbish dump - George Georgiou | Panos Pictures

Rag-pickers, people who sift through rubbish for a living in India, travelled to Durban to take part in the UN climate change negotiations.

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