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Breaking rocks to pay her school fees

11/01/2012 | Lilly Peel

Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh missed several years of education as a result of the 14-year civil war. She is now 18 and determined to complete her final two years of schooling. To fund her education, she crushes rocks.

Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

09/24/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

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.

The village women who dare to bring change

08/22/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan believes you can’t wait for the government to change society – change needs to start with individuals. She tells us about three ordinary women who are challenging traditions in their villages.

Olympic triumph unites communities in troubled Manipur

08/13/2012 | Thingnam Anjulika Samom

The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.

‘Land and natural resources must belong to the people’

07/18/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Villagers take part in a non-violent march to demand their rights to land and resources - Ekta Parishad

In her latest blog Bhan Sahu tells us about a non-violent civil resistance movement, inspired by Gandhi, which aims to bring about social and land reform in India.

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.

‘I was born a Leo’

06/19/2012 | Clodagh Miskelly

I was born a Leo - Panos London

An interview and photography slideshow looking at one woman’s experience about trying to find work while living with HIV. She describes the feeling of vulnerability that she encounters, even in such innocuous situations as taking a bus ride.

From ridicule to fulfillment; ‘I have made the journey’

06/06/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Ambra showing her son's high school marks - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.

When people starve they do things they know are bad for them

05/17/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Kaidia holds some néré pods - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”

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