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Mali: rains bring hope to villagers – for now

08/29/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.

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.

Children fall ill as hunger persists

08/20/2012 | Lilly Peel

In Kaidia’s latest blog she tells us that children are the worst affected by the hungry season. Malnutrition means they are more susceptible to illnesses, such as relapses of malaria, and are unable to work in the fields to sow the next season’s crops.

Seeking a new state for the powerless

08/16/2012 | Mary Madiga

“We have no land, no education and little power to make decisions. So, we don’t have a voice.” In her own words, our blogger Mary Madiga explains why she has joined a movement fighting for a new state: Telangana.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

08/15/2012 | Lilly Peel

For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.

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.

India’s women boxers come out fighting

08/07/2012 | Ranjita Biswas

Girls line up in front of boxing coach Razia Shabnam for a training session in the park - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

Flyweight boxer and Olympic bronze medalist, Mary Kom, is a hero to many aspiring boxers in Kolkata. Ranjita Biswas visits a poor neighbourhood of the city where boxing has given young women the confidence to challenge social norms.

Media and governance: what the academics say

07/26/2012 | Mary Myers

Two men read newspapers on the street of Lagos, Nigeria, on the day of presidential elections - Jacob Silberberg | Panos Pictures

Is there a link between the media and good governance? Development communications consultant and Panos London governing board trustee, Mary Myers, gives us a who’s who line-up of academics whose work gets to the heart of the matter.

Living with HIV in Africa: personal stories

07/23/2012 | Lilly Peel

Aliness Munyanta is HIV positive but her daughter is not, thanks to drugs that help prevent mother to child transmission - Richard Mulonga | Panos London

What does it mean to live with HIV and AIDS in the developing world? With the International AIDS Conference in full swing this week, we have put together a collection of stories and first-person accounts from courageous men and women in Africa who are tackling their HIV status.

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