by Diyaulhaq Bin Usman With the neglect of rural communities and the concentration of the ruling elites in urban centers alone, then development is nothing but a mere dream in a polity. Certainly no society can achieve its developmental goals without seriously addressing the issues of underdevelopment in the rural areas of that society. In …

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NGOs have played a critical role in many countries, but Badru Walusansa, 25, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Kampala in Uganda, argues that it is time for partnerships that encourage accountability and development. Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in Uganda and elsewhere play a critical role in influencing socio-economic and political development. The year 1980 arguably marked the …

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Does Brexit mean the UK will offer better trade agreements for African Commonwealth Countries, or will it be business as usual? Folmi Yohanna, 27, a Correspondent from Kano in Nigeria, writes that the UK could maintain the trade agreements equivalent to the deal. “Wow! So the Supreme Court will decide whether to reject or uphold …

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Swapnil Mishra, 21, a Correspondent from India and currently studying in the U.S., looks at the historic and economic roots of poverty. He argues for the need to provide basic necessities and the opportunity to make personal and economic choices. After reading the five different individual stories from John Isbister’s “A World of Poverty”, about people …

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The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have been touted as the pioneers in the field of poverty alleviation in developing countries, writes Swapnil Mishra, 21, a Commonwealth Correspondent from India currently studying in the U.S. However, he points out that some of their policies have been criticised by international development watchdogs. In Haiti’s case, the criticism arose …

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Classic patterns of economic development lead to impact beyond their a country’s own borders. Swapnil Mishra, 21, a Commonwealth Correspondent from India currently studying in the U.S., looks at how growth and change in one economy can influence neighbouring economies and labour markets. According to Walt Whitman Rostow, an American economist and political theorist who served …

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Efforts to eradicate poverty are traditionally aimed at men, writes Abdur Rafay Usmani, 22, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Karachi in Pakistan, who argues in support of research that shows better results come from directing aid and assistance to rural women. One of the biggest factors impeding sustained economic growth in the third world has been …

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The desire to give aid comes from good intentions, writes Swapnil Mishra, 21, a Commonwealth Correspondent from India currently studying in the U.S. At the same time, policies around international aid can lead to dependence, or undermine efforts to build a healthy local economy. A very popular documentary titled “Poverty, Inc.” explicitly puts forward the …

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Venturing overseas for work can be a fraught experience, writes Eric Omwanda Nehemiah, 26, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Nairobi in Kenya. He makes the case for growing opportunity by investing in Africa. After a long day of work, my friend Darius from Lithuania engages me in a conversation. He tells me that the majority of …

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development envisages a collective journey to ensure that no one is left behind. Mary-Jean Nleya, 25, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Botswana, argues this is not just a journey for the educated, the elite, or the diplomats but a “collective journey” for the uneducated, micro business owners, the poor, and those at the …

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