Asia

China's Post-90 Generation

China's youth have different desires and attitudes than their parents. Are they reshaping their society?

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Boards That Mean the World

What does skating have to do with art?

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An Armchair Hits the Road

Travelling with an armchair certainly presents some challenges. But it results in the very best stories.

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Frontiers, Fringes and Farmifications

Speculative Design has a lot to offer: for instance for joystick factory workers in China.

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Skills and Education for Bali’s Youth

Thinking about Bali, a tropical holiday island comes in mind. But the touristic paradise is not paradisical for its inhabitants at all.

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Girls Not Brides

Millions of girls are being married off even before they complete school. They won't ever be able to live prosperous lives.

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Frenetic Standstill

Turkey recovered rapidly from the economic and financial crisis and is now booming once more.

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Where the Secret Service Is Still Called the KGB

This isn't the last dictatorship in Europe, it is the first one in the 21st century

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On the Eve of Putin's Third Term

One has to be careful when considering the prospects of Putin's third term in office.

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The Long Path to a Civil Society – The Example of Russia

Twenty years of transformation have brought neither democracy nor a vital civil society to Russia.

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Myanmar: The Next Economic Frontier in Asia

Major changes are currently taking place in Myanmar.

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The Rise of Religious Extremism in Pakistan

For Pakistan, the changing Middle East is both a challenge and an opportunity.

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Southeast Asia: A Laboratory for Transformation Research

Transformation Processes in Southeast-Asia

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Indonesia's 'Big Bang' Transformation

Indonesia: from authoritarianism to a full-fledged democracy

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Bangladesh: The Power of Media for Inclusive Growth

Bangladesh as an example of how free media accompany a democratic transformation process.

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The Floating Gardens

When there's no space for farming, floating gardens are a way out of poverty.

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The Value of Information: Mobile Technology Helps Micro-entrepreneurs

New ideas for how to provide poor Indian women with the information they need

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Interview With Alvin Marcelo: Software That 'Makes You Healthy'

How software can make you healthy

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Pakistan's Islamists on the Rise

Ideological warfare between secularists and militant Islamists is shake Pakistan's polity.

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Media’s Capacity for Safeguarding Economic Reforms

Why development aid should also target media and people working in the media

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Role of Mass Media in Enhancing Education in Bangladesh

Education is much more than going to schools, its purpose is to create awareness among people.

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Disaster Reporting

Disaster: reporters could do far more than merely assume the role of observers.

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China’s Development Policy Engagement in Latin America

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China’s Foreign Aid – Interests, Strategies and Instruments

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Water Security - Enhancing Collaborative Competencies

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Best Case: Learning From Neighbours

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Peat Swamp Forests

A Project designed to prevent deforestation of the peat swamp forests

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The Way it Always Was

Indian law recognises strong farmers' rights.

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Interview: The Millenial-Generation

Examining the Millenial-Generation: When does adulthood start?

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Bangladesh: Business Women and Farm Managers

Why women’s income and status are rising in Bangladesh

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Power and Inequality in Malaysia

The inequality of Malaysia’s multi-ethnic inhabitants leads to the “1Malaysia” campaign. But what actually happened to this ambitious concept?

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Pakistan: Time to Tame a Powerful Spy Agency?

How an investigative report embarrassed Pakistan’s intelligence service – and provided an opportunity to place the powerful agency under civilian control.

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Social Commerce Tightens China's Grip on the Internet

What sounds like a simple financial deal between two private companies could pave the way for stronger internet control in China.

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Cambodia: How Data Lowers Poverty

Falling rice prices strongly affect the rural poor in Cambodia. Open data and freer information flows help farmers to deal with it.

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India: How to Manage Inclusion

Inclusiveness has become a major buzzword. What does it stand for and how does it translate into the Post-2015 Agenda debate?

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Is China Going Green?

It is hard to refer to China’s civil society as particularly developed. Yet the government is increasingly allying itself with the environmental movement.

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Internal Migration and Urbanization in Bangladesh

Internal migration is a driving force behind Bangladesh's economic growth but it has ambiguous consequences on the social level.

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Taking a Stand Against Pollution

Mirjam Leuze – a German director – talks about her film that tells the story of women in Kyrgyzstan fighting a gold mine

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Reconstructing Responsibility

The reconstruction of Afghanistan has created a culture of dependency. Only projects that delegate responsibility to the local population can be sustainable.

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Better Brands, Better Production?

Ever since the tragedy of Rana Plaza, poor working conditions have increased in visibility. But do the huge labels really keep their fair production promises?

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Food Security Versus Food Sovereignty?

The food security discourse has seen interesting developments recently showing how farmers could find more common ground.

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The Future Protein?

Insects are a sustainable source of protein since they eat bio-waste. Entofood aims to produce insects on industrial scale. An interview with its founder.

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The Vibrant Sciences of Biodiversity

We talked with Vandana Shiva about her origins, current developments in Indian and global agriculture and the future of farming.

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What Do You Share With a Stranger?

Performance-based artist from India, Amitesh Grover connects strangers from all around the world – without sharing a room.

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Let Us Fix it

Repair Cafés offer room for fixing your bike and exchanging knowledge over coffee – and thus tackle sustainable development on the local level.

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The People’s Victory

The recent elections in Myanmar led to a victory of the National League for Democracy (NLD) over the military - an outcome of an open access to information.

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“Happiness Is a Skill”

Tho Ha Vinh, Program Director of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Center, explains why happiness is a more important indicator than economic growth.

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Meeting the World’s Housing Needs

By 2050, 70 percent of people will live in cities. A prospect calling for building 100,000 housing units per day until 2030.

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“Please Stay Inside”

Delhi’s air quality endangers the health of its citizens, so innovative strategies are needed to regulate pollution.

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The Resilience Revolution

Terrorism, earthquakes, violence – global cities face various threads. 100 Resilient Cities helps them to be prepared.

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Unequal, Unreliable and Running Out

Although Delhi has more water per person than London or New York, many still endure a daily fight for access. We take a look at a deeply-rooted problem and possible solutions.

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Dangerous Waters

Beyond the world’s attention, violent crimes take place on unstable ground: Child piracy creates a legal dilemma that puts vulnerable juveniles at risk.

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Violence Is Not Normal

The Caucasus has been splintered by war into Georgia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia. Three women are harnessing words to counter barbed wire.

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Cambodia’s Mighty Girls

In Cambodia, Khmer girls are supposed to be gentle and obedient. A young woman in shorts is tackling this ideal with her prowess on the football pitch.

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God’s Rapid Response Team

Rebel groups in northeast India regularly clash. A supra-confessional peace team brings insurgents to the negotiating table.

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My Big Indian Wedding

Centuries of history, Indian gods and transgender pilgrims: The annual Koothandavar Festival in South India is tolerant, colourful and, at times, violent.

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