India’s ‘Pink Warriors’ take on injustice — Deutsche Welle de

Clad in pink colored saris and armed with sticks, a gang of women is fighting rapists, domestic abuse, corrupt officials and patriarchy in India. (…) Today, Sampat Pal Devi’s group has over 300,000 members spread across the villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She has opened schools and training centers for women where they…

Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People — Asia Foundation org

As the 2014 presidential election and security transition approaches, what do Afghan citizens think of critical issues in the country? On December 5 in Kabul, and Canberra, The Asia Foundation released findings from Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, the longest-running public opinion poll in the country. Over 9,000 Afghan citizens across…

Pakistan:Flouting of laws – By Hamid Maker on The Nation com

The recent horrific fires in a garment factory in Baldia Town, Karachi and a shoe factory in Lahore, which claimed the lives of over 300 innocent citizens, including women and children, were preventable. Inefficiency, corruption and flouting of the Building and Safety Laws by the management and government departments have contributed to these preventable tragedies….

‘Afghanistan’s superhero: mobile phones fight crime, liberate women and enrich the poor’ – Global Envision org’s article on Roshan Mobile an entrepreneurial arm of the Aga Khan Development Network

Photo: Roshan As Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider, Roshan’s mobile phone service is transforming security, information sharing and entrepreneurship in the world’s second most corrupt country. In June, Shainoor Khoja spoke to an audience at Mercy Corps about Roshan’s long-term investment in poverty alleviation through technology. Khoja described Roshan’s operations across Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, places most…

Read how Roshan Mobile (Partly owned by Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) is waging war on graft in Afghanistan in the article ‘Cashing out of Corruption’ at Technology review com with audio reading

  Cashing out of Corruption Are fifteen million mobile phones enough to wage war on graft in Afghanistan? ***** Jan Chipchase   When police officers in Afghanistan’s mountainous Wardak province began receiving their $200-per-month salaries via their mobile phones in 2009, many wondered why they had gotten a raise. They hadn’t. It turns out their…

Harnessing the Wealth of Minerals in Poor Nations – Africa Good News com

Developing countries with potential mineral riches have often fallen prey to corruption and mismanagement. As a result, they’ve failed to benefit from their natural resources and remained in poverty. Now, new guidelines have been drawn up to help such countries harness their mineral wealth. The World Economic Forum and The Boston Consulting Group have identified…

Pakistan’s historic walled city under threat – France 24 com news

A 2011 photo shows a general view of the old residential walled city of Lahore. The medieval walled city of Lahore is under threat from a construction ‘free-for-all’ ruining centuries of heritage, as an ambitious Pakistani restoration project to protect it stalls.      AFP – The medieval walled city of Lahore is under threat…

Historic walled city under threat – Dawn com news story

A woman looking out from a balcony in the old residential walled city of Lahore. AFP LAHORE: The medieval walled city of Lahore is under threat from a construction ‘free-for-all’ ruining centuries of heritage, as an ambitious Pakistani restoration project to protect it stalls. Rapid and illegal growth is crowding out the “old city” —the…

Hazare Emerges as a National Icon in India – VOA News

Photo: AP India’s anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare waves next to a giant portrait of Mahatma Gandhi on the stage during his hunger strike in New Delhi,India, August 20, 2011 Less than six months ago, most people did not know Anna Hazare outside his home state of Maharashtra in western India, where he has long campaigned…