We rarely give the toilet a second thought. We use it when we need to, and we flush and forget. We are also able to conveniently wash our hands afterwards. But imagine if you are on a long hiking...

Johannes Zutt |

See also: Anniversary of the New Delhi Attack Reminds Us that Tackling Violence is Urgent December 16, 2012 will in the foreseeable future be remembered as the day in which six men savagely gang...

Maria Correia |

I will never forget October 8, 2005, a day that changed my life forever as it did for hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis.   I remember my house shaking violently like never before and my...

Haris Khan |

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” - Napoleon Hill   Eight Commonwealth Asian Nations joined hands to discuss the contemporary needs of young entrepreneurs in the...

Siddhartha Nanayakkara |

Happy belated 1st World Toilet Day! The newly designated UN day embodies the enormous development challenge of providing safe toilets to all. More than 2.5 billion people still don’t have access...

Nidhi Khurana |

“The issue is not about women’s allocation being absent from the Village Development Committee (VDC) budget but it is about how these allocations don’t address the real problems of women from that...

Deepa Rai |

“They say this land will change next year”, Kallo said. We were standing on the edge of her barren land, just after a late monsoon down poor. Even when wet, I could see the land was useless, it...

Onno Ruhl |

Why Sanitation Access Doesn’t Work Unless the Entire Village Buys In Jitender is a four-year old boy with forward-thinking parents. Although it’s common in his village, in the Indian state of...

Luis Andres, Juan Echenique, Ashma Basnyat, Rahul Kanakia |

I went to bed early that night in Rudrprayag. The trip had worn me out and we were not even halfway up the Alaknanda Valley. Still, sleep would not come. The air conditioning made too much noise....

Onno Ruhl |

For centuries, cities have been the beacon for economic prosperity. Drawn by the promise of economic, social and political opportunity, more than half the world’s population live in cities today....

Mabruk Kabir |