Amsterdam is aggressively developing its ‘smart’ electrical grid. The smart part is the inter-linked power system, and the efforts made to involve all parts of the community. The result to-date is…

Dan Hoornweg |

The Goldridge Mine pit in Solomon Islands History records that the first European to come to Solomon Islands, Alvaro De Mendana, in 1568 gave the archipelago its name because he believed this area…

Alison Ofotalau |

The following piece appeared as a guest blog in the UK's Guardian this past week. A good public education system means public spending – but not necessarily public provision. In OECD…

Harry A. Patrinos |

During his July 19-22 visit to Turkey, World Bank president Robert B. Zoellick put his finger on a key issue, female participation in the Turkish workforce. It wasn't a coincidence that…

Asli Gurkan |

Map courtesy of Wikipedia through a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.Taking development to the outlying provinces of Solomon Islands is not an easy ride. I found this…

Alison Ofotalau |

Because boats to and from Tikopia are infrequent, William Kesi had to wait a couple of months before he could leave the island. William Kesi had to hitch a ride with a passing cruise ship to get…

Edith Bowles |

What does the demand for good governance mean to an ordinary citizen living in a remote village in the developing world? For a woman in Bangladesh, social accountability means she can state “when…

Cyprian Fisiy |

A few years ago I proudly put a sticker on my bicycle that claimed one should ‘bike local’ in order to ‘think global.’  These days, it seems that the car is unavoidable in the majority of growing…

Julie Babinard |

Competition in the telecommunications sector in Solomon Islands has officially arrived. bemobile held its launching ceremony on  Aug 31, making it the first competitor to Solomon Telekom (known as…

Alison Ofotalau |

Hayleen Dusaru is the Moli clinic's registered nurse I recently spent almost a week calf deep in mud, shooting around islands, and speaking to beneficiaries and community helpers of the…

Hamish Wyatt |