Launched September 1, 2013 Jennifer Miller
For 10 years, Laura Spero has provided badly needed dental care for 18,000 Nepalis, with the financial help of her childhood hometown, Bethesda, Md. The program is growing, but can it survive?
Image by Lusha Chen. Myanmar, 2013.
Launched August 29, 2013 Lusha Chen
When a Burmese woman marries a Chinese man, she may give up basic human rights. Yet many Burmese women would rather remain stateless than return to Burma. To stay or leave, it is a story of survival.
Image by Justin Catanoso. Peru, 2013.
Launched August 27, 2013 Justin Catanoso
In the most biologically diverse place on earth, rising temperatures are causing trees and plants to adapt. Can they do so fast enough?
Image by Robin Hammond. Sierra Leone, 2013.
Launched August 23, 2013 Robin Hammond
The wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been over for a decade but the psychological scars linger. To be mentally ill in these countries is to be condemned.
Launched August 17, 2013 David E. Hoffman, Eben Harrell
Tunnels in a mountain in Kazakhstan once used to test Soviet nuclear weapons contained enough plutonium for terrorists to construct dozens of atomic bombs.
Image by Cpl. Zev Marmorstein via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>. Israel, 2013.
Launched August 13, 2013 Yochi Dreazen
We think of drones as an exclusively American weapon, but they're not. Look at Israel's violent northern border, where Israel and Hezbollah are already using the flying robots against each other.
Image by Alisa Roth. Turkey, 2013.
Launched August 13, 2013 Alisa Roth, Hugh Eakin
At least 1.5 million people have fled the conflict in Syria. Most have taken refuge in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, where they are straining resources and raising concerns about regional stability.
Launched August 12, 2013 Tom Hundley
From HIV/AIDS to malaria and tuberculosis, poor countries endure more than their share of health crises. Now they are stalked by a new nemesis on course to claim even more lives—highway fatalities.
Image by Eleanor Klibanoff. Nicaragua, 2013.
Launched August 10, 2013 Eleanor Klibanoff
In Nicaragua and El Salvador, a complete abortion ban has led to unsafe abortions and turned doctors into informants. The number of girls under 14 who give birth has increased by 48 percent.
Launched August 10, 2013 Henry Molski
For more than 300 years, Scotland has been a loyal member of the United Kingdom. But in the fall of 2014, Scots will vote on whether they want to become an independent nation.
Launched August 2, 2013 Luke Messac
While the debate over health user fees has been raging in international development circles for decades, in Malawi the issue has a longer history, combustible politics, and intense personal relevance.
Launched August 1, 2013 Kerstin Egenhofer
In Malawi, people are using a deceptively simple strategy to alleviate poverty: giving poor people money and letting them decide how to spend it.
Image by Nick Swyter. Panama, 2013.
Launched July 30, 2013 Nick Swyter
Panama is confronting its electricity crisis by constructing a major dam near a territory designated for the Ngäbe-Buglé, an indigenous people who believe the dam will threaten their way of life.
Launched July 30, 2013 Yves Eudes, Olivier Truc
Global warming is happening faster around the Arctic Ocean than anywhere else. To adjust to this new climate, local communities must change the way they live and work – for better and for worse.
Launched July 24, 2013 Ameto Akpe
U.S. development projects target northern Nigeria where poverty, illiteracy and radical Islam shape economic and social realities, but the sustainability of these interventions is rarely discussed.
Launched July 23, 2013 Jeffrey E. Stern
Foreign troops are leaving Afghanistan. As the decade-long effort to secure the country draws to a close, how are Afghanistan’s most vulnerable communities preparing for the challenges that lie ahead?
Launched July 18, 2013 Marvin Kalb
Marvin Kalb, resident senior adviser at the Pulitzer Center, has covered U.S. foreign policy for half a century plus. Follow his reporting, commentary, and public events on this special project page.
Launched July 15, 2013 Jonathan Cox
India has launched programs to make healthcare available to rural families, but crippling medical bills and rampant fraud persist. Why is aid failing to reach those who need it most?
Launched July 14, 2013 Stephen Franklin
As Colombia struggles to free itself from a vortex of violence, union members, human rights activists and others still feel threatened by criminal elements––and their own government.
Image by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times. Egypt, 2011.
Launched July 10, 2013 Kenneth R. Weiss
The largest generation in history is entering its prime childbearing years, poised to add 2 billion more people to the planet. Ken Weiss investigates the causes and consequences of such rapid growth.
Launched July 2, 2013 Jeffrey Bartholet
Scores of Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2011 in one of the biggest waves of self-immolation in modern history. What impact will they have?
Botswana's Diamond-Cattle-Water Paradox
Launched July 1, 2013 Linda Qiu
Despite Botswana's mineral wealth and rapid development, thirst is widespread across its sandy lands.
Launched June 27, 2013 Fred de Sam Lazaro, Simone Ahuja
A unique residential school offers education and sports to aboriginal children who might otherwise be lured or forced into the long-running Maoist separatist conflict in remote eastern India.
Launched June 26, 2013 Diksha Bali
A push-pull between Ghana’s residents and its department of waste management has been ongoing—trash bins have been stolen and open defecation is commonplace. A turnaround may be in the works.