Launched August 12, 2013 Tom Hundley, Dan McCarey
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.
Launched June 24, 2013 Shirley Coenen
The Ministry of Education in Santiago has been under attack by Chilean students who believe that a quality, free education is not a privilege but a right for all.
Launched June 17, 2013 Tom Hundley
In Indonesia and the Philippines, explosive growth and rapid modernization test religious belief and attitudes toward family planning.
Launched June 6, 2013 Joshua Kucera
Chronically unstable and corrupt — and now bracing for more chaos from Afghanistan — Tajikistan's president is staking his country's future on the biggest dam in the world.
Launched May 23, 2013 Aaron Nelsen, Fernando Rodriguez
Chile's coastal waters are among the richest in the world, but years of exploitation have exacted a toll on resources. As Congress debates a solution, fishing outfits scrap for their survival.
Image by Deanna Dent. Southern Province, Zambia, 2013.
Launched May 15, 2013 Alexis Okeowo
China's investment in Zambia holds promise: billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. But after violent conflict between Zambian miners and their Chinese supervisors, does it also pose a threat?
Launched May 13, 2013 Roger Thurow
The story of 1,000 days–the vital period from the beginning of a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday. The fate of individuals, families, nations–and the world–depends on it.
Graffiti in Humboldt Park on the West Side of Chicago where Latin and black gangs control the streets.  Image by Rieke Havertz. Chicago, 2013.
Launched May 9, 2013 Rieke Havertz, Carlos Javier Ortiz
As the discussion about tougher gun laws gains momentum in the U.S. after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, Chicago is trapped in a daily cycle of gun violence.

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