Development

Development & Education

Are madrassas in Africa educating or indoctrinating?

One place that girls in Africa are finding an education is at Islamic religious schools known as madrassas. Typically these schools teach only boys, but in sub-Saharan Africa, more madrassas are being opened for girls and are usually funded by wealthy Arab donors. It’s a way to compensate for, what some say, is the extremely poor quality of state-funded schools.

Development & Education

Happy 50th birthday, Zambia!

The southern African nation of Zambia gained independence from Britain on October 24, 1964. Half a century later, it’s one of the most politically stable countries in the region. But as Zambia celebrates its 50th birthday, some Zambians are turning their attention to fixing the problems of the future.

Sports

Why I have good reason to worry when I go to the World Cup in Brazil

It's part of the ritual of big sporting events. In the run-up, there's always a bit of worry about whether all the venues will be ready in time. But in Brazil, which is hosting this year's World Cup soccer tournament, that worry is more like an anxiety attack right now. And since I'm planning to travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer, I'm feeling some of that anxiety too.

Development & Education

A novice humanitarian aid worker confronts mayhem in the field

Imagine you're 27 years old, and assigned to one of your first humanitarian aid missions. You land in Darfur and find yourself in charge of a camp of some 24,000 desperate Sudanese, many fleeing violence and literally knocking down the doors of your home base. That's just the opener in Jessica Alexander's new memoir: Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.

Development & Education

Happy 50th birthday, Zambia!

The southern African nation of Zambia gained independence from Britain on October 24, 1964. Half a century later, it’s one of the most politically stable countries in the region. But as Zambia celebrates its 50th birthday, some Zambians are turning their attention to fixing the problems of the future.

Development & Education

A novice humanitarian aid worker confronts mayhem in the field

Imagine you're 27 years old, and assigned to one of your first humanitarian aid missions. You land in Darfur and find yourself in charge of a camp of some 24,000 desperate Sudanese, many fleeing violence and literally knocking down the doors of your home base. That's just the opener in Jessica Alexander's new memoir: Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid.