from Photographers' Blog:

Athens’ Ghost Airport

June 26, 2014

Athens, Greece

By Yorgos Karahalis

It's been over a decade since Athens’ Hellenikon airport closed down after around 60 years of duty as the only airport serving the Greek capital.

from The Human Impact:

Who’s key to gender equality? Hint: It’s not women

March 18, 2014

When it comes to women’s rights, it turns out it’s really all about men.

A recent World Bank report underscored that strong economies and greater education for women, once thought to be silver bullets against gender inequality in the world of work, are effectively trumped by persistent social norms.

from Global Investing:

More development = fewer violent deaths in India

March 4, 2014

A recent report highlights the importance of economic development for India and indeed for all developing countries. It also shows why we should worry about the slow pace of reform in India and how that has hit growth rates.

from The Human Impact:

Only two Southern African countries on track to meet 2015 MDG water and sanitation targets – report

March 3, 2014

Some 120,000 children under the age of five in Southern African countries die every year from diarrhoea, which is primarily caused by lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

from The Human Impact:

What to make of the Daily Mail campaign to spend foreign aid on UK flood victims?

February 13, 2014

Earlier this week, the right-wing British tabloid the Daily Mail launched a campaign for the government to divert cash  from the foreign aid budget to help victims of the catastrophic floods wreaking havoc in southern England and Wales.

from The Human Impact:

The future of “building back better”: houses, schools, and political transformation too?

February 4, 2014

Disaster recovery experts and scholars alike seem to agree on at least one thing: disaster-recovery efforts should concentrate not only on restoring affected communities to pre-disaster levels, but should focus on “building back better” by linking immediate relief with long-term recovery and development.

from Felix Salmon:

When loans beat grants

By Felix Salmon
December 2, 2013

What’s best: giving a man a fish, teaching a man to fish, or lending a man a fish? Nathan Fiala, of the German Institute for Economic Research, went to Uganda to find out, and the results of his study make for fascinating reading.

from The Human Impact:

Why India’s Mars mission matters, despite poverty

November 11, 2013

There has been much fanfare over the launch of India's first rocket to Mars - a mission which, if successful, will position the Asian nation as a major player in the global space race.

from Expert Zone:

Invisible hand of market at work

By Apurva Shah
October 21, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

from Expert Zone:

Rajan panel proposals not a cure for disparity among states

October 3, 2013

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters)

The report of a committee headed by Raghuram Rajan on backward states has drawn attention to development disparities among states in India. Not that these were not known or assessed before. The report offers an index for identification of states according to the degree of backwardness and their share of financial assistance from the central government.