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Blossoming Bangalore's Must-Dos

Trippy | Posted 10.09.2015 | Travel

Talk about a city of contrasts: once known as the Garden City of India, Bangalore is now known as the country's Silicon Valley (there's even a nearby winery), making it an exceptionally varied, modern and remarkably interesting part of the country.

Beyond Public Transportation: Innovative Approaches to Affordable and Sustainable Transportation

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Finding environmentally friendly modes of urban transportation is a key issue for cities working to ensure sustainable development. In Nairobi, a number of studies have identified the significant risk to pedestrians and bicyclists operating in and around the city.

This Simple Art Project Is Dismantling India's Rape Culture

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.30.2015 | Arts

Locals call it "Rapist Lane." At night, no lights ignite it. In the day, idle buses line its sides, slated to eventually shuttle workers home from a&n...

Youth as Engines of Change

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For cities across the Global South with rapidly-growing populations, youth are widely seen as holding the keys to the future. At the same time, however, they typically face higher rates of unemployment than the rest of the population.

India's Merger Merry-Go-Round

Gunjan Bagla | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Gunjan Bagla

Infosys is not the only Indian company growing inorganically. 2014 saw the highest number of Indian mergers and acquisitions transactions in a decade - 1,177 deals valued at $50 billion. This resurgence applies to pharmaceuticals, finances, telecommunications, and more.

Stronger United: Workers' Unions Across the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

For the working poor, unions can provide a structure for voicing grievances and a collective power for bringing about change, often in the face of resistance. In this article, we travel from Mumbai and Bangalore to Tehran and Ho Chi Minh City to explore some of the struggles waged by unions to demand the rights of their members.

This Lake In India Is So Polluted It Caught Fire

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

Whoever said water couldn't burn didn't pollute hard enough. Residents in Bangalore, India, were alarmed earlier this week when a local lake caught...

Rohit Varma on India's Surge in the Digital Era

2morrowknight | Posted 06.23.2015 | Technology

In a country where Cricket and Bollywood are the consistent favorites, a wave of social media titans are pushing their way to the top, one impactful project at a time. One of the hottest and most talked about figures in the digital community is Rohit Varma, founder of the Bangalore-based R. Square Consulting.

4 Ways Mapping Has Transformed Public Services in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Modern digital mapping tools have transformed the potential of maps in urban development, allowing us to produce more detailed and sophisticated visualizations of cities. As access to these tools continues to expand, the resulting maps grow even richer.

When School Is Not Enough: Four Alternative Education Programs That Meet Youths' Needs

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Girls raised in Mumbai's brothels deal not only with challenging living conditions but also with physical, mental, and sexual violence. Several NGOs provide education and skills training to the children to try to break the cycle of prostitution, but few have their sights set beyond traditional work.

7 People Who Care for Nature and Community

Marianne Krasny | Posted 04.25.2015 | Green
Marianne Krasny

Whether planting trees in New Orleans or picking up trash in Tehran, one of the most effective ways to heal disaster-struck and neglected places is through community led and driven action. The folks who take care of their local environments and communities are not famous. But we could all learn from their bold actions.

Startup Fever Goes Global

Jack Hidary | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Jack Hidary

The next few years will be exciting ones as startups go global earlier in their cycles and scale faster. More and more cities are supporting entrepreneurs directly with incubators and co-funding programs.

Reaching the Hardest-to-Reach: Financial Services for Overlooked Populations

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The growth of microfinance solutions to address pressing development challenges has brought many of the world's formerly "unbanked" into formal financial systems.

A Walk for Widows

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

On January 10, 2015, the 53- year-old British attorney will be walking across India to benefit The Loomba Foundation. For the past several months he has adhered to a rigorous training schedule to prepare for this monumental journey.

Sharing Memories Of My Heroic Grandmother

Nav Dayanand | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Nav Dayanand

To much of the world, naani was anonymous. To me, she was and always will be extraordinary. Her smile was electric, her wisdom unparalleled, and her patience and tolerance enviable. With her passing, we lose a beacon of hope, one that symbolized triumph over war and despair and one who infused simplicity, dignity and relentless love. I so wish I had more time with her.

Global Initiatives for HIV/AIDS Prevention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Every city faces a different local context when it comes to fighting HIV/AIDS, and strategies must cater to local needs.

How Four Cities in the Global South are Fighting Youth Unemployment

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

According to the International Labour Organization, over 70 million 15-24 year olds worldwide are unemployed. This issue is particularly prevalent in ...

Look What's For Dinner

Priyadarshini Nandy | Posted 08.16.2014 | Taste
Priyadarshini Nandy

These chefs aren't selling food; they're creating memories that also happen to taste great.

Women and Money: Bridging the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

The urban poor in the Global South lack access to banking and financial services, and women are disproportionately affected. They are less likely than men to hold a bank account, to take out a loan, or to borrow money.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

Mentally Ill and Poor: What to do?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Brazil, the government ensures that mental health is understood as a fundamental part of overall well-being, and therefore promotes diagnosis and treatment in coordination with other health services, never in isolation.

200 Girls Learning How to Code in One of the Oldest Indian Cities in the World

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Tara Chklovski

The logistics of this undertaking are what makes this story of grit so inspiring. It really brings perspective to first-world petty griping!

These Four Cities Are Making Youth Empowerment A Priority

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

A pressing question for many cities is how to create the right educational, social, and economic opportunities for young people so that they gain the tools to build strong foundations for adulthood.

From Bangalore to São Paulo: How Five Cities Are Tackling the Problem of Toxic Waste

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many substances -- including electronic waste -- pose all sorts of dangers to the health of individuals and the environment.

Five Ways to Improve Working Conditions in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

They are determined to open up a dialogue with city officials and to negotiate a set of basic rights that will formalize their line of work.