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WikiProject icon This page is within the scope of WikiProject International development, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of international development, including such areas as appropriate technology, microfinance and social issues, on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
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An accessible WikiProject, to create a widely accessible resource[edit]

I have started this WikiProject with a few aims in mind:

  • Make an entry point for people interested in development, including those not yet involved in Wikipedia.
  • Keep the barrier to entry low (like Wikipedia in general - anyone can edit it). The people who have the most to contribute may be busy people. So before getting into membership and details, the first section after the intro has some links (to the stub category and the to-do list) that let people get straight into the interesting stuff rather than reading a long project page and jumping through hoops.
  • The main motivation for me is to develop a comprehensive and accessible resource which people everywhere can use to improve their own lives. I'm sure there are many Wikipedians and others who share that motivation. Crucial to achieving this is that it can be translated into other languages. Wikipedia is a good platform for that, and it's something we'll look at as the pages are developed. I'd like to see some serious translating into major languages of the less developed world, starting in 2006. I think that's possible, and it's something to aim for.

A point about the layout of the project page: To avoid having an extremely long (and ever-changing) list of articles, the Articles section links to the category pages where the articles are found. I want to emphasize that I don't have any feeling that I own this project or any article. This is for everyone - ultimately it's for the world, especially those without clean water & sanitation, with limited resources... and also for everyone concerned about the state of our planet and the need for sustainable development. --Singkong2005

'Empowering women' under Poverty[edit]

I noticed that there's only one short paragraph under the section 'empowering women' under the poverty field. I think this does not do justice, since women comprises of 70% of world's poor and the majority of the 1.5 billion people living under $1 a day or less are women. It should either have the 'women empowerment' section as the see also or explore deeper into the effect of poverty reduction on women's status, such as education and health benefit[1] , higher status within the family[2] , and less domestic violence[3] .

Addition of Poverty and Disability Article[edit]

I am an undergraduate at Rice University interested in adding to the information provided by Wikipedia on issues regarding special needs in an international context. I intend to create an article entitled “Poverty and Disability,” which will explore the relationship between and implications of the prevalence of disability in impoverished areas. Currently information on this topic is entirely absent from the Wikipedia community. The relationship between poverty and disability is especially important to explore given the likelihood that an individual will have special needs is far greater in environments where resources are the least conducive to accommodating their needs. I intend to look at this correlation in depth, in addition to exploring the impact of disability in areas of concentrated poverty, structures in place to address the needs of these populations, initiatives targeting those affected, and strategies to curtail this correlation. At this time I have researched the findings of the United Nations, the British Department for International Development, and the World Bank, alongside numerous country-specific studies. I would greatly appreciate suggestions on any additional resources you recommend I look to for beneficial information on the subject. I would also love any input that you may have on the creation of this page and exploration of this topic. Thank you for your time!

Avo92 (talk)

CfD discussion for societies and cultures[edit]

There is a discussion going on right now at WP:Categories for discussion that involves changing the category names for all cultures, from, for example, "Afghan society" to "Society of Afghanistan". I can see that next will be changing "German culture" to "Culture of Germany" and the like. This would be for all ethnicities, nationalities and cultures.
If you would like to weigh in, the conversation is occurring at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2014 March 27#Society by country. Liz Read! Talk! 15:00, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Renewable energy enters the mainstream[edit]

The REN21 Renewables 2014 Global Status Report is now available, and it says that "renewable energy has entered the mainstream". The global growth of most renewable energy technologies has been greater than many people anticipated, see Renewable energy commercialisation. There is much activity in developing countries, see Renewable energy in developing countries. There are now studies and proposals in many countries about practical pathways to 100% renewable energy. The REN21 report says that renewable energies are not just energy sources, but ways to address pressing social, political, economic and environmental problems:

Today, renewables are seen not only as sources of energy, but also as tools to address many other pressing needs, including: improving energy security; reducing the health and environmental impacts associated with fossil and nuclear energy; mitigating greenhouse gas emissions; improving educational opportunities; creating jobs; reducing poverty; and increasing gender equality... Renewables have entered the mainstream.

Further reading:

-- Johnfos (talk) 11:58, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet for Wikiproject International Development at Wikimania 2014[edit]

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Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

• Active Wikiprojects: Wikiproject Medicine, WikiProject Video Games, Wikiproject Film

• Tech projects/Tools, which may be looking for either users or developers.

• Less known major projects: Wikinews, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, etc.

• Wiki Loves Parliaments, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves ____

• Wikimedia thematic organisations, Wikiwomen’s Collaborative, The Signpost

The deadline for submissions is 1st July 2014

For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:

Project leaflets

Adikhajuria (talk) 15:40, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Garikipati (2008). "The Impact of Lending to Women on Household Vulnerability and Women’s Empowerment: Evidence from India". World Development 36 (12). 
  2. ^ Goetz; Gupta (1996). Who takes the credit. 
  3. ^ Kabeer (2004). Globalization, labor standards, and women's rights: dilemmas of collective (in)action in an interdependent world.