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Gender and development

There's a lack of info on gender issues within articles such as International development & Participation (decision making), and a lack of info on development in the gender article. I've done a little work, but am not confident enough to put it straight in the article. See my first attempt at Talk:Gender (under heading Gender and development). Input appreciated. --Singkong2005 16:45, 2 May 2006 (UTC)

Poverty and Hunger

There are many Hungry poors in Indian subcontinent than African subcontinent and India is on top. Border of Pakistan and India (near Punjab, Rajasthan, Kutch) is waste land but Indus Sindhu river pass through this land. Land is plain in surface and can be converted in green belt. Reader of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia are requested to find out some solution to eradicate the poverty in Indian subcontinent. vkvora 04:25, 28 May 2006 (UTC)

Global apartheid

This AfD will probably be of interest. --Ian Pitchford 14:46, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

Development and Sustainability Wikia

I have added a note on the WikiProject page about a new wiki for ideas, discussion, experience, personal (and thus unverified) reports of projects, original research... all the things that aren't allowed on Wikipedia. You may have even have done a relevant thesis, in which case you can post it there.

It's a complement, rather than a challenge to Wikipedia. It may be a challenge - a friendly challenge - to sites such as I think the wiki format offers some advantages over forums and admin-operated sites, but we'll see how it works in practice.

It's called the Development and Sustainability Wikia. Started by me - and feedback is appreciated. I've also made a userbox: {{User DevSust Wikia}}.

All welcome. I see it as a lower priority than Wikipedia, but it does provide a useful place to put things that just don't fit on Wikipedia. --Singkong2005 15:38, 30 April 2006 (UTC)
The wiki project described above never took off; that's cool, as it was an experiment, and ultimately I want to see one strong wiki on the topic rather than several smaller ones.
Following discussions with LRG (aka Lonny) of Appropedia, my concerns about that site have been dealt with - he has been very willing to take new ideas on board. In particular, I'm no longer concerned that it will overlap significantly with Wikipedia. It should complement Wikipedia's development articles, with how-tos, collaboration pages and other non-encyclopedic stuff. So the above project has been merged into Appropedia, and I'm now contributing there, as well as to Wikipedia. --Singkong2005 talk 14:32, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh

Needs work - probably deserves more attention in the Arsenic poisoning article. See my post at Talk:Arsenic poisoning. --Singkong2005 16:40, 30 April 2006 (UTC)

I've created the Arsenic contamination of groundwater article since I made that comment, and it's looking better now - though there's still plenty of room for improvement. --Singkong2005 talk 14:35, 27 July 2006 (UTC)

Human-powered devices

On the topic of appropriate technology, there seems to be a lack of articles/info related to human-powered and animal-powered technology. E.g. pedal generator, treadle pump. Hand pump is a stub. Anyone with knowledge of this or any good links, please comment. Thanks --Singkong2005 tc 06:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Human-powered water pumps

There are many, here are a couple:

The roundabout PlayPump is aleady linked in appropriate technology. Kick Start is is also mentioned in that article as an organisation; their innovative pumps appear not to be. --David 07:38, 17 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks! I don't have time to do anything with it right now - hopefully someone else can. Or I'll get to it later in the year. --Singkong2005 talk 04:18, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Sustainable Developmen

It seems that the theories of sustainable development are not well represented, which is a shame seeing as sustainable development has become pretty much the dominant set of views dictating development policy now. Their is no subcategory with that title and the article sustainable development is seriously underdeveloped (no pun intended). There are no pages on weak or strong sustainability theories, either. It would be good if other people who are educated on the topic could get involved in developing articles dealing with this topic and if I could get help expanding the sustainable development article itself to actually expound upon the debates within the field... --The Way 06:27, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

All right, it seems that there is a separate article entitled sustainability which is essentially sustainable development. I'd strongly recommend that the two articles be merged. --The Way 06:33, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

Project directory

Hello. The WikiProject Council has recently updated the Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Directory. This new directory includes a variety of categories and subcategories which will, with luck, potentially draw new members to the projects who are interested in those specific subjects. Please review the directory and make any changes to the entries for your project that you see fit. There is also a directory of portals, at User:B2T2/Portal, listing all the existing portals. Feel free to add any of them to the portals or comments section of your entries in the directory. The three columns regarding assessment, peer review, and collaboration are included in the directory for both the use of the projects themselves and for that of others. Having such departments will allow a project to more quickly and easily identify its most important articles and its articles in greatest need of improvement. If you have not already done so, please consider whether your project would benefit from having departments which deal in these matters. It is my hope that all the changes to the directory can be finished by the first of next month. Please feel free to make any changes you see fit to the entries for your project before then. If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you. B2T2 22:10, 25 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day Awards

Hello, all. It was initially my hope to try to have this done as part of Esperanza's proposal for an appreciation week to end on Wikipedia Day, January 15. However, several people have once again proposed the entirety of Esperanza for deletion, so that might not work. It was the intention of the Appreciation Week proposal to set aside a given time when the various individuals who have made significant, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia would be recognized and honored. I believe that, with some effort, this could still be done. My proposal is to, with luck, try to organize the various WikiProjects and other entities of wikipedia to take part in a larger celebrartion of its contributors to take place in January, probably beginning January 15, 2007. I have created yet another new subpage for myself (a weakness of mine, I'm afraid) at User talk:Badbilltucker/Appreciation Week where I would greatly appreciate any indications from the members of this project as to whether and how they might be willing and/or able to assist in recognizing the contributions of our editors. Thank you for your attention. Badbilltucker 23:21, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Note: Esperanza is no more - it is "officially inactive."
The focus here is on actually creating content, and we're obviously having trouble even taking the time to contribute on this page, let alone an appreciate page. The effort to recognize people's contributions is admirable, but (speaking personally) I get the biggest kick out of knowing that I'm contributing to a resource that people around the globe are using. I met someone the other week (at an Engineers Without Borders event) who raved about the Appropriate technology article. Very cool.
I confess I haven't been watching this page lately, being caught up at Appropedia (the development & sustainability wiki), but if things stay quiet here, then anyone with questions is welcome to contact me via my talk page. --Chriswaterguy talk 00:12, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Overlapping content

It should be pointed out that there is a lot of overlapping content between the articles on economic development, development economics and development theory. Granted these topics are all very closely related, but I feel that some better way of sorting their content should be devised and possibly a merge or two should be made... any opinions? --The Way 06:27, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Where do I begin?

Hey, I'm a new user just signed in and I feel interested in the topic there. Could somebody suggest some simple tasks for me to choose? I'm a social sciences scholar with fluent non-native English. I've looked through the list of projects and picked this one out of three or four that correspond with my interests. Not sure if this message is placed right. Best wishes, Futurano 00:11, 23 March 2007 (UTC) Looks like nobody is home. I'd better join more projects. Futurano

It really depends what you want to do. Research? Expanding? Creating new articles? What topic area? What is your expertise?
Please don't let my questions put you off - we would love to have your contributions! --Chriswaterguy talk 00:14, 16 April 2007 (UTC)

Now it’s my turn to be sorry for delaying answer. I want to do all! In a reasonable order of course : ). Let me start with the basics – expanding and improving existing articles. As for topics, I’m more into social aspects, conflicts, economy and nature conservation, rather than technology. Re: expertise, I have a two-year college diploma in small business administration and a university degree in sociology. However, I abandoned academic research after my graduation and went into more practical social studies and PR. Unfortunately, both my education and work are poorely connected with my English. BTW, I already started working within Wikipedia:Wikiproject Urban studies and planning, but they seem to be freezing over. --Futurano 13:26, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

Anyone care to look at Green politics?

The Green politics-related articles had a number of very dedicated editors years ago, but lately not much is happening there. I made some substantial changes to the Green politics article as well as to the other core topics in that area, Green movement and Green party. It's been almost two months and I've received no feedback, despite leaving messages on the talk pages of users I thought might be interested. If anyone wanted to take a look at those three articles and share some thoughts, I'd be very grateful. Fishal 22:47, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

The Sustainable development Portal

I recently started The Sustainable development Portal and offered it up for portal peer review to help make it a feature portal down the road. Please feel free to to help improve the portal and/or offer your input at the portal peer review. Thanks. RichardF 17:28, 21 May 2007 (UTC)

The Sustainable development Portal now is a Featured portal candidate. Please feel free to leave comments. RichardF 02:50, 2 June 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, haven't visited here for ages (have been caught up at Appropedia). Great portal! --Chriswaterguy talk 07:10, 31 July 2007 (UTC)


Could someone take a look at UNOmbud? It is described as an international organization but there's only 50 hits for the term on Google and they all point back to Wikipedia. Does this organization actually exist? Perhaps it's a typo? Someone with more expertise than I, please check it out. Pimlottc 21:36, 24 April 2006 (UTC)

I have searched for some time now I can only find references to Wikipedia. I also used Swedish search-engines and Swedish telephone books. Nothing. I tried different spellings, but the name makes sense, ombudsman. It must be a very small organisation if it does indeed exist and will have nothing to do with the UN. Though a webpage does exist for what is supposed to be its host organisation, UNNET, it seems very dodgy. It isn't UN either and the webpage uses logos and material that it does not have the right to do. Smells like some kind of scam to me. But I am not 100% sure. I will contact some friends that will know. In the meantime I think it would be appropriate to put some kind of warning message on the articles. rxnd ( t | | c ) 22:42, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
Having had a look at the users edits I am almost certain that this is somekind of donation scam. One article has already been deleted. rxnd ( t | | c ) 22:51, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
Good work. I flagged it for deletion. --Singkong2005 04:21, 27 April 2006 (UTC)
I stumbled across these and stuck prod on the other articles. The same IP also created Kushindo, which seems to turn up some Google hits, so I'm not sure if that is a hoax or not. Pagrashtak 05:03, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

I came to here through the links of Kushindo, international organizations is something I don't know much about but a simple search in the Swedish Tax Authority reveals that Unombud exists and has Org Nr 848001-2619. It seems to be the legal arm of the United Network for Universal Aid ( it is not a hoax and was wrongly deleted. Jennylen 18:18, 10 August 2007 (UTC)

Here by accident, but the article was deleted by speedy and could be recreated. I've looked at the deleted version and there would be no problem if sources were added from the first--it had none at the time. If anyone wants to work on it, since I'm an admin, I can copy it to your user talk page. DGG (talk) 20:59, 21 August 2007 (UTC)
See this thread which references "":
Note the use of open proxies documented in the noticeboard discussion.
Related domains:
--00:01, 12 November 2007 (UTC)

Proposed deletion: The International Conference Series on the Foundations and Future of Democracy

The International Conference Series on the Foundations and Future of Democracy (via WP:PROD on 1 October 2007) Deleted
--User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 12:25, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
updated --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 18:39, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Proposed deletion: Eurointegration through Art

Eurointegration through Art (via WP:PROD on 28 December 2007)

--User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 18:40, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

TfD nomination of Template:Millennium Development Goals

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(Well, they suggest informing WikiProjects, but I can't find any. The underlying article is associated with this WIkiProject, so....) — Arthur Rubin | (talk) 18:24, 12 January 2008 (UTC)


Page has your stamp on it, but has been turned into an essay of sorts. Please take a look if you have a moment to do so. --AndrewHowse (talk) 14:45, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

Akhtar Hameed Khan for WP:FAC

The article has been put as Featured Article Candidate at Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Akhtar Hameed Khan for opinions and comments. --IslesCapeTalk 19:48, 25 April 2008 (UTC)


At this image lab entry there is a request for several very important images. Aldough more on the environmental spectrum, they are useful for international development too. perhaps some artist here could make them ? KVDP (talk) 17:20, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

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Aid agency

Hello, my friends: A group of us are working on clearing the backlog at The article in the above header has been without sources for the past four years and may be removed if none are added. I wonder if you can help do so. Sincerely, and all the best to you, GeorgeLouis (talk) 17:39, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

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Proposed Deletion of Poverty Overlaps

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Attention must be paid to economics and gender within the realm of international development, as the use of microfinance has garnered much support among the International Development Community. The articles on Microfinance and Microcredit provide little insight into the theory behind microfinance institutions, especially the emphasis on lending to females and the creating 'solidarity groups' as a lasting means of empowering women and inducing economic growth in developing nations. The lack of allusion to the gendered origins and imapcts of Microfinance detracts from the true representation of Microfinance within Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by FrancescaSchley (talkcontribs) 01:49, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Human Development

The page Human Development needs much updating.Other dictionaries are better (talk) 19:28, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

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Anyone interested in updating the United Nations Development Group article?Other dictionaries are better (talk) 09:09, 15 June 2011 (UTC)

Anyone?Other dictionaries are better (talk) 19:23, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Request to create page for this academic

Alison Evans - Economist in International Development, Director, Overseas Development Institute.Other dictionaries are better (talk) 19:40, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Another Request:Overseas Development Institute

Please help to expand Overseas Development Institute. Especially users who have some sort of relationship with it. I cna give starters.Other dictionaries are better (talk) 19:45, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Please consider whether this article is appropriate for your project

Please see Talk:Colonia (United States)#WikiProjects as this article isn't getting attention from anyone who could improve it. Fortguy (talk) 00:23, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

Improvable articles

I came across a set of articles in Category:Development charities, created by the same user, that all need significant improvement. I added cleanup and wikify templates. However, the original author does not share my opinion. It would hence be good if one of us with the appropriate knowledge could improve the articles directly. I do not feel that I have the factual knowledge, though I could do some copy editing.

--Drdan 21:19, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Well spotted. Some of these are likely to be unsuitable for Wikipedia (no original research); however if the original author provides suitable sources, we can work constructively to upgrade the articles. --Singkong2005 09:45, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
As some of these, at least, appear to be original research, I've suggested moving them to the new Development and Sustainability Wikia, and have already created a page for one, at Anuragam. --Singkong2005 06:06, 27 April 2006 (UTC). --Singkong2005 06:06, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

I believe the Aid article could be vastly improved by updating the section on "response to the criticisms of aid", especially the "Improving Aid" section. Many possible structural improvements to foreign aid have been hypothesized and tested in Academia, and I believe a more comprehensive selection of theories and ideas would make the page much more complete. I am undertaking this edit as part of a research project for a class at Rice University, and am gathering data and research that will be appropriate for the task.

Mctilghman (talk) 06:24, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

use of science in human development

"use of science in human development" create a page — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:37, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:International Development will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in international developments. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 21:04, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Article Edit of "Water Scarcity in Africa"

I plan on editing the current article on "Water Scarcity in Africa" and would like to add it to WikiProject International Development page. I will expand the current brief article to address how clean water scarcity effects health, opportunities for women, education, development, agriculture, and regional conflict. Most pertinent to WikiProject International Development is how the removal of a basic human necessity, such as clean water, devastates all aspects of development. Without access to drinkable water, African nations are unable to support equal and comprehensive education opportunities, reliable food sources, technological advances, and sustainable positive development. Africa's current state is one of the most glaring examples of our time concerning how the lack of clean water leads to the stalling and reversal of human progress, which falls under the scope of WikiProject International Development. I would greatly appreciate any opinions on what should or should not be included in my article expansion. Thanks so much! Hmccann (talk) 04:18, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Edits to Peacebuilding

I'm planning on editing the Peacebuilding article as part of a Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities course at Rice University. I added the page to this WikiProject because conflict creates major development issues and peacebuilding aims to create a sustainable peace by addressing these issues once the fighting stops. The article is currently a stub with no sections or references and lacks a lot of vital information like a history of peacebuilding and analysis of the results of peacebuilding. I plan to address these issues with my expansion (see the Peacebuilding discussion page for details) and would greatly appreciate any feedback on my plans. Thanks! Nadhika99 (talk) 05:45, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

Revision and Expansion of the "Social Risk Management (SRM)" Entry

As part of a course project for the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities class offered at Rice University, I intend to revise and expand the entry titled "Social Risk Management (SRM)". The Social Risk Management page is a short entry regarding a World Bank conceptual framework designed to improvise upon the existent Social Protection measures. One key aspect of SRM that sets it apart from social protection is its focus on the poor and its efforts to help them climb out of chronic poverty. It is therefore imperative to have a clearly thought out plan for preventing, mitigating and coping with risks that might hurt the ultra-poor worse than other socioeconomic classes and prevent them from making high return risky investments that can be crucial for their development. Revision and expansion of this entry page to include background that led to the creation of this conceptual framework, detailed strategies and terminology proposed and defined by the World Bank and the current and future implications of the approach can make this entry a resourceful one for everyone involved in the field of international development. I would like to request the members of WikiProject International Development for suggestions to improve the page through reorganization and addition of content. Please feel free to propose changes in addition to the ones mentioned above that you would like to see on the page and any questions you would like to have answered by the entry. Thank you. Kjhooda (talk) 06:09, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

New Article Gender Inequality Index

I am a student at the University of Utah taking a class on Gender Economic Development and as part of my course work I am planning on creating the article Gender inequality Index (GII) which is a new measurement of gender discrimination built off of the same framework as the Human Development Index (HDI). The (GII) is a replacement for the Gender-related Development Index and the Gender Empowerment Measure which have been the primary measurements of gender inequality since 1995. The (GII) exposes gender discrimination using three dimensions; reproductive health, empowerment, and the labor market whereas the Gender-related Development Index and the Gender Empowerment Measure which focused on income levels and left out other aspects of inequality. The (GII) is used in conjunction with the Human Development Index (HDI) and can not be used independently. Depending on the level of the (GII) it negatively impacts the Human Development Index (HDI) score and because no country has perfect gender equality all countries are negatively impacted. I feel the (GII) is an extremely important topic to cover among the Wikipedia community and a good contribution in the areas of Gender Studies, International Development, Economics, and the United Nations projects. Any comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated and welcome. (Teashias (talk) 04:58, 14 March 2012 (UTC))

Revision of Water Privatization article

I am a student in Gender and Economic Development in the Third World course at the University of Utah. I am considering revision to the Water privatization article to include impact of water privatization on women in developing countries. This issue is largely absent from this and other relevant pages, and I intend to update the page to address health and economic ramifications of water privatization specifically relating to women. I will as well include community response (women led) and some discussion of this issue's relation to the wider gender discourse. Any comments/questions/assistance is greatly appreciated. See the talk page of [Water privatization] for more detail. Bryancraven (talk) 18:57, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Help with Welfare's effect on poverty article.

The current article for Welfare's effect on poverty is mostly based on a US-centric debate over it's effectiveness in developed countries. If people from this project could help out by providing information on welfare's effect on poverty in developing nations, or perhaps start a developing nations section in general, it would be really helpful. CartoonDiablo (talk) 02:00, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Rainwater harvesting in the UK proposed deletion

This deletion discussion is moving beyond whether or not the article in question should be deleted. It seems like there's room for improvement in how the larger subject is organized. --Kvng (talk) 22:36, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Fair trade commodities

Hello all! I'm interested in editing the Fair trade article to include examples of specific commodities like coffee, cocoa, and clothing and textiles. I want to look at the differences in labor practices for these commodities and see how (or whether) fair trade companies actually promote sustainability and fair labor practices. I will also edit the rest of the article to correct for criticisms that the article is not neutral throughout. I'm interested in how fair trade affects developing companies, especially since fair trade commodities are typically produced in developing countries. I will draw sources from journals such as Journal of Business Ethics, Research in Economic Anthropology, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, and World Development. Any and all suggestions are welcome as I attempt to make the "Fair trade" page more comprehensive. Allisonshields (talk) 05:03, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

International emergency medicine page (expansion and revisions)

Hello, my name is Matthew, and I'm an undergraduate student from Rice University. I'm intending on expanding and rewriting the current article on International emergency medicine. It's currently a start class article so there is a lot of room for improvement. I'd like to focus on the establishment/improvement of emergency medicine in developing countries. My plan is reorganize what is already there and to create sections like "Overview of international emergency medicine", "Institutions involved", "Role in the overall health system", "Initiatives to expand emergency medicine", and "Challenges." There is a pretty good body of literature on these topics in some of the emergency medicine journals but I would be glad to hear if anyone had ideas on other sources I could use, especially from a development prespective. Any suggestions for the best way to go about this? Mjs15 (talk) 15:23, 3 October 2012 (UTC)

Diseases of Poverty

I am a student from Rice University and I am interested in editing the Diseases of poverty and Obstetric fistula pages. I would like to link obstetric fistula to diseases of poverty, add a section on NGO efforts to reduce fistula, and to discuss the implications and causes of obstetric fistula. There are tremendous socioeconomic implications for fistula patients, since it stigmatizes women and often, the patients cannot afford the simple treatment for it. There are major organizations that aim to improve maternal health in developing countries, specifically to treat fistula patients, so I want to provide information on what these organizations do and objective examinations on whether or not these programs work. The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics has substantially covered the disease especially considering it as a public health problem, the progress made by different organizations, and strategies that help prevent this disease. Additionally, the Global Public Health journal discusses the after-math of obstetric fistula, particularly the social reintegration of women in traditional societies that ostracize women with fistula. The following are some of my sources. I am open to suggestions and comments on my contribution, please let me know if this is a good direction to take.

Rachel Pope, Maggie Bangser & Jennifer Harris Requejo (2011): Restoring dignity: Social reintegration after obstetric fistula repair in Ukerewe, Tanzania, Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 6:8, 859-873

Timothy McKinney, et al. "The Fistula Crisis In Sub-Saharan Africa: An Ongoing Struggle In Education And Awareness." Urologic Nursing 30.6 (2010): 341-346. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Oct. 2012.

Donnay, F, and K Ramsey. "Eliminating Obstetric Fistula: Progress In Partnerships." International Journal Of Gynecology & Obstetrics 94.3 (n.d.): 254-261. Science Citation Index. Web. 4 Oct. 2012. --Kayceeho (talk) 04:43, 4 October 2012 (UTC)

Vague suggestions for the "Development economics" article

I noted some general observations in the hopes of focusing efforts to improve the article at Talk:Development_economics#Use_case_for_those_who_would_improve_.22Recent_developments.22. I wish I knew more about the topic to be able to contribute myself. But at the very least, since it seems like that article would be critical to this WikiProject, I figured I'd advertise my ideas here.

In broad terms, I'd really appreciate a brief lit review of the most influential contemporary development economists and how they fit together. -- Thanks, PhilipR (talk) 06:46, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Notice of Peer Review Request

Peer review has been requested and reviews will be appreciated for the article Globalization. Meclee (talk) 14:47, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Poverty article (needs update)

I figure the article about Poverty would be very central to this project. So I came here to ask help with a glaring deficiency in that article. The first and very large section in the article, called Measuring Poverty has many graphs and other data that are almost all out of date, mostly around 2006! They haven't been updated in years and it would be nice if someone could share updated material on the article or show me the best place to get them and I can edit them myself.

Thank you. Nicehumor (talk) 23:42, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Another article with problems

Hi all,
What do you think of India's Agriculture Development Problem: Lack of Access to Credit? Can it be saved (it will need better sourcing), or should it be redirected elsewhere? bobrayner (talk) 13:08, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

Wow, that article suffers from a multitude of issues: an inappropriate title, rampant editorializing and sensationalist writing, POV, you name it. Nevertheless, every article has elements worth saving. Perhaps its content, once reworked, is better suited in a stronger article such as Agriculture in India, unless (or until) it can be sourced strongly enough for its own. Where do you dig these up, bob? John Shandy`talk 18:25, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, an article along the lines of "Agricultural credit in India" would easily pass the GNG and would be easy to source, but I'm beginning to think that the article would have to be written from scratch. bobrayner (talk) 18:56, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

AfD wasn't Talk-tagged

List of Thailand provinces by Human Development Index. Cheers. In ictu oculi (talk) 10:01, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

Interestingly, there are a lot of other articles along the lines of List of ArbitraryCountry districts by HDI. Generally they're sourced to a single report or database. I'm sure they've basically accurate and have escaped many of the pitfalls that affect some other articles in this wikiproject, but maybe they're falling short of the GNG... what should we do with them? bobrayner (talk) 10:18, 4 February 2013 (UTC)
There seem to be a few like List of Mexican states by Human Development Index which compare states/provinces to countries with a similar HDI, complete with a neat little table of flagicons &c. Sources aren't actually making that comparison - it requires an editor to look through a table and decide which other country is the best comparison, and I think that's original reseach. bobrayner (talk) 10:27, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

New Article Proposal: School Feeding in Low-Income Countries

I have recently joined the International Development WikiProject because its aims to cover technical, economic and social issues of international development. Based on reading I have done over the past few months, I plan to write a new entry entitled "School Feeding in Low-Income Countries," as I have identified the need for a comprehensive overview of school feeding in developing nations. There are existing pages on "School Meals in the United States," but my proposed article is different because it would focus on the programs that are set up in low-income countries by international organizations and NGOs for all children in a country or area, as opposed to national governments that set up similar programs with a specific socio-economic class requirement. Such low-income country school feeding programs are crucial to improving global education and development levels, as they provide incentives for families to send their children to school, especially girls. Some existing entries mention the general concept of school feeding in low-income countries, but do not offer a comprehensive overview of what this type of school feeding is and how it can positively impact the education and development status of both individuals and a country as a whole. I plan to examine what school feeding is, what organizations are involved with it, what benefits, drawbacks, and challenges exists, and provide an overview of some selected countries’ school feeding programs. There is a great deal of scholarly research that has been done on school feeding in recent years, and I feel that I can provide many of the legitimate, research-backed approaches to school feeding and educational achievement in low-income countries. I would like to ask for feedback from fellow Wikipedia users and Wikiproject members. Do you think that such an article would be useful, and if so, are there any ways that you think I can improve my plan to create a new entry? Thank you so much! Laurenpedia (talk) 18:13, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Proposed Expansion to Water Scarcity in Africa page

As part of a class assignment through Rice University's Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities program, I would like to expand on Water scarcity in Africa because as is, the article presents a very broad review on how clean water scarcity, women, children, education, and development are all interconnected in the context of Africa, but would benefit from more specific and expanded information, as well as the addition of new topic points relating to who it effects, why, and how. I have five main areas that I would like to expand upon:

1. More information is needed in the section titled "Women, Children, and Education" and potentially could be broken down into two separate parts - Women and Children - despite their related aspects, with an overarching theme of Education.

2. The section titled "Productivity and Development" would profit from a more in-depth discussion of various theories on how clean water scarcity in Africa impedes its development. I would also like to add more on how this affect the productivity of African women, specifically.

3. Under the section titled "Reasons for Scarcity", I would like to potentially add sub-sections on over-consumption, environmental degradation, population, politics and privatization's effect on water scarcity.

4. In response to comments calling for more specificity by region in this article, I would like to add a section on specific case studies on regions in Africa experiencing clean water scarcity. This would better illustrait the issue's broach-reaching impact, as well as show differences in severity throughout such a diverse continent.

5. In the section addressing what efforts are being made to alleviate this crisis, I would like to add updates to reflect any improvements in technology/efforts that have been made in the past year, as well as those possibly overlooked in the initial research for this page.

It is important that this page is continually improved, expanded, and updated because there is a clear link between African underdevelopment and clean water scarcity that should be recognized. As always, any feedback on what you think should or shouldn't be included in my revision would be greatly appreciated. Hmccann (talk) 22:30, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

Proposed article on female education in south Sudan

I am currently a student at Rice University in the program for Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities. I am seeking to create a new article discussing female education in south Sudan. The only information available at the present on Wikipedia are small snippets from several different pages related to Sudan, but there is no focus on the gender disparity in education. This issue has gained a good deal of international attention from the United Nations and NGOs in recent years, and it would be beneficial to have a page dedicated to this topic, so that interested parties could access all relevant information in a single place. If there is anyone who is interested in this issue and would like to provide feedback, please contact me through my talk page.

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WikiProject Globalization, with assistance from Outlines WikiProject, has drafted an Outline of globalization. We welcome your input, additions, and comments. Meclee (talk) 16:55, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Requested move notification

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Diarrhea in Developing Regions

Hello Wikipedia, My name is Jordan, I am an undergraduate at Rice University, and I am here to propose the writing of a new Wikipedia article on Diarrhea in Developing Regions. Diarrheal diseases are among the most prolific in the world, accounting for a significant fraction of all infections, as well as a massive number of child mortalities. Given that children with diarrhea are significantly more likely to die, most within the first two years of life, Diarrheal diseases are a serious threat to the livelihood of children globally. Clearly, diarrheal disease is a significant issue in developing regions, and I hope to use this Wikipedia entry to outline the impacts of diarrheal disease, elucidate the primary causes of the issue (usually linking back to poverty and limited access to vital resources and human capabilities) and finally discuss both potential solutions and those that have already been implemented in these at-risk regions. I will draw my information from a variety of academic sources, mainly from journal articles, but also from information and data made available by some of the major organizations interested in this topic such as the CDC, and WHO. Though a page already exists on the topic of Diarrhea, it approaches the topic from a highly scientific/medical perspective which is incompatible with my approach and proposed writing on this topic, which will take a point of view more oriented around the concepts of poverty, justice and human capabilities. Another related page, Diseases of poverty, already exists, however this article approaches a number of different diseases with depth; if I were to add to this page, my content would dramatically outweigh the content on any other disease. Instead of extending on these pages, I propose the development of a new page on the topic of Diarrhea in Developing Regions, which will focus on the topics I outlined above. In order to supplement the existing articles, I plan to add small sections to these pages with a brief summary of the information that will be present on the proposed page, and add links between these three pages. Any comments, questions, or suggestions that I can use to improve my work are greatly appreciated! -- Best, Jpoles1 (talk) 20:46, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

Education and Poverty Reduction

I'm a Rice University student looking to expand the section in Poverty reduction on education as well as to create a new page detailing the relationship between poverty reduction and education. Specifically, I will be working with the section The role of education and skillbuilding as precursors to economic development. The plan is to break off the section on microfinance into a separate section and replace the first paragraph with an overview of the how education plays a role in poverty reduction. This section will then link to a full article detailing some of the research regarding education's effect on poverty reduction. The Poverty Reduction article seems to have relatively little activity and the paragraph I am replacing is unsourced, so I don't think I'll be interfering with anyone's work. I'm mainly looking to see if anyone has any advice on how to construct the new article and particularly what a good title for it would be. See my sandbox for a tentative outline of the article. I'd also be interested to know what people's thoughts are on the scope of it, and whether it is wise to create an article so broad or if I should break it down into smaller articles. My thought is that this seems to be an important topic to cover and at least start an article for, even though I might not be able to address every relevant area of the topic. Bwl5 (talk) 22:41, 8 October 2013 (UTC)

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Planned Article: Autism in Developing Nations

I am a student at Rice University and I am planning on contributing an article on autism in developing nations. This contribution is planned in collaboration with my Human Development in Global and Local Communities course as part of my minor. Currently there is a wealth of information about autism in the West, but there is hardly any information about developmental disorders in developing nations at all on Wikipedia. I believe that leaving this information out of Wikipedia means ignoring a vast number of children in the world who have autism. The information in my article will help to equalize information presented about autism from a cursory Internet search by explaining that people with autism exist in more places than only westernized nations. Diagnosis, treatment, and perceptions about autism are very different in developing nations than in the west, and I plan on explaining these differences based on scholarly research. I will focus on different areas of development, including Africa, South America, and Asia. Finally, I will explain the challenges that researchers often face when studying autism in developing nations. This article relates to international development because recognizing developmental disorders is crucial for the wellbeing of children, which in turn can contribute to the wellbeing and development of a nation. Any input or suggestions will be extremely welcome as I embark on this project! Allisonshields (talk) 04:47, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

CfD discussion for societies and cultures

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

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)

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Requests for Smile Train article

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