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Let there be light

February 28, 2015

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Waking up in India is not like waking up anywhere else. There’s the sound of the rickshaw bell – a flustered brrrring – as it hurtles past your window. There’s the smell of tea, steeped in spices and milk, drifting in from the room next door. There’s the golden light that is unique to South […]

Green Tea And Honey With Muhammad Yunus

December 15, 2014

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If you’re passionate about ending poverty, then you might have heard of Professor Muhammad Yunus. He is the founder of the Grameen Bank, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and the 1998 Sydney Peace Prize. But more importantly, he is a pioneer of microfinance who is now helping over seven million Bangladeshi women leave […]

Water, water everywhere

March 1, 2014

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Here in Australia, the government and newspapers are just waking up to another drought. Farmers have been watching the edges of their soil crack and wrinkle for months, wringing their hands in the wait for some decent rain. But now the headlines have assured the rest of us it’s real, and so the politicians are […]

Being happy in Bhutan

March 4, 2013

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This week the Himalayan nation of Bhutan – usually a place that ducks from attention though it is located on the roof of the world – made headlines. The small kingdom of 1.2 million people made an announcement that they would become the first wholly organic country in the world by banning the sale of […]

From One Table To Another: Eating in Bangladesh And Australia

October 29, 2012

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This is a cross-post with Oxfam’s Food Rights blog. Find out more about GROW here. There’s nothing quite like a plate of fuchka to satisfy a hungry appetite. Over the weekend, I found myself savouring those delicious explosions of coriander, chilli and chickpea flavours for the first time in months. But I wasn’t sitting on […]

Dreams and memories: Bangladesh in 2021

December 21, 2011

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Almost six months ago I watched the landscape of Bangladesh unfold beneath my plane for the very first time. As the huddled lights of Dhaka city glimmered below me, my mind pounded with questions about the things I would find in those dimly-lit streets. I am new here, and I am still, in so many […]

Hungry for something more…

December 2, 2011

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One month ago, a child was born in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. It would normally be an inconsequential event – babies are born all the time, especially in a country with more than 155 million people. But this baby was born on the same day the United Nations Population Fund announced that the world […]