Happy New Year From Development in Action!

As 2014 draws to a close we take a look back at the most popular* articles from 2014.

In reverse order:

5) Corruption, controversy and ballooning costs: the dark side of the Olympics

Ever wondered how huge sporting events like the Olympics impact the communities that host them? Connie Fisher provides answers in this insightful article where she tracks the damage done to both infrastructure investment and individuals.   

4) The state of homelessness in France: a British perspective

Ruth Mattock gives a first-hand perspective on homelessness in Paris.  She also compares and contrasts the attitudes that prevail in Paris and Britain, which then affect how homelessness is perceived and tackled.

3) Power Africa: the ethics of electrification

Hypocrisy or a positive step forward? June Sun examines the actions of the United States encouraging and funding the use of renewable energies in Africa while remaining addicted to fossil fuels.

2) Aid to Somerset: Can we do better than comparing vulnerable populations

Richard Moran asks whether we need to continue to worry about ‘charity beginning at home.’ He also problematises how comparing needs can give value to some individuals over others, and the moves that can address and prevent this.

1) Every child in school: how Westernised education is shrinking knowledge in the 21st century

The most read article on the Development in Action blog for 2014 is Louisa Jones’ discussion of the homogenizing force of western style education. In her succinct yet sharp analysis, she asks whether it is possible to learn from Canadian schools, which are designed to protect indigenous knowledge, thus allowing for cultural variations and equality.

*These are based on the number of views that articles published in 2014 have had over the year. Tell us your favourite article in the comments section below!

Looking forward to 2015

This coming year on the Development in Action Blog will contain our contributors’ thoughts, comments and analysis of a range of topics concerning development and global citizenship. These include:

  • The culmination of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the creation of the post-2015 development agenda
  • The UK General Election
  • The 2015 UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris

We will also be bringing you articles about the work Development in Action does, with participants’  thoughts on our UK school based citizenship workshops, and internship placements in India.

Thank you for reading in 2014, and we hope you continue to move forward with us in 2015.  Join us this year with a new article every Tuesday and Thursday!


The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Development in Action.

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