Blogs Label: Stories from the field

Re-designing Public Space through Minecraft

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Have you ever played Minecraft? It’s a sandbox video game (i.e. a game that generally employs an open world setting to facilitate the player's freedom of choice). It was created by Markus Persson and developed and published by Mojang. Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has become a global sensation, captivating a generation of children and youths.

Bangladesh Looking Beyond the Horizon

Stories from the field Author: Saleemul Huq

A recent development has been the initiation of several new longer term “horizon plans” under the General Economics Division (GED), Bangladesh. The country continues to improve its planning. The prime minister has asked GED to prepare a 2041 Perspective Plan to mark Bangladesh's 70 years as an independent country.

Tea, haircuts and fish bones: Letting the light into Pakistan

Stories from the field Author: Zofeen Ebrahim

For nearly a decade, chronic power shortages have hobbled Pakistan's economy. According to the World Bank, there are 144 million people without electricity or who endure lengthy blackouts. Now, while the government is investing heavily in coal, private investors are exploring renewable energy.

The Long Road to Equality for the Women Fishers of Demak, Indonesia

Stories from the field Author: Nuswantoro

Since June 2017, a group of women fishers in Central Java had gone back and forth to the village administration office. They have been fighting for their right to be acknowledged as being fishers. Then they will be able to get insurance that covers any accident resulting from fishery activities, provided by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs Indonesia.

Gangtok Gears Up to be Zero-Waste City

Stories from the field Author: Farraz Theda

A small city in the northern part of India doesn’t have a landfill site. While the Government has made significant decisions to ban the use of polystyrene disposable cutlery and plastic bottled water, the implementation is still facing huge challenges. They admit that as a small city, they need more opportunity to access the latest technology and funding.