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What would a sustainable city look like?

On Thursday, India announced the first 20 cities to receive funding to become 'Smart Cities'. It's a high profile mission to modernise and transform urban infrastructure, especially using digital technologies like sensor networks and data centres.

31 January 2016

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The dark side of digital development

IDS's Digital Cluster leader, Ben Ramalingam highlights the downsides of digital development and suggests two possible solutions, drawing on various movements underway in the wider realm of digital ethics and accountability.

28 January 2016

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Why tractors are political in Africa

In May last year, the long-awaited tractors from Brazil arrived in Zimbabwe. There was a bizarre handing over ceremony at Harare showgrounds, with the tractors all lined up and the President was there to receive them.

25 January 2016