New Internationalist

Articles by Maggie Black

Why don’t they go and look?

Forget number-crunching; development workers need to get out into the field to understand poverty, writes Maggie Black

  • February 22, 2016
  • 1

Brash, flash and too much flesh

At a school Christmas show, Maggie Black worries that things have gone too far.

  • December 19, 2015
  • 4

How to defend the United Nations?

After weathering decades of diplomatic storms, many wonder if the international organization can still be reformed, writes Maggie Black.

  • November 23, 2015
  • 1

A Nobel for economic measurement

There are limits to what measuring poverty can do, argues Maggie Black.

  • October 27, 2015
  • 1

I wish people understood ‘aid’ better

This week the British government announced that it was ending official aid to India. This is a mistake, argues Maggie Black.

  • October 13, 2015
  • 2

Calling time on the MDGs

No development process succeeds without the participation of those it targets, argues Maggie Black.

  • September 1, 2015
  • 1

I was a child soldier for Uganda's President

Thirty years since the recently re-elected Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni abducted him as a child soldier, Kassim Kiggundu tells his story of suffering, exploitation and betrayal.

  • June 3, 2011
  • 2

We need to talk about... toilets

2008 is the International Year of Sanitation. Or, asks Maggie Black, is it the International Year of Silence and Embarrassment?

  • August 1, 2008
  • 0


Somalia is the ultimate in ‘imagined communities’, the failed state whose fissiparous character is unique even in today’s splintered world. Situated in the dusty Horn of Africa, this is a country whose Transitional Federal Government (TFG) exists only cour

  • July 1, 2005
  • 0

Somalia: The Untold Story. The war through the eyes of Somali women

Somalia: The Untold Story edited by Judith Gardner and Judy El Bushra

  • August 1, 2004
  • 0

Closing the loop

Maggie Black talks dirty with a group of sanitation experts in a Chinese hotel and sees a green future for the humble loo.

  • March 1, 2003
  • 0

Narmada river rising

Dam-resisters watch as their villages flood.

  • October 1, 2002
  • 0

At the end of the line

The Sardar Sarovar dam is supposed to end water scarcity in drought-stricken Saurashtra and Kutch. Who is fooling whom? Fifth and final stop.

  • July 1, 2001
  • 0

African Routes

Does Africa’s transport future lie with the motor vehicle? Maggie Black argues for the combustion engine.

  • October 1, 1980
  • 0

Small, gifted... and they work

Some of developments most encouraging success stories are relatively small-scale. But they succeed because they involve people and because they are highly practical. MARCUS THOMPSON looks at a project in India and MAGGIE BLACK visits one in Kenya.

  • October 1, 1979
  • 0

The Search for Success

Is there any such thing as successful development, and who should define it? MAGGIE BLACK describes the search, details some of the obstacles and comes through breathless but optimistic.

  • October 1, 1979
  • 0

Waking up to women

The notion of integrating women into development has become a cliché, monotonously repeated at every international gathering since the 1975 Women’s Conference in Mexico. But what, if anything, does it mean? And what should it mean? By Maggie Black.

  • October 1, 1977
  • 0

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