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October 1979's Issue

Radical’ governments brought to power on the crest of a wave of egalitarian enthusiasm often find that all they have to redistribute is poverty. So where is development’s brighter side? This issue of New Internationalist focuses on attempts by ordinary people, by the poor and the not-so-poor, to change the structure of the world around them. There is no status quo that people cannot change when it ceases to serve their interests.

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Successful Developments in the Third World - The Facts

A survey of the substantial progress by the Third World in the education, the health and the life expectancy of its people.

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.

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.

Development's brighter side

As never before, 800 million people today have nothing to lose but their chains and a world to win.

All change: two successful revolutions

This year two apparently firmly-rooted dictatorships has been overthrown by popular movements, one in Iran, the other in Nicaragua. Reports on: THE SANDINISTAS by EDUARDO CRAWLEY and IRAN by VAHE PETROSSIAN

famille et developpement - real people, real information

STEWART McBRIDE reports on FAMILLE ET DEVEL­OPPEMENT, a new magazine backed by the Canadian International Development Research Centre.

RIUS: Method in his madness

‘I want to read and write,’ a Brazilian peasant once said, so that I can stop being the shadow of other people.’ Communication is essential to self-education and self-reliance. PETER STALKER profiles RIUS, a radical Mexican cartoonist.

Whose World is the World?

A poster set, published by Poster-Film Collective

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Up With People

by Alf McCreary

Oil and World Power

by Peter R. Odell

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Canadians for Nicaragua

by Roger Rolfe

Student Unrest

by Dexter Tiranti

Plain tales of development

Success, like beauty is in eyes of the beholder. Three very different countries who can claim some measure of success are looked at by three very different correspondents: LAOS by a special correspon­dent, CUBA by RONALD BUCHANAN, TAIWAN by RICHARD HANSON

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In the January-February 2017 issue of New Internationalist Chris Brazier completes a unique journalistic project by returning to the village in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, that he first visited in 1985 while making a film.

He visited in 1995 and 2005 to report on changes in the lives of individuals and on the progress of development in the community. The previous magazines have offered an intriguing insight into the lives of people battling against poverty and have reported on substantial positive changes in the life of the community – from the opening of a health centre and a primary school in the village to the first appearance of mobile phones.

Have the past 11 years of change brought further progress? And are the individuals that we have tracked over the three decades still healthy and happy?

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