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When news stories emerge from countries, such as South Africa or the Democratic Republic of the Congo, chances are they’re a variation of a theme.
Mining strikes and police clashes, resulting in deaths. The plight of the child soldier.
But John Kaethler, an organizer of Brock’s edition of International Development Week, says there’s more to these nations and their people than the negative headlines.
“If you go to these countries, there are many more positive things happening,” Kaethler said. “News is the negative things. It’s the school that burned down but not the school that opened, so you get a biased view of that part of the world.”
Enter International Development Week, an annual series of workshops, seminars and guest lectures dedicated to drawing attention to all the good happening in what’s known as the majority south or developing countries across the globe.