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Developing Countries

Five Ways to Stop the Threat to Global Health From Climate Change

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Jeremy Leggett

The advent of a strong voice from the medical profession, in the push for a meaningful climate treaty at the Paris Climate Summit in December, is hugely welcome. It is part of a multi-sectoral mobilisation that is offering increasing hope around the world that humankind can see off the climate-change threat, and spin its collective response into a global renaissance.

Lynne Peeples

Industry Is Still Making Toxic Lead Paint, And Feds Seem Cool With It

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green

One of the world's largest paint manufacturers continues to add a toxic heavy metal to products it sells outside the U.S., mostly in poor countries, d...

Piketty, Stiglitz and Our Renewed Interest in Inequality

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Marcelo Giugale

The study of inequality has been going on forever. To give you an idea, the index used to measure how unequal the distribution of income is -- the "Gini Coefficient" -- was invented a century ago. So, why the sudden interest? Why worry now about something that has been the fodder of academics, politicians, and the media for so long?

The 8 Hardest Places in the World to Visit

Thrillist | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Some countries in the world are difficult to visit because they're waaaaay off the beaten path, while others are tough because they just don't like you. Or at least, don't want you there. And these eight strongholds -- well, they're a combination of both.

Formally Mapping Informality

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

One of the most valuable results of mapping informal settlements is highlighting that many self-built houses in the settlements are just as old as the city's first skyscrapers.

Rural Housewives In Developing Countries Called On To Help Bring Clean Water To Communities

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rural housewives in countries such as India and Bangladesh, where g...

Jonathan Cohn

More People In The Developing World Are Getting Bank Accounts, But There's An Asterisk On That Progress

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Poverty in the developing world can seem utterly intractable -- such a big problem, and so hard to address, that it’s not even worth trying. But a n...

One Picture Is Worth Far More Than 1000 Words

Nathaniel Mueller | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Nathaniel Mueller

Every time I travel I am reminded of a sentence I wrote in my journal the first time I went to Africa. "Never underestimate the power of people who have nothing to teach you all you need to know about everything that matters." This empty classroom, full of lessons and hope powerfully whispered the same.

Why Are Businesses Shifting Focus to Emerging Markets?

Kian Moini | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

In 2013, McKinsey & Company predicted that by 2025 almost 230 Fortune Global 500 companies would be based in cities in the emerging markets. Whilst I can't yet comment on whether this prediction is likely to come true, it is interesting to look at how companies are shifting their focus to these developing countries.

4 Weird Facts About The World's Most Obscure Countries

Thrillist | Posted 04.06.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Did you know that there's a country with Star Wars characters on its official currency? Or another that didn't celebrate the millennium until 2007? The world is indeed a crazy place, but even we didn't realize just how strange things could get.

Partnering Across Public and Private Sectors to Beat TB in India

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Every year, nine million people contract tuberculosis (TB). If it takes you five minutes to read this article, 81 people will have contracted TB by the time you finish.

When School Is Not Enough: Four Alternative Education Programs That Meet Youths' Needs

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Girls raised in Mumbai's brothels deal not only with challenging living conditions but also with physical, mental, and sexual violence. Several NGOs provide education and skills training to the children to try to break the cycle of prostitution, but few have their sights set beyond traditional work.

Why The World Should Know The Names of These 5 Women In STEM

Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact

In 2011, women made up only one quarter of the American workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and their presence in co...

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

Rising Government Debt and the Next Global Recession

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

The recently released report from the McKinsey Global Institute on global debt is an important, and sobering, look at how little the world appears to have learned from the Global Recession, and just how dangerous levels of sovereign and consumer debt have become in the interim.

Social Entrepreneurship: The Way to Public Sector Efficiency May Be Through Private Sector Insights

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

The public sector suffers from a serious lack of any similar feedback mechanism. There are no quick metrics available that will assist in implementation.

Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

How To Bring Healthcare Technologies To The Developing World

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living

UNICEF's Innovation Unit works on creating inventive technologies and practices to enhance the organization's mission, but with such high costs, it ca...

An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder

Victoria Arch | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Victoria Arch

What is the role of the solar lantern in energy access? In July of last year, I attended an Engineering for Change Webinar called "Off Grid Technology...

Against Odds, Nigerian Artists Make It Happen

Ruthie Abel | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

While somewhat distanced from the country's worst violence, with daily power cuts and nearly half of the population living below the national poverty line, Lagos is by no means a simple place to make or experience art.

Teaching Scientists in Developing Countries to Write

Ben Barber | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Ben Barber

Kenyan scientist Faridah Hussein Were found it tough to publish her research in top journals until she took a new course designed by AuthorAID and Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth that taught her how to write for international journals.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 02.15.2015 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

Inequalities and Exclusion of the Poor in the Global South: Four Cities Fight Back Through Aggressive Land Policy

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

While the goals of neighborhood revitalization are generally positive, if a government fails to actively incorporate policies that guarantee affordable housing and public spaces, revitalization becomes a euphemism for gentrification and exclusion of the poor.

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

The Climate Change Conundrum: Light at the End of the Smog?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

You probably have heard this line before many times: "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe". But on matters of climate change, H. G. Wells' famous quote is never more apt.