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Developing Countries

Design Also Matters to People in the Developing World!

Soren Petersen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Soren Petersen

Wash, dry and carry kit for sanitary pads, by Sohyun Kim, Tanjana Vasily and Mariko Iwai Design driven new entrepreneurial ventures promise a reinv...

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries and emerging market economies have benefited from opportunities to transfer technology from abroad and to undergo domestic structural transformation via trade integration.

Solar: The Catalyst for Economic Growth and Improved Health in the World's Most Rural Locations

Cathy Zoi | Posted 01.10.2016 | Green
Cathy Zoi

Late last year my colleagues and I visited a remote village in rural Rajasthan, India. We were greeted by village leaders offering fresh flower garland necklaces while a joyous collection of enthusiastic, young boys beat drums and tins of all sizes in the background.

Securing Green Finance for Developing Countries

Yvo de Boer | Posted 12.23.2015 | Green
Yvo de Boer

The Paris climate change conference was a great success for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in many ways, bringing new opportunities goin...

After Paris, Developing Nations Are Charting a Path to Green Growth. That's Historic.

Yvo de Boer | Posted 12.22.2015 | World
Yvo de Boer

SEOUL -- Today, China has not only committed to capping emissions by 2030 and has invested more than $80 billion in renewable energy initiatives; it is expected after Paris to roll out its most far-reaching national plan for mitigating climate change, including a potential carbon tax as well as national emissions-trading schemes.

Bus Musings, Part II

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
Lucas Spangher

Dust rolled around the roadside concession shack as we stood, drinking chai tea. The shack had all the similar characteristics of many working class...

Ketamine, global health, and why China's push to pass international legislation will endanger millions of patients

WFSA | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
WFSA

On 9th-11th December 2015 the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) will meet in Vienna to discuss changes to the scope of control of subs...

SMEs Finance Leapfrogs through Fintech Innovations

Gloria Grandolini | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Gloria Grandolini

The World Bank Group, together with the SME Finance Forum and the G20, drafted the SME Action Plan on Financial Infrastructure on lowering barriers to SME financing. The proposed reforms aim to bring countries closer to international best practices by supporting modern and efficient lending.

The New Millennial Opportunity: Doing Good is Good for Business

Mikkel Vestergaard | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Mikkel Vestergaard

There are so many opportunities for technological innovation to drive global development. The ability to collect and analyze data, made possible by the digital age, can transform how diseases are monitored and treated.

The Richer Poverty Line

Magdy Martínez-Solimán | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Magdy Martínez-Solimán

While the new international poverty line does not mean much change in poverty incidence either globally or at the regional level, it does imply major changes in poverty for some countries.

Andrew Carnegie 2.0

Vicki Cobb | Posted 10.05.2015 | Education
Vicki Cobb

One hundred years ago, Andrew Carnegie made the gift of literacy to more than 3,500 communities across the United States through his endowment of publ...

Why Is Financial Inclusion so High on the Development Agenda?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

In the sustainable development priorities for the next 15 years adopted by heads of states in New York this week, the United Nations has highlighted financial inclusion as an important enabler for poorer households in the informal economies of the global south to increase resilience and better capture opportunities.

Watching Scott Walker's Wisconsin and Nicaragua Converge

Douglas Haynes | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Douglas Haynes

Comparing Wisconsin and Nicaragua reveals that distinguishing between developed and developing countries is becoming less useful. As poverty grows in places like Wisconsin, poor communities around the world gain more in common with each other.

The Fed's Decision And The Developing Countries

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Will those edgy portfolio investors stampede indiscriminately out of--and wreak havoc among--middle- and low-income countries if the Fed lifts interest rates this September, for the first time in almost a decade?

Build It and Growth Will Come

Dimitris Tsitsiragos | Posted 09.14.2015 | Impact
Dimitris Tsitsiragos

The world's developing countries need to channel at least another $1 trillion a year into infrastructure development. But with many governments around the world facing fiscal constraints, where will that money come from?

Ashley Judd: It's Time to Treat Gender-Based Violence as a Health Issue

Aspen Institute | Posted 09.13.2015 | Impact
Aspen Institute

We know that globally, one in three women will be coerced into sex, beaten, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In most cases, the perpetrator is someone she knows, such as her husband, boyfriend, or mother-in-law.

The Devaluation of the ¥uan (元 角 分) and the Impact on Markets

Thanos Niforos | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
Thanos Niforos

The Central Bank of China moved last week the decision to devalue the country's currency, the yuan, leading to a three-year low against the dollar. The cause of the devaluation was the slowdown in growth of the Chinese economy to 7 percent in the first two quarters of 2015.

Impact Investing Could Help Developing Countries Tackle Food Security, Climate Change

The Guardian | Lavanya Hinduja | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact

Developing nations need trillions of dollars a year to tackle issues like food security, climate change risks and basic infrastructure. But foreign in...

Progress -- for a New Wave of Growth

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

Demographics and the anticipated rise of a middle class in developing economies do not seem to unlock much growth potential in the short term. Hence, we should not look for more of the same, but for what could be truly new.

What's the Future of Development?

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 07.17.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

I am closely following the UN Conference on Financing for Development happening now in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and I am thinking of the potentialities and the (hopeful) opportunities that a conference of this caliber can have on a global scale, making a meaningful impact on the lives of millions of people in developing countries.

Malnutrition Rates Are Up Worldwide. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living

Seventy percent of the world's population is expected to live in a city by 2050, according to a University Of Minnesota study. But with urbanization ...

Refugee World

John Feffer | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
John Feffer

Many of our post-apocalyptic stories -- Mad Max, The Road, World War Z -- feature desperate people on the move in a friendless and resource-poor environment. That's "reality" at the Cineplex. Unfortunately, it looks a lot like the reality of a refugee.

When it Comes to Fiscal Policy, It's Better to Save for a Rainy Day Than to Let it Pour

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While pro-cyclical fiscal policies -- ie. expansionary fiscal policies in booms and contractionary fiscal stances in downturns -- remain a common feature among developing countries, some countries have recently moved toward a less pro-cyclical fiscal stance, as a result of stronger institutions.

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?