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Developing Countries

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 | 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

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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | Travel

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.