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Developing Countries

Environmental Justice Knows No Borders

Nathalie Cely | Posted 10.12.2013 | World
Nathalie Cely

Billions of gallons of toxic sludge -- far in excess of the amount of oil spilled at the BP Gulf disaster -- polluted our lands, communities, and rainforests. The people of Ecuador, primarily poor indigenous communities, suffered for years, and in many cases have still yet to recover.

How Teen's Text Habits Are Helping Moms In Need

Andreea Nica | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Andreea Nica

25,000 Women is uniquely positioned to educate and reward participants through empowering women in developing countries. The campaign is targeted at young people (teens) and involves a text-message based game.

The Economics of Corruption

Anuraag Girdhar | Posted 09.11.2013 | College
Anuraag Girdhar

These academics are part of one the latest trends in economics: forensic economics. Forensic? Are we going to be seeing Paul Krugman on the next episode of CSI? Forensic economics seeks to use economic tools to detect and describe hidden, sometimes illicit behavior.

The Key to Social and Economic Development? Broadband Adoption

Robert Pepper | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Robert Pepper

Two Asian nations -- Korea and Singapore -- have managed to leapfrog multiple stages of economic development and have transformed into economic miracles. This comes as no accident, in part, because both have taken a planned approach to technological development, starting with national broadband plans, which has led to increased broadband adoption, and successive waves of economic growth.

Global Outlook -- Still Three Speeds, But Slower

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

After years of strong growth, the BRICS in particular are beginning to run into speed bumps. This means that the focus of policies will increasingly need to turn to boosting potential output growth or, in the case of China, to achieving more sustainable and balanced growth.

Why the G8 'Commitments' Lacked Measurable Actions

John Ruthrauff | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

Civil society organizations should exert pressure on the G8 -- as well as the other G20 countries -- to take more concrete steps to address financial corruption, which is robbing both developing and developed countries of essential tax income.

Asia's Cooperation Insufficient

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Breaking down barriers to doing business across borders in Asia -- economic integration -- continues to deepen on its own. The problem is that economic cooperation between governments has struggled to keep up.

Lead Poisoning Linked to Violence

Ben Barber | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Ben Barber

Some 30 years ago, scientists in Boston discovered that children exposed to lead from gasoline exhausts, dust and paint became impulsive, aggressive a...

How Exactly Is a Girl Empowered by Sport?

Women Win | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Women Win

When provided with the opportunity, we know that girls can significantly benefit from the economic, emotional and physical self-determination that an intentionally-crafted sport for development program can offer.

Can a Cell Phone Save a Mom's Life?

Randi Zuckerberg | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Randi Zuckerberg

While the time saving benefits of smartphones are often cited, we rarely think about the life saving benefits. But for women in developing nations, access to a smartphone can make the difference between life and death during childbirth.

Rick Perry's Believe It or Not!: What Texas Could Learn From Bangladesh

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Unlike Bangladesh, Texas is already extremely wealthy and can afford to adopt a more balanced and humanitarian approach to economic growth. Instead, the former seems to be modernizing while Governor Perry pushes his state towards an unreasonably purist form of capitalism.

A Fistula-Free Generation Is Achievable in Our Lifetime

Pamela Barnes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

May is the month when we celebrate our mothers. For Fatoumata, a mother in Guinea, she is celebrating a brand new life. Recently, she was lifted from ...

What on Earth Are 'Commodity Super-Cycles' and Why Do They Matter?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whatever happens to the price of those commodities matters a great deal for development and, even more, for the war on poverty. The problem is that those prices are famously volatile.

Lucia Graves

Does Climate Change Drive Prostitution? (Made You Click)

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

The Internets were abuzz this week with tales of how Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), that notorious Berkeley liberal, introduced a resolution claiming th...

Americans' Misperceptions About Assistance to Developing Countries

Anne Goddard | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Our government's assistance to foreign countries is an easy target, susceptible to the budget knife, especially given misperceptions about its value and the fact that there is no natural domestic constituency advocating for it.

Empowering Change for Adolescents around the World

Pamela Barnes | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Pamela Barnes

Recently, I toured a health clinic in India and met a girl named Anju. Anju's family is poor. They live far away in a remote village that has no running water or health care. Although Anju is only 14, her parents expect her to marry and start having children soon.

The Eyes of Millions of Children Are on Washington this Week

Ray Chambers | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

A debate has emerged around where developing countries should invest their resources, including the funding they receive from entities like the World Bank. Should they invest in "infrastructure," or in more "human development" -- such as health, nutrition, and education?

Youth for Technology Foundation: Reinvigorating Rural Communities through Reverse Migration & Youth Empowerment

Pro Journo | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

When Njideka Harry answers the phone, her voice is warm and smooth. As she begins to tell me about the foundation she started twelve years ago, her tone conveys both humility and confidence.

What's the Future of Foreign Aid?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The real change in -- and the future of -- development assistance is not coming from its traditional donors but from its recipients.

Disruptive Difference: World Education Leaders Unite At Global Education and Skills Forum

Vikas Pota | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

As a professional conference go-er, the Global Education & Skills Forum reminded me very much of the World Economic Forum's Annual Summit in Davos for its professionalism, and high caliber of delegates.

The Growing Need for Local-Living Communities

David Norman | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
David Norman

By serving the local communities, creating wealth and facilitating education, we can tackle the problem at its heart and provide a simple solution to a growing global concern.

Bill Gates Sees Veggie Burgers in Your Future

Josh Tetrick | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

"We need to start thinking about the future of food if we are going to feed 9 billion people in a way that does not destroy our environment." -- Bill ...

Girls Rising

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Nicholas

If religion is just a scapegoat, who has the power to use it that way? Are those people keeping their girls down because they don't think girls could meaningfully contribute, because they're afraid of the competition, because they don't know who would take care of their children?

UN Appoints Special Envoy For Health MDGs

Posted 03.01.2013 | Impact

Ray Chambers was appointed today by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as the Special Envoy for Financing of the Health Related Millennium Development G...

Can Governments Create Industries?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

It is an old debate. Back in the '50s and '60s, from Asia to Latin-America, an idea caught fire among development economists: governments should try to create industries.