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Developing Countries

This Invention That Uses Aquarium Pumps Could Save 178,000 Babies Each Year

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world. In an effort to battle the high cost of medical...

Impact Evaluation: A Woman's Best Friend?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Since the early 1900s, the world celebrates International Women's Day each March. In the earlier years, there was not much to "celebrate." Today, there is. The past three decades have witnessed real progress towards gender equity.

America May Finally Be Becoming a Developed Nation

Marten Weber | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Marten Weber

The greatest nation on earth leaves its own citizens to die because of corporate greed, faulty laws, and lack of compassion. The greatest nation on earth leaves a large portion of its population without access to even a basic standard of living.

Democracies Don't Dazzle

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

As developing economies developed, their process of democratization seemed inevitable. Indeed many western scholars believed that the process democratization was a given natural development for any state.

Can Obesity and Malnutrition Co-Exist? The Propagation of Fast Food in Developing Countries

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Herrera

Fast food companies are rapidly expanding from the Western world because of what they call "saturated markets." I'd say what they are really up against are "educated markets," and it's paramount that our educated awareness spread globally.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...

Educational Opportunities, or Lack Thereof, Across the Globe

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Jared Bernstein

Access to decent education, starting with preschool, remains a significant challenge even here in wealthy America, and of course far more so in less developed countries. Many of the world's kids will apparently tell you so.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

Lauren Lyons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Lauren Lyons

Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.

8 Ways to be an Informed Giver: Tips from Nonprofit Director Rodney McDonald

Joshua Berman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Joshua Berman

How do you know -- without a doubt -- that your donation is going to the right cause?

This Time We Must All Be Filipino

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

What can I write in its aftermath that could help ease their agony? What can I possibly say that might lighten their load? Following my visit to Tacloban and surrounding areas, I know that there are no words that will alleviate their suffering; no literary unction that will sooth their pain.

Why Can't We Innovate Our Way Out of Poverty?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Can governments do anything to make their people more innovative? And, if they cannot, are we saying that those middle-income countries who fail to climb the technological ladder are "trapped" forever?

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of American disengagement....

The Mariotti Interview: Howard G. Buffett Finds Hope in a Hungry World

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Last week, I reviewed my friend Howard G. Buffett's new book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. After reading it, I felt much more hopeful that we really can solve the problem of world hunger. I also had questions, which Howie has answered in detail.

New Strategies to End Hunger: Howard Buffett's 40 Chances: Hope for a Hungry World

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

My friendship with Warren Buffett's son Howard G. Buffett goes back to 1991, when I met him through philanthropist Ray Chambers at a youth mentoring m...

Crash Course

Adam C. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Adam C. Levine

According to the World Health Organization, nearly one in ten deaths worldwide are due to injuries, which now kill more than 5 million people each day -- more than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined.

Can E-Money Do to Banks What Amazon Did to Booksellers?

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Tilman Ehrbeck

When people trust digital means of payment people start going "cash-lite." That's why mobile money is spreading in a number of developing economies, and why 40 percent of Americans now typically carry less than $20 cash in their wallets.

A Picture of (Mental) Health

Meredith Perry | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Meredith Perry

Calling all problem solvers: Mental health services are unrecognized and underutilized in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). An open innovation challenge seeks to change this.

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

We Can Read, But Are We Financially Literate?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Stephen P. Groff

There's no question that financial illiteracy in advanced economies -- and the lack of consumer protection for those who suffered -- contributed to the global financial crisis. But what about Asian economies?

The Astounding Impact Of Innovative Technology In The Developing World

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Rev. Larry Hollon

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgRemarkable new information technologies are unlocking the potential of developing countries in ways that are not only empowering, but revolutionary. As new innovations and new possibilities continue to be presented, the digital future is becoming the digital present.

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.