iOS app Android app

Developing Countries

Will You Join Our Conversation on Women's and Children's Health?

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.05.2012 | Women
Melinda Gates

As I reflect back on what I learned this year about the progress and the challenges in women's and children's health, I'm struck by the fact that we don't need to wait for the solutions. We have them.

Income Inequality Rising In Most Wealthy Countries: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.05.2011 | Business

Scales continue to tip in the rich's favor the world around. Income inequality -- the gap between a society's richest members and its poorest -- i...

SLIDESHOW: When I Grow Up…Big Dreams From Kids In Developing Nations vs. Kids In U.S.

Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact

To find out what kids around the world dream of when it comes to pursuing the best life they can imagine, the ChildFund Alliance surveyed 5,100 childr...

More Than Good Intentions: Making Development Assistance Work

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Is aid worth it? Does it make a positive difference in the lives of poor people in developing countries? Or is it merely lining the pockets of corrupt officials at a time when more and more western taxpayers are struggling to make ends meet?

In Climate Debate, Governments Consider New Definitions Of Rich And Poor

AP | By ARTHUR MAX | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business

JOHANNESBURG -- As delegates gather in South Africa to plot the next big push against climate change, Western governments are saying it's time to move...

Trade and Public Health: a Decade of Double Standards

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

Today, the U.S. government is using negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to demand aggressive intellectual property provisions that undermine the Doha Declaration and the safeguarding of public health. These harmful provisions must be removed.

Winners, Losers and the Beauty of Impact Analysis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.16.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Whether reforms follow or not, the uncovering the true meaning of what our leaders do, has irresistible appeal in-and-of itself. No wonder impact analysis has become almost an academic obsession to the new generation of economists.

The Artificial Imposition of Poverty

James Peron | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
James Peron

These were not people born to be poor, nor did they earn their own poverty through choices they made. Poverty was imposed on them by the governments that ruled them. That they were able to produce anything at all is a testament to their industriousness.

World Pneumonia Day -- Celebrating Interventions That Save Lives

Melinda Gates | Posted 01.14.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

A report released this week from Johns Hopkins University examines progress on several interventions in the 15 countries with the most child pneumonia deaths.

Scaling Impact to Save Lives

Melinda Gates | Posted 01.02.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

2011-11-02-Screenshot20111102at12.18.34PM.jpg The fact that almost 8 million children still die each year highlights the tremendous amount of work that lies ahead. How will we continue to bring this number down?

Yes, They Can: How Emerging Economies Are Building Universal Health Coverage

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Marcelo Giugale

While the debate rages in rich nations, successful developing countries like Brazil, Chile, China, India and Indonesia have figured out a way forward, and are moving ahead. Here is what they are doing.

A Commitment for Change: Partnering With Governments to Scale What Works

Tim Hanstad | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Too often at the Clinton Global Initiative we hear how companies and NGOs are partnering to fix a problem. That is great. But it is missing the crucial third strand of the braid -- governments.

Lynne Peeples

High-Tech Basics: Keeping Lights On And Air And Water Clean In Developing World | Lynne Peeples | Posted 09.06.2012 | Green

Delivering babies in the dark, breathing toxic smoke in the kitchen and walking miles to fetch water -- not to mention boiling every drop before its p...

Al-Shabaab's Withdrawal Offers an Opportunity Not to Be Missed

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The withdrawal provides momentum for the much-criticized peacekeeping efforts in the country and, despite the famine that is ravaging the region, creates an important window of opportunity.

A Five-Point Checklist To Prepare for Another Global Crisis

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Imagine you are minister of finance in an average developing country. Suddenly you learn that a new global crisis may be looming in the horizon.

Shooting Itself In the Foot: The Broken Promises of the U.S. Trade Agenda

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

In the Chicago trade talks, the U.S. is trying to club up with countries in a deal that keeps the cost of medicines high.

Harnessing The Power Of Religion For Good

Ajarat Bada | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Ajarat Bada

Religion's potential transcends Marx's opium theory. Religion is not simply a panacea for the psychological imbalance of the masses. It has the power to unify people.

Aid for Trade: $100 Billion and Counting

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

In a time of fiscal consolidation and threats of serious cuts to aid budgets, it is critical that we pay careful attention to what we know works in development cooperation.

Economics on Two Wheels

Karl Muth | Posted 10.28.2011 | Business
Karl Muth

In Uganda, I sometimes leave my home in the morning and head toward town on a motorcycle taxi, or boda-boda. This morning, I left my compound with Tristan Burger, my research assistant, who needed to take a bus to Kampala.

"Land Grabs" in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The trend of international land grabbing -- when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export -- can have serious consequences.

Voices of Financial Inclusion: "It's the Clients, Stupid"

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Elisabeth Rhyne

Industry players are moving beyond the "scale and sustainability" mantra that dominated microfinance during the past 15 years, with its laser focus on rapid growth and credit. Instead they are reaching back to where they began -- the clients.

The Public Option

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Let's be clear. What Americans need least is what they are now getting: trash talk about government as "the problem" and a claim now inflated to infallibility by Republican zealots that tax increases never -- ever -- promote the common good.

From Kyoto to Copenhagen to... Hanoi? The Looming Failure of Yet Another Climate Change Meeting

Robert Bryce | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Robert Bryce

If the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change wants a dose of reality regarding carbon emissions, it should convene in Hanoi. The reason: over the past decade, Vietnam's carbon dioxide emissions grew by 136%.

Malthus, Marx, and Markets

Moisés Naím | Posted 09.06.2011 | World
Moisés Naím

Neither Malthus nor Marx nor the market give us adequate answers to the difficult questions posed by the explosive growth of countries like China, the expansion of the middle-class in many of them, and the resulting increase in global consumption.

In a World of 7 Billion People, We Must Invest in Adolescents and Young People

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

As a former Minister of Health in Nigeria and now head of a United Nations agency, I have come to one inescapable conclusion: if we are to tackle the consequences of growing populations, we need to invest in adolescents and young people now.