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Omidyar Network Investing $55 Million In Technology For Economic Empowerment

Mercury News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, is pledging $55 million to promote gove...

One Woman's Mission: Empowering World's Poorest Girls to Transform World

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

I first met Jin In off a snowy sidewalk near Bryant Park in New York City this past winter. She just returned from Nepal, energized. There, she was ...

Undermining Aid: How the U.S. Financial System Facilitates Overseas Corruption

Robert B. Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert B. Lawrence

When governments around the world are taking measures in support of fiscal austerity, foreign assistance is always a prime target for the chopping blo...

A Market Solution to Help the World's Poor?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Is there a real business in helping the world's poor? According to the World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation, there is.

"Lack of Water Makes People Poor"

John Sauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John Sauer

The dire fact is that 1.2 billion people have to crap in the open, polluting drinking water and causing diarrheal-disease while suffering the insecurity and indignity of open defecation.

Cap and Trade Population

Robbie Gennet | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Robbie Gennet

We are all aware of the Cap and Trade idea being promoted as a solution to reduce carbon emissions and thereby global warming. Once you put a price on...

Haiti: Double Tragedy

Sarah Cliffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Cliffe

I visited Haiti just before Christmas with Nik Win Myint from the WDR team. I talked to community groups in some of the slums that have been most rava...

Willing the Rich to Share in the World Cup Profits

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's not just the absence of the incessant vuvuzela casting an eerie silence across South Africa. Instead it's the fading buzz of planes carrying about 300,000 tourists home.

Changing the Game With an Indestructible Ball

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For most kids in the developing world, sporting equipment is a luxury they cannot afford. The indestructible soccer ball represents durability, longevity, possibility and hope.

Developing Nations: Laboratories For Health Care Innovation

Kaiser Health News | Jaclyn Schiff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

A few months ago, GE Healthcare rolled out a portable electrocardiogram machine, trumpeting the new product's ability to help patients wherever they m...

Education Innovation in the Slums

Huffington Post | Lance Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

"You have to engage people before you start to teach them," says British author Charles Leadbeater. The video below is a 20-minute speech discus...

Reflections on Revisiting Cairo 20 Years Later - Egypt on the Rise

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

I first visited Cairo as a student nearly 20 years ago. I remember vividly the friendliness of the people and the blazing heat. I return to Cairo no...

Ten Commandments for Fiscal Adjustment in Advanced Economies

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

What advanced countries need is clarity of intent, an appropriate calibration of fiscal targets, and adequate structural reforms. With a little help from monetary policy, and from their (emerging market) friends.

Saving the Earth and Saving Lives

Holly Frew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Holly Frew

MedShare is a national nonprofit that recovers surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and medical companies and redistributes it to needy hospitals in the developing world.

IMF Predicts Global Econony Will Grow More Than 4% This Year Thanks To China And India

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday that the global economy, after enduring a crippling recession, should see better-tha...

Energy In Common: New Microfinance Venture Fights Poverty with Clean Energy

Maria Popova | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Popova

Two entrepreneurs are bringing renewable energy and microfinance together with Energy In Common, a new venture to deliver clean energy to 15 million people in the developing world, all the while building empowerment through microloans.

Ecopreneur: Buying Land in Bangladesh

Kristin Boekhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristin Boekhoff

My team and I worked hard for two years to get to this point -- the first land purchase. Buying land in Bangladesh wasn't easy, but just look at my new view!

Africa's Toughest Challenge Is About to Enter Overtime

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Huge sums of money have been spent getting South Africa ready for the World Cup. If only the rich world saw the investment potential to bring the disadvantaged out of extreme poverty and hunger.

Steven Pearlstein: Our Economic 'Day Of Reckoning'

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The controlling reality is that the global economic system is rebalancing itself after years in which the United States was not only allowed but encou...

Developing Nations: Laboratories For Health Care Innovation

Kaiser Health News | Jaclyn Schiff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

JACLYN SCHIFF, KAISER HEALTH NEWS A few months ago, GE Healthcare rolled out a portable electrocardiogram machine, trumpeting the new product's abili...

US: No Climate Aid To Developing Countries Opposing Copenhagen Accord

The Guardian | Suzanne Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The US State Department is denying climate change assistance to countries opposing the Copenhagen accord, it emerged today. The new policy, first rep...

Ecopreneur: Breaking New Ground in Bangladesh

Kristin Boekhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kristin Boekhoff

"The assistant district commissioner is really angry and has just left." My intern's voice rang in my ears. We were almost an hour and a half late to ...

What Does Digital Divide Mean to Gov 2.0?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Politicians need to use the knowledge of Digital Divide issues to bring more people in, not use it to exclude more people.

One Laptop Per Child A Huge Success, Founder Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program has been a huge success, says founder and chairman Nicholas Negroponte. His most convincing argument? Truancy ...

A New Market for "Patient Capital"

Daniel Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Altman

Society as a whole has an interest in providing the patient capital needed to realize investments in innovation and development. So far, governments have only done so indirectly. Yet a new mechanism could offer a more fruitful way.