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What Is the Real Meaning of Development and How Can We Achieve Sustainable Results?

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.

Interiors -- The New Frontier of Automotive Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.23.2015 | Technology
Soren Petersen

At a first glance, walking through the Los Angeles Auto Show was not an overly exciting experience. Although all automakers can create a beautiful looking car, the only car immediately making heads turn was an Alfa Romeo TZ2 race car from the '60s.

Generous Souls Fundraise Better

Cat Moore | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Cat Moore

Written in conjunction with Nicholas Warnes* Unlike professional fundraisers, non-profit founders like Cissy Brady-Rogers are rarely excited (or skil...

Behind the Refugee Crisis, the Internally Displaced Wait Their Turn

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

By Abraham Leno At last, the world has woken up to one of the biggest challenges of our age. We are witnessing massive movements of people on an unpr...

Helping Burundi Break the Cycle of Violence

Deogratias Niyonkuru | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Deogratias Niyonkuru

What is happening in the country, however, goes beyond politics. It is about the failure to deliver inclusive development. Widespread poverty and disenfranchisement are the key causes of Burundi's discontent and violence.

Leaked Document Reveals Internal Struggle for Human Rights Protections at the World Bank

Nezir Sinani | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Nezir Sinani

At a time when the World Bank is poised to increase its investment in fragile and conflict states, and return to its bad old ways of lending to mega-projects like big dams and infrastructure, strong safeguards to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable don't pay the price are more important than ever.

Education Famine: A Drama in Three Acts

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Current educational trends force us to be so focused on picturing what children one day might be that we overlook who they are right now, expecting developmentally inappropriate skills and behavior that are unrealistic and harmful to children.

Anderson House

Joel Judd | Posted 11.16.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

In 1979 I bought a small 1893 brick bungalow in North Denver a few blocks north of Mile High Stadium. Though the neighborhood was a little rough, it h...

The Internet: An Opportunity for Sustainable Development

Kathy Brown | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The greatest challenge facing the world today is the need to achieve sustainable development--development that will bring economic and social progress...

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

Afghans Searching for a Leader

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 11.06.2015 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

During the last 14 years, we had everything but a leader. To secure the achievements and overcome the massive challenges, it's the right time to review quickly the unprecedented achievements of the last fourteen years as well as the challenges that remain and lie ahead.

Learning From Your Mistakes

Kali Hawlk | Posted 11.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

Here's what I like to remind myself of when I'm seeking out the necessary balance between using my knowledge gained through experience and stopping my past from creeping into my present.

How to Manage Innovation With Design Thinking

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.06.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Innovative new products are the lifeblood of society's progress but the risk of market, technology or execution failure is significant. With failure...

Lessons for the Next Global Development Agenda

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Transforming how three billion people cook so cooking no longer kills is no simple task: clean cooking is an energy issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, a women's empowerment issue, and in many countries, it is also a social and cultural issue.

My Unhurried Walker

Ali Wilkinson | Posted 10.23.2015 | Parents
Ali Wilkinson

My youngest, my baby, is now 19 months old. Being the baby, and being babied, he has had the luxury of hanging back a bit, of letting others do things for him. He is unhurried. He is demanding. He is a cross between a surfer and a despot.

Hey, We're Doing Pretty Well As A Species. Just Look At The Data.

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 10.23.2015 | Media

Fixers is a series from What's Working that profiles the people behind the most creative solutions to big problems.  Stories are s...

Energy Access Is Not for Free

Kristina Skierka | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Kristina Skierka

New plans announced by Canadian company SkyPower to develop billion-dollar solar power projects in Bangladesh and Kenya cast a welcome spotlight on th...

Sierra Leone: The Private Life of War on the Bodies of Women

Fatou Wurie | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Inspired by Susan Griffin's book - The Private Life of War THE BACKGROUND YOU ARE MOST AWARE OF - 11 YEARS OF WAR IN SIERRA LEONE: Birth. I choose to...

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

A Fork Worth Taking

Randy Howder | Posted 10.12.2015 | San Francisco
Randy Howder

"If you hit a fork in the road, take it" is one of the late Yogi Berra's greatest lines, and, for me, it really captures the dilemma -- and the opportunity -- facing the Bay Area as we move deeper into the 21st Century.

My Prayer for Clean Water

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

Another reason why I believe clean water will be the first development goal we reach is that we can scale it. Once you have a drilling rig, you can use it all year long. Methods to bring clean water to one community can be used in the next.

What Johnny Cash Taught Me About People We Are Leaving Behind

Weh Yeoh | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

Ultimately, there is a mismatch between the global agenda and what's needed on the ground. As Johnny Cash intimated, we're often not doing what people really want us to do, or what they really need.

Sierra Leone: Frontline Nurses In Aftermath of Ebola Outbreak Battle Depression, Stigma and Lack of Recognition

Fatou Wurie | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Fatou Wurie

Nurses like Magdalene are in the hundreds, these frontline soldiers are yet to be given proper acknowledgement for service to their country. And Magdalene's beckons us not to forget.

The Evolution of Product Management Tools

Brian de Haaff | Posted 10.02.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

To really appreciate how far we have come, I divided the history of software-based tools that I have used into four distinct eras. Each one builds on the previous one, until we get to the present.

Dignity Over Dictators -- To Truly Sustain Development

Shawna Bader-Blau | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Shawna Bader-Blau

Economic development is about dignity. And dignity requires people having democratic rights: free and fair elections, transparent institutions, and voice and justice.