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Streamlining the Millennium Development Goals for More Impact

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aron Cramer

In our view, three things need to be done in the final five years to optimize the impact of the goals: Develop a more holistic approach to achieving the goals, create better measurement of progress, and get business more involved.

Set to Lead Again? New U.S. Engagement on Global Development

Noam Unger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noam Unger

Last week, President Obama unveiled his administration's global development policy. Much of the announcement focused on the reform of U.S. governmental systems and the strengthening of America's multilateral capabilities.

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nigel Barber

Ultimately, organized religion is on the way out. The only thing that could prevent this from happening would be a sharp decline in global standards of living, which would require some form of ecological collapse.

The Day After Tomorrow: Growth Switchover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is becoming common wisdom that developing countries are doing well while the rich world is stuck in long-overdue austerity. Barring another subpri...

Afghanistan's Massive Contracting Fraud

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

It appears that foreign aid in Afghanistan is still plagued by pervasive mismanagement, poor oversight, and inadequate on-the-ground coordination.

Dear Wyclef: Do Business, Go Green

Michael Seager | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Seager

Instead of focusing on making a difference in Haiti through the public sector, why not try the private? Let me tell you about some good social enterprise ideas, and who might find them appealing in Haiti.

Lessons From the MDGs

Jamie Holmes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamie Holmes

Social Protection strategies are not a magic bullet for global development. But they may be a necessary condition.

Addressing a Missed Opportunity

Shantha Rau Barriga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shantha Rau Barriga

Why does the United Nations blueprint for lifting the world's poorest out of poverty not make any mention of people with disabilities? According to th...

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.

Sugata Mitra: The Child-Driven Education

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology


Bob Geldof and the Food Riots in Mozambique

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

As the riots in Mozambique demonstrate, growth, as a proxy for rising economic opportunity, is all very well. But economic development, especially if it is relatively job-poor, as in Mozambique, is not enough on its own.

One's Man's Hubris Is Another Man's Flood

Tina Traster | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tina Traster

I know. No one likes a snitch. But I've learned other people's mistakes are costly.

Poverty Tourism Taxonomy 2.0

Aaron Ausland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

The ongoing debate on poverty tourism got a paroxysm of blogger attention following the recent op-ed in The New York Times. Is this "development tourism" or "slumdog tourism"?

Let's Try Something New: Engage Women, Drive Change

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If we want to successfully protect our incredibly valuable and important natural resources, the inclusion of women is non-negotiable. If we want to drive change, we must engage women.

Colleges See Prospective Donors Among New Students

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The drill for new college students remains pretty consistent: grab a campus map, buy some overpriced textbooks, save those quart...

Inequality of Mercy

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

With 1,500 dead, 20 million people displaced, and millions of hectares of agricultural land underwater, Pakistan would seem to have a solid claim on international support. So why is Pakistan having such trouble attracting support?

Promises of Change: Reconciling Reality and Expectations in Fragile States

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

As governments in Afghanistan and other fragile states pursue the tortuous business of reform, they cannot rely on promises of better security, improved livelihoods and more social justice to impose their own logic on people's minds.

Walking the Slum Side of Bangalore (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

BANGALORE -- Brinda Adige, a self-starting social activist, in yellow sari, is our guide to the slum side of Bangalore and the virtual canyon betw...

Let's Save the Real Avatar

Bianca Jagger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bianca Jagger

I am surprised that share-tipsters continue to recommend Vedanta as a desirable investment. Regrettably, many shareholders, content to read about the share price, remain silent about Vedanta's detrimental impact on local communities.

Reflections on Development Economics After the Crisis

Raj Nallari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Raj Nallari

Those who focus on extreme poverty alleviation point out that even before the crisis markets were not working for the poor. The crisis unfortunately furthers highlights this and will probably impede further efforts to fight against poverty.

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...

On Land Rights and Internally Displaced Persons in Colombia

Daniel Maree | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Maree

Land restitution is the ultimate goal in the protection of land that has been lost due to displacement.

Applause for Chairman Berman's New Foreign Aid Legislation

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Ingram

Berman recently released a working draft of new legislation authorizing U.S. foreign assistance. This is a major step toward building a 21st century approach for promoting development.

Haiti: Six Months After the Earthquake

Sarah Cliffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Cliffe

Haiti was on a slow road to recovery when the quake hit. For many Haitians their nation's double tragedy is far from over. Although there are signs of hope and improvement.

Haiti: Human foundation key to recovery

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

Haiti has rarely been a country that makes the news for the right reasons. But six months ago the whole world's attention was focused on this small C...