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Economic Development

IoT: Using Technology for the Developing World

Robert Pepper | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Robert Pepper

As we enter 2016, I can't help but reflect on the staggering success and take up of the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to any device able to c...

5 Ways to Leverage Community Colleges for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development

Joe Kapp | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Joe Kapp

Withering economies are perhaps one of the most daunting issues facing many communities, particularly in small-town, rural America. The days of Ma-and-Pa shops opening on every corner have gone the way of record players and the elevator operators.

Africa's Success Story

John Feffer | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
John Feffer

The most impressive person I met in Botswana barely said a word. She was an older woman, small in stature. We were sitting next to each other at a ta...

How Can We Pay for the New Energy Economy?

William S. Becker | Posted 12.19.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

Many a great idea has been deflated by a simple question: "That's nice, but who's going to pay for it?" That question hovered like a cloud over the international climate conference in Paris a week ago.

5 Questions for the World Bank on the Meaning of the Paris Climate Deal

Tim Ward | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

To illuminate the details of this agreement , I interviewed John Roome, Senior Director for Climate Change Group for Cross Cutting Solutions for the World Bank Group:

From Miami to Mumbai: What Makes Cities Competitive?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 12.16.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What do cities that succeeded have in common? What have they done right? And what do they still need to do to stay on top?

Sadly Sitting Out the WTO

Jake Colvin | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Jake Colvin

This week, international trade officials from around the world will gather in Nairobi to discuss improving rules governing access to the global market...

COP21 Is Reminding Us That Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature

Justin Adams | Posted 12.04.2015 | Green
Justin Adams

The voices of the world's leaders are echoing the voices of the hundreds of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on the decisions made this week.

A Zero-Carbon Future

Helen Clark | Posted 12.02.2015 | Impact
Helen Clark

Paris must be a catalyst for stepped up climate action. The world must move towards a zero-carbon future. There is no room for short-sightedness or a lack of ambition. When a new climate deal is reached in December, as we hope and expect, let us all roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Doing Better: The $80 Billion Shift We Need Now for Economic Democracy

Michelle Long | Posted 11.19.2015 | Business
Michelle Long

Today, the literature is clear -- an economy with fewer big players does a good job of funneling wealth into few hands, but the best path to the most jobs and the most wealth for the most people is directly correlated with the density and diversity of local ownership per capita.

Diversity of International Students in the US

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D.

The latest Open Doors data indicates yet another year of growth in international student enrollment. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of international students has increased by 41 per cent to reach a total of 974,926.

Economic Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business
Andre Averbug

What is the common ground between the economic prosperity of the Netherlands in the XVII-XVIII centuries, nineteenth century England, twentieth century U.S. and, more recently, countries such as South Korea, Singapore and Israel?

Why Split Hairs Over a Viable Economic Development Program?

Ali Jahangiri | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Ali Jahangiri

While reform is absolutely necessary to improve and expand the EB-5 program, Congress should exercise caution when tinkering with the program's incentives to boost financing in certain areas or risk dampening EB-5's overall economic impact.

Of Fools and Free Markets

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Today, a tweet, a post, or a blog is enough to alert millions in seconds of a dreadful restaurant, an unsafe toy, or a polluting car company. We can share our market experiences in real time. This narrows the space for phishing.

If it Were Easy, Everybody Would Do it: The Challenge of Creating Jobs (and Counting Them)

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.28.2015 | Business
Mark Newberg

Early this baseball season, when the days were growing longer and hope sprang eternal (for Red Sox fans, at least), I had an idea: that jobs matter tr...

The World Series, Public Trust Doctrine and Small Businesses

Ted De Barbieri | Posted 10.28.2015 | New York
Ted De Barbieri

For now, no one along the eastern side of 126th Street is making much money because of the World Series. We'll all have to wait and see whether that changes that in the near future, and how the public trust doctrine is interpreted to limit private development on public parks.

Look Inside The Tibetan Village That Just Got On The Grid

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

WENPING VILLAGE, China -- Rinchen Gyaltso sits in front of his stockpile of firewood, quietly muttering prayers while running his thumbs ove...

Job Creation: Essential Los Angeles County Business

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 10.19.2015 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

The economic crisis that began in 2007 was a defining event for industry leaders and government institutions at all levels. For far too many, the struggle continues, especially for communities of color where economic inequality persists and the availability of good paying jobs remains a scare commodity.

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.

What Youths Could Teach World Leaders on Development Targets

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

At the United Nations in New York today, world leaders are gathering to finalize the Global Goals -- the targets that will replace the Millennium Development Goals and shape trillions of dollars of spending over the next 15 years. There is much high-minded rhetoric here at the United Nations that development is all about people.

Job Subsidy-Scamming Perry and Walker Bite the Dust: Who's Next?

Greg LeRoy | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Greg LeRoy

I'm not one to invoke Higher Powers, but for those of us watchdogging corporate welfare, the early departures of candidates Rick Perry and Scott Walker are enough to suggest Divine Intervention. Two of the most outrageous subsidy sinners are gone. If Somebody Up There is meting out economic development justice, who's next to drop?

How Trump and Jesus Got Crossways with Refugees

Mark Moore | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

With more refugees on the move on our globe than anytime since WWII, it's getting harder to ignore them. We all know what Donald Trump would do. Send them back! Build a wall. He's made that pretty clear.

The Fed's Decision And The Developing Countries

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

Will those edgy portfolio investors stampede indiscriminately out of--and wreak havoc among--middle- and low-income countries if the Fed lifts interest rates this September, for the first time in almost a decade?

'I Know My Life Will Be Beautiful' - A Survivor Story

To The Market | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

More than 60,000 women work in the commercial sex industry in Kolkata, India. In 2006, Sari Bari was founded in order to help women trapped within this industry. Operating in two of the largest red light districts, Sari Bari allows them to learn a new trade and gain an education.

Big(ger) Dreams than Gentrification

Robert LoCascio | Posted 09.09.2015 | New York
Robert LoCascio

The Bed-Stuy Restoration Corp. still exists and continues to contribute to the development of this community. Today, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a trendy, sought-after neighborhood. The median income has risen and as a result, higher-end residential properties and businesses are following to set up shop.