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Two Females Farming the Future

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

To America's lasting shame, aching hunger lives down the street because our national "war on poverty" is long-since abandoned.

It's Not Easy but Businesses Can Benefit From Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Perry Yeatman | Posted 01.01.2012 | Business
Perry Yeatman

PPPs are all the rage these days. And with good reason. Done right, they are probably the best chance we have for tackling some of the toughest societal issues we're facing.

Point Your Moral Compass Towards Social and Economic Justice

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.23.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We are called upon to ask a simple question. Not "How can you help me?", but rather "How can I help you?" Not "How can you help me?", but rather "How can we work together?"

Why Kenya Should Not Have Gone Into Somalia

Michael Mungai | Posted 12.20.2011 | World
Michael Mungai

Kenya has waged a war that it can't afford.

The Road Less Traveled

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Elizabeth Nicholas

Examples abound of women in the developing world receiving loans, building businesses, and employing others with their capital, along with investing in education and infrastructure for their families and communities.

Work of the World Is Common As Mud

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.18.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The Opportunity Collaboration draws its muscle from the conviction that people of good will forge their own solutions and uncover new ways to combine and leverage resources.

Why Does 51% Own Less Than 1%?

K. Sujata | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Women make up half the population and 40 percent of the world's workforce but hold just one percent of the world's wealth. We need to assume responsibility, ensuring women have safe and healthy lives.

For Colleges, Location Matters

Jeff Selingo | Posted 12.12.2011 | College
Jeff Selingo

I'm not sure when a club of some 60 elite universities got the authority to set the research agenda for the country or for individual universities.

Are the Poor Capitalistically Unlucky?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.09.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Are poor kids unlucky to have uneducated parents, or no parents at all? Unlucky to be born in badly-governed countries? Unlucky to live in regions devoid of good schools, or electricity, or drinkable water?

Walter Reed Reuse Plan Forum Scheduled For Wednesday

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.04.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority is hosting a community forum Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., to discuss the Walter Reed A...

U.S. Foreign Health Investments Improve Lives Abroad -- And Here at Home

Mandy Moore | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Mandy Moore

When people are healthy, they can be productive. They work, earn an income, and buy products -- they build their economy. It's simple and logical, but to grow economies, the basic building block of health is necessary.

The Down Low on Denver/Colorado

Robert Schwab | Posted 12.03.2011 | Denver
Robert Schwab

The national buzz is all about creating jobs nowadays, but are metro Denver and Colorado hot commodities among people who sell cities and regions to worldwide companies as places to expand or relocate?

How Congress Is Turning America Into China

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

For years, China sacrificed public health for rapid economic development and is now spending billions to clean up the mess. Chinese officials are cracking down on polluters and financing eco-cities and clean energy, but recent action by the House would give America neither.

Four Principles for Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils

Elizabeth Lynam | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York
Elizabeth Lynam

The governor and lieutenant governor are to be commended for attacking the problem with gusto, but they face sizable challenges in cleaning up New York's economic development efforts.

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.

Chris Christie Deals Heavy Blow To MTV's 'Jersey Shore'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) yanked $420,000 in tax credits away from the MTV reality-show "Jersey Shore" on Monday. "I have no interest in policing ...

Crapping Out in New York

Dave Colavito | Posted 11.22.2011 | New York
Dave Colavito

Accounting gimmicks have always made it easy to pitch the "casino sale"; they obscure the documented higher rates of addiction, bankruptcy, and crime that the casino economy brings to communities.

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.

How Afghanistan Is Rebuilding Itself

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."

Bridging the Two Indias

Tim Hanstad | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Tim Hanstad

Getting to the root cause of poverty is difficult. But like no other place in the world, India is in the midst of embracing historic reforms as it pulls its poorest class into modernity and provides a bridge linking the two Indias.

Who SEZ One Size Fits All?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Various policy objectives have motivated the creation -- and exponential expansion -- of SEZs around the world. However, such successes have not been universal or without controversy in the past, nor are they guaranteed in the future.

8 Virtuous Investment Options

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

If you have secured an independent income and are ready now to practice a bit of virtue, here are the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration Delegates working to "solve poverty" and create virtue with your capital.

We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It

David Morris | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
David Morris

Welcome to the new era of austerity, driven by the superstition of our age: We will grow the economy by shrinking it.

"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.

Why Atheism Replaces Religion In Developed Countries

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

Atheism thus blossoms amid affluence where most people feel economically secure. But why? It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives.