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Economic Development

Land Rights: One Key to Women's Economic Empowerment

Anika Rahman | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Anika Rahman

When women own land, we are better off. In 2005, after conducting case studies in Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Ghana and the Lao People's Democratic Republic, the World Bank concluded that having a protected right to land can increase women's access to food, water and safety.

Freedom in Martyrdom

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.

Teddy's Letters

Stan Duncan | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Stan Duncan

This week the President, Vice President, legislators of both parties, and friends and family near and far gathered in Boston for the opening of the new "Edward Kennedy Institute of Politics."

Entrepreneurship Is Like Riding a Bike

Ray Leach | Posted 05.31.2015 | Small Business
Ray Leach

As a venture development organization (VDO) based in northeast Ohio, we at JumpStart often get asked why entrepreneurs in fly-over regions like ours face more challenges than they do on the coasts. In fact, we get this question so often that we sat down and made this short video, telling the story using a very simple analogy: riding a bicycle.

Time to Tackle Unpaid Care

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

It doesn't seem to matter whether you live in the United States, Uruguay or Uganda -- whether you are in the so-called developed world or developing world -- if you are a woman, it's more than likely you will bear the brunt when it comes to providing unpaid care.

As Support For China-Led Development Bank Grows, U.S. Urges Collaboration

Reuters | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, March 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's administration is proposing that a new Chinese-led development bank over which Washington ha...

Egypt Economic Promises

Richard Attias | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Richard Attias

With one of the most educated middle-class populations in the Arab world, Egypt does not only rely on its touristic advantages to ensure its economic take-off. Its strategic position as a true hub between Africa, Asia and the Middle East gives it a central role to play.

Sustainability Begins in Sendai

A View from the United Nations | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
A View from the United Nations

Japan occupies a special place in the recent history of human development because of its early support for the idea that reducing disaster risk is essential if we are to make progress on sustainable development.

Tunisia: An Opportunity

Toni Verstandig | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Toni Verstandig

In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, hope springs eternal.

Safety for Women and Girls: Protection Strategies for a Healthful World

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Safety is not linear; to ensure that a clinic can cope with a medical emergency such as the Ebola crisis and continue to handle routine care requires substantial strengthening of an entire health system.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.29.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

Can You Have Robots, Hoverboards, and Secular Stagnation? Andreessen v. Summers

Druce Vertes, CFA | Posted 04.25.2015 | Business
Druce Vertes, CFA

Marc Andreessen is wrong, and it ties into his wrongness about Piketty. Technology can be a very good complement to labor, or a very good substitute for labor.

Can Shopping Local Save Detroit?

Amanda Gregory | Posted 04.22.2015 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

If there is one thing in abundance in Detroit, it's saviors. From financiers to philanthropists to entrepreneurs, we have as many saviors as we do vacant lots. As a recovering participant in the "save Detroit" movement, let me tell you there is no one person, no one plan, no one answer for Detroit. And, more importantly Detroit doesn't need to be saved.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

Port Authority's Brooklyn Port Facilities Should Be Reimagined

Carol Kellermann | Posted 04.05.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Why not imagine how this property could better enhance the community? What's the harm in thinking about ways to do that? Why continue to lose money at these two facilities when those losses are not necessary?

Weaving Hope in East Africa

To The Market | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
To The Market

All Across Africa is founded on the principle of fighting global poverty through providing economic independence. "Our first and primary focus is to create jobs that change lives."

The Power of One

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.23.2015 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

No matter your situation in life, you can change your circumstances. You have all the capability within yourself to make good things happen. And while pursuing your goals, you can enjoy every minute of it.

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

Just imagine how different Marites Garcia's life could have been if she had been able to stay at school to finish her education and had been able to plan her family so she'd only have had two children. She would have been able to get a job to feed and educate them.

Economic Opportunity for Women in Rural Afghanistan: A Survivor Story

To The Market | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
To The Market

ARZU means "hope" in Dari, one of Afghanistan's official languages. For the female employees of ARZU Studio Hope, however, it means more than hope -- it means opportunity.

Cheap Oil and the Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Depending on the model economists use and the assumptions they make, they estimate a net stimulus that ranges from small to very small. But, behind the word "net," lies a wide spectrum of gains, pains, people, and policies.

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

Happy Economic New Year!

Kathrine Aspaas | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Kathrine Aspaas

World Economic Forum in Davos focuses on brain research, ethical leadership, renewable energy and the global sharing economy. The conference will stream LIVE in late January. I will sit ready with popcorn and my notebook.

Innovative Vision-Saving Program Launched in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Ethan Chorin

This past week 11 clinicians and medical students in the Red Sea country of Djibouti received training and began a 3-month pilot program to perform tests to detect Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a degeneration of the lining of the eye, often associated with diabetes.

On Cuba, Obama Goes Long and Castro Holds On

Ted Piccone | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Ted Piccone

It's hard to overstate the sense of relief that was felt in both Washington and Havana as Obama and Castro announced a breakthrough in such long-running hostility. It's worth taking a moment to understand how both sides got to this point and why it portends a major shift in U.S. foreign policy and potentially, in Cuban society.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.