More than 130,000 Eritrean refugees have crossed the border to Ethiopia escape human rights abuses. Eritrean youth flee forced indefinite military conscription as well as torture at the hands of an oppressive government.
Young people these days are fired up, with good reason. They are passionate, and they can and will bring change in a world that, we can only hope, they may understand even better than we do.
Investment in infrastructure projects are more than just a bright spot for the global south. It may actually encourage investment in real assets that would boost output back in the old "rich" countries -- a welcome monsoon rain amidst a sea of paper.
NEW YORK -- Today, developing countries and emerging markets are saying to the U.S. and other rich nations: If you will not live up to your development aid promises, at least get out of the way and let us create an international architecture for a global economy that works for the poor, too.
This week is World Breastfeeding Awareness Week - a time to draw attention to one of the most effective, yet arguably under-utilized, interventions to ensure newborns and children everywhere survive and thrive.
We are at an interesting crossroads right now. For a country that was founded on the slaughter of natives and the brutal enslavement of innocents, we have obviously made progress and strides in society. But our biggest challenge now -- that is in some ways even more difficult -- is eradicating institutional racism and inequality.
The latest State of Food Insecurity in the World report shows that a total of 72 developing countries out of 129 have reached the MDG 1c hunger target and, for the developing regions as a whole, the prevalence of undernourishment have declined.
With so much focus on the U.S. commitment to African energy and economic development through Power Africa and Trade Africa, Obama's choice of attending this minor event over other major economic summits scheduled in the region might seem a bit odd.
JAKARTA -- Over the last 20 years, economic growth has helped to lift almost a billion people out of extreme poverty. But one billion people are still extremely poor. 1.1 billion live without electricity and 2.5 billion people without access to sanitation. For them, growth has not been inclusive enough.
As you prepare for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in mid-July, please remember that as an African Minister of Finance or Foreign Affairs and Development your country expects you and your advisers to get as much money as you can from the donors.
Tired of facts? Do you think all the concern about climate change is just a bunch of hooey? Then this newscast is for you.
Through a community mobilization program that helped with issues such as agricultural production and access to water, Dukale, a poor coffee farmer, had started to lift his family out of poverty.
This year, governments will make decisions that will shape sustainable development possibilities for generations to come. In September, world leaders will gather in New York to agree on a new set of international development goals.
In the past two days Ethiopia released six journalists from prison, an unprecedented development in one of Africa's most repressive countries for the media. The releases happened in advance of President Obama's trip to Ethiopia later this month.
Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. Americans are fiercely proud of this heritage, and so is Rwanda. The difference in Africa is that "independence" is an ongoing struggle against a backdrop of powerful foreign interests.
Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.