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Global Development

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.

Breaking Convention to Fight Extreme Poverty: Why I'm Releasing the FXBVillage Methodology

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Can an "open-source" approach move us closer toward the growing movement to end extreme poverty by 2030? I believe it can. That is why, after 26 year...

A Life-Changing Trip to Dharavi

XPRIZE | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
XPRIZE

During a trip to India with XPRIZE, I had the opportunity to experience Mumbai from the perspective of a local, yet through eyes of foreigner. I say "foreign" not because of where I live, but because of what I had never seen, or could ever have imagined.

Got Gravity? Get Clean Water

XPRIZE | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

From massive desalination plants that turn saltwater into tap water, to carbon nanotubes that suck moisture out of the air, to a machine that burns human waste at 1,000 degrees Celsius to produce water and electricity, there's no shortage of high-tech solutions to address the world's water problems.

Improving the Way We Access Humanitarian and Crises News

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 05.17.2015 | Media
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

It can be very deceptive. In the digital age, we feel inundated with news and information, and so it feels like we have more access to global news than ever before. As Caroline explains, that's actually not the case.

A Plan to Empower More Than One Million Women

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

There is a story that persists around the developing world, to the detriment of families and entire economies: Women are being sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services.

Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda

Katja Iversen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

For an optimist like me, this is an exciting time to be a global health advocate. I am confident that with resolve, global commitment, true collaboration, and action, the lives of girls and women in 2030 will be dramatically improved. Everywhere.

Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

XPRIZE | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
XPRIZE

Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances.

It Takes Us All

Jane Wales | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

These challenges are the result of broken, even malign systems that can be replaced by the soft infrastructure of effective governance. But no individual, entity or sector can do that alone. It takes us all.

Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans

Anika Rahman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

We know that the Ebola pandemic is causing a social and humanitarian crisis in several West African nations. What is now emerging is that it is a catastrophe, perhaps even a death sentence, for pregnant women.

The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.

Orders of Magnitude and the Human Cost of Illicit Financial Flows

Raymond Baker | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Raymond Baker

All of us would like better data -- better financial flows data, better financial stock data, better health data. But, a lack of perfection in the data that we have cannot become an excuse for failing to accept the linkage between resources and survival.

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

Katja Iversen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

Are We Disenchanted With Women's Empowerment?

Kate Roberts | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Kate Roberts

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was 'power' and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Global Development's Latest Challenge: Conference Fatigue

Adam Lewis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

They say those who can't do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

Afghanistan and Kids at the Border

Edward Corcoran | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

These are two current challenges facing the nation and at first glance seem totally unrelated. But in fact they are two aspects of the core challenge for the 21st century: promoting U.S. prosperity.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?

Olav Kjorven | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Olav Kjorven

There is a spiritual dimension to the development agenda. It's inside each and every one of us, motivating us for action. And it is alive in churches, temples, mosques and in all sorts of other human groups and networks around the world, way beyond religion -- at the individual level, the community level and the institutional and global levels. Negotiators will come to agreement on the what and the how, hopefully. The why comes from deep inside us, often inspired by our various ancient as well as newer faith and thought traditions.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

The Story Behind the Numbers on World Population Day

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

While these numbers are still high and have major global impact, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.