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International Development

Why the Earth Is an Investment Opportunity

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Clean water, clean air and the steady access to food are all in limited supply, and are being depleted at alarming rates. And a rapidly growing, urbanized global middle-class is living and working in ways that are accelerating consumption of those already scarce resources.

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact
Irene Khan

Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.

Smart Power India: Economic Development Without Dirty Fuels

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 04.22.2015 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have a strong commitment to bringing "24/7" power to all. But while the government works to expand access to the grid, the growth of renewables -- including solar, wind, and biomass -- has opened up new frontiers of decentralized energy models to bring electricity to households and business enterprises now.

China: 1; U.S.: 0. Don't Let the Asia Pivot Turn Into the Asia Peeve

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 04.22.2015 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

No doubt there has been much for the U.S. to focus on elsewhere in the world recently, from Russia to Iran. But in past weeks, it seems that the movie in Asia has been on fast-forward around global development and financing. And once again, the U.S. is scrambling to catch up.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Seeing the Helicopter in the Room

Mary McVeigh | Posted 04.17.2015 | Impact
Mary McVeigh

During one of my early trips with Soccer Without Borders (SWB), we scheduled a coaching clinic on the island of Ometepe, otherwise known as a "volcano island." As luck would have it, that same week the volcano began to show signs of erupting.

The Price of Development and the Cost of Inaction

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

April 15 is a day when millions of Americans are focused on the question of resources -- where they come from, what's going to be left over for tomorrow and what their children may expect to inherit.

Ebola: The Fight to Reach Zero and the Road to Recovery

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.10.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Even as rates in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have significantly decreased, we must continue to reach our target of zero cases, prevent future outbreaks and rebuild afflicted communities.

We Can Design the Future of Wearables for Social Good

Hila Mehr | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Hila Mehr

By 2018, more than 100 million wearable technology devices will be sold, but few will be used in 'developing countries.' The past decade has seen the proliferation and miniaturization of technology interventions--from laptops to cell phones and tablets--in international development.

WATCH LIVE: The World Bank Group's Agenda

Aspen Institute | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Aspen Institute

Join the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, on April 6 at noon EST for a live Washington Ideas Roundtable Series discussion featuring World Bank President Jim Kim.

A New Battle at the UN Could Decide What 'LGBT' Means

Andrew Park | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Park

The fact that LGBT issues were raised at the Commission has already come to the attention of the Center for Family and Human Rights, an anti-gay UN watchdog group. For LGBT people, the power of visibility and information is undeniable.

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for the World Bank and other financiers, poor people who stand in the way of their projects literally don't count. Time and again, the World Bank has demonstrated that it is not able to resettle people fairly. It should stop displacing people involuntarily in its projects.

Apply to Found a Nourish Chapter!

Nourish International | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Nourish International

We are looking for college and high school students who are passionate about making a difference to apply to found a Nourish Chapter on their campus. ...

A Path to Liberation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Joseph Gichoni is the founder of the Megabridge Foundation, a Kenya-based non-profit promoting the conservation of Kenya's incredible biodiversity.

Travel Destination or Travel Devastation?

Elevate Destinations | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

It's time to treat the planet like a patient and to vigorously support the many initiatives that better community life and protect wildlife and biodiversity where you are traveling.

Giving Women a Voice: A Conversation With Dr. Helene Gayle of CARE USA

Bobbi Silten | Posted 03.19.2015 | Impact
Bobbi Silten

As Helene prepares to move on from CARE later this year, I wanted to take this opportunity to share and learn from her experience and personal reflections as a leader in international development and empowering women.

Oh, Snap!

Astrid Caldas | Posted 03.18.2015 | Green
Astrid Caldas

f you know what to expect it is easier to plan or agree on actions. That was the message I got from an interactive exercise during the USAID-led Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium yesterday.

3 Ways to Serve Asia and the Pacific's 'Unbanked'

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Stephen P. Groff

To ensure ongoing economic growth in Asia and for the poorest to have a chance to benefit from the region's growing prosperity, we must prioritize bringing financial services readily and cheaply to the "unbanked".

Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers.

International Women's Day -- Investing in Women for Global Peace and Security

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

My experience has taught me that by investing in women, we are investing in global peace and security. And, by the same token, our failure to invest in women can have dire consequences for every global citizen -- not just those on faraway continents.

Eyeing Business Growth in Pakistan: The New U.S.-Pakistan Partnership for Access to Credit

Borany Penh | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Borany Penh

In Pakistan, where 90 percent of businesses are small or medium, challenges to scaling-up businesses have kept the private sector from realizing their full potential and contributing as much as they could to the economy.

Women as Leaders in Peaceful Transition

Lindsay Coates | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Women are often disproportionately affected by armed conflict, yet are also often excluded from peace processes and seen as helpless and vulnerable victims in need of protection. This month we mark International Women's Day 2015 by celebrating women's progress toward greater political, social, and economic freedoms.

Combatting Inequality in Rural Guatemala Through Community Partnerships: A Roller Coaster to Success

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

By any physical, mental or spiritual measure, the journey to Aguacate, Guatemala, is daunting. It's a 10-and-a-half hour roller coaster ride, careening through the passages of the Cuchumatanes mountain range.

Women's History Month Through One Woman's History

Ming Holden | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Ming Holden

How can I do justice to the fact that every traumatized woman in the world is more than what has happened to her, more than the worst memory she has, if that memory is the most of what I know about her, and therefore the most of what I have to tell you about her?

OPIC is No Model Investor

Kindra Mohr | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Liberian communities were excited when they first learned about the Buchanan Renewables project. However, big gains imply big risks, which can lead to catastrophic results, particularly in fragile and post-conflict regions where institutions are weak and communities are vulnerable.