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International Development

More Than the Power of Hope: Leaders With Persistence, Passion, and Partnerships

Barry Segal | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

As we build a community of creative collaborators at Segal Family Foundation, it is an honor to work with each of these visionary leaders. We are grateful for the change they are making possible through their persistence, passion, and partnerships.

Empowering Survivor Communities Through Commerce

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days. Programs upon programs are developed and implemented with the hopes of providing disadvantaged populations with the necessary tools, skills, and resources that will allow them to improve their economic conditions.

Gender Mainstreaming Matters

Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.

Gender mainstreaming is about promoting gender equality, but each organization will come to this through a different lens. What gender equality looks like in a water and sanitation program is quite different from an economic opportunity program.

Complete Doha Round and Free 160 Million People From Poverty

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

With one simple policy - more free trade - we could make the world $500 trillion better off and lift 160 million people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have to ask ourselves, it is: why don't we?

How the Inga Dams Are Holding the Congo's Energy Future Hostage

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is time for the World Bank and the DRC government to embrace more feasible solutions and stop holding the Congolese population hostage to their multi-billion dollar dreams.

Burundi and the Possibility of Infinite Returns

Karen Sherman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Karen Sherman

All nations that change for the better have a clear sense of purpose: they fear falling behind, or repeating the mistakes of the past. Burundi's purpose encompasses both of those and another one.

Biodiversity and Biotechnology: Equal Partners in Sustainable Development

Stella Salvo | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

History has shown that poverty and famine can lead to war and civil uproar. Indeed there are factors out of the control of a scientist like myself.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

What Is Equitable for Planet Earth? India and Climate Change: Our Record, Role and Responsibility

Ela Bhatt | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Ela Bhatt

It is unfortunate that the world, particularly India, has not come together on the issue of poverty as it has on climate change. The two are interlinked. Therefore, I would urge India to keep in mind two questions when formulating the country's INDCs. Do our INDCs reflect our commitment to reduce carbon emissions with a view toward reducing poverty?

Standing Shoulder-to-Shoulder With LGBTI Advocates Around the World on IDAHOT

Todd Larson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Larson

There's lots of good work being done and lots more to do. Let's take the occasion of IDAHOT to celebrate the former and renew our commitment to the latter with the domestic LGBTI agenda having accrued the mind bogglingly speedy and extensive gains that it has accrued in recent years.

After Ebola: How Civil Society Can Help Mitigate the Next Crisis

Randal Mason | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Randal Mason

After a period of intense national suffering, Liberia has just been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. In addition to thanking the dedicated health care workers in her country, President Sirleaf acknowledged the key role civil society played in helping to turn the tide.

Ebola, Liberia and the Cognitive Dissonance of Development Research

Adam Lewis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

There exists one obvious and inconvenient solution that the global health community can no longer afford to overlook: Make development research more accessible to developing countries' policymakers, institutions, health workers and communities.

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...

Curbing Illicit Financial Flows: How to raise $770bn for African Development

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Illicit financial flows are important enough to be included in the post-2015 Millennium Development goals now being debated by the international community.

Why the Earth Is an Investment Opportunity

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.23.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.22.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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.