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International Development

After a Year of Sweeping Reform, the Global Fund Is Ready for New Challenges

Simon Bland | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Simon Bland

Last December after a year of soul-searching about the Global Fund's future culminating in the cancellation of a scheduled round of grant-giving, I insisted that the Global Fund was alive and well.

Why Nations Fail: The Sachs Attack

Michael Busch | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Michael Busch

Jeffrey Sachs' argument about the book Why Nations Fail boils down to a basic claim: it is simple, misleading, and frequently wrong. Sachs is all too eager to take shots at the ideas of others, but can't tolerate challenges to his own work.

The East Asian Miracle 2.0

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.26.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

. In a recent Economic Premise - "Avoiding Middle-Income Growth Traps" - Pierre-Richard Agénor, Michael Jelenic and I suggest that the region can now provide a new round of lessons.

Is There a New Consensus on Development Policy?

Raj Nallari | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Raj Nallari

The resounding success of this event led us to believe that Korea should continue to take the lead in organizing global and regional events as a series on Frontiers in Development Policy under the Korea Knowledge Sharing Program.

American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The country enjoys a bounty of natural resources and a popular culture which combines initiative, warmth, and hard work. So why do forty percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day? And why are the streets clogged with refuse?

Getting Meds to Sick Kids at the End of the Supply Chain

Joel Lamstein | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joel Lamstein

For community case management to be truly effective, countries and partners must invest in supply chains so that they can forecast, finance, procure, and deliver life-saving medicines to community health workers.

From Youth Bulge to Youth-Led: Finding a Space for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Daniela Ramirez | Posted 01.06.2013 | College
Daniela Ramirez

While we are still a few years away from the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the process of framing the post-2015 development agenda is already well under way.

To Our Next President: Global Leadership Begins With Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David Weiss

With Election Day now here and the outcome an apparent toss-up, one important topic left uncovered has been the important role of U.S. foreign assistance.

Do Women Care About More Than Children, Lovelife and Fashion?

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Dr. Layla McCay

As a woman who very much believes that men and women are equal in most respects and ought to be treated as such, I feel sorry to call foul on actress Maria Bello, recently named goodwill ambassador for women by Haiti's president, for her advocacy work with women since the Haiti earthquake in 2012.

Land Grabbing: What Has Changed?

Ian Scoones | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ian Scoones

There is now a growing understanding of the international, wider context of large land deals. Researchers are also showing how the narratives of 'idle land', 'productive commercial agriculture' and 'backward smallholders' are being used by politicians and others.

What If We Sent 1 Million Books to The Gambia?

Patrick Plonski | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

Tom Warth, the founder of Books For Africa, has done a lot of unusual things to promote charity and education. But nothing has been as important to him as his "African Book Walk: A Hike Across The Gambia to End Their Book Famine."

Pacific Islands: Renaissance in Long-Overlooked Region?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The costs of providing small, disperse populations with basic health, education, energy, water supply and sanitation services are also high, and opportunities to increase government revenues seem few. But amidst this "sea" of challenges are glimmers of hope.

Clean Cookstoves Can Save Lives

Rocky Dawuni | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Rocky Dawuni

Cooking kills people, to the shocking tune of 2 million each year. Just think about it -- the act of cooking, meant to nurture our families and us, is the fifth-biggest health risk in developing countries.

Infographic: The Power of Cooperatives Explained

Anja Tranovich | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Anja Tranovich

By banding together in a co-op, farmers can buy inputs, like fertilizer and seed, directly from providers, saving expensive middleman costs.

We Can Both Feed the World and Protect the Planet

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Eva M. Clayton

Between now and 2050, the world faces two critical challenges. First we must feed a hungry planet, amid growing demand from a rising population. And secondly, we must do this while protecting our environment.

USAID in Russia: A Celebration of Partnership

Carol Peasley | Posted 12.16.2012 | World
Carol Peasley

Everything USAID did in Russia was done in partnership with Russian organizations and people. This spirit of partnership also helped to enhance the voices and contributions of Russians as they sought to solve problems, community by community.

Hacking for Hunger? There's An App for That!

Maura O'Neill | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

We are sparking the imagination and entrepreneurial talent of the world to use the new mobile and computing technology to solve one of the world's most devastating problems.

World Food Day 2012: Heifer International's Cooperatives Will Help Feed the World

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Today Heifer International joins the FAO and others in observance of World Food Day. This year, the theme "Agricultural Cooperatives -- key to feeding the world" highlights the efforts of smallholder farmers who have united to end hunger.

Investments in Girls: Half the Sky, but None of the Cash

Nicole Tosh | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Nicole Tosh

Programs have traditionally focused on keeping girls in school or delaying marriage, which are important approaches, but perhaps a wiser investment is direct assets to girls -- i.e., giving them cash.

Make Combating Child Marriage a U.S. Foreign Policy Priority

Helene D. Gayle | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Helene D. Gayle

When it comes to marriage, girls shouldn't be the ones taking vows. You and I should. On the first-ever International Day of the Girl, let's vow to end child marriage together.

Jobs as a Gateway to Prosperity

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Jobs are much more than a scorecard of an economy's macroeconomic heart beat. They are a vehicle for poverty reduction.

Old Before Rich?

Michael Hodin | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Ageing In The 21st Century: A Celebration And A Challenge is a big deal as it gives the full recognition that an older world - more of us over 60 than under 14 by mid century - is, indeed a global matter.

Microwork: The Next Microfinance

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 12.06.2012 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Microwork and impact sourcing could be the next big thing in the development world.

Yoga: How We Serve Haitian Children

Rob Schware | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Rob Schware

"During the second trip lots of medical volunteers were in the bunkhouse with us. At meal times they shared horrifically graphic tales from their work, and I began to feel some misgivings: were we 'just playing' while they were 'really working'?"

World Vision: Waking Up From Suburbia Stupor -- Lessons From a Global Soccer Mom

Cat-Dan Lai-Smith | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Cat-Dan Lai-Smith

Meet stay-at-home mom Shayne Moore. She spends her time supervising homework and driving her kids to sports practices. In the midst of all that, she wrote a book called Global Soccer Mom that's about how the "soccer mom" demographic can be global thinkers.