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China's Superbank

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The engine that transforms the lives of millions of Chinese citizens like Li Liguan is China Development Bank (CDB). The bank channels capital to key sectors and projects in the world's fastest growing economy -- an essential role in any development state.

1,000 Words on the Next 1,000 Days

Jasmine Whitbread | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Jasmine Whitbread

On April 5, 2013 it will have been 4,594 days since 189 nations made a commitment to deliver the eight Millennium Development Goals, and marks 1,000 days left to make them happen.

Civil Society Development and Its Discontents

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

"Are there any other groups similar to yours that also work with women and political participation in Yemen?" I asked. "Well to be honest, every grou...

A Developing World Strategy for Personalized Medicines

Michael Seo | Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Seo

In 1990, the U.S. National Institutes of Health began an effort to map the human genome. This effort known as the Human Genome Project is considered t...

Protecting Nature Is Critical to Maintain Global Security

Peter Seligmann | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Peter Seligmann

The world's growing population -- expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050 -- is predicted to double demands on our planet's dwindling supply of food, fresh water, energy and other resources we can't live without.

In Colombia, Land Is the Future

Tim McCully | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Tim McCully

We never thought implementing the Victims' and Land Restitution Law would be easy, but failure to implement it will mean thousands of farmers left vulnerable to attack, with no land to farm or feed the nation.

An Enlightening Business Opportunity

Anya Cherneff | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Anya Cherneff

Did you know just how many people around the world live in the dark, with no access to the electric power grid? How about that another 1 billion people suffer from power cuts that last up to 18-hours per day in countries like Nepal?

The Ephemeral Fugitives of Global Health Research

Dr. Layla McCay | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Dr. Layla McCay

This week I went to the launch of a brand new journal, Global Health: Science and Practice. Funded by USAID, and supported by Johns Hopkins School of ...

Slums and Service Delivery for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether due to resource constraints, capacity constraints, lack of urban planning and management, or lack of political will, many cities struggle to keep up with the increasing demand of an exploding urban population.

What Are the BRICS Building in Africa?

Ian Scoones | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Ian Scoones

To understand the new encounters in development cooperation brought by the BRICS and others, we have to get to grips with the details, and the cultural, social and political relations at play, as well as the wider political economy that structures such engagements.

How the World Bank Undermines Its Own Development Goals

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank cannot afford to waste public resources on approaches that have failed in the past, and campaign groups will be closely watching the IDA negotiations that begin in Paris this week.

Impact Sourcing: Making Good on the Promise of a Flat World

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Leila Chirayath Janah

Though emerging markets like India had seen income increases for those at the cusp of poverty, not much had changed for people at the very bottom. Impact sourcing distributes wealth using the mechanism of the market.

Sparks of Innovation Help to Battle the Water and Sanitation Crisis

David Winder | Posted 05.15.2013 | Impact
David Winder

Although small, new innovative water and sanitation projects are inspiring. In the face of adversity, communities are showing that a little creativity and the determined will to work hard to control their own destiny.

Development, Diplomacy, & Defense: Solutions via Social Media

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

In the U.S., pundits may tweet about Syria. But average citizens in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Syria are risking their lives because of what they tweet. Yet, they still choose to engage.

The Promise of a Plant in the Fight Against Malaria

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dora Joseph, 31, is raising four children in a tin-roofed, two-room house nestled in the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania. Her eyes are tired and dampened with worry.

How Sports Can Help the Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Read on to learn more about initiatives using sports for development in six cities across the globe -- from Nairobi, Mumbai, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, and Jakarta.

10 Reasons to Invest in Women

Vicki Escarra | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

We have seen the power of investing in one woman, then watching her make a difference not only in her family, but throughout her community. We have seen the remarkable acceleration effect of microfinance investment in women, and know that women have the potential to change the world.

The Sovereign Wealth Trust Fund: The Walking Stick on the Pilgrimage to Sustainable Growth

Bettina Strickler | Posted 04.27.2013 | College
Bettina Strickler

Many countries blessed with natural resources have failed to convert those resources into tangible development. The sovereign wealth trust fund makes for sound revenue management and puts the interests of the people first.

Informality: The Invisible Divider Between Urban Residents

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Because residents of informal settlements in Mexico City are under constant threat of eviction, they do not make infrastructure necessary investments, thereby reducing their health and quality of life.

Hotel In Haiti Symbolizes Future Growth

Tanyella Evans | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Tanyella Evans

Coming to Haiti "for business" may seem like a contradiction in terms to anyone familiar with the headlines on this impoverished nation. Nevertheless,...

Floating Schools and Green Mortgages: Constructions to Help the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

As slums, schools, and homes are designed and built in cities across the developing world, the urban poor are making use of new and innovative approaches to construction.

Witness Uganda Review: A New Musical Probes the World of International Development

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

The play succeeds in demonstrating the power of love and hope in a setting of extreme poverty, and shows the passion that is needed to help those without resources. I felt like I had attended the best taught class for such a topic, even though I am a veteran aid worker.

Peace Corps + BFA = Tremendous Success in Africa!

Patrick Plonski | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Patrick Plonski

Books For Africa's collaboration with the Peace Corps has helped Books For Africa become the world's largest shipper of donated books to the African continent, shipping over 27 million books to 48 African countries over the past 25 years.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Global Transformational Leader

Russell Simmons | Posted 04.21.2013 | New York
Russell Simmons

I was one of the early supporters of Michael Bloomberg when he first campaigned to be mayor of New York City. Those first positive impressions that I had of this uniquely experienced candidate have more than proven to be true over the past decade.

Myanmar: Cautionary Tales for a Country on the Move

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Stephen P. Groff

After decades of isolation, Myanmar has an extraordinary amount of work to do on every imaginable front. Can a nation once intentionally isolated from the world be rebuilt from the outside in?