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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.