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Developing Countries

Learning Champions Stand Up for International Literacy Day

Julia Gillard | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

I find it almost impossible to imagine life without literacy. But not being able to read is the day to day reality for billions of people.

Opportunities Lost -- Could Ebola Have Been Better Contained?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

How did Africa's health systems come to be so weak? Didn't the United States and other major donors just spend billions of dollars on global health in Africa?

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

Doctors Without Borders

Anita Casalina | Posted 08.14.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Ever since I first heard of them in the 70s, Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF) has been one of the organizations that most ...

How -- And Why -- The International Community Is Rallying to Educate More of the World's Children

Julia Gillard | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The stakes could not be greater. More than 58 million children around the world are simply not in school and 250 million are not acquiring the basic knowledge and skills they should by grade four.

Pollution Deaths Soar but Aid Is Cut

Ben Barber | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Ben Barber

A widening plague of industrial pollution in the developing countries has become the largest cause of global deaths each year -- killing 10 million pe...

As Global Demand for Dairy Products Soars, Domestic Innovation is Key

Michael Zacka | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business
Michael Zacka

Every day, our increasingly independent children and adolescents are faced with coolers full of beverage and energy drink options, and they must have innovative and attractive milk alternatives that make it easier to make the nutritionally smart choice.

What Have You Achieved #BecauseOfSchool?

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The more people share their stories, the more we can push global leaders towards taking action and making substantial financial pledges for education on June 26, 2014.

The Future of Energy in Turkey

David Kroodsma | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
David Kroodsma

What does the future look like? Will emissions keep climbing? How can a country like Turkey keep increasing the wealth of its citizens, yet also cut greenhouse gases?

Does Debt Forgiveness Work? Ask Africa

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Corruption, natural disasters, wars, bad policies, and bad luck made it impossible for African governments to keep up with debt payments without cutting basic services to their people, who were already poor and getting few services in the first place.

250 Million Reasons to Invest in Global Education

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Julia Gillard

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are the promises the global community made to the poorest in the world. One of those promises was to the world's children. We said that by the end of 2015, every child would be able to go to primary school.

The True Price of Mental Health and the Low Cost Solution

Olivia Davies | Posted 06.17.2014 | Impact
Olivia Davies

Of the 450 million people suffering from mental illness and epilepsy in the world, over 75 percent of them live in the developing world.

Africa in the Eyes of Westerners

Audrey Cheng | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Audrey Cheng

Beyond being unfair to the third world, 'first world problems' also is cruel in that it offers no empathy to those in the first world suffering from problems we deem as 'third world problems.'

This Is The Next Generation Of Global Cities

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

Cities in lower-income countries are rapidly catching up with the world's top business capitals, according to a new report. Chicago-based consulti...

Stray Cats and Dogs in Peru

Kevin F. Adler | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Kevin F. Adler

For the animals in Mancora, the situation is abysmal:Hungry dogs roam the street, half limping as they go because they were hit by a moto taxi; emaciated cats, always seemingly pregnant, search for anything to eat. This is the daily scene in the market.

What Can Foreign Investment Really Do for Your Country?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 06.01.2014 | Business
Marcelo Giugale

They generate benefits that go beyond their own businesses -- in technical jargon, they generate "spill-overs" for the rest of the economy. But, what evidence do we have that these spill-overs really exist?

This Invention That Uses Aquarium Pumps Could Save 178,000 Babies Each Year

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world. In an effort to battle the high cost of medical...

Impact Evaluation: A Woman's Best Friend?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 05.07.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Since the early 1900s, the world celebrates International Women's Day each March. In the earlier years, there was not much to "celebrate." Today, there is. The past three decades have witnessed real progress towards gender equity.

America May Finally Be Becoming a Developed Nation

Marten Weber | Posted 05.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Marten Weber

The greatest nation on earth leaves its own citizens to die because of corporate greed, faulty laws, and lack of compassion. The greatest nation on earth leaves a large portion of its population without access to even a basic standard of living.

Democracies Don't Dazzle

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

As developing economies developed, their process of democratization seemed inevitable. Indeed many western scholars believed that the process democratization was a given natural development for any state.

Can Obesity and Malnutrition Co-Exist? The Propagation of Fast Food in Developing Countries

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Herrera

Fast food companies are rapidly expanding from the Western world because of what they call "saturated markets." I'd say what they are really up against are "educated markets," and it's paramount that our educated awareness spread globally.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...

Educational Opportunities, or Lack Thereof, Across the Globe

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.10.2014 | Education
Jared Bernstein

Access to decent education, starting with preschool, remains a significant challenge even here in wealthy America, and of course far more so in less developed countries. Many of the world's kids will apparently tell you so.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

5 Ways Outer Space Taught Us About Earth in 2013

Lauren Lyons | Posted 02.28.2014 | Science
Lauren Lyons

Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.