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Poetry and Development

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

A small group of us meet occasionally over dinner, ostensibly to talk about new ideas in international development. Mostly we just have a good time; sometimes we forget to talk about development.

It Takes a Global Society to Feed a Child

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Stephan B. Tanda

When delegates convene at the World Economic Forum this week in Davos, I hope that one positive result of the food price crisis will be the recognition that we cannot succeed in a failing world.

Capacity Building: A Continuous Learning Process

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

As the donor community continues to debate foreign aid reform and the importance of "capacity building," I hope we remember that all elements of society have the potential to lead the development process.

Looking Back, Looking Forward -- Opportunities Abound

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

There have been so many incredible moments since we launched just six months ago.

Creating a Cycle of Haitians Helping Haitians

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We found a group of Haitians rebuilding their country in a sustainable, scalable model through decentralization. Unfortunately, foreign aid tends to overlook this in favour of short-term, surface relief.

Notes on the Dutch Decision to Leave Oruzgan

Abdulhadi Hairan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abdulhadi Hairan

Regrettably, the Dutch have decided to leave Oruzgan. However, Afghanistan continues to need their help for reconstruction, development, and education.

As Latin America Changes, Will the U.S. Policy Debate?

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

Latin America is at its most divided, ideologically and in its economic trajectories. Do we have the intellectual tools and framework to deal with it?

The Day After Tomorrow: If You Want to Grow, Learn

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Some countries are less developed than others due to the inability to acquire and adapt better technologies to raise productivity. Yet the potential for technological learning is huge and four global trends have begun to unlock it.

Cote D'Ivoire, Celebrities and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Now is the perfect time for Bono, Clooney, Jolie and company to step up and speak out against the stolen election and human rights abuses in Cote D'Ivoire.

New Animation Shows Future WTC

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The New York Post obtained new animation of what the new World Trade Center will look like, and envisions how the soaring, silver tower will actua...

The Passing of Farmer Holbrooke

Douglas A. Wissing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Douglas A. Wissing

The death of Richard C. Holbrooke, the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has left a giant vacuum in Afghanistan policy circles -- particularly in regards to the agricultural development policy that Holbrooke championed as an essential counterinsurgency tool.

Today's Bounty, Tomorrow's Promise: Better Policies to Manage Natural Resources

Leslie Lipschitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leslie Lipschitz

It's one of the perennial questions in economic policy-making: How do we best manage the economic and social challenges that stem from resource wealth?

Pakistan's Flood Victims Drown in Stereotypes of Terrorism and Graft

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The lackluster donor response in Pakistan shows how bitterness over a failing war can displace humanitarian impulse -- especially when the victims share the religion of the "terrorist threats" that have replaced them in headlines.

How Microfinance Lost its Soul

Aaron Ausland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

Six fundamental shifts in the practice of microfinance have left it operating more like a for-profit bank and less like an innovative pro-poor movement.

Civil Society Groups Claim Ghana's Amendments to Oil Revenue Bill Could Lead to a 'Spending Spree'

Clair MacDougall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Clair MacDougall

As Ghana gears up to become the newest African oil producer next week, civil society groups have criticized the government over changes to a key bill that will allow 70 percent of oil revenues to be used as collateral for infrastructural loans.

Village Green: EPA Honors 5 Exemplars of Smart Growth

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield


Good Governance Matters, In India

Marie-Lou Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marie-Lou Fernandes

There is a new reason to feel vindicated, and hopeful, about India. Last month the Indian state of Bihar - situated to the north of the country with...

The Marty Markowitz Memorial Parking Lot

Jimmy Askew | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jimmy Askew

The latest blow to Atlantic Yards is renewed legal challenges over a plan for an "interim" parking lot for 1,100 cars that would be in place for up to 25 years.

Buying Life? Heaven? A T-Shirt?

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

There is something that rubs me the wrong way with the phrase, "buy life." By turning a life into a commodity and by making a text message or a T-shirt with a bar code the currency, it seems a bit demeaning.

What Does Rape Have To Do With Trees?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

What does rape have to do with trees? What does HIV have to do with fish? Blindness with water? Everything. Especially if you are a woman in the developing world and you are trying to feed your family.

Public Diplomacy: "Out" for the U.S., "In" Overseas?

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

China and India's public diplomacy activities have grown extensively in our new century, even as the United States is seemingly abandoning the foreign policy tool.

A Call Beyond Islam: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Makes Its Mark

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taufiq Rahim

The Award has recognized people and projects that improve environment in Muslim societies and empower Islamic identity and culture. It is now setting the new standard for architecture globally.

Chicago Debates -- The Malling of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

Is Chicago becoming the "Suburb of the Century" in the twenty-first? Are big box retailers eating up our neighborhoods? If you care about our city, be a part of the debate.

The Truly Global Nature of Washington State

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

Throughout the conference there were many examples of innovation originating from our state, from health care to mobile banking.

NATO, Don't Forget Afghan Women

Katherine Spillar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Katherine Spillar

The Obama administration is set to begin a status review of its operations in Afghanistan next month, and in Lisbon this weekend, NATO leaders will me...