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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 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.