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Targeting the Ultra-Poor: A Conversation About Ending Extreme Poverty

BRAC | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
BRAC

The ultra-poor are global development's last mile -- the last remaining households that have yet to reap any benefits from widespread economic growth, or from existing development interventions like microfinance, community health workers or community-based schools.

I Have a Dream!

Clarah Rudo Manuhwa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Clarah Rudo Manuhwa

We live in a world where injustice, racism and prejudice walk the streets freely as imposters of liberty. We live in a world where the dose of decolon...

'We All Inhabit the Same Island'

Ambassador Marlene Moses | Posted 10.22.2013 | Green
Ambassador Marlene Moses

The challenge we face is really two complicated dilemmas folded into one: that is, we need to find ways to provide reliable energy to billions of impoverished people without relying on fossil fuels to do it.

Kate Sheppard

Changes At World Bank Spark Worry About Role Of Social Development

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At its annual meeting last week, the World Bank Group announced major reorganization plans, along with a $400 million budget cut. The sh...

Fast Food, Slow Food and No Food

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 12.16.2013 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

Today, in scores of nations across the globe, there will be conferences, speeches and editorials to celebrate World Food Day. School children will learn all about the latest issues -- fast food versus slow food; food losses and waste; farming and global warning. Surely this is a good thing -- unless you are among the world's 842 million hungry.

A Story of Success in a Land of War

Roots of Peace | Posted 12.15.2013 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt may not be the place we would choose to grow up or build our livelihood, but Afghanistan is also where, with a little assistance, Haji was able to succeed.

How the Urban Poor Are Reclaiming Public Space

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Whether with the help of a superhero, a photo festival, better urban planning and communication, or through a basketball tournament, these initiatives show how the urban poor in the Global South can reclaim the public space that belongs to them.

Germany's Contribution to Development: Let's Grow the Conversation

Kate James | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kate James

If we're going to be successful in solving huge and challenging global problems, then informing, engaging and inspiring people on the issues is going to be absolutely essential. In Germany, I hope this is just the beginning of growing the conversation.

Feeding 1 Billion People Through Agriculture Finance

Vicki Escarra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

If feeding a continent were a simple equation, no one in Africa would go hungry. Its landmass exceeds that of China, Western Europe, India, Argentina and the continental U.S. combined, with enough arable land to feed 2.5 billion people.

Islands of Hope Amid Flash Floods

BRAC | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
BRAC

A narrow dirt road starts where the paved roads of Bangladesh's Habiganj district end, leading to a land of dusty red silt that often completely blankets the sub-district of Baniachang, blocking outsiders from seeing in.

What the U.S. Can Learn From the U.N. on Migration and Development

Donald Kerwin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The dialogue highlights crucial issues that the impoverished U.S. immigration debate has mostly ignored. It does not treat migration as a problem to be solved, but as one of the world's most productive and promising development tools.

Living on Four Liters of Water

Mark Dearn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Dearn

Four liters of water. It sounds a fair amount. So just how challenging can it to be to survive on this amount for a day? It's a challenge almost 1 billion face on a daily basis -- with no choice in the matter.

The Karimu Kids: Building Bridges of Wood and Culture

Suzanne Skees | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Meet an American professor and students from California State University Long Beach, who've learned far more from Bacho villagers in Tanzania than they ever hoped to impart.

POSCO vs. The People: Transnational Investments Threaten Forced Evictions in India

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In India, residents of Odisha decry government ineptitude and corruption for jeopardizing their property rights and livelihoods. POSCO likewise criticizes the government for not effectively resolving land disputes, which have delayed construction.

The Parable of the Talents

David Rosen | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
David Rosen

Every "talent" has a more modest beginning. Talent development is about leveraging the assets of individual students, starting from where they are and using what they already have.

Making Sure Health Care Reaches Everyone, Everywhere

Riders for Health | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Riders for Health

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThey saw piles of motorcycles, rusting behind health centres. These were the very vehicles that would be saving lives.

Can Africa Follow China's Industrialization Path?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

If anything, China had to import all that. This should make industrialization relatively easier for Africa, a region super-rich in commodities. But that depends on how that wealth is spent. Is it going to build Africa's human capital?

What You Don't See on the National News

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

After the mass shooting at the naval yard in Washington, D.C. and the attack at the mall in Kenya, even I began to wonder if there was no goodness left in the world. But only for a moment. For I have witnessed the generosity of thousands, and have seen greatness in the human spirit.

The Karimu Kids: School Is Not Enough -- We Want Healthcare and Jobs for Our Families

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

The curriculum taught at Ayalagaya are the same as for all public secondary schools throughout Tanzania. The school motto is "Education for Creativity." Meet the teachers of Ayalagaya Secondary and two students: Florentina and Jackson.

Video: Forum 2000 Opening Panel

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Jayaseelan Naidoo

In order to craft a developmental path that is inclusive and effective, more voices need to be heard. We need to give our youth an opportunity to have their voices heard and give women equal opportunity to craft this pathway.

The Karimu Kids: New School Launches a Whole Village Revitalization

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

So, there sat Ufani School, atop a grassy knoll with its bright blue walls shining and glass windows glinting in the East African sun. The teachers could work in a solid building, and the students could prepare to pass their secondary school entrance exams at extraordinarily high rates for rural Tanzania. Yet, that wasn't enough.

Inequality Undermining Progress on Poverty Goals

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Winnie Byanyima

A focus on reducing inequality was a major omission in the original Millennium Development Goals. Without it, the next set of global development goals is almost certain to fail.

How Are Cities Connected to the Plight of Florida's Endangered Species?

Mark Hostetler | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green
Mark Hostetler

Decisions on what types of plants to use in urban landscapes can have consequences for our endangered species. For example, many non-native plants are used as ornamentals in urban areas, but some have escaped and become established in surrounding natural habitat.

As Afghan Girls Become Women, Their Dreams Hang in the Balance

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kieran McConville

Upon puberty, it becomes generally unacceptable for girls to be taught by a man unless women are present. This means that for millions of girls in rural Afghanistan, their entry into womanhood results in their exit from the education system.

Boom, Bust and the Indian Economy

Madhusree Mukerjee | Posted 11.18.2013 | World
Madhusree Mukerjee

With elections due in mid-2014, India's politicians are temporarily more mindful of angry voters than of miffed investors. After that, it will be business as usual.