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Economic Development

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

Improving Access to Knowledge, Finance, Technology and Markets, for Small and Growing Food Companies in Africa

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.

Start a Business - Not a Social Enterprise

Madelynne Wager | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Madelynne Wager

Socially-minded entrepreneurship is the latest humanitarian trend. Altruistic mavericks are pioneering products and services to fulfill previously unmet needs -- especially in developing nations -- changing the rules of agriculture, lighting, medicine, education and more.

Navigating Brazil's Path to Growth

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's macroeconomic management will face four major immediate challenges in the near future. The response to them will be strengthened if we could have some indication of how to steer the Brazilian economy back to a growth route.

Haiyan, One Year Later: From Relief to Reconstruction

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Stephen P. Groff

The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.24.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Fast-Tracking Myanmar's Reform

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Myanmar needs strong institutions to safely navigate its return to the global economy. Incomplete institutional frameworks, hamstrung by weak human resource capacity, are arguably Myanmar's biggest hurdle.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Finding a Way Home: The Situation for Young Afghan Returnees

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

It is clear that the scale and complexity of problems facing refugees necessitates long-term political commitment in Afghanistan in order to bring about sustainable transformation for refugees.

A New Motor for the Motor City

Laura Hogikyan | Posted 11.23.2014 | Detroit
Laura Hogikyan

On Saturday, I rode with some co-workers in the Tour de Troit, a 30-mile loop around Detroit. The route begins in Roosevelt Park where the empty train station loomed large over the near 7,000 cyclists and beer tents at Corktown's edge.

Beyond the Paradox: Realising Africa's Agricultural Revolution (AGRF 2014)

Liz Wilson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

Africa spends about $35 billion per year importing food. Imagine if it went to our farmers and fishing communities instead. Attending the Alliance f...

Diplomacy Is Only the Beginning: Nations in Conflict Need a Viable Economy to Truly Rebuild

Thomas J. Miller | Posted 11.08.2014 | Business
Thomas J. Miller

People need to trust and feel confident about where they live. Conflicts overshadow the conditions necessary for creating opportunities in which people can support themselves.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Species Not The Only Things Facing Extinction

| Emily Underwood | Posted 09.05.2014 | Science

A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.

Religious People More Spiritual than Atheists?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Detroit
John M. Eger

This discussion of the value of the city's collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the city reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Place Matters!

Edward Summers | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Edward Summers

'Location, location, location' may be considered the realtor's mantra, yet colleges and universities also know it well. Some institutions are situated in rural parts of the country, others in small and mid sized urban centers that have seen tremendous decline and disinvestment.

The Countryside Strikes Back

John Feffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

Gabor Harangozo is one of the new young leaders of the Hungarian Socialist Party. He started out, as many of his generation did, working with Fidesz, which in the early 1990 was a liberal youth party. Gradually, however, he grew disenchanted with market liberalism and moved toward social democracy.

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

When Workers Own Their Companies, Everyone Wins

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

America is a land of ownership and democracy--and yet these values are generally ignored in the workforce. Cooperatives can change that.

The Business of Selling Equatorial Guinea to Investors

Lisa Misol | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Lisa Misol

The forum agenda, designed to entice more American investment, skips over issues of government mismanagement and high-level abuse of power in Equatorial Guinea.

Why I Traveled To Ethiopia To Get My Birth Control

Joan Erakit | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Joan Erakit

The healthcare provider assured me that there was no need to make an appointment -- here at Mulu, patients came in and got family planning counseling services on a "walk in" basis. In addition, all family planning services and contraceptives were free. With the incentives mounting high and a full range of choices available, I could find no better place to start planning for my family.

Sec. Kerry's Opportunity in Burma: Political Pressure Coupled With Economic Development

Mickey Bergman | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Successful political reform in Burma relies on Burmese people seeing the benefits of democratization in their daily lives. So while we continue to apply pressure on the political track, we must not neglect, and in fact enhance, our efforts on economic growth, particularly for home and small businesses.