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Economic Development

In South Sudan, Humanitarian Action Is a Palliative, Not a Long-Term Solution

Toby Lanzer | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Toby Lanzer

While the needs of people in South Sudan require urgent attention, and continued funding, we must keep in mind that emergency operations can only assist them in the short-term.

Missing a Trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Next week, over 1,000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

Can Environmental Protection And Economic Development Coexist?

Posted 04.09.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Sami Grover: Critics of environmentalism have often been keen to frame the issue as man vs. nature, progress vs. conse...

What Can Foreign Investment Really Do for Your Country?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.01.2014 | 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?

Redefining Development: Locally-led, Expert-supported Partnerships are Creating Lasting Change

Barry Segal | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest post by Aliya Mughal, freelance journalist, on behalf of Spark MicroGrants What's the point of development when the majority of people in Sub-...

Large Dams Are Uneconomic, Scientific Study Finds

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Dam builders and financiers frequently acknowledge the problems of the past, but claim that they have learned from their mistakes.

Kankwanzi's Story: Why We Need More Women in Infrastructure and Building

Alan Ricks | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
Alan Ricks

These are the types of observations that followed Anne Marie Nyiranshimiyimana wherever she went when she first began working with us on the Ministry of Health's district hospital construction in Butaro, a northern province in Rwanda in 2009.

Global Cooperation in the Age of Sustainable Development

Vuk Jeremić | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Vuk Jeremić

The United Nations must become the functional center of the global sustainable development effort, one that draws on every stakeholder through the UN's unique convening power and universally recognized legitimacy.

International Corporate Volunteering: Profitable for Multinational Corporations

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Building a better world is good for business.

Impact Evaluation: A Woman's Best Friend?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.07.2014 | 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.

Cities in the Third Industrial Revolution

Thomas Fisher | Posted 03.06.2014 | Technology
Thomas Fisher

Why continue to build infrastructure as if people will still commute between where they live and work when the new economy will see increasing numbers of people living, working, and making things in the same location?

Should California Copy Ohio's Economic Development Policies?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Ohio's governor and economic development agencies may not be visiting California companies to woo them back to Ohio as Texas Governor Rick Perry has been doing, but I would say the answer is 'yes' to this question.

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

The Paradox of Africa's Growth

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 04.16.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Why is Africa's job growth so weak while its economic growth outlook is just fine, even robust? The reasons are structural in nature and three-fold.

How to Make N.Y.C. Economic Development More Effective

Carol Kellermann | Posted 03.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

The beneficiaries of city capital dollars should be neighborhoods, not individual firms.

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

President Obama's designation of five localities as Promise Zones is the latest in a long history of efforts by his predecessors to wage the war on po...

Art in the Jungle

Rana Florida | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Rana Florida

This video documents the forum my husband Richard Florida participated in with members of the institute and the local community -- he from Toronto, them from a fenced in compound in the rain forest.

Why Inequality Stings

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Much has been written about how the richest segment of the U.S. population has prospered in recent decades whereas the majority have not seen their circumstances improve despite unprecedented economic growth. Why does that matter?

4 Years Later: Haiti's Progress Not Always Visible to the Naked Eye

Caitlin Klevorick | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Caitlin Klevorick

With each passing year the incredible stories of heroism give way to ones of failure. As we've seen, stories about suffering sadly tend to get more eyeballs than those of progress and lessons learned.

The Rise of the Anchor Institution: Setting Standards for Success

Aaron Bartley | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Aaron Bartley

Anchor institutions will only succeed in transforming communities and revolutionizing the way cities approach their developmental futures if they adopt high-road practices.

West Virginia Suffers the Impact of Our Toxic Technology

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Air and water quality must be protected by the government. There is no alternative to government policy, regulation and enforcement. The freedom to pursue economic gain cannot be allowed to threaten the drinking water of 300,000 people.

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

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.

Where Mayor de Blasio Can Find Some Real Money

Carol Kellermann | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Mayor de Blasio is already committed to pursuing tax changes in Albany (a millionaires' tax needs State approval), and he should make property tax reforms a key element of advocacy.