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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
'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.
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?
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.
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.