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Economic Development

The Business of Selling Equatorial Guinea to Investors

Lisa Misol | Posted 08.08.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.

A Market Approach to Immigration

Noel A. Poyo | Posted 08.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Noel A. Poyo

With no reform in sight for our broken immigration system, the president of the United States should focus on addressing the market forces that contribute to this tragedy.

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 07.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Building Better Pathways to In-Demand Careers

Lee D. Lambert | Posted 07.25.2014 | College
Lee D. Lambert

The reinvigorated push for better job training announced this week by the White House is important for numerous reasons. As PCC's chancellor, what struck me was the critical role community colleges are again being called upon to play in readying our workforce for the in-demand jobs of the 21st century.

Could There be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America?

Pamela Patterson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Pamela Patterson

I live in rural America. But my rural America is not the agricultural fields of waving grain so often imagined. It is not a land locked state in the center of our country.

To Find Your Mission, Disrupt Your Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 07.19.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

Curiosity, joy, integrity, clarity of commitment -- all of these are essential to social entrepreneurship in its deepest sense. But I had to disrupt my life and take a risk in order to rediscover them.

Combating Desertification in the Post-2015 Agenda

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 07.17.2014 | Green
Mahmoud Mohieldin

Land degradation and subsequent desertification are becoming some of the most pressing development issues. It is estimated that one-third of the world's arable land has been lost in the last 40 years due to soil erosion.

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.

Youth, Television and What Might Keep Afghanistan from Ending up Like Iraq

Sam Schneider | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Sam Schneider

Ever since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began their recent offensive in Iraq, anxieties about the potential of something similar taking place in Afghanistan have abounded. Yet many have missed a crucial piece of the puzzle.

The Subtle Wounds of Timor-Leste's Violent Past: Trauma, Diagnoses, and Injustice

Kyle Knight | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Repeated bouts of violence in Timor Leste's recent past and a persistent sense of injustice have had a lasting mental health impact, new research shows. Researchers say recovery may require more than therapeutic interventions.

Increasing Competition and Reducing Fees Can Help Harness Remittances for Economic Development

Amini Kajunju | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Amini Kajunju

While remittances to Africa are helping to reduce poverty in individual households in sub-Saharan Africa, panelists from top financial institutions and the African Diasporan community agreed that channeling remittances flows through collective investment schemes and other innovative approaches are necessary to maximize its impact for sustainable development.

The Development Gap in New York City

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.16.2014 | New York
André Corrêa d'Almeida

New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even as the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor continues to increase.

To Solve Unemployment and Global Warming, Young People Hold the Key

Bill Reese | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

If we can turn today's huge and growing youth population into an economic dividend that can drive global growth and prosperity, then in 2030, the children of today's workers and small business owners will be far more likely to stay in school, find success in the workforce, and become productive, taxpaying citizens.

Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing 'Human Infrastructure' Investment Gap

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

A 2013 UNICEF report listed Timor-Leste as having the highest percentage of children under five who are moderately or severely stunted in the world, matched only by Burundi.

Working Toward the Future

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

This year at FM's graduation, I was fortunate enough to address over 200 students who attended Commencement to celebrate their academic success. These...

Choosing the Mission-Driven Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

To take the world's future into our hands, we must take our own future into our hands. We must change ourselves by living meaningful, mission-driven lives. Deciding to do so is where social entrepreneurship begins.

Let's Startup N.Y. Together!

John Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
John Robinson

In one month, we will be crossing New York State in our Journey Along the Erie Canal again in support of opportunities for all abilities. As we prepar...

The Art of Y: Local Manufacturing

Alex Schattner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Alex Schattner

Have you ever had an idea for a product--maybe even went as far as mocking it up--but then shied away from it due to fears of difficult and costly overseas manufacturing?

A Day in the Life of New York City Libraries (VIDEO)

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 07.20.2014 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

Far from being hallowed marble halls they are lively, active, dynamic places where people make real change in their lives. See for yourself: Modern libraries are dynamic, diverse, exciting centers of social change.

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

Eve Sullivan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

Our goals are the same: we seek to take the best of both tradition and innovation while avoiding the worst of either. This is quite a juggling act, to be sure. I believe parents in the Arab world and the West, indeed parents around the world, can more effectively help each other if we see our common concerns.

Farming and Dancing: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Five Ways Men Benefit from Women's Empowerment

William Petrocelli | Posted 06.27.2014 | Women
William Petrocelli

What's the most important thing men can do for themselves? The answer seems clear to me: work for the empowerment of women.