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Economic Development

Who SEZ One Size Fits All?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Various policy objectives have motivated the creation -- and exponential expansion -- of SEZs around the world. However, such successes have not been universal or without controversy in the past, nor are they guaranteed in the future.

8 Virtuous Investment Options

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

If you have secured an independent income and are ready now to practice a bit of virtue, here are the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration Delegates working to "solve poverty" and create virtue with your capital.

We Will Grow the Economy By Shrinking It

David Morris | Posted 10.05.2011 | Business
David Morris

Welcome to the new era of austerity, driven by the superstition of our age: We will grow the economy by shrinking it.

"Land Grabs" in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 09.26.2011 | World
Danielle Nierenberg

The trend of international land grabbing -- when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export -- can have serious consequences.

Why Atheism Replaces Religion In Developed Countries

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

Atheism thus blossoms amid affluence where most people feel economically secure. But why? It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives.

Multiple Crises Call for Multifaceted Actions

Vinod Thomas | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

The financial, food and fuel crises as well as climate-related disasters have dominated the global stage in the past five years. Unless we recognize the interconnectivity among these events, responses will likely remain inadequate.

For At-Risk Women, Financial Literacy More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Ann Cotton | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Ann Cotton

Consider this: In rural Africa, I have seen women wail and weep when their husbands have made the unilateral decision to marry off their adolescent daughters to an older man.

The Paradox of Social Progress and Economic Reaction

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

American society has become more inclusive in according rights to women, African-Americans, the LGBT community, people with disabilities -- and far more unequal and precarious economically.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

I Am a Water Billionaire

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

One-sixth of the world's population does not have access to a glass of clean drinking water. If the United States suffered this thirsty fate, 52 million Americans would be without water.

My Three Favorite Things at Stanford

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Once a year, I teach a course at the University of California Berkeley campus about social entrepreneurship. But I also love visiting the Stanford campus for three tipping point reasons.

Rescue Regional Economies With High-Growth Startups

Mike Mozenter | Posted 07.25.2011 | Business
Mike Mozenter

Regions want to tap into their entrepreneurial legacies and once again become thriving centers of commerce by spurring the growth of new, technology-based, high-value companies.

Diaspora Development

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Whether infrastructure bonds or direct philanthropy, tapping into the profits from Diaspora-based donor kebab stands is a development idea with a lot of meat on it.

Media Hit on Housing Programs Is Off Target

Sunia Zaterman | Posted 07.17.2011 | Media
Sunia Zaterman

Public housing is a multibillion dollar asset that is home to 2.2 million working families, seniors and people with disabilities. Not only is money not being wasted, it is producing an excellent return on investment.

Why New York City Needs a "Living Wage" Law

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 07.16.2011 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

We have tremendous income inequality in this city. That is why the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is so important, not only as a matter of economic justice, but as sound fiscal policy as well.

Building Prosperity Through Small Business Entrepreneurs: An Update

Randall Kempner | Posted 06.21.2011 | Business
Randall Kempner

In developing countries, there are many other firms with good ideas that can both address a social challenge and earn profits. However, the vast majority of small business entrepreneurs lack access to resources they need to thrive.

Truth Teller or Bank Teller? Which Are You?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

I wanted to tell my disgruntled microfinance detractor that in a world plagued with 3 billion poor people, there are no easy answers.

Knowledge Is Power: Transparency and Participation Will Be the Drivers of Effective Development

Rebecca Harris | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Rebecca Harris

If effective, informed development is, in fact, the desired endpoint of the World Bank and partner international organizations, they must strive to empower communities and encourage local ownership, fostering a true and equal partnership with civil society.

EPA Announces Plan to Abandon Kansas City -- at the Cost of the City and Taxpayers

Geoffrey Anderson | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Geoffrey Anderson

To avoid small costs, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be creating big costs for everyone, including the federal government.

City Planning: How Cities Can Save Local Manufacturing Businesses

Larry MacDonald | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Larry MacDonald

All across America, small to medium manufacturing businesses are shutting down, resulting in lost jobs and lost revenues for cities. Everyone loses. ...

Money Can't Buy Equality

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.30.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Conventional wisdom suggests that growth is sufficient for poverty reduction and social progress, but is this the case in South Asia? Perhaps not.

With Success, IDA Must Begin to Reinvent Itself

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

Fast forward to the year 2025. IDA will begin negotiating its 21st Replenishment Agreement. As with every other replenishment since 1960, donor ...

Cash on Delivery Aid: A Good Idea for America too

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Birdsall

"Experimentation on foreign aid is valuable0- - and rare." This is the single most important line in Tina Rosenberg's excellent description of Cash on Delivery Aid in her recent New York Times op-ed.

Can We Get an Africa Lead at USAID Already?

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Todd Moss

It's now 26 months since the inauguration and where the #%&$ is USAID's leadership?

Sovereignty, Stability and Sweet Micky: What is Going on in Haiti?

Nicole Skibola | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Nicole Skibola

Why aren't we outraged that the United States and the OAS pushed for the adoption of election results that many have deemed fraudulent?