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Global Development

The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

Katja Iversen | Posted 12.23.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.

Orders of Magnitude and the Human Cost of Illicit Financial Flows

Raymond Baker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Raymond Baker

All of us would like better data -- better financial flows data, better financial stock data, better health data. But, a lack of perfection in the data that we have cannot become an excuse for failing to accept the linkage between resources and survival.

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

Katja Iversen | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

Are We Disenchanted With Women's Empowerment?

Kate Roberts | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Kate Roberts

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was 'power' and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Global Development's Latest Challenge: Conference Fatigue

Adam Lewis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

They say those who can't do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.

Afghanistan and Kids at the Border

Edward Corcoran | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Edward Corcoran

These are two current challenges facing the nation and at first glance seem totally unrelated. But in fact they are two aspects of the core challenge for the 21st century: promoting U.S. prosperity.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital?

Olav Kjorven | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Olav Kjorven

There is a spiritual dimension to the development agenda. It's inside each and every one of us, motivating us for action. And it is alive in churches, temples, mosques and in all sorts of other human groups and networks around the world, way beyond religion -- at the individual level, the community level and the institutional and global levels. Negotiators will come to agreement on the what and the how, hopefully. The why comes from deep inside us, often inspired by our various ancient as well as newer faith and thought traditions.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

The Story Behind the Numbers on World Population Day

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Purnima Mane

While these numbers are still high and have major global impact, I urge us not to lose sight of the fact that each country is faced with its own unique set of population challenges and opportunities.

Taking The Lead On Women's Public Health

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

At WomanCare Global, we empower women to choose whether and when they'll have children. We want to ensure that every aspect of the supply chain has been audited and addressed.

It's World Immunization Week: Do You Know Where Your Child's Vaccination Card Is?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Ranking among the very best investments we can make in our children, our communities and in future generations, vaccines merit meticulous tracking. They serve as the promise that children will be able to grow up healthy and reach each of the milestones we envision for them.

Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

Surprise! Foreign Aid Works and Other Good News

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

It's all too easy to believe the worst about the world. In fact, research shows that our minds are wired to be much more sensitive to bad news than good -- it's called negativity bias.

Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Global Development

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Melinda Gates

Over the next decade, nearly 1 billion women will enter the global workforce. This could be great for the world. If these 1 billion women are allowed to apply their ingenuity and skills and talent to their fullest extent, they will make everybody's lives better.

Another New Year -- And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want

Mariela Castro Espín | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Mariela Castro Espín

I joined the UN High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Development to help make sure sexual and reproductive rights are specifically addressed in the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda, and that the rights of women and young people receive the priority they deserve.

Transform Your Giving: Be an Everyday Philanthropist

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

I'm no Rockefeller, but I am an everyday philanthropist. Some call it "charity," some "donating," some respond when asked to sponsor a friend's half-marathon effort for a good cause.

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of ...

The Not-So-Humble Backpack: Equipping Girls for Greatness

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.