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Poverty Reduction

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

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.

Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty, Then And Now

OECD | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
OECD

Should we try to end poverty? "Yes," you reply, and wonder why we'd even ask. People in earlier times would have been surprised, too. And for them, the answer would have been equally obvious -- "no."

Manuel Zelaya's Economy: The Other Side of the Coin

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

President Zelaya's heart may have been in the right place, but he wasn't governing; he was simply handing out cash that would eventually have to be paid back by a future government or force a future president to yet again travel around the world begging for forgiveness.

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Miranda Rights: What Europe Could Learn From Latin America's Independence

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

Washington has still not accepted Latin America's second independence, and expects its southern neighbors to behave in the same embarrassingly obedient way as Europe. On the positive side, Latin America has done quite well over the past decade.

South Asia and the Geography of Poverty

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

While economic growth has lifted many people out of poverty, some regions can now be singled out as places where large numbers remain below the extreme poverty line.

Revolutionary Services

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

If services are getting bigger as a share of GDPs and jobs, productivity increases in the former are fundamental for income growth and development.

Can Non-State Service Delivery Undermine Governments?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Whether it is in the U.S. presidential election campaign or as a result of the debt crisis in Europe, people on both sides of the Atlantic are debating the role of the state. Do we need more government or less of it?

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary's Poverty Initiative

Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion

Editor's note: Every week, HuffPost Religion shines a spotlight on religious people doing good work in their communities. If you would like to recomme...

Nanjing and the New International Monetary System

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.31.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

The current international monetary system has certainly delivered a lot. But it also has flaws that need to be fixed, especially if the next phase of globalization is to succeed in bringing a strong and broad-based rise in living standards.

Raising Government Revenue in Africa: A Road Out of Poverty

Mark Plant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Plant

There are limits to how much a government can receive as grants from donors or borrow. So raising tax revenues is a necessary element for governments to spend on providing more of these essential services and, in turn, reduce poverty.

Latin America: Making the Good Times Better

Dominique Strauss-Kahn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Latin America has enjoyed tremendous economic dynamism and a rising quality of life in recent years. But, faced with new challenges, the question is: how best to sustain this progress?

Making up for Lost Time: Getting Back on Track to the Millennium Development Goals

Hugh Bredenkamp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Bredenkamp

With only five years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty reduction agenda has been set back. All is not lost, however. Reducing poverty on a massive scale is doable.

A Market Solution to Help the World's Poor?

Stephan B. Tanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephan B. Tanda

Is there a real business in helping the world's poor? According to the World Resources Institute and the International Finance Corporation, there is.

Transparency in Global Giving: See Where the Good Goes

Peggy Conlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peggy Conlon

Whether it's due to the perception of inefficiency or corruption, people worry that the money they contribute to solve poverty and disease in developing countries is not spent wisely.

The Top 5 Myths About Global Poverty

Clint Borgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Clint Borgen

$30 billion a year is needed to end world hunger. The United States is the only country in history that could end world hunger and still have by far the most expensive military on the planet.

Health Care: Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We've recently seen the abortion rhetoric really heat up to ridiculous proportions. Those with opposing views are being stereotyped and demonized. And facts are taking a back seat to sound bytes.

Breaking the Resource Curse: Concession Negotiation in Liberia

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arlene M. Roberts

Sub-Saharan Africa possesses some of the highest concentrations of natural resources. Yet, for all the mining and extraction, relatively precious few of the benefits trickle down to its citizens.

The Next Economic Stimulus Should Help Those Who Need it Most

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

Only a broad economic stimulus, targeted to help lower-income Americans, can get our country back on the right track.