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Africa: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

Last week, President Obama hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He welcomed over 40 African heads of state and their outsized entourages to what was a festive affair.

How One Photographer Is Documenting Maternal Health in Africa

Jennifer James | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Jennifer James

I am a big believer in continuing to work on stories for the long haul. That is what Patruno has done since 2011. He has been documenting the gritty truth about maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa for the past three years and shows no sign of letting up. Here are his thoughts about covering maternal health in Africa.

The Story Behind the Hair: Contemporary, Repressive Cameroon

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 08.07.2014 | Media
Kevin A. Lees

There's so much more to Africa, both good and bad, than Chantal Biya's hair. But you'd never know it from the stories of the last 48 hours in mainstream American media outlets.

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Deborah Derrick | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

Though we still have a long way to go, domestic spending increases among African Union nations demonstrate growing political will -- a sign that we are right on track. Most importantly, it sends a strong political message to international donors that their investments are working.

Reemergence of the African Rat Pack

Freedom House | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Freedom House

The reemergence of unconditional solidarity among Africa's incumbent leaders is threatening respect for human rights and good governance throughout the continent.

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.

There Are 400 Million More People In Poverty Than Previously Believed

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact

A new study more accurately reflecting "the actual lives of the poor" has been released, and the numbers are not worth celebrating. According to t...

How Does a Film Industry in Nigeria Still Break All the Rules?

Juliet Asante | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Juliet Asante

I am a gal torn between two worlds! Literally! Last week, I was at the Sundance gala in NYC that honored Glenn Close. The theme of the gala was 'Here ...

Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa Are Dropping Out of School Because of Menstruation Taboo

Nelly Lukale | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Nelly Lukale

Many girls in sub-Saharan Africa end up missing considerable amount of school, or at worst even dropping out, due to humiliation and stigma related to menstruation.

UN Millennium Development Targets for Water and Sanitation Will Expire in 2015... So What's Next?

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mackenzie Klema

While there is a role for international financial institutions and the private sector in the fight for clean water, there is no justification for international agencies and corporations to continue promoting water privatization.

Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom

Robert Walker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Robert Walker

So long as a woman's reproductive freedom is constrained by her husband's opposition, religious prohibitions, or misinformation, she will not be fully capable of exercising that freedom.

Back to the Future: Africa's Mobile Revolution Should Inspire Rural Energy Solutions

Darius Mans | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Darius Mans

Access to power is a principal bottleneck to growth in Africa. Six hundred million Africans lack access to a power grid.

For Bringing Safe, Clean Water to Slums in Sub-Saharan Africa, Market-Based Strategies Are Not the Answer

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 05.05.2014 | College
Mackenzie Klema

Privatization, small-scale water distribution, and community-managed water projects have failed to affordably bring clean water to underserved communities.

What d.light's $11 Million Investment Means for Off Grid Solar

Justin Guay | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Justin Guay

From sub-Saharan Africa to Bangladesh the off grid solar market is posting eye popping growth rates. But despite that impressive performance access ...

Africa's Mega Micro Hedgers: Why We Have a Lot to Learn From Smallholder Farmers

Liz Wilson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

We all know that life does not always turn out like you think it will. The concept of reducing the risk of an investment by making an offsetting investment is well understood. But what if your whole way of life was intensely vulnerable?

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.

The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

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.

What the Year 2014 Holds for the Middle East and the Caucasus

Claude Salhani | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Claude Salhani

It is that time of year again when analysts are asked to put on their thinking cap and try to predict what the coming 12 months may hold for some the more troubled regions of the world. This is by no means a simple exercise.

Family Planning: 3 Barriers Only Women Understand

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Barry Segal

Guest Blog Post by: Ash Rogers Opening access to Family Planning is the most powerful tool the world has for increasing child survival, decreasing ma...

Why Young People Are Ready To Fight Climate Change

Ravi Kumar | Posted 11.26.2013 | Green
Ravi Kumar

In March 2011, when I got out of the airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, I was excited. It was my first trip home since I had left Nepal in 2007 to pursue ...

Biggest obstacles to decent health care in the developing world are managerial

Anjali Sastry | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Anjali Sastry

Picture yourself going to the doctor. You arrive by car, park nearby, and when you enter a receptionist greets you and checks your information on a co...

4 Important Tips for Navigating Africa as an Entrepreneur

Juliet Asante | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Juliet Asante

I am not a Jill of all trades. I am a mistress of one; Entrepreneurship. Through this lens, I form my vision of the world. A world that is informed f...

We Must Confront Climate Change to End Poverty

Jim Yong Kim | Posted 08.21.2013 | World
Jim Yong Kim

Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp. But if we don't confront climate change, we won't end poverty.

Putting Farmers First at the World Economic Forum

Tony Kalm | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Tony Kalm

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. In a discussion I attended of young global leaders, the question was asked: Can Africa feed the world?