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Economic Development

 

Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

 

How Fair Trade Grew

Variances in the experience of producer countries strongly affect how fair trade markets have evolved.

 

Making Cash Pay Off

GiveDirectly relies on high tech and hard data to test whether large cash transfers can alleviate extreme poverty.

 

The Trouble With Top-Down

The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.

Reviewed By Kevin Starr | Summer 2014
 
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Lots of Opportunity

An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.

 

A Fault in Funding

An initiative undertaken by the World Bank reveals a troubling gap in the financing of social enterprises.

 

Filling Out the Middle

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs targets a "missing" segment in emerging economies.

 
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SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia

SMART CITIES explores how the combination of city growth and new technology can bring opportunities for the future.

By Anthony M. Townsend | Oct. 18, 2013
 

By Youth, for Youth

Through the Global Changemakers program, people under the age of 25 are developing solutions to problems that directly affect them.

 
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Sponsoring Hope

A properly designed sponsor-a-child program can have real, long-term impact on the life course of its beneficiaries.

 

Good (and Not-So-Good) Neighbors

Major local events, with some notable exceptions, spur locally based companies to increase charitable giving.