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Economic Development

 

Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

 

Development Controversy a Sign of Sophistication

Public debate about two prominent poverty-alleviation programs shows that over the past 15 years international development has become much more scientific.

By Dean Karlan & Caroline Fiennes | Aug. 7, 2012
 

Economic Development

Running for Economic Development in Kenya

An interview with Wilson Kiriungi, CEO of Run with Kenyans.

By Chris Markl | 1 | Aug. 3, 2012
 
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Environment

Disadvantaged Populations Feel the Heat

The connection between environmental quality and the predicament of disadvantaged populations is coming into ever-sharper relief.

By Karim Al-Khafaji | 8 | Aug. 3, 2012
 

Microfinance

Social Enterprises and Growth: Lessons from the Microcredit Debate

Ambition to scale makes MFIs more financially driven.

By Ignacio Mas and David del Ser | 1 | Jul. 30, 2012
 
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Environment

Holding the Line Means Losing

Using quantified conservation for environmental gain.

By Joe Whitworth | Jul. 24, 2012
 
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Urban Development

Wanted: New Frameworks for Urban Housing

As global base of the pyramid urban evictions intensify, we need good quality, affordable housing that creates attractive profit opportunities.

By Ruban Selvanayagam | 2 | Jul. 5, 2012
 

Urban Development

Ten Cities, Ten Projects

A report from the first-ever EcoDistricts Institute—how 10 cities are integrating green buildings and infrastructure with community action and civic entrepreneurship.

By Rob Bennett | Jun. 6, 2012
 

Education

Training to Save?

Does financial education training for children in Ghana help instill a culture of good decision-making? Take a reader survey and find out.

By Annie Duflo & Dean Karlan | 3 | May. 31, 2012
 

Economic Development

A Fresh Take on Building Prosperous Cities

Local government strategic planning is needed to move cities forward at the necessary rate of reform.

By Mayor Sam Adams | 5 | May. 9, 2012
 
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Business

Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in Cote d’Ivoire

The entire cocoa sector—exporters, NGOs, manufacturers, and governments—must help farmers boost their productivity and income.

By Andy Harner | Apr. 25, 2012