In Afghanistan, USAID program helps grape farmers bear profitable fruit, but troubles loom
Abdul Qadir, a farmer in the fertile Shomali region north of Kabul, grows grapes much the same way his father and grandfather did. He tends his vines close to the ground, crams clusters into big plastic sacks, drives them 25 miles to the capital and sells them from his car for about $3 a bag.
Falling Economic Tide in India Is Exposing Its Chronic Troubles
India had seemed tantalizingly close to embarking on the same dash for economic growth that has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in China and across East Asia.
Poor Sanitation, Not Malnutrition, May Be to Blame For India’s Notoriously Stunted Children
Majority of population does not have access to toilets, leaving children vulnerable to the stunting effects of disease.
Disruptive Innovation In The Poorest And Most Remote Places In The World
Interview with Seattle-based PATH CEO.
Africa’s Rulers, Face to Face
Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times and author of this past weekend’s profile of Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, shares a remembrance of the other African leaders he has encountered.
The Global Elite’s Favorite Strongman
No country in Africa, if not the world, has so thoroughly turned itself around in so short a time, and Kagame has shrewdly directed the transformation. Measured against many of his colleagues, like the megalomaniac Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who ran a beautiful, prosperous nation straight into the ground, or the Democratic Republic of Congo’s amiable but feckless Joseph Kabila, who is said to play video games while his country falls apart, Kagame seems like a godsend.
Who Is Ali Khamenei?
Foreign Affairs (subscription)
The Worldview of Iran’s Supreme Leader.
India work-skills program makes a dent in disrespect for women
The Kudumbashree program teaches farming and other skills to Indian women. More important, some say, is the confidence they learn.
Investing in a Future for Asia’s Young Women
Mari Sawai and Mario Ferro, who graduated in 2009 from the Masters in Development program of the London School of Economics, founded Wedu last year, a program to help women in Southeast Asia gain access to higher education through microfinancing, mentorship and counseling—and by promising to share a portion of future earnings.
Business and philanthropy
New book: “The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers” (Amazon)
By Paul Polak and Mal Warwick
The 2.7 billion people living on less than $2 a day are not just the world’s greatest challenge—they represent an extraordinary market opportunity. By learning how to serve them ethically and effectively, businesses can earn handsome profits while helping to solve one of the world’s most intractable problems.
The United Nations Says It's Changing Big Business For The Better, But Is it?
Many big companies now stand by a U.N. mandated list of principles for responsible business. But what happens when the principles get in the way of the bottom line? More often than not, they're out the window.
The Cofounder Of Kayak Is An Entrepreneur So He Can Give More Money Away
After seeing suffering in Haiti, Paul English decided he needed to help, and so he focused on using his programming skills to create value that he could then pass on.
People Like Giving More When The Giving Is Social
A useful trick that could have implications for nonprofit fundraising, national foreign aid policies, and even just old-fashioned birthdays.
Weather and Violence
What explains the strong link between climate and conflict? Different mechanisms are most likely operating in different settings, but the two most important factors appear to be aggression and scarcity.
Rodman Gives Details on Trip to North Korea
The retired N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman said Monday that on his visit to North Korea last week, the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, trusted him enough to let him hold his baby daughter and asked him to bring a team of former basketball stars for games in Pyongyang and train the North’s basketball team for the next Olympics.