Natural Disasters Keep People Poor
Natural disasters that have smacked Southeast Asia recently have killed scores of people and left severe damage in their wake. Recovery has begun, but the dent these events leave on the region’s economies could derail international efforts to eradicate poverty, according to a recent report that looks at how climate change and exposure to severe weather impact different countries.
Risk management can help poor people overcome crises and get ahead
Aid workers and policymakers should shift from being crisis fighters to proactive risk managers, says World Bank.
World Food Prize event in Iowa confronts divisive issues of biotech crops and global warming
The World Food Prize Foundation is confronting both opposition to genetically modified crops and the divisive issue of global warming as it gathers hundreds of experts and national leaders to talk this week about how to feed a growing global population.
How innovative financing can build climate resilience in Africa
Communities across the world continue to experience weather-induced food shortages due to drought, floods, devastating wildfires and other climate change impacts. These populations -- particularly those in rural, developing regions -- will require tools and significant investment to protect themselves and their livelihoods from a warming world.
Entrepreneurship and innovation
Q&A: ‘Startup Rising’ author Christopher Schroeder on the tech-business revolution in the Middle East
Interview and book review.
10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries
NASA, USAID, Nike and the U.S. State Department don't sound like teammates, but they're all equal participants in an international accelerator focusing on sustainable programs and social good.
Globalization and economics
Trade Will Meet Asia's Food Needs
Abundant produce is there for the eating if leaders remove tariffs and other market distortions.
The gated globe
The forward march of globalisation has paused since the financial crisis, giving way to a more conditional, interventionist and nationalist model. Greg Ip examines the consequences.
The new globalization
Washington Post opinion
Globalization isn’t what it used to be.
What kind of capitalism?
The liberal sort may rebound as economies revive.
African rule of law declines despite economic gains, Ibrahim index shows
Mo Ibrahim Foundation's annual governance appraisal calls for greater focus on justice and safety to avoid social unrest.
Economist book review
How to design a company that really helps the poor.
A Surprising Case Against Foreign Aid
In his new book, Angus Deaton, an expert’s expert on global poverty and foreign aid, puts his considerable reputation on the line and declares that foreign aid does more harm than good. It corrupts governments and rarely reaches the poor, he argues, and it is high time for the paternalistic West to step away and allow the developing world to solve its own problems. It is a provocative and cogently argued claim. The only odd part is how it is made: in the conclusion of his book.