Global Ideas News Brief: Big names weigh in on global inequality

Global Ideas News Brief: Big names weigh in on global inequality

A young Indian woman works on her sewing machine that she purchased through a Mercy Corps CHAI loan. Organizations are looking for new ways to help young people hit hard by a tight job market. Photo: Leah Hazard/Mercy Corps

Global development

Looking at a two-track future
Wall Street Journal
Globalization has made the world a more equal place, lifting the economic fortunes of billions of poor people over the last quarter century. Here's the rub: At the same time, it has made richer countries more unequal—squeezing the incomes of the poor and the middle class.

Developing Countries: More Than Economic Rivals and Terror Threats
The Atlantic, Charles Kenny
Developing a new framework for assessing the post-Cold War, post-9/11 world

Picking the world champion of trade: Trading up
The Economist
Which country gets the most out of international commerce?

Where to bet now
Foreign Affairs
Mexico, South Korea, Poland, Turkey, Indonesia and the Philippines, and the Mekong region are well positioned to thrive as China slows and the commodity boom cools. All have crucial strengths to draw on and will play increasingly important roles in the future of the global economy.

Bill and Melinda Gates' annual letter

Bill Gates Just Revealed His Goal For The Rest Of His Life
For the past five years, Bill and Melinda Gates have published an annual letter, which helps set the global philanthropic agenda. This year, they’ve taken a different tack: rather than list their foundation’s wins, losses and priorities, the letter, released today, takes the form of a manifesto. Actually, an anti-manifesto.

The Case for Aid
Foreign Policy, Jeffrey Sachs
It's become fashionable to argue that foreign aid doesn't make a difference. Here’s why the critics couldn't be more wrong.

Youth skills

U.N. Says Over 200 Million Unemployed Worldwide
The number of jobless people increased by 4.9 million in 2013 over the previous year, bringing the total global unemployment rate to 6%, the International Labor Organization said in a report. Young people aged 15 to 24 are the most hard-hit by joblessness, with unemployment rates for that age group reaching 13.1 percent.

The future of jobs: The onrushing wave
The Economist
Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less. But things can change.

Skills and youth: All hands on deck
The Economist
How to cut youth unemployment in a fast-changing jobs market.


The Call of Violence
Stanford Social Innovation Review
In parts of the world, expanding cell-phone coverage brings with it an increase in violent activity.

Kenya’s Banking Revolution Lights a Fire
NYT, opinion
It would be superficial to argue that the mobile phone industry’s success in sub-Saharan Africa proves the merits of privatization in every instance. But can this success be replicated in other sectors, like Kenya’s inefficient power, transportation and health services?

Land rights

How the Poor Get Washed Away
NYT, opinion
WHEN Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November, killing more than 6,000 people and leaving more than four million homeless, one group was particularly hard hit: the landless poor. More than a thousand of the dead lived in a single squatter camp. While natural disasters may seem like equal-opportunity destroyers, they are not.

Social enterprise

Creating a business: Testing, testing
The Economist
Launching a startup has become fairly easy, but what follows is back-breaking work.

Accelerators: Getting up to speed
The Economist
The biggest professional-training system you have never heard of.

Value chains

Starting Now, All Intel Microprocessors Are Conflict-Free: Here's How The Company Did It
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich tells Co.Exist how the world's largest chip maker has taken a giant leap forward in responsible sourcing for the electronics industry.


The World's 85 Richest People Are as Wealthy as the Poorest 3 Billion
The Atlantic
The report that everybody's talking about this morning is Oxfam's opus on global inequality, which leads with an eye-popping statistic: The richest 85 people in the world own more wealth than the bottom half of the entire global population. What exactly does that mean?

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