GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS + CONFLICT

GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIPS + CONFLICT

Global Ideas News Brief

A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works, focused on economic development and innovations.


Empathetic Donor-Doer Engagement
Stanford Social Innovation Review
A seven-part framework for increasing empathy between foundations and grantees.


Global trade

Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Global Search for Cheap Labor
Bloomberg
Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked.


Unlikely partnerships

Coca-Cola’s Last Mile: From Fizzy Drinks to Medical Supplies
Triple Pundit
Coca-Cola as a medical supplies deliverer? One of its community programs, Project Last Mile, at first sounds odd as the company is one of the world’s most recognized brands, with its red and white logos emblazoned everywhere from mega-city centers to the tiniest rural outposts.

Pop-Up Housing
Stanford Social Innovation Review
In London, the YMCA is combining prefab construction with stylish design to create a new kind of affordable home.


Conflict

The Dangerous Logic Used to Justify Killing Civilians
Atlantic
No matter one's position on Israel, Palestine, or the current conflict, the fact that innocent civilians exist on both sides, that they ought to be protected from death and dismemberment, and that they're presently dying in large numbers ought not be denied.

The End of Pluralism
Atlantic
Politics is being rejected in favor of violence across the Middle East. And it's more complicated than "ancient hatreds."


Health

Is the end in sight?
Economist
Campaigners are now talking openly of beating the AIDS epidemic.


Measurement

Little things that mean a lot
Economist
Businesses should aim for lots of small wins from “big data”, that add up to something big.

Here’s proof that child marriage and poverty go hand in hand
The Washington Post
Some 700 million women alive today were married before they turned 18.


Value chains

Bangladesh: '$150m' cost and 18 months to make factories safe
The Guardian
The US Alliance for Bangladeshi Worker Safety has issued its first annual report on factory safety in Bangladesh.


Agriculture 

The Best And Worst Countries For Food Security
Fast.Co. Exist
Food security continues to be a challenge in many nations. U.S. households spend just 7% of income on food. Rwandans shell out an incredible 72%.


Interest

Gaza, by Way of NASA
Atlantic
An astronaut takes a photograph that captures both wonder and war.

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