GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: AFRICA SUMMIT + CLIMATE

GLOBAL IDEAS NEWS BRIEF: AFRICA SUMMIT + CLIMATE

Global Ideas News Brief

Social Good = Scale X Impact (Who Knew?)
SSIR
Nonprofits often focus on scale while evaluators focus on net impact. We need both, and we need nonprofits and evaluators to adapt their approaches in pursuit of maximum social good.

Africa Summit

The next great disruption
Economist
Africa may seem a sideshow now, but it is not a bad test of America’s standing in the world.

Africa Needs Science, Not Aid
NYT
There is a way to make a lasting and low-cost investment in Africa’s next generation: Mr. Obama must bring education—and science and technology in particular—to the forefront of the debate about African development.

Food security

India Threatens to Block Global Trade Deal
NYT
India could put a landmark World Trade Organization deal in jeopardy at hectic negotiations in Geneva after saying that it would withhold support for the agreement unless there was simultaneous progress on resolving a dispute over its food security program.

Warnings mount of East Africa famine – is anyone listening?
Christian Science Monitor
Millions in South Sudan and Somalia are at risk, according to sophisticated tracking models and data collected this year on crops, livestock, markets, and stockpiles. But early warning doesn't always mean action.

Development goals

MDG goals stalling; UN calls for bold and more focused action
Guardian
The United Nations has released its annual report on progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the first international targets for development.

Smart Aid for the World’s Poor
WSJ
In September next year, the United Nations plans to choose a list of development goals for the world to meet by the year 2030. What aspirations should it set for this global campaign to improve the lot of the poor, and how should it choose them?

Can India Achieve Financial Inclusion within the Next Few Years?
HuffPost
Connecting every Indian family with the formal financial system within a year is a steep aspiration. And while it might take it little longer, a recent visit to India convinced me that over the past few months, the pieces have come together for India to make huge progress.

Interest

In Praise of Operations: Making "What Works" Actually Work
Bridgespan Group blog
Rarely addressed is the need for quality and consistency of a program's performance, not to mention the painstaking, repetitious internal processes required to produce outstanding results–in a word, "operations."

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