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New From CFR: Felipe Calderón and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Council on Foreign Relations

by Development Channel Staff Friday, September 28, 2012
Mexico's President Felipe Calderon addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on September 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters). Mexico's President Felipe Calderon addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York on September 26, 2012 (Mike Segar/Courtesy Reuters).

This week, Mexican president Felipe Calderón and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf both spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations. In his speech on Monday, President Calderón, who is in his last months in office, described what he called a transformation of Mexico’s economy in recent years. Though poverty remains, he said, Mexico has a robust middle class, improved health and educational systems, and a strong export-oriented economy (video and transcript). He also discussed continuing challenges in security and the rule of law. On her blog, CFR senior fellow Shannon O’Neil analyzes President Calderón’s speech, writing: Read more »

Guest Post: Holding Governments Accountable for Gender Equality in Development

by Guest Blogger for Terra Lawson-Remer Friday, September 28, 2012
Women march with banners to protest the recent public execution of a young woman, in Kabul July 11, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters). Women march with banners to protest the recent public execution of a young woman, in Kabul on July 11, 2012 (Omar Sobhani/Courtesy Reuters).

This is a guest post by Ashley Harden, research associate in CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. She examines efforts to integrate gender concerns into development programs, arguing that the United States and international actors must do more to put their commitments to gender equality into practice. Read more »

New From CFR: John Campbell on South Africa’s Economy

by Development Channel Staff Thursday, September 27, 2012
Workers in the freight sector belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) march through the Durban central business district, demanding an increase in salary on September 26, 2012 (Rogan Ward/Courtesy Reuters). Workers in the freight sector belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) march through the Durban central business district, demanding an increase in salary on September 26, 2012 (Rogan Ward/Courtesy Reuters).

On his blog yesterday, CFR senior fellow John Campbell highlighted an article co-authored by Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs and brother (and frequent critic) of former president Thabo Mbeki. As Campbell writes, the piece argues that South Africa’s 1994 political transition did not change the structure of its economy, leading to unrest today. As Campbell summarizes: Read more »

Question of the Week: The Millennium Development Goals

by Development Channel Staff Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Dusabe Munyarugamba, 16, carries a container of water on her head at Bukima, just north of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 19, 2010. Dusabe and her sister Muhawe walk an hour each direction daily to fill containers full of water by descending more than 100 meters into a cave using burning shoots of grass to light their way into the muddy darkness (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters). Dusabe Munyarugamba, 16, carries a container of water on her head at Bukima, just north of the eastern Congolese city of Goma, August 19, 2010. Dusabe and her sister Muhawe walk an hour each direction daily to fill containers full of water by descending more than 100 meters into a cave using burning shoots of grass to light their way into the muddy darkness (Finbarr O'Reilly/Courtesy Reuters).

What impact have the Millennium Development Goals had, and what should follow them after they expire?

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Democracy in Development: Cell Phones, the Internet, and Development in Africa

by Isobel Coleman Monday, September 24, 2012
A delegate checks a Blackberry handset at an exhibition stand during the West & Central Africa Com conference in Nigeria's capital Abuja on June 18, 2009 (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters). A delegate checks a Blackberry handset at an exhibition stand during the West & Central Africa Com conference in Nigeria's capital Abuja on June 18, 2009 (Afolabi Sotunde/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week on my blog, I wrote about the potential of internet-enabled cell phones to take existing mobile innovation in Africa even further. As I argue: Read more »

New From CFR: Thomas Bollyky on Noncommunicable Diseases

by Development Channel Staff Monday, September 24, 2012
Doctor Lu Ankang talks with patients with respiratory problems caused by smoking at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai on April 27, 2011 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters). Doctor Lu Ankang talks with patients with respiratory problems caused by smoking at Ruijin Hospital in Shanghai on April 27, 2011 (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters).

In a CFR.org interview last week timed to the one-year anniversary of a UN high-level meeting on the subject, CFR senior fellow Thomas Bollyky discussed global progress on combating noncommunicable diseases (NDCs)—for example, cardiovascular disease and cancer. As he explains,

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New From CFR: Shannon O’Neil on Latin America’s Competitiveness

by Development Channel Staff Friday, September 21, 2012
A man sits with his son while enjoying the view of the Andes Mountains Range at the San Cristobal Hill in Santiago de Chile, February 8, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters). A man sits with his son while enjoying the view of the Andes Mountains Range at the San Cristobal Hill in Santiago de Chile, February 8, 2012 (Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on her blog, CFR senior fellow Shannon O’Neil analyzed how Latin America fares in the World Economic Forum’s 2012-13 Global Competitiveness Index. While the findings are mixed, O’Neil says, most countries are making progress on their competitiveness and equitable development. As she concludes: Read more »

Emerging Voices: Alicia Ely Yamin on Defining the Next Set of Global Development Goals

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Thursday, September 20, 2012
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the UN headquarters in New York, September 20, 2010 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters). United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the Millennium Development Goals Summit at the UN headquarters in New York, September 20, 2010 (Shannon Stapleton/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features regular contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer in global health and director of the Health Rights of Women and Children Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. She advances priorities for the process of defining a development agenda to follow the Millennium Development Goals, arguing that fragmentation and incoherence risk drowning out the voices of the global poor. Read more »

Democracy in Development: Mobile Phones and Business in Africa

by Isobel Coleman Friday, September 14, 2012
A man uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Zain customer care shop in Nairobi on February 15, 2010 (Thomas Mukoya/Courtesy Reuters). A man uses his mobile phone as he walks past a Zain customer care shop in Nairobi on February 15, 2010 (Thomas Mukoya/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I discussed new developments in mobile technology that support business and entrepreneurship in Africa. As I wrote about one initiative, called Zidisha: Read more »

Question of the Week: Slactivism

by Development Channel Staff Tuesday, September 11, 2012
A man looks out of the window of a car which drives under a projection that is part of the non-profit organization Invisible Children's "Kony 2012" viral video campaign, in New York on April 20, 2012 (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters). A man looks out of the window of a car which drives under a projection that is part of the non-profit organization Invisible Children's "Kony 2012" viral video campaign in New York on April 20, 2012 (Keith Bedford/Courtesy Reuters).

Can YouTube and shoes promote development and reduce poverty?

Question of the Week posts review important questions and controversies in global development by providing background information and links to a full spectrum of analysis and opinion. Today’s post tackles the debate over whether one can positively affect development through online activism and consumer purchases. Read more »