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Emerging Voices: Zachary D. Kaufman on Social Entrepreneurship

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Friday, November 30, 2012
Pictures of killed people donated by survivors are installed on a wall inside the Gisozi memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, which depicts the country's 1994 genocide, April 5, 2004 (Radu Sigheti/Courtesy Reuters). Pictures of killed people donated by survivors are installed on a wall inside the Gisozi memorial in Kigali, Rwanda, which depicts the country's 1994 genocide, April 5, 2004 (Radu Sigheti/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Zachary D. Kaufman, an attorney, political scientist, social entrepreneur, adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and the editor of Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World. He describes his new book and highlights three lessons for social entrepreneurs.

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New From CFR: John Campbell on Africa’s Outlook

by Development Channel Staff Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Heavy traffic is seen on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on November 11, 2010 (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters) Heavy traffic is seen on the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos on November 11, 2010 (Akintunde Akinleye/Courtesy Reuters)

Yesterday on his blog, CFR senior fellow John Campbell reviewed a piece by Simon Freemantle of Standard Bank Research on “whether the Africa glass is half full or half empty.” As Campbell writes: Read more »

World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

by Terra Lawson-Remer Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The sign to the first Ivorian courthouse is seen in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast on July 27, 2012 (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters). The sign to the first Ivorian courthouse is seen in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast on July 27, 2012 (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters).

Today the World Justice Project releases its Rule of Law Index rankings for 2012. The WJP Rule of Law index assesses countries’ performance on the nine areas of: limits on government power, corruption, security, fundamental rights, open government, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, criminal justice, and informal justice.  The scores are built from assessments of the general public (1,000 respondents per country) and local legal experts. “The outcome of this exercise is one of the world’s most comprehensive data sets measuring the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law—not in theory but in practice,” says the report.

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Emerging Voices: Stephanie Hanson on Empowering Female Smallholder Farmers

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Cecilia Wafula appears at her farm in Lutacho village, western Kenya, in March 2010 (Courtesy Stephanie Hanson). Cecilia Wafula appears at her farm in Lutacho village, western Kenya, in March 2010 (Courtesy Stephanie Hanson).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Stephanie Hanson, director of policy and outreach at One Acre Fund. She explains the specific obstacles facing Africa’s female farmers and One Acre Fund’s model for addressing them.

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Guest Post: Yanzhong Huang on Healthy Development in the Post-2015 Era

by Guest Blogger for Terra Lawson-Remer Monday, November 26, 2012
A mother hugs her baby, who was born at 7 months, during the "Kangaroo Mothers" program in the maternity ward of the Roosevelt hospital in Guatemala City, October 29, 2012 (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters). A mother hugs her baby, who was born at 7 months, during the "Kangaroo Mothers" program in the maternity ward of the Roosevelt hospital in Guatemala City, October 29, 2012 (Jorge Lopez/Courtesy Reuters).

This post is written by my colleague Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health at CFR. He reviews the major takeaways of a recent workshop he hosted on the post-2015 agenda, an event I also mentioned in my Development Channel post last week. 

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Pondering the Post-2015 Agenda

by Terra Lawson-Remer Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L), Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C), and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speak to the media following a UN High Level panel meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, London, November 1, 2012 (Leon Neal/Courtesy Reuters). Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (L), Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C), and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (R) speak to the media following a UN High Level panel meeting at Number 10 Downing Street, London, November 1, 2012 (Leon Neal/Courtesy Reuters).

Over the past few weeks I have attended a number of meetings on the post-2015 development framework, organized and sponsored by groups including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Programme, and CFR, where two of my colleagues, Stewart Patrick and Yanzhong Huang, have hosted recent events on the topic. Some of the main themes emerging from these meetings include: Read more »

Question of the Week: U.S. Foreign Aid and the Election

by Development Channel Staff Friday, November 16, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea on November 30, 2011 (Saul Loeb/Courtesy Reuters). U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea on November 30, 2011 (Saul Loeb/Courtesy Reuters).

What does the election mean for U.S. foreign aid?

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 explores the prospects for U.S. foreign aid in President Obama’s second term.

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New From CFR: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon on Tech Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

by Development Channel Staff Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A boy stands on a ridge at a road near the northern city of Kunduz on December 11, 2011 (Thomas Peter/Courtesy Reuters). A boy stands on a ridge at a road near the northern city of Kunduz, Afghanistan on December 11, 2011 (Thomas Peter/Courtesy Reuters).

In a post yesterday on Isobel Coleman’s blog and an October article in Fast Company, CFR fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon discusses tenacious Afghan entrepreneurs who are building successful technology businesses in the face of daunting challenges. As Lemmon writes on the blog: Read more »

The Paradox of Property Rights and Economic Development

by Terra Lawson-Remer Monday, November 12, 2012
Villagers shout for their farms and villages during protests against the Lebadaung copper mine project in Sarlingyi township in Myanmar on September 12, 2012 (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters). Villagers shout for their farms and villages during protests against the Lebadaung copper mine project in Sarlingyi township in Myanmar on September 12, 2012 (Soe Zeya Tun/Courtesy Reuters).

Recent weeks have seen simmering property rights conflicts around the world: Burmese citizens marching in protest against the government’s seizure of their lands for a hotel zone; Vietnamese villagers contesting the confiscation of their land for an EcoPark satellite city project; and violent clashes breaking out in Panama City over a controversial law allowing the sale of state-owned land in the port city of Colón—Latin America’s largest duty-free zone.

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Emerging Voices: Tae Yoo on Broadband Investment in Afghanistan

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Friday, November 9, 2012
Afghan women work at Aghanistan's first all-female Internet cafe in Kabul on March 8, 2012 (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters). Afghan women work at Aghanistan's first all-female Internet cafe in Kabul on March 8, 2012 (Mohammad Ismail/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Tae Yoo, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Cisco. She discusses the importance of developing broadband infrastructure in Afghanistan and Cisco’s contributions to this effort.

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