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Democracy in Development: Remarkable Women of 2012

by Isobel Coleman Friday, December 21, 2012
The President of Malawi Joyce Banda arrives for a lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth nations at Marlborough House in central London, June 6, 2012 (Lefteris Pitarakis/Courtesy Reuters). The President of Malawi Joyce Banda arrives for a lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Commonwealth Nations Heads of Government and representatives of the Commonwealth nations at Marlborough House in central London, June 6, 2012 (Lefteris Pitarakis/Courtesy Reuters).

On my blog yesterday, I profiled several women who made headlines this year with their courageous stories. One of them is Malawi’s president, Joyce Banda, who is working to put her country on a sustainable path to greater prosperity. As I note, Banda’s background is compelling: Read more »

Corruption, Transparency, and Somalia’s Future

by Terra Lawson-Remer Thursday, December 20, 2012
Somalia's newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud smiles upon arrival at a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in capital Addis Ababa, November 28, 2012 (Tiksa Negeri/Courtesy Reuters). Somalia's newly elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud smiles upon arrival at a meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn at the National Palace in capital Addis Ababa, November 28, 2012 (Tiksa Negeri/Courtesy Reuters).

Transparency International just released its 2012 country rankings of corruption in the public sector. The index is based on a variety of corruption-related data, including public opinion polls and assessments collected from experts living and working in the areas studied. It examines enforcement of anticorruption laws, prevalence of bribery, and government transparency, among other factors.

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Democracy in Development: Five Development Innovations to Watch in 2013

by Isobel Coleman Thursday, December 20, 2012
Alcatel-Lucent contractors lay the East African Marine Cable (TEAMS) fibre optic cable on the Fujairah shore-end, United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2009 (Courtesy Reuters). Alcatel-Lucent contractors lay the East African Marine Cable (TEAMS) fibre optic cable on the Fujairah shore-end, United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2009 (Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I highlighted five innovations poised to have a big impact on global development in 2013. As I write about one of them, Africa’s broadband revolution: Read more »

Emerging Voices: Elana Beiser on Freedom of the Press and Development

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tunisian journalists protest in Tunis as part of a strike to pile pressure on the Islamist government they accuse of restricting freedom of speech after a revolt toppled the country's autocratic leader last year, October 17, 2012, (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters). Tunisian journalists protest in Tunis as part of a strike to pile pressure on the Islamist government they accuse of restricting freedom of speech after a revolt toppled the country's autocratic leader last year, October 17, 2012, (Zoubeir Souissi/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Elana Beiser, senior editor at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She discusses the importance of press freedom for development and how it could fit in a new set of global development goals.

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Emerging Voices: Daniel Elliott on International Corporate Volunteerism

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Monday, December 17, 2012
A vegetable vendor waits for customers at her stall in Kliptown, Soweto February 15, 2010 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters). A vegetable vendor waits for customers at her stall in Kliptown, Soweto February 15, 2010 (Siphiwe Sibeko/Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Daniel Elliott, program manager at CDC Development Solutions. He discusses how volunteers from multinational companies can address African development challenges and boost their own business knowledge in the process.

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Democracy in Development: Diversifying Global Supply Chains

by Isobel Coleman Friday, December 7, 2012
Employees work at a cocoa micro-manufacturing plant owned by Olga Yenou, an Ivorian woman, in Abidjan on November 29, 2011 (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters). Employees work at a cocoa micro-manufacturing plant owned by Olga Yenou, an Ivorian woman, in Abidjan on November 29, 2011 (Thierry Gouegnon/Courtesy Reuters).

Yesterday on my blog, I wrote about the importance and difficulties of including more women-owned businesses in global supply chains, the topic of a meeting I hosted this week as part of CFR’s ExxonMobil Women and Development Roundtable Series. As I note: Read more »

New From CFR: Foreign Affairs on Poverty in India

by Development Channel Staff Thursday, December 6, 2012
High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on July 20, 2010 (Danish Siddiqui/Courtesy Reuters. High rise residential buildings are seen behind a slum in Mumbai on July 20, 2010 (Danish Siddiqui/Courtesy Reuters).

A review by Andrew Nathan in the November/December Foreign Affairs examines two books on poverty reduction in India, home to some 35 percent of the world’s poorest people. The first volume is Poverty Amid Plenty in the New India by Atul Kohli. As Nathan writes: Read more »

New From CFR: Shannon O’Neil on Felipe Calderón’s Presidency

by Development Channel Staff Monday, December 3, 2012
Mexico's President Felipe Calderón speaks during his sixth and final State of the Union address at the National Palace in Mexico City on September 3, 2012 (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters). Mexico's President Felipe Calderón speaks during his sixth and final State of the Union address at the National Palace in Mexico City on September 3, 2012 (Tomas Bravo/Courtesy Reuters).

Last week on her blog, in light of Mexico’s presidential transition, CFR senior fellow Shannon O’Neil wrote about President Felipe Calderón’s legacy in numbers, particularly in terms of development indicators. As she explains: Read more »