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Women’s Achievements and Continued Challenges in Afghanistan

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Afghan women take part in a literacy class at the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities (OPAWC) center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Zohra Bensemra). Afghan women take part in a literacy class at the Organisation of Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities (OPAWC) center in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Zohra Bensemra).

Early this summer, a group of congresswomen returned from a visit to Afghanistan. Their takeaway: “Women are now participants—and in many cases, leaders—in a society that once systematically subjugated them.” Indeed, women in Afghanistan have made great strides in recent years, but many challenges remain—especially in the face of imminent U.S. withdrawal from the country.

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Ending Motherhood in Childhood

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Krishna,14, sits with her four-month-old baby outside her house in northwestern India, January 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Danish Siddiqu). Krishna,14, sits with her four-month-old baby outside her house in northwestern India, January 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Danish Siddiqu).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Lynn ElHarake, research associate for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Here she discusses how motherhood in childhood undermines economic growth, health, gender equality, and development. 

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World Toilet Day and the Need for Clean Water

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave). A woman carries water from the polluted Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad, India, May 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave).

The fact that a global water crisis is underway is likely unfathomable to many people living in developed countries, where getting clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet. But for those living in developing countries, water insecurity is a very real threat.

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Emerging Voices: Natalie Bugalski and David Pred on the Dark Side of Development

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
Ruqia Aroo, 80, carries her malnourished grandson near carcasses of dead cattle, Ethiopia, April 2000 (Courtesy Reuters). Ruqia Aroo, 80, carries her malnourished grandson near carcasses of dead cattle, Ethiopia, April 2000 (Courtesy Reuters).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Natalie Bugalski and David Pred of Inclusive Development International. Here they discuss the World Bank’s Safeguard Policies review process.

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New From CFR: John Campell on “Scoring Africa”

by Development Channel Staff
A boy takes a rest after digging for gold in Napotpot, South Sudan October 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Adriane Ohanesian). A boy takes a rest after digging for gold in Napotpot, South Sudan October 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Adriane Ohanesian).

In a recent blog post, John Campbell calls attention to a new infographic that compares African countries and serves as, “a great introductory tool to a host of African issues. It also provides a fascinating overview of the differences among the various African countries—and the differences within a single country.”

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Emerging Voices: Lynn ElHarake on International Family Planning Efforts

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
A mother carries her malnourished child in southern Ethiopia, June 2008 (Courtesy Reuters/Radu Sigheti). A mother carries her malnourished child in southern Ethiopia, June 2008 (Courtesy Reuters/Radu Sigheti).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Lynn ElHarake, research associate for CFR’s Women and Foreign Policy Program. Here she discusses why Washington should support international family planning efforts.

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Boosting Businesswomen in the Bottom Billion

by Isobel Coleman
A woman at work in Nieuw Aurora, Suriname, September 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Ranu Abhelakh). A woman at work in Nieuw Aurora, Suriname, September 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Ranu Abhelakh).

Extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 per day, has declined significantly in recent decades. Thirty years ago, more than half of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty – today, less than a quarter do. Still, that translates into some 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, and a disproportionate number of them are female. Overall, seventy percent of the world’s poor and about two-thirds of the world’s hungry and malnourished population are women and girls.

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New From CFR: John Campbell on Doctors Without Borders Leaving Somalia

by Development Channel Staff
Residents stand outside a medical center run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in central Mali, February 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Alain Amontchi). Residents stand outside a medical center run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) in central Mali, February 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Alain Amontchi).

Doctors Without Borders recently announced that they will be leaving Somalia, due to an uptick in violence against medical personnel. Read more »

Governments Redefining Development

by Terra Lawson-Remer
School children in Thimphu, Bhutan, September 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Singye Wangchuk). School children in Thimphu, Bhutan, September 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Singye Wangchuk).

As I discussed in my last post, governments and international organizations are increasingly taking an interest in alternative ways to measure countries’ development, outside of the traditional measure of gross domestic product.

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