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Noncommunicable Diseases by the Numbers

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman
A Ugandan woman receives radiation treatment for cervical cancer at the Mulago Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda, July 2013 (Courtesy Getty Images/Lynsey Addario). A Ugandan woman receives radiation treatment for cervical cancer at the Mulago Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda, July 2013 (Courtesy Getty Images/Lynsey Addario).

This guest post is from my colleague, Tom Bollyky, a senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations. Here he discusses his recently released Independent Task Force report: The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

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Lady Health Workers in Pakistan: On the Front Line and Under Fire

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
A polio vaccinator administers polio vaccine drops to a boy while a colleague takes notes nearby in Karachi, Pakistan, October 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Akhtar Soomro). A polio vaccinator administers polio vaccine drops to a boy while a colleague takes notes nearby in Karachi, Pakistan, October 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Akhtar Soomro).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Maxine Builder, a research associate for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.  

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Truly Sustainable Development Calls for Systemic Responses

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Orphans wait to be given snacks at the Mphandula Childcare Center at Namitete, outside Lilongwe, Malawi, April 2008 (Courtesy Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko). Orphans wait to be given snacks at the Mphandula Childcare Center at Namitete, outside Lilongwe, Malawi, April 2008 (Courtesy Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer on global health and policy director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University.

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The West Steps Forward in the Fight Against Female Genital Mutilation

by Guest Blogger for Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Girl Summit in London, July 22, 2014. The prime minister announced that Britain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (Courtesy Reuters/Oli Scarff/Pool). Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Girl Summit in London, July 22, 2014. The prime minister announced that Britain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (Courtesy Reuters/Oli Scarff/Pool).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Becky Allen, former intern in the Women and Foreign Policy program.

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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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