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Female Police Face Danger in Afghanistan

by Catherine Powell
A female Afghan National Police (ANP) officer gives instructions during a patrol training session, at a training center near the German Bundeswehr army camp in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2012 (Courtesy Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters). A female Afghan National Police (ANP) officer gives instructions during a patrol training session, at a training center near the German Bundeswehr army camp in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, December 2012 (Courtesy Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters).

As Afghanistan works to maintain stability in the wake of the U.S. drawdown, I have consistently written about the unique challenges faced by women and girls in the changing security landscape. One strategy that I—and other commentators on Afghanistan—have called for to ensure the safety of women and girls and the continued expansion of women’s rights is the greater inclusion of women in the Afghan police force.

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Leveraging Tech Innovations in Development

by Shannon K. O'Neil
Flood victims show their ID cards to receive food rations at a distribution centre in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province August 25, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Reinhard Krause). Flood victims show their ID cards to receive food rations at a distribution centre in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province August 25, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Reinhard Krause).

Over the past decade, technology has begun to revolutionize industries ranging from education and healthcare to financial services and commerce. These transformations are not limited to the developed world – in emerging economies rapid mobile technology proliferation and internet penetration have had profound and unforeseen effects, including expanding financial inclusion through mobile banking services and facilitating employment through online and mobile job platforms.

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International Development in 2014

by Isobel Coleman
Relatives mourn as they show pictures of garment workers lost in the Rana Plaza building collapse, Savar, Bangladesh, April 28, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Andrew Biraj). Relatives mourn as they show pictures of garment workers lost in the Rana Plaza building collapse, Savar, Bangladesh, April 28, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Andrew Biraj).

Looking back at 2013, several developments stand out for their significant potential to better the lives of the world’s poorest. Here are three that will likely reverberate for years to come:

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New From CFR: Shannon O’Neil on Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America

by Development Channel Staff
A Brazilian worker assembles a Volkswagen car in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Nacho Doce). A Brazilian worker assembles a Volkswagen car in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Nacho Doce).

In 2012, Latin America received more foreign direct investment than ever before. In a recent blog post, Shannon O’Neil describes the implications of this investment. She explains: Read more »

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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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: Petroleum to the People

by Development Channel Staff
Nigerians scoop petrol after a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline burst in April 2006 (Courtesy Reuters). Nigerians scoop petrol after a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline burst in April 2006 (Courtesy Reuters).

In a recent Foreign Affairs article, Larry Diamond and Jack Mosbacher discuss Africa’s resource curse and development strategies that could help avoid it. Read more »

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 »

New From CFR: Alexandra Kerr on the Resource Curse

by Development Channel Staff
Miners pan for diamonds in eastern Sierra Leone, April 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly). Miners pan for diamonds in eastern Sierra Leone, April 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly).

In a guest post on Stewart Patrick’s blog, Alexandra Kerr, program coordinator of CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance program, discusses the need for transparency in solving the “resource curse,” which refers to the theory that natural resource wealth in poor countries can contribute to “conflict, poverty, and social and environmental degradation.” Read more »