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Challenging Child Marriage in India

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Child bride Krishna, 12, stands in a corn field behind her house , located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India, July 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Danish Siddiqu). Child bride Krishna, 12, stands in a corn field behind her house, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, India, July 2011 (Courtesy Reuters/Danish Siddiqu).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Pinaki Halder, West Bengal state director for Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poor.

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Make Rule of Law a Development Goal

by Guest Blogger for Terra Lawson-Remer Friday, February 21, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference at the United Nations in New York City, September 22, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Eric Thayer). U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Conference at the United Nations in New York City, September 22, 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Eric Thayer).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from James A. Goldston, the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, which advances the rule of law and legal protection of rights worldwide through advocacy, litigation, research, and the promotion of legal capacity. Here he discusses why rule of law should be included in the post-2015 development agenda. This piece is part of an ongoing Development Channel series on global justice and development.

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Welcome to the CFR Special Series on Global Justice

by Terra Lawson-Remer Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Scales of Justice, France, 2009 (Courtesy Reuters/Stephane Mahe). The Scales of Justice, France, 2009 (Courtesy Reuters/Stephane Mahe).

In the coming months, the Development Channel will devote a special series to the theme of Global Justice. We will explore the relationship between written law, access to justice, and the realization of freedom and opportunity for all people.

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Keep the World Bank Accountable

by Guest Blogger for Terra Lawson-Remer Monday, February 10, 2014
Use of child labor in harvesting palm oil in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, 2009 (Courtesy Accountability Counsel). Use of child labor in harvesting palm oil in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, 2009 (Courtesy Accountability Counsel).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Natalie Bridgeman Fields, founder and executive director of Accountability Counsel. Here she discusses the implications of proposed changes to the World Bank Inspection Panel. This is the first piece in an ongoing Development Channel series on global justice and development.

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Education, Employment, and Youth Today

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Friday, February 7, 2014
A teacher talks to students at a public school outside of Juba, South Sudan. One in four people are literate in South Sudan. April 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Andreea Campeanu). A teacher talks to students at a public school outside of Juba, South Sudan. Only one in four people are literate in South Sudan. April 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Andreea Campeanu).

Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released the eleventh edition of its Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an annual update that reviews the status of access to education around the world and highlights the crucial role that education plays in achieving development goals. This year’s report, titled “Teaching and Learning: Equality Achieved for All,” finds that even after a decade of increased resources and commitments dedicated to achieving universal access to education, many—if not all—of UNESCO’s goals will not be met by 2015.

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Afghan Women and the Post-2014 Economy

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon Friday, January 17, 2014
Colonel Jamila Bayaaz, the first female district police chief in Afghanistan, walks in Kabul, January 15, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammad Ismail). Colonel Jamila Bayaaz, the first female district police chief in Afghanistan, walks in Kabul, January 15, 2014 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammad Ismail).

As discussions about post-2014 U.S. presence in Afghanistan continue, so do concerns about the country’s ability to stand on its own. The Afghan people and their government will determine the direction of the country. And as that future is discussed, so is the question of what will happen to 50 percent of country’s population: women.

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Understanding Child Marriage: CFR InfoGuide

by Rachel Vogelstein Friday, January 10, 2014
Boys and girls pose for pictures after their engagement ceremony in the western Indian state of Gujarat, March 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave). Boys and girls pose for pictures after their engagement ceremony in the western Indian state of Gujarat, March 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Amit Dave).

This week, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) launched a new InfoGuide on child marriage that explores how the practice endangers prosperity and stability in the countries in which it is prevalent and undermines U.S. development and foreign policy objectives. The InfoGuide examines the link between child marriage and poverty, poor health, curtailed education, and violence, and demonstrates how this practice harms not only entire families, communities, and economies, but also U.S. interests around the world.

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Expanding Financial Access and Education

by Isobel Coleman Thursday, January 9, 2014
A man dressed in traditional attire speaks on a cell phone in Ludzidzini, Swaziland, August 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko). A man dressed in traditional attire speaks on a cell phone in Ludzidzini, Swaziland, August 2010 (Courtesy Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko).

For several decades, the exciting promise of microfinance has been to provide the world’s poorest with access to financial services. But along the way, microfinance has too often become conflated with micro-credit. This is not surprising, given that most of the first microfinance institutions (MFIs) were non-profit organizations that took grants from donors and recycled them as loans. Now, however, many MFIs have reincorporated as banks with the ability to accept savings, and the full promise of microfinance is beginning to be realized. Read more »

Emerging Voices: Closing the Gender Gap in Financing

by Guest Blogger for Isobel Coleman Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A woman from the Amazon region weaves a textile in Lima, Peru, July 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil). A woman from the Amazon region weaves a textile in Lima, Peru, July 2012 (Courtesy Reuters/Enrique Castro-Mendivil).

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is from Henriette Kolb, head of Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank. Here she discusses how to address the gender gap in access to financing.

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Child Marriage and Religion

by Rachel Vogelstein Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ahmed Soboh, age 15, stands next to his bride Tala, age 14, inside Tala's house in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. Ahmed works with his father as a road cleaner earning $5 per day. September 24, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammed Salem). Ahmed Soboh, age 15, stands next to his bride Tala, age 14, inside Tala's house in the town of Beit Lahiya, near the border between Israel and the northern Gaza Strip. Ahmed works with his father as a road cleaner earning $5 per day. September 24, 2013 (Courtesy Reuters/Mohammed Salem).

Last month, academics, advocates, and religious leaders gathered at an event organized by the Council on Foreign Relations during the American Academy of Religion conference to discuss the relationship between religion and child marriage.

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