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G-20 Pledge: More Opportunity for Women

17 July 2017

G-20 Pledge: More Opportunity for Women




In several welcome statements this month, the Group of 20 nations put on their agenda the principle we know as basic for fighting global poverty: creating greater opportunity for half the world’s population. Girls and women.

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10 July 2017

U.S. Development Aid: How Much in FY 2018?




U.S. foreign economic and development policies have been crafted since 1945 to advance three national interests: keep America safe, grow American and global prosperity, and represent American values.

Should the current balance among these objectives be altered to reflect a changing world? Moreover, should the U.S. continue to take the lead on global development issues? And, if so, how?

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26 June 2017

Undergrads, Walking the Villages




We had no idea how many students would sign up for lectures on global poverty when that course first appeared in the catalogue for University of California, Berkeley undergrads in 2005. We hoped for thirty. More than a hundred registered.

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19 June 2017

A Long Life, A Free Tibet




It was the practice of the first thirteen Dalai Lamas, a lineage dating to the 15th century, to never or rarely leave Tibet. Few ever traveled even to neighboring India or China.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, who will mark his eighty-second birthday on July 6, is, in contrast, a man of his era.

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12 June 2017

Poignant Talisman, Radiant Tibetan Nun




I was visiting Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, in the early 1990s with my daughter Heidi when a Tibetan activist living in Switzerland, Tsultim Tersey, asked for my help.

Could I arrange for several monks and nuns to fly to Zurich? They had been part of the 1989 exodus of Tibetans in the wake of the post–Tiananmen Square crackdown by the Chinese.

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5 June 2017

Israel’s Genius in Water




One of the big themes at the Milken Global Conference last month was that the rate of economic growth in developing countries now exceeds the rate of growth in developed countries. That statement hasn’t been true since the industrial revolution began two centuries ago.

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22 May 2017

War’s First Casualty: Social Progress




We could hear the sound of guns and rocket blasts from the other side of Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport. It was the fall of 1967, and I was having dinner in Saigon the night before starting a research assignment for the U.S. Office of Navy Research. My task was to suggest ideas for developing South Vietnam’s local economies when the war ended.

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15 May 2017

Courage, Death, Profits — and Everest




It was February 2014, and Norbu Tenzing was chatting with his visitors at the American Himalayan Foundation. “It’s just a matter of time until there is another big disaster on Everest,” he said.

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8 May 2017

Tourists, Sherpas, and Grave Dangers on Everest




You say you want to climb Mount Everest? Wind gusts on the world’s highest peak last week were clocked at 70 miles per hour. Air temperatures were minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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1 May 2017

Speaking this week at Milken Conference




I’m excited to be part of a panel on developing economies this week at the 20th annual Milken Global Conference. The gathering, bringing together 3,500 senior leaders from 50 countries, opened Sunday in Los Angeles.

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