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Chronicles in Fighting Poverty: Innovation

21 August 2017

Chronicles in Fighting Poverty: Innovation

This is the second of two posts adapted from remarks by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on technology’s value in advancing global development. She spoke recently at the Aspen Institute in collaboration with the annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty.

Chair of Geneva-based Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala describes three more cases of how the fight against poverty is sparking technology innovation.

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14 August 2017

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Technology, Development

We’re delighted to share this week important insights from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on technology’s value in advancing global development.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, is one of the great champions for improving lives of the poor. Twice Nigeria’s finance minister, a former managing director and one of three candidates in 2012 for the presidency of the World Bank, she is a development economist and author with more than thirty years of courageous leadership in fighting poverty.

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31 July 2017

Quickening Rise of Global Middle Class

More good news: the number of people with a shot at more stable, healthier lives is growing even faster than believed. Every day, demographers estimate, more than four hundred thousand people are joining the global middle class, with incomes above $11 per day. That’s approximately five people every second.

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24 July 2017

Can Solar Vault U.S. Back into Africa’s Future?

An absorbing New Yorker piece last month portrayed how solar-power gadgets and their entrepreneurs are bringing electricity for the first time to hundreds of thousands of poor Africans.

Many of these increasingly affordable gadgets and their durable quality are the handiwork of American-led companies. This raises an intriguing question: Can solar power bolster America’s uncertain prospects as a future trading partner in Africa?

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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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