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How to Find the Poor - India Real Time. A Global Solutions Network by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Exit from comment view mode.

A Global Solutions Network by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Click to hide this space NEW YORK – Great social change occurs in several ways. A technological breakthrough – the steam engine, computers, the Internet – may play a leading role. Visionaries, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela, may inspire a demand for justice. Political leaders may lead a broad reform movement, as with Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal. Quinoa Nonsense, or Why the World Still Needs Agricultural Economists. First came this post by Joanna Blythman on The Guardian‘s Comment Is Free blog: Quinoa was, in marketing speak, the “miracle grain of the Andes,” a healthy, right-on, ethical addition to the meat avoider’s larder (no dead animals, just a crop that doesn’t feel pain).

Quinoa Nonsense, or Why the World Still Needs Agricultural Economists

Consequently, the price shot up – it has tripled since 2006 – with more rarefied black, red and “royal” types commanding particularly handsome premiums. But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. HKS Executive Education. Leaders in key decision-making roles around the world are paying increased attention to the role of technological innovation and institutional change in prosperity.

HKS Executive Education

To support these efforts, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education offers Innovation for Economic Development, a program aimed at helping leaders design policies that enhance economic growth, global competitiveness, and environmental sustainability. The 2015 program focuses on the prospects of technological leapfrogging using case studies from broadband technology, nanotechnology, solar energy and synthetic biology. Albert O. Hirschman, 1915-2012. 2012 saw the passing of a great development economist, Albert O.

Albert O. Hirschman, 1915-2012

Science, Technology, and Globalization - Conference Announcements - Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.   Games in International Development: Fad or Innovation? People have been playing more games these days in Washington D.C.

  Games in International Development: Fad or Innovation?

And I don’t mean the strategies of the Obama and Romney spin teams. Two recent events suggest games’ growing popularity in D.C. aid circles: this one I attended at the World Wildlife Fund earlier this month and this Tuesday’s upcoming event hosted by the Society for International Development. Brett Keller » When randomization is strategic. Here’s a quote from Tom Yates on his blog Sick Populations about a speech he heard by Rachel Glennerster of J-PAL: Glennerster pointed out that the evaluation of PROGRESA, a conditional cash transfer programme in Mexico and perhaps the most famous example of randomised evaluation in social policy, was instigated by a Government who knew they were going to lose the next election.

Brett Keller » When randomization is strategic

It was a way to safeguard their programme. They knew the next Government would find it hard to stop the trial once it was started and were confident the evaluation would show benefit, again making it hard for the next Government to drop the programme. We Can End Poverty, So Why Don't We? Almost everyone agrees that poverty is not a good thing. Almost everyone would like to end poverty. Almost everyone would benefit from ending poverty. So why don't we? To find out, let's look at the problem through the lens of game theory. African child mortality: The best story in development. DFID's Approach to Impact Evaluation - Part I. As part of a new series looking how institutions are approaching impact evaluation, DI virtually sat down with Nick York, Head of Evaluation and Gail Marzetti, Deputy Head, Research and Evidence Division.

DFID's Approach to Impact Evaluation - Part I

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Training to Save? Does financial education training for children in Ghana help instill a culture of good decision-making?

Training to Save?

Take a reader survey and find out. Many of us remember the first thing we saved money for, depositing loose change or hard-earned cash in piggy banks. Dean’s son has been saving to purchase a soccer jersey from every country he’s visited with his dad. Annie remembers selling cakes to save money for scouting trips. Design Thinking for Social Innovation. Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products.

Design Thinking for Social Innovation

Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world. Can Management Consulting Help Small Firms Grow? Economic development efforts are best served by testing and refining assumptions about what works.

Can Management Consulting Help Small Firms Grow?

Should we assume that small enterprises in developing countries are lacking in business skills—and that guidance and training will improve these businesses? Economic theory says that firms do as much as possible to maximize profits—including paying for advice from management consultants. In developing countries, interventions ranging from quick lectures during microcredit meetings to extended engagements with international consulting firms aim to improve management practices. These interventions presume that the existing management must be missing something. Jobs for Billionaires - By Joshua E. Keating. An unmanned rocket owned by the private company Space Exploration Technologies launched Tuesday on the first commercial flight to the International Space Station. SpaceX, founded by PayPal's Elon Musk, has spent about $1.2 billion to date -- $400 million of it from NASA -- in its bid to develop private space flight into a viable commercial enterprise. It's been a busy couple of weeks for rich guys with outer space ambitions.

In late April, a group including the co-founders of Google and film director James Cameron announced the formation of a startup company with plans to one day mine asteroids for platinum. Space exploration may one day provide the Earth with tangible benefits. Poverty: The audacity of hope. Interview: A Business-Like Approach to Foreign Aid - By Samuel Loewenberg. The son of Indian immigrants from Ann Arbor, Mich., and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and the Wharton School of Business, Rajiv Shah began his career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he ran the organization's agriculture program and went on to serve as chief scientist at the U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA). In December 2009, at the age of 37, he was sworn in as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) -- only days before a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. In an interview for Foreign Policy, Samuel Loewenberg spoke with Shah about how he is reinventing USAID, an often-embattled agency charged with helping the world's poorest countries develop, while at the same time dealing with crises around the globe. Foreign Policy: Dr. How Not to Write About Africa - By Laura Seay. Dumb and Dumber - by Charles Kenny. Poor Economics: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, Reluctant Entrepreneurs and the Surprising Truth about Life on less than $1 a Day - Video and audio - News and media.

The *Poor Economics* in *Why Nations Fail* by Michael Heller. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space. What You Can Do to Stop Malaria. Artful Dodgers - By Joshua Keating. Global development news, comment and analysis. Branchless Banking in India: 3 More Reasons for Optimism. Book Review: Why Nations Fail. Updated March 24, 2012 12:01 a.m. ET. Experimental economics: Double-blind lessons. "Women on the Verge of an Economic Breakthrough" by Heidi Hautala. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space. "Free-Trade Blinders" by Dani Rodrik. Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space. Finanzas - ONU urge a México fijar salario que garantice alimentación. Ginebra | Jueves 08 de marzo de 2012EFE | El Universal10:09 El relator especial sobre el Derecho a la Alimentación de la ONU, Olivier De Schutter, recomienda al Gobierno de México que establezca un salario mínimo que garantice que los trabajadores puedan satisfacer sus necesidades alimentarias básicas y las de sus familiares.

Esta es una de las sugerencias que recoge el informe del relator sobre este país latinoamericano presentado hoy ante el Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU. De Schutter visitó México entre el 13 y el 20 del pasado mes de junio y tras su misión concluyó que el país "debería fortalecer su marco legislativo e institucional mediante la aprobación de una ley sobre el derecho a la alimentación" . Para consolidar esta estrategia, el relator propuso el establecimiento de un salario mínimo para mejorar la situación de los jornaleros agrícolas, en particular la de los migrantes.

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Should Peru pay for its own development? World Bank. Global poverty: A fall to cheer. Poverty in Japan: Shadowy figures. Focus: Poverty, inequality and redistribution. Onward and Upward - By Charles Kenny.