• The re-skilling revolution

    For technologically oriented generations, rural communities may seem disconnected from the big city, but they are crucial to sustaining the rapid growth of urban expanses globally. For example, the food produced on farms and in greenhouses nourishes millions of people that would otherwise have no resource to rely on....
  • Making education available to all

    Whilst the right to education is enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UNDHR, 1948) and later in the UN Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC, 1989), the international community has only been moving towards realising this in earnest since the 2000s. The key moment is considered...
  • Community policing in Lebanon

    An accountable police service which operates in the interests of the population is a fundamental foundation for any state. It is a prerequisite for social justice, democracy, peace, and the effective maintenance of security for all citizens. For Lebanon, the need couldn’t be more acute. The country’s Internal Security...
  • A new era for humanitarian organizations?

    Médecins Sans Frontières or MSF ( also known as Doctors Without Borders), one of Europe’s biggest humanitarian organization, has recently released a statement criticizing the European Union’s (EU) “deterrence policies and intensifying attempts to push people and their suffering away from European shores,” and the signing of the EU-Turkey...
  • Everyday philanthropy

    This article was co-written with the Managing Editor Virginia Vigliar. “Before, philanthropy was something very wealthy individuals were engaging in. Now, everybody can do . Once you empower each individual, there’s nothing more powerful.” This mission – to change the trajectory of global development through the collective power of...
  • The State of Development in Papua New Guinea

    As a former economist at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Rosa Maria Alonso i Terme has participated in the elaboration, monitoring, and evaluation of development programs and projects, and has researched and written on development issues and trends for over 20 years. She has shared her...
  • The Aid of Remittances

    In the modern world, developing countries have often looked to industrialized nations for monetary assistance in order to become steadily more developed themselves. These international aids that western nations contribute are typically assumed to be the primary source of cash flow that developing countries receive. However, the sums transferred...
  • Security and Brain Drain in Afghanistan

    In light of the most recent terrorist attack on the Defence Ministry in Kabul, the deadliest in the 15 years of war with 64 reported dead and 347 wounded, it is worth looking at the security situation in Afghanistan. The coalition government is at standstill due to continuous disagreements...
  • Read books, change the world!

    The books we read tell something about who we are as individuals. The books we write, say something about who we are as people belonging to a country, to a culture, to a religion. Books have the power to stir social change, to enlighten, to challenge ideas, ideals, to...
  • The Never-Ending Refugee Camp

    By now, most people have heard of Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which houses tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the war at home. There is, however, a refugee settlement in the world that is even bigger, and more a city than a camp. Its population size resembles...
  • The Rise of Global Inequality and Philanthrocapitalism

    According to a new Oxfam report the richest 1% (62 people in the world, 53 of whom are men) owns as much wealth as the poorest half of the global population (3.6 billion). The report also points out that ‘since the turn of the century, the poorest half of...
  • A Tale of Imperfection

    Economic Development means employment, income and non-income equality, low poverty rate, quality health services, shared prosperity, and high literacy and life expectancy – amongst other things. It is puzzling that after 5 decades of independence most African countries are still terribly struggling with most of listed above. On Poverty,...
  • Life Through The Lens

    In 1984 BBC News aired a report into the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia as widespread famine engulfed the country. For the first time on such a scale, audiences in the UK and around the world sat on mass in their homes and watched as the brutal reality of...
  • What’s Right With The ‘Reducing Extreme Wealth’ Approach

    As the 2030 agenda for sustainable development has been adopted, more and more development actors, global leaders and celebrities are getting enthusiastic about starting a new chapter in development. But is this really going to be a new chapter? In view of the UN sustainable development summit last September,...
  • One Winner, Millions of Losers, and Too Many Accomplices

    The poverty line is a World Bank estimation that defines the minimum required income to secure necessities of life, although it takes into consideration only tangible aspects such as wealth or income, it often illustrates the standard of living and the life quality. The line setting was initially USD1...
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