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Protected: Donor Perspectives: A Conversation with Jennifer Gross

by |April 16th, 2018

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Celebrating Young Women’s Economic Empowerment for International Women’s Day 2018

by |March 8th, 2018

On this International Women’s Day of 2018, the era of the Sustainable Development Goals in full swing, we are witnessing more and more women completing higher levels of education, and taking on more leadership roles in governments. In Rwanda, for example, women make up more than half of seats in parliament. Cultural shifts are taking… read more

Trump’s tariff move shows he flunked economics

by |March 2nd, 2018

As featured on CNN.com | March 2, 2018 President Donald Trump fired the first shot in a delusional and destructive trade war: tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Shares of US Steel jumped 5.75%, about $460 million in market capitalization, but the overall US stock market capitalization fell by more than 1%, around $340 billion. A few steel… read more

Categories: Economy, Policy

Trump’s War Psyche and World Peace

by |February 23rd, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | by Bandy X. Lee & Jeffrey D. Sachs | February 23, 2018 When Donald Trump took office early last year, many pundits believed that he would settle into his presidency and pivot to normality. But a large number of America’s mental health experts didn’t see it that way. They warned that… read more

Categories: Peace, Policy, Politics

On International Mother Language Day: Use science driven approaches to improve local language literacy

by |February 21st, 2018

Previous research suggests that teaching in local language that the children are familiar in makes them literate faster. Many countries have formulated policies to ensure that local language is the language of instruction at school. However, many countries still prefer English or French as their official language at school. Research suggests that it takes at… read more

Ending America’s Disastrous Role in Syria

by |February 16th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 16, 2018 Much of the carnage that has ravaged Syria during the past seven years is due to the actions of the United States and its allies in the Middle East. Now, faced with an alarming risk of a renewed escalation of fighting, it’s time for the United Nations Security… read more

Categories: Peace, Policy

The World Bank Needs To Return To Its Mission

by |February 9th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | February 9, 2018 The World Bank declares that its mission is to end extreme poverty within a generation and to boost shared prosperity. These goals are universally agreed as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But the World Bank lacks an SDG strategy, and now it is turning to Wall Street to please… read more

The West’s Broken Promises on Education Aid

by |January 17th, 2018

As featured on Project Syndicate | January 17, 2018 The Global Partnership for Education, a worthy and capable initiative to promote education in 65 low-income countries, is having what the jargon of development assistance calls a “replenishment round,” meaning that it is asking donor governments to refill its coffers. Yet the fact that the GPE is begging for… read more

Categories: Education

A bold bid for climate justice

by |January 11th, 2018

As featured on CNN.com | January 11, 2018 Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced… read more

Categories: Climate Policy

The bitcoin bubble will likely burst, and here’s why

by |January 3rd, 2018

As featured in The Boston Globe | January 3, 2018 It is hard to see bitcoin’s price surge as anything other than a bubble that will ultimately collapse. Bitcoin’s ostensible social function as an anonymous, nongovernmental means of payment carries big risks of its demise. And while blockchain, the platform that records bitcoin transactions, may well have staying… read more

Categories: Economy