Poverty / Economic Development

Under One Roof, Bringing Digital Skills, Solar Energy & Hope for Future Employment To Women

by |May 3rd, 2018

By Haein Shin, Radhika Iyengar, Tara Stafford Ocansey, Joaquin Aviles Lopez, Patricia Oviedo While the global trend advances further into faster and more efficient technology-enabled education, health, agriculture, energy and communications, there remain significant gaps that go unnoticed amidst the sweeping advancements in gender parity, electrification and opportunities for employment. The global access to electricity… read more

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

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

Corporate tax cut propaganda

by |October 20th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 20, 2017 The White House is selling a tax cut designed for the rich as a boost for the working class. Cut taxes on capital, the White House claims, and investors will raise investment, hire more workers, and bid up wages — a.k.a. trickle-down economics. If the real goal is… read more

15 questions about tax reform

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | October 12, 2017 With President Trump pushing his tax reform proposal in Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday, here’s a look at what his plan would do to the economy. 1. Can the United States afford tax cuts? No. On current policies, the budget deficit will average around 4 percent of Gross Domestic… read more

America’s Goals and Politics of the Common Interest

by |October 12th, 2017

As featured on LinkedIn | October 12, 2017 According to Aristotle, politics should be about the common interest. Yet everywhere we look, narrow corporate interests have pushed aside what’s best for most Americans. By adopting America’s Goals for 2030, we can restore the politics of the common interest and push corporate lobbyists to where they belong, the sidelines of politics. Think… read more

How to break the 40-year working class losing streak

by |August 17th, 2017

As featured in the Boston Globe | August 17, 2017 The Chicago Cubs broke a 108-year drought by winning the World Series last year. American workers are in a 40-year drought, but with the right game plan, they too can start to win. Consider first the sorry facts. The median inflation-adjusted earnings of full-time male workers peaked in… read more

America, we still have a jobs problem

by |July 7th, 2017

As featured on CNN.com | July 7, 2017 For those with a college degree or above, life is good. Jobs are plentiful, incomes are rising, inflation is low, health is broadly improving, and the impacts of the new information technologies — from smartphones to e-commerce to ubiquitous information — are generally beneficent. For those without a college… read more

Will Economic Illiteracy Trigger a Trade War?

by |April 20th, 2017

As featured in Project Syndicate | April 20, 2017 Nearly 100 days after US President Donald Trump took office, he and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, continue to commit an economic fallacy that first-year economics students learn to avoid. They claim that America’s current-account deficit (or trade deficit), which is in fact the result of America’s low and… read more

Sustainable Digital Learning in Senegal

by |March 13th, 2017

By James Teicher, CEO and Director of CyberSmart Africa, a partner of CSD’s Connect to Learn Initiative. | Featured on the CyberSmart Africa blog, 13 March 2017 I just returned from visiting Potou Elementary School on the edge of the Sahara Desert in rural Senegal. In this remote location it was thrilling to observe teachers collaborating and coaching each… read more