Poverty / Economic Development

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Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by |July 14th, 2014

Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since… read more


SurTab and Haiti’s ICT Revolution: Dialogue with Maarten Boute, CEO Of SurTab Haiti

by |February 10th, 2014

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider operating in 31 markets across the… read more

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How Factors of Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment

by |January 13th, 2014

The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development launched the Fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series, focusing on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan (PSDH).  HRPP welcomed our first guest speaker – Frantz Verella – the Former Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communication… read more

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Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

by |December 13th, 2013

Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source… read more


“Youth for Action & Arts for Change” Fundraiser and Film Screening

by |December 2nd, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – Teachers College RECEPTION & SCREENING (Room: 179 Grace Dodge): 6:00–8:00 PM  –  Tickets Here SCREENING ONLY (Room: The Chapel): 8:00 PM  –  Tickets Here This fundraiser for “Youth for Action & Arts for Change” will support two youth groups in rural Sauri, Kenya that are part of the Millennium Villages Project’s vision of eradicating… read more

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GlaxoSmithKline Supports African Health Workers Campaign

by |November 18th, 2013

By Nathalie Zapletal For the past several years, the Earth Institute and its corporate partner, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline, have had a successful working relationship on social service-related projects. The latest development in this long-standing partnership includes the Earth Institute and GlaxoSmithKline’s shared goal to broadly expand the reach of healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa…. read more


Impressions from Myanmar: Turning “Frontier Development” into Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

by |July 1st, 2013

Lately, Myanmar (sometimes referred to as Burma) has featured heavily in the international media. The buzz was heightened earlier this month as the World Economic Forum was held in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw. A flock of world leaders, politicians, NGOs, investors, academics and journalists descended into the city for discussions on Myanmar’s economic and political… read more

Leveraging Paraguay’s Hydropower for Sustainable Economic Development

by |June 28th, 2013

At the request of the Ministry of Finance in Paraguay, CGSD has been working with the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (VCC) over the past few months on an analysis of Paraguay’s hydropower industry, with a specific focus on leveraging this vast resource for sustainable economic development internally. Paraguay is one of the world’s largest… read more

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Myanmar’s Economic Outlook

by |May 9th, 2013

By Sarah Logan and Talia Smith On Wednesday 24th April 2013, the Asia Society hosted a lunch and discussion entitled Myanmar’s Economic Outlook: Prospects and Challenges. CGSD kindly sponsored our tickets for the function, as we will be spending the summer working in Myanmar as part of our summer field placements for our MDP program,… read more

Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe with Glenn Denning

Interview with Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti

by |May 2nd, 2013

The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable  Development hosted to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on April 22, 2013. The event was part of the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series and focused on articulating strategies for data-driven policy support. Following the program and a Columbia University World Leaders Forum event with the… read more