Blog Posts in Economic Prosperity

  • February 15, 2019
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    A Green New Deal…for Development and Diplomacy

    Zach Cohen in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | February 15, 2019

    Against the backdrop of the 2020 elections, America’s climate conversation has been given new energy by the call for a “Green New Deal” and proposals to create sustainable infrastructure and jobs at home. But global crises worsened by a changing climate also create an urgency for America to invest in development and diplomacy, in order to build resilience in the parts of the world where vulnerable geography and limited resources multiply the negative effects of threats to our own security, from conflict to pandemics.

  • February 8, 2019
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    W-GDP: The Administration’s New Initiative to Empower Women Globally

    Sung Lee in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | February 8, 2019

    An unusual coalition – from Secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, and Defense to the heads of America’s development agencies, from a Democratic Senator to a Freedom Caucus member, and from a National Security Advisor to leaders of private and public sector organizations including the World Bank, UNICEF, UPS, P&G, Deloitte, and Walmart – joined the President this week, committing America to promote women’s economic empowerment around the world.

  • January 29, 2019
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    3 Things to Watch in Venezuela’s Crisis

    Sung Lee in Diplomacy, Economic Prosperity, Global Development, National Security | January 29, 2019

    The path forward in Venezuela remains uncertain since National Assembly President Juan Guaidó took the oath of office and declared himself the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. He was quickly recognized by the United States, Canada, and much of Central and Latin America, even as Russia, China, and Turkey warned they would continue to support President Maduro. While the Administration insists that no options are “off the table,” it has so far focused on a strong diplomatic and economic response to defend democratic values and encourage a peaceful transition of power. As the crisis unfolds, here are three critical issues to watch as the hunger and political crisis in Venezuela continues to spiral downward.

  • January 25, 2019
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    Bill Gates, Matt Damon and Bono Walk into a Room

    Joan Steiger in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 25, 2019

    Each year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) draws leaders and luminaries from every corner of the globe and all spheres of influence, including government, business, civil society, academia and media, to Davos, Switzerland. Many high-profile presenters were in attendance at this week’s events, speaking on the theme of Globalization 4.0—both a nod to the increasingly digital, interconnected world and a call for heightened global cooperation in the face of rising nationalism.

  • December 21, 2018
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    USGLC’s Top 10 Blogs of 2018

    Cody Corrington in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | December 21, 2018

    And as 2018 draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at our top stories of the year. We’ve told stories of impact, showcased successes in global development, and explored some of the toughest issues in politics and foreign policy.

  • December 20, 2018
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    Bill Gates: “Africa Has to Demand Our Attention”

    Joan Steiger in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | December 20, 2018

    Just ahead of the Administration’s announcement of a new Africa strategy last week, Bill Gates joined in a conversation with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. to share his insights on a host of growing global challenges and the vital need for continued U.S. leadership around the world— particularly in Africa.

  • November 19, 2018
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    For Amazon & for Africa, Infrastructure Matters

    Cody Corrington in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | November 19, 2018

    Cities across America lost the bid to house Amazon’s HQ2. Although they lost the bid many of these cities are saying perhaps they’re better off because they are now equipped to handle them. This step— creating infrastructure that supports business development— is vital to a city’s economic growth. Just as major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are investing in their infrastructure, on the other side of the world, cities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa are following suit—working to provide consistent access to the internet, establishing trading partners, and creating currency exchange programs.

  • November 1, 2018
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    Quality Dairy Delivers Shared Value

    Cody Corrington in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | November 1, 2018

    In 2016, Abbott partnered with Prabhat, an Indian dairy company, and TechnoServe, an international nonprofit focused on business solutions in the developing world, to create a sustainable new approach for working together with small family farms. The dairy initiative provides rural dairy farmers with access to the training, resources and infrastructure needed to produce higher quality milk that meets industry standards.

  • September 17, 2018
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    The Clock Is Ticking on Global Food Security

    Guest Contributor - Sylvain Roy in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | September 17, 2018

    Food insecurity hinders nearly every aspect of human life, subjecting undernourished populations to a range of physical and societal ills—including higher childhood mortality, stunted growth, susceptibility to disease, lack of economic opportunity, poor education, and victimization by radical movements. One thing is clear at this point in our planet’s history: It is absolutely critical to support international development efforts that can increase the world’s ability to achieve food security through sustainable agriculture.

  • August 8, 2018
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    Fueling Rural Economies Combats Global Hunger, Benefits America

    Sung Lee in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | August 8, 2018

    Since 2010, Feed the Future has helped an estimated 23.4 million people escape poverty and has prevented 3.4 million children from suffering from the devastating and irreversible effects of stunting. Furthermore, the program helped unlock $3.3 billion in agricultural rural loans, enabling farmers to generate $10.5 billion in new agricultural sales from 2011 through 2017. This economic growth has also created new markets for American businesses.