Blog Posts in Global Development

  • April 30, 2020
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    Keeping an Eye on Long-Term Economic Goals, Even During a Pandemic

    Guest Contributor - Charles J. Hall in Global Development | April 30, 2020

    In a public health crisis like COVID-19, the first step is emergency response. Hospitals need supplies, and people need access to care. But what often gets lost until those initial concerns subside is the economic crisis that follows. Past...

  • April 29, 2020
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    A Youth-Centered Development Approach to the Fight Against COVID-19

    Guest Contributor - Neetha Tangirala in Global Development | April 29, 2020

    Innovative measures that respond to local conditions are crucial to the fight against COVID-19. Munyaradzi Dodo, a young citizen journalist from Zimbabwe, has worked with other young changemakers to develop a platform that tracks cases of COVID-19...

  • March 9, 2020
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    Venezuela’s Escalating Humanitarian Crisis

    Zach Cohen in Congress, Global Development | March 9, 2020

    Colombia’s President Ivan Duque met with President Trump at the White House last week, and at the top of their agenda was Venezuela. Colombia has played a critical role in managing the regional migration crisis, taking in more than 1.7 million Venezuelan refugees—more than a third of the 4.5 million who have fled the country in recent years following political upheaval and economic collapse.

  • March 6, 2020
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    The MOMs Initiative

    Guest Contributor - Merck for Mothers in Global Development | March 6, 2020

    The MOMs Initiative (short for Maternal Outcomes Matters) takes a catalytic financing approach, providing capital that small businesses need to grow and have a greater impact. Within this approach, Merck for Mothers offers grant financing and uses its expertise in maternal health to identify the businesses and promising solutions to invest in.

  • February 21, 2020
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    In Africa, Secretary Pompeo Reinforces MCC’s Vision of Reform

    Sung Lee in Global Development | February 21, 2020

    On his first trip to Africa as Secretary of State, Secretary Mike Pompeo announced a new partnership earlier this week between American company, Weldy Lamont and Senegal’s national electric company — stating that the partnership will build on the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)’s $550 million Senegal Power Compact to “provide energy to rural areas … generating electricity throughout the country.”

  • February 19, 2020
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    Clean Water = Education, Access, Opportunity

    Danielle Prouty in Global Development | February 19, 2020

    By addressing the growing need for water, sanitation, and hygiene services in Kenya, the KIWASH project has not only improved water security in rural communities, it has led to even greater opportunities across the country. The support of USAID and DAI has given local business owners the means to provide more reliable water services to their communities. As a result, communities can worry less about water-related diseases and focus more on their education and livelihoods, allowing for a better quality of life for all.

  • February 3, 2020
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    Now, Every Refugee Camp Has a Sesame Street

    Matthew Wright in Global Development | February 3, 2020

    Through a partnership with the International Rescue Committee and with support from the Lego Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation, the experts at Sesame Workshop have debuted Ahlan Simsim, or “Welcome Sesame;” a new television show created for refugee children in the Middle East and North Africa. To the IRC and Sesame Workshop, Ahlan Simsim isn’t just a show – it’s a vital piece of humanitarian assistance.

  • January 29, 2020
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    A Global Effort: Combating the Coronavirus

    Emily Lim in Global Development, National Security | January 29, 2020

    If the world learned anything from the SARS epidemic, it is that in order to counter a viral disease, a coordination of the world’s finest medical institutions and brightest minds is quintessential. As the number of confirmed cases climbs with each passing day, the WHO must act swiftly and declare the Coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. While multiple U.S. officials have vowed to support Chinese efforts to combat the epidemic, and are monitoring the situation closely, the U.S. government must also consider backing up its words by funding programs dedicated to fighting global epidemics.

  • January 16, 2020
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    The NBA is Shooting for Growth in Africa

    Dana Bruce in Economic Prosperity, Global Development | January 16, 2020

    With the unveiling of a new logo, the National Basketball Association (NBA) made its new Basketball Africa League (BAL) official— fulfilling its commitment to launch its first league outside of the United States. But while this is the organization’s first league in Africa, the NBA is not new to the continent— particularly when it comes to engaging with African youth and investing in infrastructure and civil society across the continent.

  • January 14, 2020
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    Minnesota’s Stake in Global Engagement

    Guest Contributor - Michelle Grogg in Global Development | January 14, 2020

    Agriculture is inherently local, rooted row-by-row in the soil farmers till, tend, and harvest. But the impacts of agriculture are truly global. We know this is true in farming states like Minnesota, where Cargill has been headquartered for more than a century… [W]e are proud to partner with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) as their Heartland Chair. In conversations across 13 Midwest states, we are joining the USGLC and community leaders to discuss how food produced here in the Heartland impacts those far beyond our borders. Those same discussions are amplifying the value and purpose of global leadership.