Development

Enabling communities to thrive for a better tomorrow. A collection of 62 posts
Health Interventions for Indigenous Communities in Canada
Development

Health Interventions for Indigenous Communities in Canada

Abstract Indigenous communities in Canada face a decreased life expectancy due to higher rates of chronic illnesses. Increased physical activity is considered a key factor in reducing the risks of these chronic diseases
Africa and Its Struggle in the Quest for Vaccination
Berkeley

Africa and Its Struggle in the Quest for Vaccination

Since the introduction of COVID-19 in late December of 2019, COVID’s rampant spread has locked down families, communities and global economies. With a host of problems ranging from vaccine procurement to administration, Africa’s vaccination effort is in dire need of assistance.
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China’s Current and Future Role in Climate Change
Harvard

China’s Current and Future Role in Climate Change

Spurred by an increasingly industrialized world since the mid-20th century, climate change and global warming have risen to the forefront of international issues that have and will continue to define environmental policy for
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Climate Change and Climate Justice in the Pacific Islands
Harvard

Climate Change and Climate Justice in the Pacific Islands

The U.N. International Organization for Migration projects that there will be 200 million climate change migrants by 2050 (1). Some estimates range up to a billion, or more than one in every
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Environmental Destruction Predating Climate Change Has Plagued Low-Income Communities of Color for Decades
Harvard

Environmental Destruction Predating Climate Change Has Plagued Low-Income Communities of Color for Decades

As environmental disasters strike with greater frequency, the conversation around climate action is at its peak. In the last year alone, the United States lost $95 billion in damages resulting from record-breaking climate
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Challenging times for Education in Kazakhstan due to the pandemic
Development

Challenging times for Education in Kazakhstan due to the pandemic

The economic crisis is only the tip of the iceberg of the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its underwater part is damage to national educational systems, human capital due to the interruption
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3D-Printed Buildings: Concrete Advances
Harvard

3D-Printed Buildings: Concrete Advances

When many think of 3D printing, they probably imagine a desktop printer about the size of a toaster oven layering thin strands of plastic or resin to build small, unique shapes. They probably
Economic Impact of Japan’s Aging Population
Development

Economic Impact of Japan’s Aging Population

Japan holds one of the world’s strongest economies. However, despite its present strength, the future of Japan’s economic health appears uncertain. Japan faces an unprecedented degree of population aging as more
Bolivia’s Lithium Woes
Brown

Bolivia’s Lithium Woes

In the future, lithium is king. As electric vehicles (EVs) force traditional gasoline cars out of America and the world’s garages, the price and profitability of lithium is expected to skyrocket in
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A New Scramble for Africa: US and Chinese Engagements in the Region
Harvard

A New Scramble for Africa: US and Chinese Engagements in the Region

As of March 13, 2021, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the United States topped 30 million. On the other side of the Pacific, the number of cases in China has yet
Kiribati: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Climate Change

Kiribati: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

In much of the world, climate change often struggles to steal the limelight, but in few places is that less true than in Kiribati. The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is one of
Do Children Benefit From Internet Access?
MIT

Do Children Benefit From Internet Access?

Opening Statement: In Peru, providing laptops and free internet access to school children led to improved computer and internet proficiency. However, no significant impact on math and reading achievement, cognitive skills, self-esteem, teacher
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Artificial Intelligence: Stopping Violent Attackers in Their Tracks
Development

Artificial Intelligence: Stopping Violent Attackers in Their Tracks

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” For decades, the NRA and other pro-gun special interest groups have justified their exorbitant lobbying spending – over $250 million total – on this line of logic.
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Financial Inclusion: Designing Solutions to Provide Vital Economic Services
Development

Financial Inclusion: Designing Solutions to Provide Vital Economic Services

Localized financial literacy and digital transaction capabilities can create scalable financial access to unbanked communities in emerging markets.
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M-Pesa in East Africa: A Means for Social Change
Development

M-Pesa in East Africa: A Means for Social Change

Safaricom's revolutionary M-Pesa mobile money system offers the potential for transformative change in East Africa and worldwide.
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Sudan’s Path to Democratization: A Model for Peace or War?
Development

Sudan’s Path to Democratization: A Model for Peace or War?

Sudan, formerly Africa’s largest country before the separation of South Sudan in 2011, is a nation with a rich, yet tumultuous history. Known as the kingdoms of Kush and Meroe in ancient times and home to the Nubian civilization, the region entered periods of ethnic conflicts following
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Making Money and Making Change: The Rise of Social Enterprise
Business

Making Money and Making Change: The Rise of Social Enterprise

In 2018, Deloitte reported that companies have shifted away from a purely profit-driven business model to one that is more cognizant of their footprint in the larger societal context. However, some companies have been part of an even larger shift
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The Movement for Agricultural Reform in India
Development

The Movement for Agricultural Reform in India

Economists generally agree that India’s agricultural sector needs reform, starting with reducing incentives to produce crops like rice and wheat. As of September 2020, 70 million tons of rice and wheat were
The Future of the Keystone Pipeline
ESG

The Future of the Keystone Pipeline

The election of Joseph R. Biden in early November will return to the normal diplomatic and economic relationship between Canada and the United States from the “America First” policy implemented during the Trump
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