A tool used to gauge ‘social progress’ beyond the traditional economic measures shows some gains in quality of life worldwide but also a decline in personal rights, freedom and social cohesion. The U.S. ranked low, due to violence, lack of an adequate social safety net and, surprisingly, poor access to information technologies.
The amount of money that migrants around the world send back home increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade, according to a new analysis. Technically known as ‘remittances,’ the total amount of these cash transfers grew from $296 billion dollars in 2007 to $445 billion in 2016 – triple what is spent by rich countries on foreign aid each year.
Organizations around the globe recently marked World Water Day (March 22) to highlight the fact that 663 million people still do not have access to improved water sources, according to the World Health Organization. Water Collective, like many charities, wants to drive that number down. But unlike many charities, they’re “obsessed” with maintaining improved water sources to make sure that number stays down – a challenging task for many reasons.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his party’s state election victories last month by describing his vision for a “new India” – one that “stands for development” by giving the poor a “leg-up, not a handout.” Offering a boost is India’s largest online job portal for entry-level and informal work, Babajob, which connects even illiterate low-skill workers to employers through digital technology.
There is an enormous business opportunity for solar energy in sub-Saharan Africa, and it can be harnessed by the most unlikely entrepreneurs: women in some of the poorest and most remote communities. This is according to Katherine Lucy, the CEO and founder of Solar Sister. Since 2009, the nonprofit has helped women involved in the industry by helping them build businesses selling solar-powered products.
In a country starved for resources with a crippled public health system, one nonprofit is determined to make more of Haiti’s health-care facilities affordable, sustainable and resilient to natural catastrophes.
When a city’s infrastructure and services are ineffective, it may feel good for its citizens to rant on social media about it. Will it make the services better? Probably not. That’s where technology comes in. A team of developers partnering with the government of Indonesia’s capital Jakarta developed an app so citizens can channel their social media savviness to monitor public services.
Cooking over an open fire or with traditional cookstoves are common practices worldwide that some experts say kill millions of people every year, through indoor air pollution, and cause massive environmental impacts from natural resource depletion to climate change. This has led to an international movement to build a better, cleaner cookstove, that some say is as much contributing to the problem as it is trying to solve it.
Mobile money is more than a way to send and receive money. For some people, it is a path out of poverty – particularly for women. A new study in Kenya found that the M-PESA mobile money platform lifted 194,000 households out of poverty.
As world leaders and the development sector move to end extreme poverty by 2030, while dealing with unprecedented migration, global disease pandemics and climate change, everyone is wondering: What will development look like in the face of nationalist shifts in the Western World?