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Uber Plans to Put Self-Driving Cars Back on the Road in a Scaled-Down Launch
By admin December 7, 2018

Eight months after one of Uber’s self-driving cars hit and killed a pedestrian, the ride-sharing company is on the verge of putting its vehicles back on the road in a more reduced pilot of earlier efforts. Before the accident, Uber was driving its autonomous vehicles on public roads in four cities at speeds up to

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How Did US and China Agree on a Pause in Trade War Escalation
By admin December 5, 2018

After a dinner meeting at the G-20 Summit in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed on a cease-fire on tariffs. The US will hold off on increasing the tariff on $200 billion Chinese imports after January 1, 2019. This positive sign toward a truce on the trade war pushed major markets,

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Breaking Down the New Waves of Energy in Developing World
By admin December 4, 2018

Campaigning for using environmentally-friendly sources of energy – renewable energy – to replace destructive sources of energy has been a global phenomenon. Today, the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is being held in Portland, marking the second stage of the Paris

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Towards a Climate-Neutral Future: Europe Commits Itself to New Targets and Increases Cleantech Investment
By admin December 3, 2018

    In 2015, European Union (EU) leadership committed to reducing domestic emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030. Promises to roll out initiatives to minimize global temperature increases and adopt national climate actions plans (INDCs) were also notable elements of the accord. As of November 2018, the European Union’s Climate Action Tracker (CAT)

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Yemen Crisis: The Weaponization of Aid
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  Yemeni citizens are caught in the crossfire of a proxy war that involves much more than an exchange of bullets.  It is estimated that 80% of the domestic population have been forced into dire humanitarian need; some 18.5 million people are food insecure and 16 million have no access to safe, clean water and

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Cube Satellites- Are They the Future Generation of Space Exploration?
By admin November 29, 2018

NASA’s InSight lander arrived on Mars earlier this week after close to a seven-month journey through space. In the months ahead, InSight will begin its study of the planet, listening for tremors and collecting data that will be pieced together in a map of the interior of the red planet, which could help scientists better

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Foreign Aid: What Is the Actual Impact and How Can We Improve?
By admin November 28, 2018

Foreign aid is defined by the OECD as “financial flows, technical assistance, and commodities that aim to promote economic development and welfare, is a common practice in the field of international development.” However, controversies over aid effectiveness and transparency have led many countries to rethink traditional practices. The Chinese government, for example, has been criticized

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From “He for She” to “She for We”
By admin November 27, 2018

25 November is universally recognized as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Thousands of people took to the streets of countries around the globe, media coverages more or less shifted their attention to gender-based violence cases, a bunch of panels and seminars were held to echo the major appeals of the

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Flushing Out Poverty with a Hygiene Approach
By admin November 20, 2018

It’s easy to take toilet for granted. With the coming of the 6th World Toilet Day, the general public and development actors begin to realize that the sanitation crisis is far from being solved. One in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools globally do not have any toilets, the group WaterAid said

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Are Plant-Based Plastics All They’re Cracked Up to Be?
By admin November 16, 2018

Trillions of pounds of plastic have been produced to date, of which billions flow into the ocean each year. They ensnare marine life, including the fish we eat at our meals, appear in our table salt, and traces of them have even been discovered in our own bodies. As research into the harmfulness of plastic

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The Digital Gap: A Persisting and Evolving Challenge to Development
By admin November 14, 2018

A digital gap between the rich and the poor is deepening inequality around the world. A 2018 Pew Research survey found that about 50 percent of low-income US households do not have access to high-speed internet or traditional computers at home. Nearly one third of Americans from low-income households do not own a smartphone, while the

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Restore the Power of “Truthtelling”
By admin November 13, 2018

While Khashoggi’s death is still a myth to the general public, there is little doubt that the safety of journalists is not getting better in the tide of international development. From 2006 to 2017, UNESCO has recorded 1,010 killings of journalists. A total of 80 journalists and media workers were killed in 2018 as of

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Using Canines for Malaria Detection
By admin November 8, 2018

Dogs’ extremely sensitive sense of smell allows them to detect bombs, drugs, and other contraband that passes through airports in luggage or pockets but is it possible for them to sniff out malaria and could it be useful? At the annual meeting at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) last month, researchers

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Is Universal Basic Income an Effective Way to Eliminate Poverty?
By admin November 7, 2018

The exponential advancement of computing power and artificial intelligence has galvanized heated debates on Universal Basic Income (UBI) in recent years. People are concerned that technology will take away low-paying human jobs and leave poor people worse off. UBI is seen by the Silicon Valley as one of the proposals to cure inequality and poverty

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“Index Mania” and Stories Untold
By admin November 6, 2018

When doing research on international development, one can hardly open a newspaper or a web push without finding a reference to an international index. Being different from indexes solely used for investment and market outlook projection, these indexes are usually created by international organizations and cover key issues like corruption, human rights, education, freedom of

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The Circular Economy & Development
By admin November 2, 2018

  At the beginning of 2018, the World Economic Forum stated embracing the circular economy was “the biggest opportunity of our lifetime.” The circular economy is a framework for an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. This framework builds economic, natural, and social capital and is based on three principles: (1) design out

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Stablecoins, are they the next buzzworthy investment?
By admin November 1, 2018

A new form of cryptocurrency is gaining traction among proponents of digital cash: stablecoins. Unlike bitcoin, whose prices have swung from a peak of $19,000 to its current level of around $6,200, this emerging cryptocurrency aims to maintain a stable price at all times. Proponents of stablecoin argue their rise is instrumental for active investors

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Birthright Citizenship and A Century-long Struggle for Immigrants
By admin October 31, 2018

  This week, President Trump said in an interview with Axios that he plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship. He is seeking to stop kids of non-citizens or undocumented immigrants from getting citizenship automatically at birth, which would have a major impact on the immigration laws the country has established through

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‘Voting’ with Our Choices: Child Labor and the Way Forward
By admin October 30, 2018

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s published the 17th edition of Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, estimating that at least 152 million children are engaged in child labor and 25 million people are in forced labor worldwide, which is clear and striking. It notes that some of modern society’s most

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A Right-Wing Extremist Playground
By admin October 29, 2018

As hate speech and far-right principles become mainstays of political campaigns and backbones of domestic policy in different countries around the world, individuals with convoluted perspectives of society are seizing the opportunity to become outspoken and active to achieve their goals. In the United States, Americans are experiencing frequent outbreaks of violence motivated by an

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Know Your Food: The Food Labeling and Certification Craze
By admin October 26, 2018

In 1990 the United States Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA). The legislation was a response to the steady increase in prevalence of organic products since the start of the organic movement in the 1940s. The organic movement, in addition to increased environmental awareness, led to the creation and growth of an organic

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Microplastics and their journey towards your gut
By admin October 25, 2018

The statistics are alarming: within the next minute, one million plastic bottles and two million plastic bags will be purchased. By the end of this year, enough bubble wrap will be produced to encircle the equator at least ten times. Although most of these items will take over 1,000 years to decompose, many will immediately

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In 2018, Large-scale Famine Has Not Yet Said Goodbye
By admin October 24, 2018

  Living in most parts of the world in the 21stcentury, famines seem rare. The world has seen huge progress in fighting hunger and malnutrition, and the overall positive trend is likely to continue. According to the World Bank’s open data on global hunger, there were 95 million fewer children stunted in 2016 than in

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Mobile Money and Financial Inclusion: A Long Way to Go
By admin October 23, 2018

Continuous efforts in improving financial inclusion have been paid off: the 2017 Global Findex database shows that 1.2 billion adults have obtained an account since 2011, including 515 million since 2014. During this period of time, the share of adults who have an account with a financial institution or through a mobile money service, rose

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Cryptocurrency and Government Policies around the World
By admin October 22, 2018

Today’s government regulators face a rising challenge from the fast-growing cryptocurrency technology, and different countries’ attitudes toward it seem to vary a lot. On October 11, Dubai launched the world’s first government-backed cryptocurrency. A state-backed subsidiary of the Dubai Department of Economic Development launched the digital currency called Emcash, which can be used for making

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Replacing Plastic
By admin October 19, 2018

To date, more than 60 countries have introduced legislation to reduce the use of single-use plastics – including bags, straws, cups, and other products. This is causing a serious shift in the global plastics market which by 2020 was projected to be worth $654.38 billion. The largest segment of this market, plastic packaging, is arguably

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An unexpected culprit is making China’s air pollution worse
By admin October 18, 2018

Scientists have identified a new offender contributing to China’s wintertime smog, and controlling it could be the key to maintaining significant air improvements in air quality that many northeastern cities experienced last winter. Emissions from formaldehyde, a byproduct from vehicles and chemical refineries has played a larger role than previously recognized in producing the thick,

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It’s Not Just about Food: Food Delivery and Environment
By admin October 16, 2018

  If you’ve ever ordered a meal kit from Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, you’ve probably had this experience: A large cardboard box shows up on a delivery truck from one of the company’s few distribution centers around the country, filled with ice packs and insulation, and many, many small plastic packages of food. It’s

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The Netherlands: Safe Haven for Liberals and VNSAs?
By admin October 15, 2018

  On September 22, gunmen opened fire at a “Sacred Defense Week” military parade in Ahvaz, Iran. The assailants, donned in military uniforms, carried out a 10 minute attack that left more than two dozen people dead and 70 more injured. The majority of victims were members of Iran’s Revolutionary guard.  In the days following the

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The Villainization of Plastic Straws
By admin October 12, 2018

  On October 2nd, 2018, IKEA and London’s Design Museum opened their Last Straw exhibition. The Last Straw features the last single-use plastic straw IKEA will ever provide in any of their UK or Ireland locations. The exhibit highlights IKEA’s People and Planet Positive strategy, specifically its ban on single-use plastics that will be completely

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After seven years, Google+ is now shutting its doors after information exposure
By admin October 11, 2018

Google has announced that it would shut down Google Plus, the competitor to Facebook’s social network after discovering a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of over 500,000 users. The security breach that occurred in March was kept under wraps because it didn’t appear that anyone had gained access to user information and per

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What Chinese Media Say about the Trade War with US
By admin October 10, 2018

A bitter trade war is looming between China and the US. The US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods. From July to August this year, the US imposed 25 percent tariff on a total of $50 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated proportionally. On September 24, a new round of tariffs,

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When Technology Meets Agriculture: Can We Expect More?
By admin October 9, 2018

Nowadays, agricultural technology is no longer an obscure niche. The blockchain in agriculture and food supply chains markets will be worth over $400 million in the next five years, according to a new report authored by Reportlinker last Thursday. The boom of agriculture technology can be explained by Demand and Supply Law. The population growth

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The New Kazakhstan: Central Asia’s most promising emerging market
By admin October 8, 2018

When thinking of emerging markets, BRICS often come to mind. However, Kazakhstan’s dedication to enhancing economic prosperity and its location as the link between Europe and Asia, make it a prime destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). On October 4th, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted the Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia conference. The all-day event, sponsored by

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India’s Plan to Achieve the SDGs
By admin October 5, 2018

  In May of 2016, a farmer named Subash Palekar won the Padmashri award, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, for the development of the Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) model, a model he had been developing since 1986. The model was formalized in 1995, and quickly gained popularity among small-stakeholder farmers

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Landmark Macedonian referendum to change its name declared a success despite low voter turnout
By admin October 4, 2018

  Macedonian voters took to the polls on the last weekend of September to determine whether or not to change the name of their country – in a move that would pave the path towards entry into NATO and the European Union. However, low voter turnout almost threatened these potential outcomes. Macedonians voted on whether

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Rural Ecommerce in China: Opportunities and Challenges
By admin October 3, 2018

Due to significant development in logistic infrastructure and the rising Internet penetration rate in China, ecommerce has become an increasingly familiar term for Chinese rural residents- approximately 45 percent of the total population. This segment of the population has long been excluded from the convenience of buying and selling goods online. According to the ministry

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NAFTA No More: Canada joins the U.S. and Mexico in the U.S.M.C.A.
By admin October 1, 2018

In 1994, the United States, Mexico and Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, popularly known as NAFTA. The deal, meant to facilitate economic activity between the three countries, led to the phasing out of various tariffs associated with agriculture, textiles and automobiles between 1994 and 2008. Having shaped North American trade relations for

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China, The Waste Crisis, and What it Means
By admin September 28, 2018

On July 18th, 2017, China formally notified the World Trade Organization that it would be instituting an import ban on specific types of solid waste. The ban covers 24 different kinds of solid waste and includes unsorted paper and low-grade polyethylene terephthalate used in plastic bottles. The ban has also established limits of the levels

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Can the Global Climate Action Summit Continue the Fight on Climate Change?
By admin September 27, 2018

San Francisco’s Global Climate Action Summit has brought together leaders and citizens from around the world to celebrate achievements of states, regions, climates, and various other stakeholders. Concomitantly, the summit has also served as a launchpad for deeper global obligations and has escalated action to prevent further climate change and uphold the Paris Agreement. California’s

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Private Equity Players Eye Microfinance Institutions
By admin September 26, 2018

For many years, poor people living in rural areas have struggled to find ways to finance their livelihood. In 1978, Grameen Bank was set up in Bangladesh to provide microcredit to impoverished people without collaterals and higher interest rates. This is the most famous example of microfinance. Today, microfinance institutions (MFI) operate all over the

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“Where is the doctor?”
By admin September 25, 2018

In the WHO’s most recent global study, it reports a gap of 7.2 million healthcare workers between “supply” and “demand”, which is expected to rise to 12.9 million. This translates to  a demand form 5,073 positions to be filled, according to a report by Workforce on demand for healthcare occupations in Florida. That number was

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TBG Fall 2018 Internship Team
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TBG is excited to introduce you to our Fall 2018 Internship Team. This accomplished group of graduate students will be assisting TBG on our ongoing projects, business development, and research on various development challenges and initiatives. Learn more about our each intern below. Paulina Plata – Columbia University SIPA Paulina is currently enrolled in Columbia

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Worst Flood hits God’s own Country
By admin August 24, 2018

Kerala, a state in southern India, also known as “Gods own country” because of its marvelous beauty and natural splendor, is in shambles because of devastating floods. Nearly 400 people have died and several thousands still remain stranded by some of the worst flooding in the State. According to reports, about one million people have

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