Opinion: Don't despair, innovate — Now is the time to try new forms of development cooperation

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By Michael Clemens

As the global shift toward political populism brings foreign aid budgets under renewed and intense scrutiny, Michael Clemens at the Center for Global Development outlines a new type of development cooperation: giving visas as aid.

Persistent digital divide hampers cocoa sector

Mobile connectivity in Africa has widely expanded with the introduction of 4G networks and wireless internet in many major cities. But many rural areas still lack access, and there is no sign of the private sector deploying soon. Cocoa farmers and their crops are among those deeply affected in Ghana.

Opinion: How transparency can lead to peace

In Colombia, the implementation of a new peace deal and the SDGs present a unique opportunity to eradicate corruption. Maria Paula Correa, senior director of strategic engagement for Concordia, explains how the country could leverage public-private partnerships to reject the corruption that has pervaded its past.

Opinion: Yes, the private sector is good for development. The question is how.

Jorge Moreira da Silva, director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, explains how development doesn't just benefit from the private sector — it requires its investment.

Opinion: Where’s the action with drones for development?

Drones have potential applications in a range of development sectors, particularly in mapping, evaluation and monitoring. More comparative studies are needed to asses the quality of drone-collected data as compared with human-led efforts. Giovanni Castaldo from the Center for Effective Global Action explores the role of drones in public works, agriculture and humanitarian aid — as well as the challenges ahead.

Opinion: 3 changes the OECD needs to make to guard the poorest in new aid rules

The OECD's Development Assistance Committee is on the brink of a monumental shift of including private sector instruments in their analysis of official development assistance. To ensure money isn't channeled away from the neediest, Jesse Griffiths, director of the European Network on Debt and Development, and Jeroen Kwakkenbos, policy and advocacy manager at Eurodad, argue that three key issues need to be addressed.

Poised for scale, primed for investment

Innovation is a tool to save lives, alleviate poverty and achieve social justice in a world rife with challenges. Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE, discusses the aims behind the first Scale X Design Challenge and the future for innovation to impact.

Opinion: Financing healthy futures to meet the SDGs

Partnerships are vital for countries to reach the most vulnerable populations with high-impact health interventions. Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility, describes how collaborative funding can help solve last mile challenges in health care for women, children and adolescents.

Opinion: Don't give up on government

This year's World Bank World Development Report argues that politics plays a critical role in development, yet ignores how government leaders can harness politics as a force for good. Jonathan Tanner at the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative argues the development community needs to look at governments as collaborators — instead of obstacles.

Opinion: Embracing blockchain solutions to fight global poverty

In August 2016, the World Economic Forum released a report calling blockchain technology a "mega-trend" that will shape society in the next decade. But what is blockchain, what does it do, and what are the potential benefits? Jane Thomason, Abt Associates Australia CEO, offers a few examples of blockchain's potential to provide scalable solutions.