This year the World Economic Forum plays out against the backdrop of a rise of populism that has manifested most prominently in Donald Trump's election win and the Brexit vote. But many other important trends that impact the world of development will also come up for discussion and debate ranging from the rise of China, to 3-D printing, to our world's ever-increasing connectivity.
When you're fighting poverty, size matters. Or as we in the development community call it, "scale." In this guest column, Sidonie Uwimpuhwe of CARE Rwanda explains why we should not accept successful projects that end as, well, mere projects. And she makes the case for scaling up an effort to combat violence in her native Rwanda — one of 15 projects competing in CARE's Scale X Design Challenge.
At Rex Tillerson's confirmation hearing on Wednesday, asking serious questions could be a risky proposition for Senate Republicans since they could trigger ill-considered policy statements that are difficult to reverse. But at a minimum, senators and the American public have a right to expect answers to four fundamental questions on foreign aid and development.
Would it make sense for WHO to create a second website devoted to topics on personal health and wellness, as opposed to the broader, and in many ways more serious, global health topics of its current site? Rick Lesaar explores both sides and argues that the WHO has an obligation to try new approaches and become more effective.
Trade has enormous potential to drive economic development and poverty reduction, but recent rhetoric has questioned whether trade helps poor people in developing countries and we've seen political turmoil in the U.S. and U.K. blow against global trade agreements. Jim Winkler, DAI's senior trade and investment adviser, explores the benefits of trade, with Vietnam as a telling example.
With 2016 behind us, Devex President and Editor-in-Chief Raj Kumar borrows some advice from former President Bill Clinton: focus on trendlines, not headlines. Those trendlines point to one crucial thing: Global development is working. Despite the global backlash to a more interconnected world, people are getting healthier, societies are becoming freer and more inclusive, more kids are going to school — and global development professionals are leading these changes.
EU humanitarian aid is supposed to be rooted in principle, but increasingly it's being repurposed to meet political objectives, based more on the self-interest of EU member states than on any humanitarian code, write Alexandra Makaroff, Plan International EU representative and Ester Asin, Save the Children EU director in this opinion piece.
In the complex global policy area of family planning, numerous trends will play out in 2017 — and beyond — that need to be monitored. Christopher Purdy and Phil Harvey of DKT International discuss what's in store for family planning — including access to both time-tested and new contraceptives, the impact of Zika, and the Trump effect.
The overuse and misuse of antibiotics in animals, especially livestock, has become a driving force for global health concerns by accelerating the resistance of disease-causing bacteria that also infect people. Delia Grace from International Livestock Research Institute explains why it's crucial to recognize regional variations in antibiotic use in animal health.