Deborah Horan is an award-winning journalist who has written about international development issues for the World Bank's Human Development Network and for the International Finance Corp.'s Sustainable Business Advisory about health, HIV/AIDS, early childhood development, education and the promotion of small business through business management training. Deb has covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iraq war, among other international assignments.
It is estimated that up to 40 percent of fertile land around the globe is seriously degraded. We spoke with Mark Schauer, coordinator of the Economics of Land Degradation, about the global study being undertaken to determine the economic impact of land degradation.
Without clear and verifiable land transactions, foreign and local investment is stymied and deals are vulnerable to corruption. Here’s what the aid community can do to help promote transparency in such deals.