International Development Posts
The Human Cost of Conservation: “Yellowstone Model” Wreaks Havoc Abroad
In the highlands of north-central Guatemala, old-school conservation methods are causing serious problems for indigenous communities who have sustainably harvested and cared for the area for hundreds of years.
Evening of Storytelling Features Leaders from the Developing World
Aspen New Voices Fellows recently gathered in Nairobi to share the personal stories behind their work in development.
GDP Is a Good Answer to the Wrong Question
A leading economist says we shouldn't use GDP to measure a country's well-being. He won this year’s Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his ideas. Here's why.
US Aid for Peace in Colombia Sounds Like a Good Idea, But Here’s What’s Missing
President Obama announced that he would ask for $450 million in aid to help Colombia end "half a century of wrenching conflict" and usher in a peaceful era. This sounds like good news, but notably absent from the commitment was any mention of those hardest hit by the country's 50-year war.
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All About Forests and Farms at the Climate Talks
In the midst of the United Nations climate change conference in Paris, hundreds of leaders gathered for the Global Landscapes Forum, a major side event focused on the role that farms and forests play in causing and preventing the changing climate.
Indigenous Peoples ‘Paddle to Paris’ for COP21
Hundreds of indigenous peoples from the major tropical forest regions of Latin America, Africa and Indonesia traveled to Paris for COP21, hoping to be heard above the cacophony of voices shaping the long-awaited climate agreement.
What Happens When Cartoonists Get Serious
Kenyan cartoonists are getting serious about putting an end to land grabs. Read on to learn (and see!) how they're doing it.
We’re Coming for You, Tuberculosis
Our partners at TB Alliance just announced the world’s first availability of TB medicines for children. They’re fruit-flavored (yum!) and easily dissolved in water. Read more and sign the petition asking world leaders to adopt these treatments to end childhood TB once and for all.
Common Enemy, Malaria, Brings Myanmar Together
A common foe led to an extraordinary summit this week in Washington, D.C. An array of high-ranking Myanmar government officials and ethnic minority and opposition groups from the Southeast Asian nation, who have been locked in violent conflict for nearly six decades, put aside their differences momentarily to join forces against a mutual enemy carried by a tiny mosquito: Malaria.