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Effective Development

 
 
 

Trillions of dollars have been spent on aid and development, but Millennium Development Goals remain elusive.

Over one billion people remain in poverty and lack access to basic education, health care, safe water and sanitation. Aid often remains ineffective because programs tend to be driven by donor country interests, not by local community needs. And, too frequently, environmental protection is overlooked.
We advance innovations that harness aid to be more accountable, transparent and solutions-oriented, for community-driven, ecologically sustainable and lasting development.
 

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Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

Deanna Zandt
Lux Digital

 
 
 

The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business school captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned.

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The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business school captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned.

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The Intellectual Property System Is an Impenetrable Maze

Scientific American

Richard Jefferson explores the potential and problems with patents and his work in innovation cartography: making a map for the global body of some 100 million patents and associated scientific, business and technical literature.

Curated
 
 
 

Richard Jefferson explores the potential and problems with patents and his work in innovation cartography: making a map for the global body of some 100 million patents and associated scientific, business and technical literature.

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Bill Gates: Here's My Plan to Improve Our World - And How You Can Help

Wired

"I am a little obsessed with fertilizer. I mean I’m fascinated with its role, not with using it." Bill Gates shares on his plan for the future, the importance of breakthroughs and what it really takes if  to accelerate progress.

Curated
 
 
 

"I am a little obsessed with fertilizer. I mean I’m fascinated with its role, not with using it." Bill Gates shares on his plan for the future, the importance of breakthroughs and what it really takes if  to accelerate progress.

“People spend billions of dollars on drugs for the poor. They are available, but if you can't reach them, it's not going to help!”

Andrea Coleman

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Developing the Microfinance Movement for Smallholder Farmers

Stephanie Hanson, One Acre Fund

Allison Bream, One Acre Fund

 
 
 

Last week marked World Food Day, an annual celebration of the strides we have made toward hunger eradication, and a reminder of the lengths we still have to go to achieve global food security. For many rural smallholder farmers in Africa, the journey toward hunger eradication is not something to think about once a year, but every day.

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Last week marked World Food Day, an annual celebration of the strides we have made toward hunger eradication, and a reminder of the lengths we still have to go to achieve global food security. For many rural smallholder farmers in Africa, the journey toward hunger eradication is not something to think about once a year, but every day.

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A Goal To End Hunger

David Beckmann
Bread for the World

 
 
 

Tell our leaders, by calling them or writing, that hunger has to be a priority and the budget cannot be balanced on the back of poor and hungry people.

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Tell our leaders, by calling them or writing, that hunger has to be a priority and the budget cannot be balanced on the back of poor and hungry people.

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Malala Reminds Us That Leadership Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Alyse Nelson
Vital Voices Global Partnership

 
 
 

Malala’s leadership is in her recognition that she has a voice and that she does not have to accept things as they have always been. Malala has, in fact, reminded the world what leadership really means.

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Malala’s leadership is in her recognition that she has a voice and that she does not have to accept things as they have always been. Malala has, in fact, reminded the world what leadership really means.

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World Hunger Is Unacceptable In The 21st Century

Ruth Oniangó
African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND)

 
 
 

To date, we still have nearly a billion hungry people in the world and although absolute numbers of the hungry are concentrated in South Asia, major improvements have been made there in terms of productivity, much more so than in sub-Saharan Africa.

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To date, we still have nearly a billion hungry people in the world and although absolute numbers of the hungry are concentrated in South Asia, major improvements have been made there in terms of productivity, much more so than in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Myth Busting: How We Can Really Achieve Food Security

Tim Hanstad
Landesa

 
 
 

While well-meaning governments buy into one of the most enduring myths in agriculture: that large scale farms are the answer. A wealth of research indicates otherwise–that supporting small scale farmers and providing them with secure land rights can boost food security and rural economic development.

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While well-meaning governments buy into one of the most enduring myths in agriculture: that large scale farms are the answer. A wealth of research indicates otherwise–that supporting small scale farmers and providing them with secure land rights can boost food security and rural economic development.

“For me, the fundamental was communication. If you really were a coalition and you wanted to advance your coalition's goals around the world, everybody has to have the same information.”

Jody Williams

 

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