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Smart Consumers Can Help Poor People

Coffee is the second most-traded commodity and one of the most consumed drinks around the world. The consumption of coffee is a universal business within its own, for its demand is incredibly high worldwide. Drinking coffee has become almost second nature to many who can afford it. American author and journalist, Sarah Vowell, says that […]


The New Stars of Emerging Markets

As the economy continues to expand, the stories of economic growth and development are shifting.  The new stars of emerging markets are beginning to rise and take the spotlight in the story of development.  Over the past decade, the most well-known stories of rising nations within emerging markets have been that of BRIC nations-Brazil, Russia, […]


The Unequal Reality

The next global development agenda has been set. The President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, hosted the meeting to determine such an agenda; he also served as the co-chairman to the UN High Level Panel for the post-2015 plan with an emphasis on eradicating extreme poverty. Despite the general success of the UN Millennium Development […]


Food Prices & Obesity in Developing Countries

Unhealthy food is not only one of the cheapest options in the United States; junk food is also cheaper in developing countries. Because impoverished people cannot afford to purchase healthy, more expensive foods, they risk obesity and “undernutrition.” Even though food prices have decreased in the past six months, these prices are still near a […]


What is our “return on investment” for USAID?

  Many people ask, what is our “return on investment” for USAID? One clear answer is that we substantially improve public attitudes about the US. America offers humanitarian assistance all around the world, and there is growing research to suggest that US aid to developing nations results in substantial benefits to the US itself. The […]


African Agriculture and Agribusiness Will Grow to $1 Trillion by 2030

A World Bank report states that agriculture and agribusiness in Africa has the opportunity to grow to a trillion dollar market by 2030.The report titled “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness” calls for the need to increase access to capital, electricity, technology, and irrigated land to allow for better and increased farming. World Bank […]


Luxury Hotels in Thailand for Charity

Some mourn through tears, others through memoirs, but there are those people like Mark Weingard who mourn and honor the dead through 6 star hotels. While vacationing at his beachfront home in Phuket, Thailand, in December 2006, Weingard was awoken by the same sound that silenced hundreds and thousands of voices. Thanks to the structuring […]


John Kerry’s First Address as Secretary of State Transcript

Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. Good morning. Thank you for an extraordinarily warm welcome, Charlotte. I am really honored to be here. Senator Tim Kaine, thank you very, very much for your generous words of introduction. Tim, as he mentioned, has only been on the Foreign Relations Committee, I guess now […]


Panel Discusses the Millennium Development Goals

Last Friday, a high-level United Nations panel met in Liberia to discuss the UN Millennium Development Goals, one of the few successful international efforts aimed at addressing poverty, beyond 2015. Co-chaired by President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron, the panel […]