- Fighting Obesity Requires a Choice: Profit or Public Health?
Unless governments take steps to promote healthy diets and discourage consumption of ultra-processed products, chances to stop and reverse the obesity epidemic remain quite slim.
- The Smartification of Humanitarian Response
The "data revolution" is underway, ushering a smart era of humanitarian and development work.
- Beyond Business as Usual
Conducting business as usual is no longer good enough. Instead of finding ways to use society and the environment to be successful, companies must contribute to society and the environment in order to sustain success.
- A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran
Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.
- Islamophobia Is Not Just a Western Problem
The success of nationalists in India's election shows how easily an intricate social fabric can be rent for political purposes.
- A United Front in the War for Wildlife
Conservationists need a unified approach to stop the illegal trade in wildlife: species protection, human development, good governance, and enforcement.
- Forced Evictions Defeat the Spirit of Big Sporting Events
The evicted residents of Rio demand to be included in the benefits and the legacies of big tournaments like the World Cup and Olympics.
- Innovating Aid
Neha Bhat talks with innovators in humanitarian and development aid about new and efficient solutions to the crises of our time.
- UNDP Uses a New Human Development Eco Footprint
The 2013 Human Development Report has brought hybrid economic-ecologic metrics into a new era, providing a clear path to a broader meaning of development.
- Mindsets May Hinder Progress in Myanmar
Great excitement surrounds the World Economic Forum meeting in Myanmar this week, an indication of the country's new openness. But while the media has highlighted Myanmar's political, economic, and social challenges, less discussed are the mindsets that underlie them. Stewart's report is based on several years of interviews in Myanmar and the region.
- Social Covenants Must Precede Social Contracts
Fragile states that do not first forge a social covenant will later find it difficult to codify justice in a social contract.
- Innovation to the Rescue: New Ideas and Tech for Helping Refugees
The UN refugee agency is adopting an innovation-centered approach in pursuit of better services, products, and outcomes for displaced populations.
- Mined Fair for the Fair-minded
The Alliance for Responsible Mining is working to bring ethical gold to the retail jewelry market through a new Fairtrade and Fairmined Standard.
- Ma Jun: Information Empowers
Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun walks the line between transparency and activism in his quest to clean China's air, land, and water.
- Boat Migrants to Australia Deserve Their Refugee Rights
Asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat have been accused of jumping the queue in the immigration process, but are they really gaining an unfair advantage?
- Policy Simulations Could Help Combat Sex Trafficking
Through virtual simulation of anti-trafficking policies, enforcement agencies would get a better grasp on how to target their efforts.
- New Approaches to Humanitarian Migration
Many people cross international borders because their lives have been ruined by an earthquake, flood, drought, or hurricane. But they face a black hole of international law.
- Can Bioregionalism Go Global Before Collapse?
Bioregionalism proposes an alternative future in which overconsumption is drastically reduced, the natural environment is preserved, and proactive measures are taken to provide basic needs.
- Globalizing Censorship
Consent of the Network by Rebecca MacKinnon is a must-read on how businesses and governments wield influence over the Internet.
- Do World Bank Country Classifications Hurt the Poor?
The incoming World Bank president should create a more sophisticated system for classifying countries as low or middle income, using broad development indicators.