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INNOVATIONS
Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun
CREDIT: One Earth Designs.
John Haffner, Scot Frank, Catlin Powers
With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.
Medellín: A Light Unto Cities
CREDIT: Jorge Gobbi (CC).
Joseph Stiglitz
Once notorious for its drug gangs, the tale of the Medellín's innovative transformation holds important lessons for urban areas everywhere.
A Solar-backed Currency for the Refugees of Western Sahara
View of Smara, one of the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria. CREDIT: Mel Chin, 2011.
Mel Chin
Artist Mel Chin is working with Sahrawi refugees in northwest Africa to develop a local currency backed by solar power generation.
BRIEFINGS
Empowering Women and Girls: The Impact of Gender Equality on Public Health
CREDIT: Gates Foundation (CC)
Deborah Derrick
Gender inequalities--in relationships, economic-decision making, and access to health-care--are strong drivers of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The Global Fund is reaching out to women to try to correct this imbalance and save lives.
 
FAIRNESS AND ITS OPPOSITE: International Student Photo Contest
CREDIT: Aldrich Lim (CC).
Carnegie Council announces its second annual International Student Photography Contest. This year's theme is "Fairness and Its Opposite."
 
The Ethics of Innovation
CREDIT: UNDP (CC)
Christopher Fabian, Robert Fabricant
An ethical framework can connect the worlds of start-up technology and international development to strengthen cross-sector innovation in the social sector.
 
 
COMMENTARY
A Storm in a Bucket: Lessons from the Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy
CREDIT: University of Central Arksansas (CC)
Kei Hiruta
Fun-based activism such as the Ice Bucket Challenge does not persuade you; it mobilizes you. That's why it's been so successful.
 
Health in a Time of Ebola
CREDIT: European Commission DG ECHO (CC)
Prabhjot Singh
Efforts to respond to an epidemic should not undercut investment in community health workers. These medical staff are vital in areas where access to proper care and trust is limited.
 
Rose Niu: Conservation on the Tipping Point
CREDIT: Shutterstock
John Haffner, Rose Niu
Conservation in China is a long-term struggle that has only intensified with rapid economic growth. To bring degraded ecosystems back, the country needs ambitious plans and a new paradigm.
 
 
POLICY LIBRARY
Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity
CREDIT: IMF (CC).
Joseph Stiglitz
This white paper outlines policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States.
 
The BRICS Development Bank: Why the World's Newest Global Bank Must Adopt a Pro-Poor Agenda
CREDIT: Presidential Press and Information Office, Russia (CC)
Oxfam International argues that the newly created BRICS Development Bank must commit to fighting poverty and inequality.
 
Advancing Sustainable Business in China
CREDIT: chinadialogue (CC)
Isabel Hilton
This special issue of chinadialogue's journal exposes polluters and highlights some of the best examples and models of sustainability in China today.
 
 

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