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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.
INNOVATIONS
 
Conservationists Use Social Media to Take on Peru's Booming Illegal Wildlife Trade
CREDIT: Dave McLear (CC)
The illegal wildlife trade has long been ignored in Peru, but changes are afoot.
 
 
BRIEFINGS
The Drone Primer
CREDIT: Mauricio Lima (CC)
Why are we so terrified and at the same time fascinated by drones? The Center for Study of the Drone brings a report that reflects on the important and controversial role that drones are currently playing.
 
Empowering Women and Girls: The Impact of Gender Equality on Public Health
CREDIT: Gates Foundation (CC)
Deborah Derrick
Gender inequality is a strong driver of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. How can we reach out to women 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
Ebola: What Went Wrong?
CREDIT: NIAID (CC)
In a chronically underfunded global health system whose needs are so often eclipsed by issues of national insecurity and expediency, it is time to tackle Ebola strategically.
 
Why Isn't Food a Public Good?
CREDIT: ChefSteps (CC)
Jose Luis Vivero Pol
What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a public good or commons and not merely as a commodity?
 
Zhao Zhong: Lessons from the Bottom Up
Chayuan, Gansu Province. Credit: Green Camel Bell
John Haffner, Zhao Zhong
After an accident where nature nearly took his life, Zhao Zhong has been on a mission to protect the environment in his homeland of China.
 
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.
 
 
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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