Category Archives: Policies

Food Security, Investment, and the G-8

Guest post by John Schellhase, Program Assistant at the NYU Development Research Institute (DRI). At the end of May, President Obama and other leaders of the G-8 announced the creation of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.  A … Continue reading

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CTED Conference: Keynote Address by UAE Minister of Foreign Trade

On February 12 and 13, the Second Annual CTED Conference took place in Abu Dhabi, titled: “Enhancing Economic Development through Technology: Focus on Africa and other Developing Countries”. The conference was opened with a keynote address delivered by Sheikha Lubna … Continue reading

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India Tries to Connect Poor to Growth by Scanning 2.4 Billion Eyes

The New York Times recently published an article on what will become the world’s largest biometric database – made in India. Hundreds of Indians are volunteering to have their fingerprints and irises scanned and their names, birth year and address … Continue reading

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Mixed Findings on Climate Change’s Impact on Crop Yields

A report in Science Magazine examines the effect of climate change on crop yields – for wheat, corn, soy, and rice – since 1980. While the report finds that, overall, crop yields have decreased by 3% for corn and 5% … Continue reading

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The growing African ICT industry

Africa Renewal has an interesting piece on how the information and communications technology industry has moved beyond being marginal and is now a dominant industry across much of the continent. The article cites three major aspects to this development – … Continue reading

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Examining the relationship between economic opportunity and violence

The newest World Development Report, released by the World Bank, presents some interesting findings about the nature of the relationship between economic development and violence. Previously, a lack of economic development was one of many factors that led to violence … Continue reading

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UAE leads region in tech

A report by the World Economic Forum found the United Arab Emirates to lead the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) in information and communications technology (ICT) readiness. Several factors contributed to this ranking among which are a series … Continue reading

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