Saturday, November 18, 2017

Visionary Voices

Is another “Green Revolution,” similar to that which transformed agriculture in India, possible elsewhere? How can poor countries strengthen their human capital? Which types of external assistance work best? How can basic public-health services, including routine vaccination, best be delivered in developing societies?

As advanced countries struggle to recover from the global financial crisis, developing countries are becoming the world’s growth engine. Between now and 2025, these economies are expected to account for more than 70% of global GDP growth. But developing economies will be unable to sustain their recent growth unless policymakers worldwide commit themselves to tackling the massive challenges that these countries face – from reliable provision of clean water and sanitation to stemming the spread of communicable diseases and broadening access to family-planning services.

In Visionary Voices, Project Syndicate, working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, provides compelling, exclusive commentaries that analyze the trends and address the debates shaping developing countries’ economic and social potential – and thus the global economy’s prospects.

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A Global Plan to End Malaria

Every year, illnesses that can be treated with medicines, vaccines, or other means kill some two million children worldwide. Malaria is one of the biggest and most stubborn killers – and also one of t… read more


A Formula for Health Equity

What could an economically advanced country like the United States possibly learn from the health-care success of a tiny, impoverished African country like Rwanda? Two things: how to broaden access an… read more


Preempting the Next Pandemic

The diversity and resilience of deadly viruses make it difficult to develop effective global containment and prevention strategies. But while biology plays a role, the biggest obstacle to protecting p… read more


Closing the Education Gender Gap

On this International Day of the Girl, the number of girls not attending school, despite having fallen by 40% since 2000, still stands at 130 million. This represents both a moral and a practical fail… read more


A Roadmap to End Cholera

The World Health Organization has unveiled a plan to reduce cholera deaths by 90%, and completely eliminate transmission in 20 of the most affected countries, by 2030. But success will depend on susta… read more


Securing Land Rights in Africa

Across the continent, insecure rights to land are robbing millions of financial stability and long-term prosperity. While new technology is giving people the tools to define what’s theirs, governments… read more

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