Category: Poverty / Economic Development

Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by | July 14, 2014
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Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since […]

SurTab and Haiti’s ICT Revolution: Dialogue with Maarten Boute, CEO Of SurTab Haiti

by | February 10, 2014

The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider operating in 31 markets across the […]

How Factors of Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment

by | January 13, 2014
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The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development launched the Fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series, focusing on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan (PSDH).  HRPP welcomed our first guest speaker – Frantz Verella – the Former Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communication […]

Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

by | December 13, 2013
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Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source […]

“Youth for Action & Arts for Change” Fundraiser and Film Screening

by | December 2, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 – Teachers College RECEPTION & SCREENING (Room: 179 Grace Dodge): 6:00–8:00 PM  –  Tickets Here SCREENING ONLY (Room: The Chapel): 8:00 PM  –  Tickets Here This fundraiser for “Youth for Action & Arts for Change” will support two youth groups in rural Sauri, Kenya that are part of the Millennium Villages Project’s vision of eradicating […]

GlaxoSmithKline Supports African Health Workers Campaign

by | November 18, 2013
A community health worker in the field. Photo: Marjorie Lau.

By Nathalie Zapletal For the past several years, the Earth Institute and its corporate partner, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline, have had a successful working relationship on social service-related projects. The latest development in this long-standing partnership includes the Earth Institute and GlaxoSmithKline’s shared goal to broadly expand the reach of healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa. […]

Impressions from Myanmar: Turning “Frontier Development” into Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

by | July 1, 2013

Lately, Myanmar (sometimes referred to as Burma) has featured heavily in the international media. The buzz was heightened earlier this month as the World Economic Forum was held in the country’s capital, Naypyidaw. A flock of world leaders, politicians, NGOs, investors, academics and journalists descended into the city for discussions on Myanmar’s economic and political […]

Leveraging Paraguay’s Hydropower for Sustainable Economic Development

by | June 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

At the request of the Ministry of Finance in Paraguay, CGSD has been working with the Vale Columbia Center for Sustainable International Investment (VCC) over the past few months on an analysis of Paraguay’s hydropower industry, with a specific focus on leveraging this vast resource for sustainable economic development internally. Paraguay is one of the world’s largest […]

Myanmar’s Economic Outlook

by | May 9, 2013
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By Sarah Logan and Talia Smith On Wednesday 24th April 2013, the Asia Society hosted a lunch and discussion entitled Myanmar’s Economic Outlook: Prospects and Challenges. CGSD kindly sponsored our tickets for the function, as we will be spending the summer working in Myanmar as part of our summer field placements for our MDP program, […]

Interview with Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of Haiti

by | May 2, 2013
Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe with Glenn Denning

The Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable  Development hosted to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on April 22, 2013. The event was part of the Spring 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series and focused on articulating strategies for data-driven policy support. Following the program and a Columbia University World Leaders Forum event with the […]

Cultural Vibrancy in Haiti’s Development: A Conversation with Kimberly Green

by | March 22, 2013
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The Haiti Research and Policy Program continued its Spring 2013 Dialogue Series with Kimberly Green, president of the Green Family Foundation. This discussion explored the role of small foundations in supporting Haiti’s cultural vibrancy. According to Ms. Green, in the post-earthquake period, many foundations frequently present bleak outlooks on the country’s development challenges, framing the dire narratives that describe […]

In Conversation with Leslie Pean: Challenges to Local Development in Haiti

by | March 5, 2013

Leslie Pean, Former World Bank economist and advisor to the former prime minister of Haiti, joined Tatiana Wah, Director of CGSD’s Haiti programs and a panel for a roundtable discussion in February. The discussion was on the challenges of decentralization and local development financing in Haiti. Mr. Pean discussed the history of centralized power in […]

Haiti Development Discussion with Author Jonathan Katz

by | February 25, 2013 | 1 Comment

As part of the Haiti Research and Policy Program’s Dialogue Series, Program Director Dr. Tatiana Wah welcomed author and journalist Jonathan M. Katz to discuss his new book, The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came To Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, and his observations from two years of reporting on the […]

CGSD to Join Forces with the Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED)

by | September 20, 2012

This week the Earth Institute announced that beginning Oct. 1, the Center for Global Health and Economic Development (CGHED) will migrate its staff and projects to CGSD. “The merger of CGHED’s health, education and other development professionals with CGSD’s economic development team will strengthen the Earth Institute’s ability to undertake cross-sector research, education and policy projects,” […]

Comparing Millennium Villages: A Lesson in Localization

by | September 6, 2012
Students on break at a local school in Ruhiira high above the valley. Since the arrival of MVP, this school now benefits from pumped water and reliable energy, school meals prepared in clean burning cook stoves and new teacher housing.

The Earth Institute houses development expertise that spans sectors, agro-ecological zones, and nearly every region of the world, and we have been able to draw on this global experience and the lessons learned to provide innovative approaches to some of the world’s most complex development challenges.  The Millennium Villages (MV) Model is an example of […]

Building a New Model for Development with the Honduran Government

by | August 14, 2012
Dr. Glenn Denning, Dr. Gordon McCord, along with Lidia Fromm from the Ministry of Planning and Vice-Minister of Social Development Karla Cueva hear from a local farmer in Choluteca about the pest problems in local agriculture.

  In early June, the Honduras Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation hosted Dr. Glenn Denning, Dr. Gordon McCord, and me to explore a partnership for the design of an integrated rural development project in several regions of the country.  Over the course of our visit, what started as a municipal-level, “Millennium Village” style development […]

Timor-Leste: Challenges and Promise in Development

by | August 3, 2012 | 1 Comment
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By Kathy Zhang Often times, money isn’t enough. Timor-Leste, a small island country in Southeast Asia, recently “struck oil,” putting it in a unique position to accelerate its development and address the country’s extraordinary reality of widespread malnutrition. However, development planning can be undermined by a series of challenges, many stemming from a history of […]

Domestic Production vs. Imports for Rice in Haiti: A Delicate Balance to Strike

by | June 16, 2012 | 3 Comments
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At the end of May, I visited Haiti with a team from CGSD and CEISIN to explore some of the current constraints and opportunities in the agriculture sector. The problems faced by Haitian farmers have been well documented; small land plots, limited access to agricultural inputs and improved technologies, disputed land tenure rights, degraded watersheds […]

Securing Continued Economic Growth and Managing Ecological Constraints in Chile

by | April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
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A few weeks ago, I was in Santiago attending the launch of Columbia’s new Global Center in Santiago   The Center will provide logistical support for students and faculty doing research in Chile, including projects at CGSD. Thanks to Center Director Karen Poniachik (former Minister of Mining and Energy), we were able to secure a […]

Tackling the Complex Issue of Donor Coordination in Haiti

by | April 11, 2012 | 1 Comment
MPA-DP students discuss their research with the Prime Minister, Gary Conille

On April 2nd 2012, 5 MPA-DP students presented their research on donor coordination to the Prime Minister of Haiti, Dr. Garry Conille.  The student team, working under the guidance on CGSD, conducted a critical analysis of top multilateral and bilateral donor activities across the country since the 2010 earthquake. Using the most recently available donor […]

9.5 Billion People: Too Many?

by | March 4, 2012
Glenn Denning discusses the need for crop improvement techniques in order to feed a growing population

On March 3rd, 2012, the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy invited Dr. Tim Fox of the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to participate in a speaker-panel session. Prof. Fox, the lead author on a report discussing the role of engineering in sustainable development, argued that engineering has the technical solutions to address problems associated […]

Bridging The Communication Gap

by | February 12, 2012

Shiv Someshwar, Director of Climate Policy at CGSD, was interviewed by Businessworld to discuss sustainable development and climate policy from a global perspective as well as an Indian one. Shiv highlights the sustainable development goals (SDGs) as an opportunity to highlight and remedy existing inequalities between industrialized and developing nations. He discusses challenges in development […]

Collaborating on Policy and Practice with Garry Conille, Prime Minister of Haiti

by | December 4, 2011

On December 2, 2011, the Earth Institute (EI) hosted Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille at a daylong event with policy discussions as well as a seminar with Master in Public Affairs Development Practice students at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. Prime Minister Conille discussed the work that has been done by EI in […]

Climate Change through a Southern Lens

by | February 3, 2011
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Shiv Someshwar, Director of Climate Policy at CGSD, was interviewed by OneWorld South Asia on the multifaceted issue of climate change and its implications for development. Shiv advocated dynamic policies that do not simply focus on the climate, but also take into consideration socioeconomic variables such as population growth and increased demand for resources with […]