A new World Bank report on jobs says that jobs are crucial for development and for lifting people out of poverty. The latter might seem obvious (Of course a job would help someone escape poverty!), but the reality is much more complicated than that.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and developer of microfinance and microcredit, spoke about the power of technology and innovation to lift people out of poverty at the Social Good Summit on Saturday.
In the midst of World War II, Polish Underground member Jan Karski was traveling throughout Europe and to the U.S., trying to convince with political leaders like President Franklin D. Roosevelt to intervene on behalf of Jews being slaughtered in the Holocaust. No one wanted to help.
The African diaspora has had an enormous impact on the continent in recent years. As doctors, nurses, lawyers and engineers have left their home countries, their skills have gone with them. But although those emigrants may have moved thousands of miles away, they are still very much tied to their homelands.
The UN Dispatch team is covering a host of conferences in New York City this week, including the Social Good Summit which kicked off today. If you are in New York, come by to the 92Y and say 'hi.' If you are anywhere else in the world, you can follow the conversation online.
On May 11, the UN Committee on Food Security will vote on voluntary guidelines to govern the practice of land tenuring. Ahead of that decision, a coalition of NGOs has released Land Matrix, a data visualization tool that helps paint a more complete picture of an issue that’s become increasingly important in many parts of the developing world over the past four to five years.
Today marks the beginning of the three-day interview process that will determine the next president of the World Bank. This is the first time that there is more than one serious candidate for World Bank president, and the first time that non-Americans are being considered for the position.