Ilan Kapoor: Not Easily Impressed by Do-Gooders

Professor Ilan Kapoor doesn’t believe in participatory development. He considers the concept little more than a misleading slogan – harsher words have been used...

Troy Wiseman: Bamboo – A Sustainable Source of Fibre

Over the last ten years, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and REDD+ developments have proved that the price attributed to, and...

Jan Pronk: It Takes More than Good Intentions

The government of Sudan declared Jan Pronk persona non grata in October 2006, summoning the UN special envoy to pack his bags and leave...
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Eco-frenzy or eco-friendly – the real cost of going green

Market expectations and tangible cost benefits are the new cornerstones of corporate sustainability goals. NAOMI SNELLING reports Financial experts point out that as the global...

North America: Canada – Political Upset Ushers in New Era

Around this time last year, a Canadian TV station ran a poll and found that most of the population thought the country’s politics grey...
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World Bank boosts financial aid to countries fighting climate change

Plan includes better-adapted homes, schools and infrastructure, plus investment in “climate-smart” agriculture and water management THE World Bank Group has announced a new set of...

Nigeria: An Economic Upswing Foretold

Oil prices have rebounded from their recent lows and may yet provide temporary relief to Nigeria, allowing the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari...

Rich Man, Poor Man: A Clash Foretold

In November, a Chinese billionaire – one not yet clipped and cuffed at the order of President Xi Ping – acquired Amedeo Modigliani’s Reclining...

Caroline Criado-Perez: Ordeal and Success by Social Media

The rise of social media has transformed the way in which the world communicates. However, this can be a double-edged sword as freelance journalist,...

Sir Richard Jolly: Development with a Human Face

In May 2012, a distinguished group of international economists and social scientists published Be Outraged: There Are Alternatives, an impassioned critique of austerity economics....