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Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 8:32pm

How can we feed the world’s growing population? It’s an age-old question that has resurfaced following the economic shocks and environmental stresses of the past decade.

According to the latest data, the global population is expected to surpass nine billion by 2050, and much of this growth will take place in developing countries. For instance, in sub-Saharan Africa – where cereal crop yields are only one-tenth of those in the United States – the population is projected to quadruple by the end of the century.

This population growth, combined with rising incomes and changing diets, will require us to produce around 60 percent more food by 2050 – a perplexing task given looming resource constraints as well as increasing frequency and intensity of droughts and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 8:12pm

In this disturbing new era of terrorism, inequality, tribalism, climate change and injustice, national and international institutions have become woefully dysfunctional. Yet on this ever more interdependent planet where independent states are ever less responsive, cities around the world are demonstrating a remarkable capacity to govern themselves by confronting issues that nations no longer address.

It is perhaps not surprising that mayors agree that their pragmatism and the high levels of trust they enjoy from citizens cynical about big government bureaucracies allow them to solve local problems effectively.

But what is surprising is that in the face of how hard it is to govern at all, mayors are also showing an appetite to govern globally, to govern together. Not out of ambition or pride, but because they recognize ...more

On 9 April 2015 - 5:05pm

meadow-680607_640Do Good, Feel Good. What Kind of Ethics is That?

It’s straight from our esteemed President Lincoln, who is referring to that still small voice that tells us right and wrong. Everyone has it within…and we hear that gentle voice urging us one way or not.  So President Lincoln is not calling for a marvelous free for all where anyone follows their whim.  He’s calling us to listen to an internal guide of Truth.

It’s about truly doing good, authentic, down home, core, natural goodness.   This is something which is in all of us.  And it’s available to us all.   Do Good, feel that confirmation in your heart that it is the right thing. Then you feel good, and you know it is right. And then I’d add, keep on doing ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 April 2015 - 9:00am

Addiction is an incurable but manageable disease ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 2:56am

The city of Cali, located in southwest Colombia near the Pacific Ocean, has grown from 145,000 to 2.5 million inhabitants in less than 70 years

Cities afford a unique opportunity to carry out cost-effective interventions to improve the quality of life of underprivileged urban dwellers

As Edward Glaeser affirms, “cities do not make the poor, they attract them.”

People coming from isolated coastal regions or violence-ridden areas around Cali find surprising benefits in the city – in health, education and employment, among others. Their quality of life and opportunities for improvement are better in the slums of Cali than in their original settings.

The fact that poor people tend to cluster in specific areas ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 2:39am

Rwanda is a place where we take beautiful risks. I say this because we have seen the extraordinary results that come from encouraging young people. We believe in their potential; so we prepare them to take up positions of responsibility. There is a sense that almost anything is possible, with the youth at the forefront.

My team at the Imbuto Foundation has challenged itself to think of ways in which we can engage and inspire a special segment of our society – young girls.

Ten years ago, we embarked on a journey; I would call it a labor of love. We decided to mobilize the Rwandan community to support girls’ education. We initiated an annual social mobilization campaign to motivate girls to perform well at school. When this campaign began in ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 1:56am

Why would anyone in his right mind want to start a youth football academy in rural northern Uganda, a region still recovering from decades of war?

To be fair, that’s not a question I get asked a lot, at least not out loud. The looks I get from most people, however, ask exactly that.

The answer is a pretty easy one: culture and commitment.

Traditional football nations are falling behind when it comes to youth development and it’s scaring them to death. Look to the endless debate in England on both football academies and the push to limit the number of foreign players in the Premier League.

These controversies are far from the reality of northern Uganda, which is a clear advantage ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 1:44am

Investing in higher education is critical to success in the face of twenty-first century challenges and opportunities. But the current system can’t deliver on that promise without significant change.

There is mounting evidence: ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 1:21am

Despite an abundance of resources, dedicated efforts to alleviate poverty, generous donors, and committed development experts, we continue to live in a world where one billion of our fellow citizens live in dire poverty.

Many who are working to address this stubborn problem see governments as the biggest obstacle to their efforts. Sometimes they are. But governments can also be a substantial part of the solution.

Why?

Governments make law and policy. Creating an enabling environment through appropriate policies and laws can do more to address poverty than anything else.

Over the last 35 years in China, for example, policy reforms related to land and rural development sparked an economic revolution that pulled more than half a billion people out of poverty.

Yet, despite the power of legal reforms and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 9 April 2015 - 1:14am

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa demonstrates the risk posed by weak health systems. While heroic individuals in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone continue to address the immediate need, we must evaluate and address the causes underlying the current epidemic in order to prevent another.

The practical aspects of shoring up health systems – building infrastructure, training healthcare workers, strengthening supply chains, and implementing information systems for surveillance – are critical. However, addressing these alone is insufficient. In order for public health systems to operate effectively and be prepared to respond to unexpected emergencies, they must have the resources, capacity, and authority to do so.

For over 50 years, the development community has been sending financial and human resources to low-income countries ...more