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The world’s responsibility

January 24 is the first International Day of Education. It is a day of shared global responsibility, because every country has an obligation to ensure that all the world’s children get a good education, including the 262 million children and youth who currently do not attend school.

Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Jan 28 2019

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The think-tank dilemma

The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC--perhaps the world’s top think tank--is under scrutiny for receiving six-figure donations from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, which many consider to be a security threat.

Yoichi Funabashi, Jan 28 2019

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Data-driven gender equality

At the current rate of progress, it will take more than 200 years to achieve gender equality and female empowerment at work. In many countries, girls are still forced to marry young,

Gabriela Ramos, Mario PezziniJan 28 2019

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Cycling toward success in Kenya

Nairobi—How did you get to school when you were young? For many people in developed countries, the answer was a guaranteed (if under-appreciated) mode of transit such as a school bus or a parent’s car. But reliable mobility is not something students in Kenya take for granted. For Kenyans, transportation to school is, quite literally, our ticket to a better future.

Brian Malika, Jan 14 2019

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Too much gratitude?

Princeton—Last November, Michael Bloomberg made what may well be the largest private donation to higher education in modern times: $1.8 billion to enable his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to provide scholarships for eligible students unable to afford the school’s tuition.

Peter Singer, Jan 14 2019

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Immigration and trade

Medford, Massachusetts—Despite the current backlash against free trade, exemplified most prominently by US President Donald Trump’s protectionist “America First” agenda, the economic case for easing the movement of goods and services across borders is strong and straightforward.

Amar Bhidé, Jan 14 2019

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AI for human development

San Francisco—The excitement surrounding artificial intelligence nowadays reflects not only how AI applications could transform businesses and economies, but also the hope that they can address challenges like cancer and climate change. The idea that AI could revolutionise human wellbeing is obviously appealing, but just how realistic is it?

Michael Chui, Martin HarryssonJan 07 2019

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Philanthropic potential

Lome—It has now been more than three years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the money required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the agenda’s key targets—remains elusive. In fact, less than half of the $6 trillion in annual financing that is needed has even been pledged.

CARL MANLAN, Jan 07 2019

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A year to act

Oxford—Let us hope that 2019 is the year when the historical tide turns .In 2018, divisions within and between countries continued to deepen.

Ian Goldin, Robert MuggahJan 07 2019

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Electrifying Africa’s labor market

Green power can help solve the continent’s mounting unemployment crisis


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Reclaiming community

Cambridge—Economics teaches that the measure of an individual’s wellbeing is the quantity and variety of goods he or she can consume. Consumption possibilities are in turn maximised by providing firms with the freedom they need to take advantage of new technologies, the division of labor, economies of scale, and mobility. Consumption is the goal; production is the means to it. Markets, rather than communities, are the unit and object of analysis.

Dani Rodrik, Nov 19 2018

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India’s central bank

It’s hard when government’s goal is to revive irresponsible bank lending

JAYATI GHOSH, Nov 19 2018

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Reclaiming community

Economics teaches that the measure of an individual’s wellbeing is the quantity and variety of goods he or she can consume.

Dani Rodrik, Nov 12 2018

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