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CFR Launches Online Channel to Explore Big Ideas in Global Economic Development

September 24, 2012


September 27, 2012—The Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has launched the Development Channel, an online portal to examine opportunity and exclusion in the global economy—two topics high on the agenda of the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Development Channel, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, uses a blog platform to stimulate a conversation on innovative approaches to development challenges. Targeted to a broad audience of policymakers, academics, business leaders, civil society actors, and citizens in the United States and abroad, the channel provides a venue for news and analysis on topics such as poverty reduction, inclusive growth, agriculture and food security, global health, the rule of law, women's empowerment, private capital flows, and foreign assistance.

In addition to commentary by CFR scholars, including the initiative's director and senior fellow Isobel Coleman and fellow Terra Lawson-Remer, the channel's regular features are

Question of the Week: analysis and opinion on controversial issues in the field. For example, China's economic involvement in Africa and the use of randomized controlled trials in evaluating development projects.

Emerging Voices: guest pieces by scholars and practitioners, thus far including from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Chicago, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the New America Foundation, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

New from CFR: fresh content from across the organization on development-related themes, including articles, reports, meeting materials, and selections from Foreign Affairs.

Visit the channel to join a debate timed to this week's UN meetings about the Millennium Development Goals and what should replace them after they expire in 2015. During the upcoming October meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the channel will explore opinions about the role of those institutions in promoting global development. It will also feature analysis and recommendations on economic and political transitions in emerging countries, based on a forthcoming ebook, edited by Coleman and Lawson-Remer.

Visit the Development Channel and subscribe for email updates or the RSS feed at: channel hosts two additional channels—The Candidates and the World, highlighting foreign policy issues in the U.S. presidential election, and Renewing America, focusing on the economic underpinnings of U.S. power—as well as twelve expert blogs. Join the discussion at

CFR's Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative (CSM&D) aims to offer fresh thinking on how the United States and others—including foreign governments, corporations, NGOs, international organizations, and the leaders and citizens of developing countries themselves—can foster open, prosperous, and stable societies.

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