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February 20, 2024

Nigeria
A Tragedy Sixty-Four Years in the Making

The crisis in Nigeria offers a rare opportunity to rethink the moral foundations of the Nigerian state.

Members of the Nigerian Labor Union march during a protest against fuel price hikes and rising costs, in Abuja, Nigeria on August 2, 2023.

May 9, 2018

Religion
Faith, Poverty, and Action

David Beckmann, Simone Campbell, and Ruth W. Messinger, with Lisa Sharon Harper moderating, discuss faith, poverty, and action, as part of the 2018 CFR Religion and Foreign Policy Workshop.

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March 5, 2019

Technology and Innovation
Innovating Africa Out of Poverty

Known for his ground-breaking business theories on “jobs to be done,” Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School has a new book on disruptive innovation, The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out Of Poverty. I sat down with the book’s co-author, Efosa Ojomo, who leads the global prosperity research at the Clayton Christensen Institute, to learn how policymakers can apply the book’s findings in Africa.

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February 9, 2024

Sexual Violence
Women This Week: #MeToo Resurgence in Cameroon

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers February 3 to February 9.

A protester raises a placard reading "#MeToo" during a rally against harassment at Shinjuku shopping and amusement district in Tokyo, Japan, April 28, 2018.

October 12, 2023

International Organizations
The World Bank Group’s Role in Global Development

Since its founding in 1944, the World Bank has evolved from a lender focused on European reconstruction to the preeminent international institution for economic development and poverty reduction.

A woman reads in front of a chalkboard in an outdoor classroom in Niger.

December 28, 2018

Local and Traditional Leadership
Rural Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Perhaps for most in the developed world, the image of African poverty is a teeming urban slum, such as can be found in Lagos, Kinshasa, or Luanda. Yet, as Professor Leif Brottem discusses, rural poverty is more widespread and more extreme. He notes that by 2030, some nine out of ten of those living in extreme poverty will be sub-Saharan African, disproportionately rural residents of fragile states with weak institutions and often wracked with conflict.

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