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August 7, 2013

Development
Eliminating Poverty and Hunger By Empowering Women

Food security and hunger eradication are international priorities because of their indisputable positive impact on development goals, local and regional economies, and social stability. Yet despite g…

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July 9, 2019

Zimbabwe
Wildlife Conservation in Africa, Outrage in the West, and Cecil the Lion

Four years ago, on July 2, 2015, a Minneapolis Dentists killed a well-known Lion, Cecil, in a Zimbabwe trophy hunt with a bow and arrow. Cecil was something of a star in the developed world.

A man dressed as Cecil the Lion on a subway platform in New York.

April 17, 2012

Americas
Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

A recent study highlighted in La Jornada, a Mexican newspaper, claims that some ninety million Mexicans are poor, roughly 80 percent of the total population. This contrasts drastically with calculati…

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July 17, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda’s Oil Tanker Explosion: More Than Poverty?

This is a guest post by Brooke Bocast, a PhD candidate in anthropology at Temple University and a visiting predoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. She is currently writing her doctoral dissert…

A fuel tanker burns at the scene of a fatal road accident on the outskirts of the capital Kampala June 30, 2013.

July 2, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s Beekeeping Operation Predicted to Generate $10 Billion

Though Nigeria, is urbanizing rapidly, roughly half of the population lives in rural areas, mostly mired in poverty. On June 24, Segun Awolowo, director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, announced that honey and other beehive products could generate annually some $10 billion from local and international trade, aiding rural economies.

The director general of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council said that honey and other beehive products in Nigeria could generate $10 billion from local and international trade.

November 10, 2010

Fossil Fuels
A New Paper on Energy Poverty

I’m a coauthor on a new paper, “Understanding the Scale of Investment for Universal Energy Access”, just published in Geopolitics of Energy. (The other authors are from UNIDO, the IEA, and Margaree C…

June 26, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa’s Ramaphosa Highlights Land Reform in State of the Nation Address

In his June 20 state of the nation address to parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa laid out a short-term approach to land reform, including a call for the expropriation of privately owned land without compensation for distribution.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation Address at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, June 20, 2019

June 24, 2019

Immigration and Migration
Bringing a Gender Lens to the Immigration Debate

Adjunct Senior Fellow Catherine Powell presided over a CFR roundtable, “Bringing a Gender Lens to Immigration: Domestic Violence–Based Asylum and Family Separation” with Lee Gelernt, deputy director …

Salvadoran migrant child, Lupe, sits on a bus as she leaves the premises of the National Migration Institute (INM) after being deported from the United States, June 22, 2019.

June 21, 2019

Nigeria
Nigeria’s “Emerging Middle Class” Is Leaving

Many of those who are tech-savvy or have other job qualifications in demand—current or potential members of such a middle class—are leaving. Many seek to raise their families abroad and do not intend to come back. Popular destinations include Canada and Australia, both of which have skills-based immigration programs. Others, for example, deliberately overstay their visas in the United States, which has led to a crackdown on U.S. visas for Nigerians.

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June 18, 2019

Ethiopia
U.S. Should Acknowledge Critical Challenges for Ethiopia’s Transition

Anyone fishing for a good news story out of Africa recently has, rightly, celebrated Ethiopia, where dynamic young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has dramatically opened political space, departing from decades or repressive, tightly controlled government. But Ethiopia faces real and urgent challenges, and it is critical that well-wishers not ignore them. Abiy has lifted the lid off of a pressure cooker—one his predecessors held in place with sometimes brutal force—and in some cases the result has not been euphoria, but rather messy, complex eruptions of communal violence.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sits at a desk in parliament and responds to questions