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January 9, 2017

Human Rights
Trump Should Support the International Criminal Court

With the presidential transition underway, observers have noted with concern President-elect Trump’s hostility toward international institutions. As CFR Senior Fellow Stewart Patrick notes, “[T]here …


January 9, 2017

India’s Migration Gender Gap

Rachel Brown is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. This is the second part of a series on migration trends in India and China. In 1966, Indira Gandhi assumed …


April 29, 2016

Emerging Markets
This Week in Markets and Democracy: Rana Plaza Anniversary, Press Freedom Declines, Haiti Election Troubles

Labor Standards Three Years After Rana Plaza Three years after Bangladesh’s Rana Plaza garment factory collapse killed or injured over 3,000 people, labor rights remain tenuous. In the wake of the d…

Rana Plaza April 29 Edited

December 8, 2015

A Tipping Point in Bangladesh?

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This post is from Sarah Labowitz (@SarahLabo), co…

A sign is seen as a building safety assessment is being conducted at an Adorn Knitwear garments factory in Dhaka, December 9, 2014. Adorn is a small business not far from the rubble of Rana Plaza, a Dhaka suburb building that collapsed in April 2013 killing more than 1,100 people, most low-paid seamstresses, and prompting a costly safety overhaul at plants large and small. Last month, Adorn's production lines were silent and its sewing machines gathering dust as the lengthy process of checking the building

August 3, 2015

Where Did You Get That Dress?: Bangladesh Two Years on From Rana Plaza

On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory, which manufactured apparel for Benetton, Primark, and J.C. Penney, among others, collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The disaster killed over 1,100 and injured …


May 8, 2015

Measuring Opportunities for Digital Payments: The Global Findex 2014

Emerging Voices features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is by Leora Klapper, lead economist …

A worker uses an ATM newly installed in her factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2014 (Courtesy Camilla Fabbri/World Bank).

August 20, 2013

Decision Time for the Global Economy

Milan – In the dog days of summer, Milan is quieter than many European cities. The locals are away, and, unlike Paris or Rome, tourists do not take their place. Here and elsewhere, people, businesses…

A construction worker looks at the Pudong financial district in Shanghai (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters).

July 3, 2013

The U.S.-EU Spying Fiasco: Why Commercial Espionage is a Bad Idea for the United States

When I was a young reporter in 1993 covering the final days of the Uruguay Round world trade negotiations in Geneva, I got a strange phone call in my hotel room from one of the lobbyists for a big U…

Security cameras near the main entrance of the European Union Council building in Brussels (Francois Lenoir/Courtesy Reuters)

May 3, 2013

Corporate Governance
Bangladesh and the Future of Corporate Social Responsibility

In the wake of the collapse of the garment factory in Bangladesh, I have been thinking a lot about the issue of corporate social responsibility. The factory was making clothes for western companies i…

Relatives mourn as they look for a missing garment worker after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 2, 2013 (Khurshed Rinku/Courtesy Reuters).

December 20, 2013

International Development in 2014

Looking back at 2013, several developments stand out for their significant potential to better the lives of the world’s poorest. Here are three that will likely reverberate for years to come: 1) The…