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Policy Innovations is a weekly online magazine devoted to innovators and their ideas for a fairer globalization. The Policy Innovations feed includes all major articles, briefings, commentary, and multimedia published on the website.

Want to Innovate? Become a "Now-ist"

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:09pm
MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discusses how if we want to innovate, we need to act now on our ideas. In other words, we either deploy our ideas or they die.

Can Drones Save Namibia's Wildlife?

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:23pm
After working in the aeronautical industry in South Africa, Joe and Gisela Noci turned their talents towards do-it-yourself drones and have created a device to help conservationists in Namibia.

West Africa's Misguided War on Drugs

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:55pm
West Africa is increasingly enmeshed in the global drug trade. A new report from the West Africa Commission on Drugs calls for a different approach to drug abuse, one that treats it not as a criminal-justice issue, but rather as a public-health problem.

Urbanization and its Discontents: Educating Dhaka's Slum Children

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:37pm
Dhaka, Bangladesh is one of the world's fastest growing cities due to urban migration. Children who end up living in its slums are 2.5 more likely to be excluded from school than the national average. How can we solve this inequity?

Does India Really Need a Women-centric Bank?

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:00am
With plenty of banks and microfinance services already available, does India's new bank have the right strategy to empower poor and rural women?

Madagascar's Delicate Democracy

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
After five years of political turmoil and economic standstill, Madagascar is poised for recovery. The new democratic government wants to restore rule of law, tackle poverty, and foster growth.

Of Moonshots and Slingshots

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:00am
Only if policy people and technologists work together better will we change the world in ways that are congruent with our most critical human needs and planetary risks.

Conflicts in Kyrgyzstan Foreshadow Water Wars to Come

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 12:00am
Photographer Fyodor Savintsev documents the landscape and crumbling Soviet irrigation system of Kyrgyzstan, a country at the heart of water conflicts in Central Asia.

Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 12:00am
With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.

Reforming Taxation to Promote Growth and Equity

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 12:00am
This white paper outlines policy measures that can restore equitable and sustainable economic growth in the United States.

India's National Green Tribunal: An Environmental Justice Experiment

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:00am
India's National Green Tribunal provides the country with a more accountable legal mechanism to protect the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Government Procurement Agreement Should Permit Environmental and Social Linkages

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 12:00am
Since government procurement makes up such a large percentage of global trade, we should encourage governments to make positive purchasing choices with social and environmental benefits for all.

A Dangerous Dance in Modern Iran

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:00am
Any stirring of excitement about change in Iran needs to be tempered by the reality that change will never come from the current leadership.

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