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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.

China's Polluted Soil and Water Will Drive Up World Food Prices

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 5:11pm
The world's most populous country will be increasingly reliant on food imports, and the consequences will be global.

What Makes a City Great? It’s not the Liveability but the Loveability

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:48am
A conversation about cities, suburbs, and the consequences of exporting the "Western" city model to the world with Ethan Kent, senior vice president of Project for Public Spaces.

Human Rights—Help or Hindrance to Combating Climate Change?

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 1:18pm
The human rights framework risks perpetuating a flawed development model that is the root of the problem.

Why Climate Change Divestment Will Not Work

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:13pm
Instead of devoting scarce resources toward a divestment campaign, Scott Wisor argues we need to direct attention to the more urgent and effective task of placing a price on carbon.

The Secret of Singapore's Success

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 6:00pm
Stavros N. Yiannouka highlights the heavy investment in education that remains a key part of Lee Kuan Yew's legacy.

The Truth About Medical Consent

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:00pm
Daniel Sokol asks how doctors can balance the imperatives of providing full information and maintaining hope.

The Smartification of Humanitarian Response

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:00pm
The "data revolution" is underway, ushering a smart era of humanitarian and development work.

When Restrictions Apply

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 1:00pm
Why general funding for non-profit organizations is the future of innovation.

Not Free Vaccines, Mr. Gates, Just Sustainably-priced Ones

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 3:00pm
Recent comments made by Bill Gates publicly criticizing Doctors without Borders for calling for reductions in the prices of new vaccines leads to public outcry.

The Rights of Nature: Reconsidered

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 12:00pm
Peter Burdon argues that the environmental rights movement would benefit from more strenuous critical engagement with the question of nature's potential legal "rights."

Four Countries Eclipse EU Renewable Goals Early

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 2:00pm
While many countries struggle to cut emissions, Sweden, Bulgaria, Estonia, and Lithuania have met or surpassed their renewable energy target ahead of schedule. How?

Africa's Rising GDP Numbers

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:34am
African countries are recalculating their gross domestic products to include previously unaccounted economic activities. Is it a strategy of these countries to market themselves or does rebasing reflect the economic reality of the situation?

Dual Legacy: The Effect of Business Thinking on the Social Sector

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:00pm
This is a close look at a huge issue—legacy—examining how it relates to contemporary philanthropy and the social sector in general. Specifically, we examine the $37-billion Gates Foundation's dual legacy in promoting global health, and in shaping the social sector at large.

Shakespeare on the Shop Floor

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:38pm
A pioneering organization is using literature to enable other sorts of conversations at the workplace—the types of conversations that successful companies need to have.

Bye, Doctor, Hi, "Cloud"

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 3:00pm
A team of entrepreneurs based in San Francisco is turning the out-of-date diagnostic industry upside down.

Good Environmental Policies Equal More Just Societies

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 1:00pm
Conserving natural resources and the environment is an integral part of a socially just society. The big challenge is to make sure that decision-makers recognize this—and act on it.

Tourism, Farmers, & Technology in Africa: A Conversation With Eddie Mandhry from NYU Africa House

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:00pm
"Across Africa there is a movement where people are adopting technologies and leapfrogging some of the developmental stages that you'd have to go through."

Eating "Ugly," a New Healthy Trend

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 5:14pm
England and France are using creativity to push consumers to buy "ugly" fruits and vegetables.

The Right to Safe Schools

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:00pm
Gordon Brown wants schools to be as safe as hospitals bearing a red cross.


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