El Niño is back and may be stronger than ever.   A wooden boat is seen stranded on the dry cracked riverbed of the Dawuhan Dam during drought season in Madiun, Indonesia's East Java province…

Axel van Trotsenburg |

It was recorded by the Spanish conquistadors, and triggered famines that have been linked to China’s 1901 Boxer Rebellion and even the French revolution. Named by Peruvian fishermen because of its…

Francis Ghesquiere, Nicholas Jones |

Participants at the 13th FCPF Carbon Fund meeting in Brussels, Belgium Credits: FCPF Carbon Fund With all eyes on Paris climate meetings in December, we are at a critical moment to show that our…

Ellysar Baroudy |

A new report entitled, “The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda” launched last week at a side-event of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)…

Rachel Coleman |

There is no sign that the revival of interest in adaptive and entrepreneurial approaches to development work is going tail off soon. That’s why the demand is growing for indications of how the…

David Booth |

Many dinner conversations and friendly debates proceed in a data vacuum: “The problem is big… very big!” How big exactly? Most likely your friend has no idea. It is often said that we live in a…

Nagaraja Rao Harshadeep |

A waste collection site in Dar es Salaam,   Tanzania. Photo: Cecilia Paradi-Guilford Plastic waste, in particular PET, which is typically found in soda bottles, is becoming abundant in African…

Cecilia Paradi-Guilford, Scott Henry |

The Creative Wealth of Nations is a series of blogs related to Patrick Kabanda's forthcoming book on the performing arts in development. It was a scene I still can’t forget.   A few years ago…

Patrick Kabanda |

Ecosystem: A complex of living organisms, their physical environment, and all their interrelationships in a particular unit of space.Tourism: A social, cultural and economic phenomenon that…

Shaun Mann |

Over the last 20 years, economic growth has helped to lift almost a billion people out of extreme poverty. But 1 billion people are still extremely poor. 1.1 billion live without electricity and 2…

Sri Mulyani Indrawati |