Effective management of European Union (EU) funds is not only high on the agenda of the new EU member states but also of the Western Balkan countries that are progressing in the EU integration…

Maya V. Gusarova, Naida Carsimamovic Vukotic |

The energy at the Global Landscapes Forum held alongside the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Lima was electric—charged by the enthusiasm of the scientists, practitioners, indigenous peoples,…

Diji Chandrasekharan Behr |

​World leaders and land actors are in Lima this week to help advance climate action. Climate resilience—including the resilience of African landscapes—will be at center of the agenda as they…

Magda Lovei |

​Small and medium sized companies are the backbone of Latin America’s economy. They represent more than 90 percent of all enterprises in the region, generating over half of all jobs and a quarter…

Irene Arias |

​Marine Protected Areas will be a topic for discussion at the IUCN World Parks Congress, which is opening today in Sydney.  And it should be: MPAs—which are marine spaces that restrict human…

Amanda Feuerstein |

By Francis Ghesquiere and Olivier Mahul This week, the Resilience Dialogue, bringing together representatives from developing countries, donor agencies and multilateral development banks, will…

Francis Ghesquiere, Olivier Mahul |

Hurricane Sandy / NOAA In addition to their often devastating human toll, natural disasters can have an extremely adverse economic impact on countries. Disasters can be particularly calamitous for…

Michael Bennett |

Photo: Jim Yong Kim with Father Jack in Peru When I turned 22, I was struggling a bit. I was just two months into my first year at Harvard Medical School, and I had gone from an undergraduate…

Jim Yong Kim |

Finding and keeping a job, and even participating in the labor market, is harder if you are a woman than if you are a man living in the Western Balkans. This is a conclusion I can draw from my…

Ellen Goldstein |

Take a moment and think of the women who inspire you. Make a list. Who are the top 11 women? Would you include a construction worker from Jamaica?  How about a midwife in Sudan or a jewelry maker…

Pabsy Pabalan, Mehreen Arshad Sheikh |