Expectations are high that China will take the reins of global leadership at Davos, but don't expect Xi Jinping to upset the apple cart.
Time for closer inspection.
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There's a huge divide in thinking between academia and international development on the role of the internet in economic growth.
Trade incentives and more inclusive union leadership could improve working conditions in the garment industry – particularly for women.
Soft power, getting softer?
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Britain uses its aid for soft power. How will that change after it leaves the EU?
Humanitarian crises across the globe are often in unreachable and volatile places.
Getting assistance to populations in need demands new ways of doing development that are smarter, faster and more efficient.
Clean water can help to break the link between poor hygiene and eye diseases such as trachoma.
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As Australia joins a New York summit to discuss the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it still faces questions over whether it is meeting water standards at home.
An excavator clears land for a palm oil plantation in southern Sierra Leone for a Lichtenstein-based a company. Such projects are criticised by some as ‘land grabs’.
International development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for human rights abuses.
Could aid be better played?
As the UN gears up to unveil the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, here are two new rules for development funding to help it go as far as possible.
New Delhi’s Yamuna River, like much of India’s water, is polluted. The world urgently needs low-carbon ways to clean things up.
Much of the world still lacks access to proper sanitation and clean water - an issue that needs urgent action. But without low-carbon technologies, clean water could come at the expense of the climate.
Burial in Madagascar, 2013.
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One of the biggest problems in international development is that health statistics are badly kept in many of the countries with the most to gain. Finally something is being done about it.
A blood fluke from bilharzia.
Tropical parasites have been moving up the world health agenda in recent years. They're still a long way from the top, though.
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A dedicated group of forward-looking experts have crunched the numbers on human progress. There's good news, and there's bad news.
Communities need to be empowered to deal with crises, such as the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
As Obama travels to Africa, it's a reminder of how people and communities need to play a bigger role in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Children play in streets of village Kandaga, Tanzania.
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A UNICEF report says global progress on child survival and reducing poverty has left behind some of the world's poorest children.
Rough ride: government troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
It's not a surprise that development aid frees up money for countries to spend on defence budgets. Why is the UK so shocked by its own policies?
It takes time, but this is how a real consensus is built.
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There is a way for governments to find out the consensus on global issues such as climate change. But it involves painstaking, complex work, and an end to the adversarial clash of competing ideologies.
Bjorn Lomborg’s cost-benefit approach isn’t necessarily the best way to look at problems with a global scope.
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Bjorn Lomborg's "consensus" approach involves ranking global development policies by their ratio of benefit to cost. But this hard-headed economic rationale can actually end up entrenching inequality.
It’s possible to believe a little too much in Britain.
Overseas aid plays a huge role in defence, which makes cutting it a dangerous mistake.
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