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Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment Seeks Interns for Summer 2018

The deadline for applications is March 31.

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Transparency and Community Empowerment around Land Investments in Cameroon

Samuel Nguiffo, founder of Cameroon’s Centre for Environment and Development, explains how he uses OpenLandContracts.org, a unique tool created by the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment.

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Justine Sylvester on Land Contract Transparency and OpenLandContracts.org

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment speaks with Justine Sylvester of Village Focus International about land contract transparency in Laos and OpenLandContracts.org, a repository of publicly available investor-state contracts for large-scale land-based investments.

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NYC is Selling Off Its Fossil Fuel Investments—Here’s Why That Matters

The City of New York joins a chorus of public and private entities refusing to support companies that contribute to climate change.

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Experts Examine Costs and Benefits of Investment Incentives

Each year, the U.S. spends more than $50 billion trying to attract business headquarters and keep factories open. How much do taxpayers actually benefit from that?

Spring 2018 Internship Opportunities at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

A variety of positions are available, and applications will be accepted until January 15.

Is There a Human Right to Land?

For people around the world, land is a source of food, shelter, and livelihoods. Given their importance, land rights are surely human rights—right?

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3 Uses for OpenLandContracts.org

Kaitlin Cordes from the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment shares some of the ways she uses this repository of investor-state contracts.

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Reflecting on OpenLandContracts.org’s First Two Years

Kaitlin Cordes from the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment looks back at the progress made by the repository of land investment contracts—and looks ahead to the challenges that await.

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World Leaders Discuss a Global Pact for the Environment

A conference at Columbia University yielded consensus on the need for an international environmental agreement, and advanced discussion on what that agreement could look like.