Poverty / Development Archives - State of the Planet

New Initiative Will Study Conflict Mediators in Medellin, Colombia

The new initiative will explore the techniques that regular people use to de-escalate violence in their communities.

airplane from the NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission

Africa: An Air Pollution Wildcard

Atmospheric scientists discover surprising levels and unexpected types of pollution that seem to be originating in Africa.

by |December 14, 2018

Executive Training on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture: Applications Now Open!

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s annual training session will be held at Columbia University in New York City in June 2019. Applications are now open, and will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Members of the Japan Family Farmers’ Movement showing their support of peasant rights

UN Resolution Would Protect Land and Water Rights of Rural People

This proposed declaration includes a number of rights, and specifically mentions that water resources in mountain ecosystems should be protected against pollution from mining activities.

by |October 5, 2018

New Guides Help Communities Avoid Exploitative Contracts

Earth Institute researchers have helped to develop two guides that inform communities on how to protect their lands and rights against abusive investors.

CIESIN team members of the new project Geo-eferenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3), seated around a table.

The Intersection of Climate Science and Hope: A Personal Story

A man from Mali explains why he spent his summer working with Columbia’s Center for International Earth Science Information Network.

by |August 30, 2018

Here’s How Cameroon Can Achieve Land Contract Transparency

A new law promises to remove the shroud of secrecy that has hovered over contracts and concessions the government has signed with natural resource investors.

Reading Program Improves Child Literacy Rates in Indian District

After initial success, a pilot program from Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development is scaling up to reach 2,000 more children in 70 schools.

by |August 21, 2018
hike in morocco

Reflections on Environmental Justice in Agadir, Morocco

A program brings young women of color from low-income high schools in the U.S. to Morocco to explore the intersections of race, gender, and environmental justice.

by |August 1, 2018
Young women learn traditional basket weaving

Basket Weaving Program Teaches Business Skills to Rwandan Women

A vocational training program through the Center for Sustainable Development is empowering women to become entrepreneurs and pursue higher education.

by |July 13, 2018