Poverty / Development Archives - State of the Planet

Community supervision of mineral prospecting in Tsumkwe District West, Namibia

Land Investments During COVID-19: The Hazards of Pressing on Without Community Participation

Companies are seeking to press ahead with investments on community lands or even take advantage of the pandemic to avoid the usual authorization requirements.

by Sam Szoke-Burke |May 28, 2020
Beth Fisher-Yoshida admires a mural.

New Book Will Highlight Important Lessons for Peacebuilding and Social Transformation

The Youth, Peace, and Security program shares lessons from working with youth leaders in Medellin, Colombia, to foster peace in communities afflicted by violence.

by Rachel Kirk |May 26, 2020
elephants in a field crossing a road

Africa’s COVID-19 Recovery Should Harness the Benefits of Nature and Conservation

As the theme for the International Day of Biodiversity states, “Our solutions are in nature.”

by Brighton Kaoma, Alice Ruhweza, and Jeff Worden |May 22, 2020
worker wearing face mask holding white roses

A Minority of Peruvian Mountain Farmers Benefit From Government Pandemic Programs

Many Peruvians sell roses to earn a living. A new government policy could make matters worse for small growers already hard hit by the pandemic.

by |May 15, 2020
exhaust from tailpipe

Health Care in Crisis: COVID-19 Exposes Deadly Inequalities

Experts discuss why the pandemic is hitting harder in low-income communities of color, and what steps can be taken now to protect those on the front lines of covid-19 and climate change.

by |April 10, 2020
people wearing face masks

Letter from Bhopal: Facing COVID-19, Citizens Spread Masks, Food and Hope

On Monday at 9:00 a.m. EDT, join a live video conversation with people in India who are helping to sew masks for front-line workers and distribute food to those in need.

by |April 3, 2020
women in front of chalk board

Lessons from African Feminists Mobilizing Against COVID-19

Grassroots activists share their strategies on caring for oneself and one another, and on building societies grounded in solidarity and equity.

by Meredith Forsyth |April 3, 2020

From the Containment Lab to the Developing World

Yanis Ben Amor, executive director of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, uses his background in molecular biology to fight for health care access and education in Africa and South Asia.

by |March 4, 2020

Gentrification vs. Sustainable Neighborhood Development in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Two futures exist for this neighborhood: one of gentrification and luxury real estate, the other of environmental justice, job growth and opportunities for people whose families have called Sunset Park home for generations.

by Neely McKee |February 27, 2020

How Private Philanthropies Can Maximize Their Impacts

In his new book, Philanthropy and Society, research scholar David Maurrasse highlights strategic and inclusive tactics that help philanthropic institutions to more effectively serve their communities.

by |February 25, 2020