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Militancy in Pakistan and Impacts on U.S. Foreign Policy

  • By Saba Imtiaz
August 25, 2014
The state of internal security in Pakistan is a potentially disruptive factor for the U.S.-Pakistan relationship. Even if there is no threat posed to the U.S. and/or American interests by Pakistan-based militant groups, the United States is concerned by the rise of religious militancy in Pakistan and the risks it poses to the state, to its ability to govern effectively, and the toll it is taking on the civilian population. 

Global Anti-Poverty Targets Tepid

May 2, 2013
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In his latest installment of global development wonkery for Business Week, our New America Fellow Charles Kenny (whom we share with the Center for Global Development) eloquently argues that the World Bank and IMF’s latest calls to all but rid the world of “extreme poverty” by 2030 are – to put it nicely – not nearly ambitious enough. This line is particularly clutch: “It seems wrong that most of the planet would subsist for a day on what many happily throw away on a [Starbucks Venti Caramel Frappuccino] and . . . that level of expenditure still doesn’t guarantee people a quality of life we should all deserve.” While I’d even argue that income itself as a measure of poverty and inequality falls flat in various and collective efforts to enable prosperity for all around the world – access to savings and asset building opportunities, in addition to income, is likely a much more powerful means of eradicating poverty over the long haul – I salute the audacity and optimism he conveys in this compelling piece and encourage others to check it out.

TESTIMONY: After the Withdrawal

March 21, 2013

This past Saturday, March 16, 2013 marked an extraordinary moment in Pakistan’s history, as this is the first time that a civilian government has served its entire five-year term (from 2008 to 2013). And, for the first time in its history, the Pakistani military appears both unwilling and unable to mount a coup against any civilian government. The military has mounted four coups since Pakistan’s independence in 1947.

CGAP's Technology Blog: From Social Protection to Financial Inclusion and Beyond

November 26, 2012

This post was orginally published on CGAP's Technology Blog.

The idea that linking social protection payments to financial inclusion initiatives can reduce poverty is gaining increasing traction. In February of this year, CGAP published a paper on Social Cash Transfers and Financial Inclusion. In April, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) held a workshop examining the potential of financially-inclusive electronic G2P payments. One of the core goals of the Better Than Cash Alliance, launched in September by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, UN Capital Development Fund, USAID, and Visa Inc., is to reduce the reliance on cash for G2P and other transfers in order to improve the effectiveness of aid.

The Guardian's Data Blog: Mobile phone data: the oil of the digital age

July 19, 2012

This piece was originally posted on The Guardian's Data Blog.

Three quarters of the world's more than six billion mobile phones are located in the developing world, and the ubiquity of these devices in under-served areas provides valuable digital traces of activity that have never existed before. In particular, there is an unprecedented and largely overlooked opportunity to harness this digital data for global development efforts. From tracking the outbreak of diseases to better understanding unrepresented populations, a few promising examples are coming to light, and this mobile phone data is even proving to offer lifesavings insights.

Upcoming Event: SEEP Annual Conference - Building Inclusive Markets

October 25, 2012
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In less than two weeks, our friends at the SEEP Network will be hosting their Annual Conference focused this year on Building Inclusive Markets: Impact Through Financial and Enterprise Solutions. We’re particularly interested in this year’s conference because half of the plenary sessions are focused on savings.

George W. Bush Won This Debate

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
October 23, 2012 |

Barack Obama didn’t win tonight’s foreign policy debate. Neither did Mitt Romney. George W. Bush did.

Bush won it because the framework for understanding the world that he put in place after Sept. 11 still holds, even though it wildly distorts the world that the next president will actually face.


5 Ways to Put Global Poverty Back on (Whichever) President’s Agenda

  • By
  • Jamie M. Zimmerman,
  • New America Foundation
September 22, 2012 |

In the video above, Jamie Zimmerman explores ways that either presidential candidate can strengthen America's global development agenda post-election.

4 Ways to Prevent Natural Disasters From Becoming Human Tragedies

  • By
  • Vishnu Sridharan,
  • New America Foundation
August 28, 2012 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently reported that the past 12 months have been the warmest the United States has ever experienced. Another NOAA report confirmed what has become increasingly obvious: Climate change is the likely culprit. This summer’s extreme heat has sparked wildfires in states like Colorado. And the American heartland is parched, suffering the worst drought in 50 years; the loss of crops is predicted to drive food prices up nationally this fall.

Russian Roulette

  • By
  • Brian Fishman,
  • New America Foundation
May 18, 2012

The strategic partnership agreement between the United States and Afghanistan that was signed by Presidents Barack Obama and Hamid Karzai on May 1, 2012 did not address several critical questions, the most important of which is whether, and to what degree, the international community will continue to fund the Afghan government after 2014. Addressing the Afghan government’s budget needs is to be a major focus of the upcoming Chicago summit.

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