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16 August 2017. Saving for a Rainless Day: Microfinancing for Resilience – “The sooner you save, the better off you’ll be in life, wherever you live, at whatever age you start,” said Sophie Romana, director of community finance at Oxfam America: “Saving is the key.” Microsavings groups—informal community-based financial pools–can help vulnerable communities build resilience, said representatives from support organizations CARE International, Oxfam America, and the Grameen […] Related posts: The Women of Sarawak and Mindoro on the “Invisible Battles” of...

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15 August 2017. The Perils of Denial: Challenges for a Water-Secure Pakistan – This article is a summary of the chapter by Ali Hasnain Sayed and Muhammad Faizan Usman of World Wildlife Fund-Pakistan and Chelsea Spangler of World Wildlife Fund-US, in the new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy. The book was produced by the World Wildlife Fund-US and edited by David Reed. The summary was prepared by Chelsea Spangler. Pakistan is South […] Related posts: Michael Kugelman on Pakistan’s “Nightmare” Water Scenario Water Security and U.S. Foreign Policy in...

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14 August 2017. MCC Mobilizes Private-Sector Investment to Expand Access to Water in Jordan – In Jordan—one of the driest, most water poor countries in the world—population growth is straining the country’s aging infrastructure and limited water resources. As the Jordan country director for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), I’ve met urban residents and business owners who have only received water from the city utility once every two weeks, relying […] Related posts: 2017 Is Pivotal for U.S. Leadership on Global Water Security The Rising Tide of Water Insecurity: Moving...

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10 August 2017. Maternal and Women’s Health, Two Years In: Measuring Progress Towards Meeting the SDGs – “The aspirations of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are really high, and the data that will enable that have a long way to go,” said Rachel Snow from the United Nations Population Fund at a Wilson Center event on July 14, 2017.The discussion focused on the progress countries are making towards meeting the Sustainable […] Related posts: For India, Achieving the Next Generation of Maternal Health Goals Requires New Approaches ‘The Lancet’ on Achieving Maternal Health Goals in the SDG Era:...

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10 August 2017. Feeding the Future? One Year After the Global Food Security Act – “The United States should maintain a unique leadership role in global food security,” said former Senator Richard Lugar at a recent Center for International & Strategic Studies event, “The U.S. Global Food Security Strategy: Progress, Setbacks, and Forward Momentum,” which marked the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Global Food Security Act. Signed into […] Related posts: Insights on Ending Famine and Creating Food Security in a Changing World Assessing Feed the Future in...

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9 August 2017. Fishing for Criminals: Mapping the Security Threats of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing – Organized crime, arms and drugs smuggling, and conflict often overlap with environmental crimes like illegal fishing. A new interactive database from the Stimson Center’s Environment Security program maps incidents of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing with the aim to “illuminate and educate on the geostrategic security implications of environmental crime; foster the creation of […] Related posts: Military Leaders Warn That Climate Poses Security Threats Climate,...

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8 August 2017. Water-Energy Nexus in the Himalayas – This article is a summary of the chapter by Keith Schneider, senior editor and chief correspondent for Circle of Blue, in the new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy. The book was produced by the World Wildlife Fund-US and edited by David Reed. The summary was prepared by Chelsea Spangler. The region at the base of the Himalayas faces difficult tradeoffs […] Related posts: Water Security and U.S. Foreign Policy in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines Michael Kugelman Explains...

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7 August 2017. The Economic Costs of Child Marriage – “It’s essentially an issue of a lack of viable alternatives,” said Quentin Wodon, lead economist for the World Bank’s Education Global Practice at a recent event on child marriage at the World Bank. “We have to create those alternatives.” Wodon co-presented the results of a new research study, “At What Cost? The Economic Impacts of […] Related posts: Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, An Inspirational and Aspirational Leader for Today’s Youth, Has Passed Sustainable Development Approaches to...

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3 August 2017. From Basket Case to Test Case: Bangladesh as a “Weak Power” Climate Leader – In 2015, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the United Nations Champion of the Earth award for her “outstanding leadership on the frontline of climate change.” One of the world’s most populated countries, Bangladesh is also one of the least developed and most vulnerable to climate change. While Bangladesh is well-known for the natural calamities […] Related posts: Assessing Feed the Future in Bangladesh: Production Gains, Nutrition Challenges Caribbean Governments Huddle...

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2 August 2017. Observing Earth: Using Satellite Data for International Development – “Interest in earth observation—and in particular, the value to what we do in development internationally—has never been higher,” said Jenny Frankel-Reed, adaptation team lead at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Frankel-Reed spoke at the Wilson Center’s recent panel discussion of the earth observation data program known as SERVIR, which included insights from USAID’s […] Related posts: USAID Climate Action Review: 2010-2016 (Report Launch) The Rising Tide of Water...

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1 August 2017. Building Resilience for Peace: Water, Security, and Strategic Interests in Mindanao, Philippines – This article is a summary of the chapter by Roger-Mark De Souza, the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center, in the new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy. The book was produced by the World Wildlife Fund-US and edited by David Reed. The summary was prepared by Chelsea Spangler. The Philippines faces a breadth of […] Related posts: Water Security and U.S. Foreign Policy in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines To Fight Global Water...

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27 July 2017. Global Climate Cooperation, Post-Paris: Can Subnational Agreements Pick Up the Slack? – At the G20 Summit in Hamburg early July 2017, leaders of the world’s strongest economies issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. President Trump—the lone outsider—had announced in early June he would withdraw the United States from the agreement. As China doubles down on meeting its Paris targets, the chasm […] Related posts: Roger-Mark De Souza on the Paris Climate Agreement, With or Without the U.S. Lessons From International Water Sharing...

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26 July 2017. Security Links: An Emerging Congressional Common Ground on Climate Change? – Earlier this month 46 House Republicans voted with Democrats to protect an amendment in the current National Defense Authorization Act that acknowledges that “climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States” and requires the secretary of defense to provide “a report on the vulnerability to military installations and combatant […] Related posts: Mattis Latest in Succession of Senior Military Leaders to Warn About Climate Change The Common Ground on Refugee...

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25 July 2017. To Fight Global Water Stress, U.S. Foreign Policy Will Need New Strategic Tools – Capable of upending rural livelihoods, compromising institutions of governance, and inducing new patterns of migration and crime, global water stress has emerged as one of the principal threats to U.S. national security, said David Reed, senior policy advisor at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and editor of WWF’s new book, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign […] Related posts: Water Security and U.S. Foreign Policy in India, Pakistan, and the Philippines Strategic Ambiguity: How Loss and...

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24 July 2017. Planning to Move: Relocating Coastal Communities in the United States – Sea-level rise will put approximately 13 million coastal Americans at risk of displacement by 2100, but the first to move will be the most vulnerable communities. In Reaching Higher Ground: Avenues to Secure and Manage New Land for Communities Displaced by Climate Change, Wilson Center Global Fellow Maxine Burkett and her coauthors look at Native […] Related posts: Focus on Refugee Skills To Move Beyond Arguments About Resettlement Backdraft Episode #2: Stacy VanDeveer on the New Energy...

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