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Pension Reform: Uneven Progress

By Christina Ewig*

Recent pension reforms in Latin America show promise for greater gender equity across the region, but progress remains uneven in coverage and generosity.  523 more words


The Heart of the City

The heart of every community in Ghana is its market.

In Accra (the capitol), the main marketplace is this cavernous, sprawling maze of life and activity and color and chaos and HEAT.  792 more words


Promoting entrepreneurship to combat youth unemployment

My latest article for urb.im looks at youth unemployment in Malawi. With half of the country’s population below 18 and a fifth in the age bracket 15-24, the lack of decent jobs for young people is increasingly a problem. 21 more words


Jakarta: congestion + poverty = jockeys (reposted from New Mandala)

A great piece by Miriam Koslay in New Mandala. For about $2 a “jockey” will ride in your car to help you beat minimum occupancy rules on congested Jakarta streets. 292 more words

Dev Econ

Unleashing the Potential of the World's Informal Sector to Create Jobs and Tackle Poverty by John Sullivan

Creating jobs is one of the greatest global challenges facing the world today. While job creation is a top priority for policy makers here in the United States, worldwide poverty reduction is essential for our economic future as well. 698 more words


Settled and Back to Academia

I’m starting to feel settled after a semester back at Grinnell and I’m really excited about the progress I made in the past semester. I participated in Diwali at Grinnell, worked on philanthropy education initiatives and the Senior Class Gift with the Student Alumni Council, and reconnected with a lot of friends I hadn’t seen in over a year. 706 more words

Join the fun! An ethnography of fun and subcultural entrepreneurship in the skateboarding scene of Puebla, Mexico

By Kaj Dekker

Scene 1: Another sunny day at the Xonaca skate park in Puebla, Mexico. People are skateboarding, filming or having conversations while secretly sharing… 16,218 more words

Work And Aspirations