Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative Blog Posts

The Pardee Initiative is pleased to support a weekly blog by Pardee RAND Graduate School students, faculty, and alumni who write on topics of international development and global human progress.

Pardee Initiative Blog Posts

  • In South Africa, Bold Investments Turn Trash into Treasure

    Dec 3, 2014

    Julia Pollak

    In South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Julia Pollak (cohort '12) explains, investments made over the past 20 years have created a dump with a difference. Rather than being a blight on the neighborhood of Mariannhill, the state-of-the-art Mariannhill Landfill Conservancy is an asset.

  • Solutions for Youth Employment: New Coalition Takes on Pervasive, Persistent Global Problem

    Oct 17, 2014

    Crystal Huang, Nelly Mejia

    Youth unemployment is a pervasive and persistent worldwide scourge: 75 million youth are unemployed now and that rate is expected to rise. RAND joined the World Bank, Accenture, International Youth Foundation, and others to form Solutions for Youth Employment, a unique coalition that acts to increase youth opportunities for productive employment.

  • The Health Needs of Syrian Women in and around the Za'atari Refugee Camp

    The Syrian conflict has been the main contributor to the largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide—and the problem can be expected to get worse as the fighting continues. Student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13) notes that, while small steps are being taken to try and meet the needs of women refugees, more needs to be done.

  • How the Poor Can Take Charge to Improve Their Housing

    Sep 19, 2014

    Julia Pollak

    Public housing projects have been controversial for decades in countries around the world. But an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, could serve as a guide for other countries experimenting with community-driven development, an alternative approach to public housing, writes Julia Pollak (cohort '12).

  • Women's Menstrual Hygiene in India: The Health and Environmental Implications

    According to India's 2011 census, 89 percent of the nation's rural population lives in households that lack toilets. This absence of proper sanitation presents public health challenges and affects Indian women disproportionately, writes Pardee RAND student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13) for the Pardee Initiative blog.

  • Could Alternatives Ease the Misery of South Africa's Housing Crisis?

    Jul 10, 2014

    Julia Pollak

    The government's plan to replace cardboard shacks with cement houses may not be the only route to easing South Africa's housing woes, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Polak (cohort '12). Increasingly, academic researchers, non-governmental organizations, and private companies are demonstrating pragmatic, low-cost, alternatives.

  • First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    A recent effort to begin to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice for rape victims, writes Pardee RAND student Mahlet Woletsadik (cohort '13). The initiative focused on criminal prosecution of offenders, a strategy that failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the nation’s judicial system, left the needs of victims unmet and did little to address the issue of prevention.

  • Insurance and Incentives: A Dual Approach to Try to Improve Maternal Health in Nigeria

    Jun 10, 2014

    Adeyemi Okunogbe

    Less than 5% of Nigerians have insurance; two-thirds of all health care costs are paid out of pocket. When people must pay out of pocket for health care at the point of service, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in The RAND Blog, this restricts access, excludes the poorest and most vulnerable, and leads to delays in patients seeking help.

  • Climate Change, Uncertainty Cast Clouds on Malawi's Food Policies

    May 20, 2014

    Oluwatobi A. Oluwatola

    Malawi has the highest per capita maize consumption in Africa, but it may need to consider alternatives, taking into greater consideration weather, climate change and water needs, writes Pardee RAND student Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12) for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative.

  • In South Africa, Hard Choices on Housing

    May 7, 2014

    Julia Pollak

    South Africans go to the polls today, marking 20 years since apartheid ended and the country's first democratic elections brought the African National Congress (ANC) to power. But while much has changed, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12), many challenges remain, including the developing nation's dire need for housing.

  • Maternal Deaths: Turning the Tide in a Nigerian State

    Apr 16, 2014

    Adeyemi Okunogbe

    Bold and innovative approaches are being developed in different parts of the African continent in the quest to reduce maternal mortality, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in this inaugural blog for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative. A noteworthy example of these innovative approaches is the Abiye Safe Motherhood program in Ondo State, Nigeria.

  • In Africa: U.S. Promotes Security, China Does Business

    Africans require both security and economic growth. Global powers like China and the United States do not need to choose between the two when focusing their foreign policy efforts.

  • India Votes — and What It Might Mean for the United States

    May 5, 2014

    Rafiq Dossani

    If elected, Modi could turn out to be the politician that India's Congress accuses him of being, focusing on an internal agenda that discourages foreign engagement. Professor Rafiq Dossani says the U.S. would no doubt prefer that he follow the economic course he charted in Gujarat.

  • The Strategy Behind China's Aid Expansion

    Oct 9, 2013

    Charles Wolf, Jr.

    Between 2001 and 2011, China's pledged foreign aid was $671 billion. In all regions and countries, China's assistance focuses on the development of natural resources, principally energy-related (coal, oil, and gas). Both parties presumably benefit from China's aid but both are also exposed to added risks and hidden costs.

  • New RAND Study Examines Chinese Economic Assistance to Other Countries

    Sep 19, 2013

    With the world's second largest economy, China has the capacity to engage in substantial programs of economic assistance and government-sponsored investments in 93 emerging-market countries.

  • RAND Designs Web Registry for Developing-Country Impact Evaluations

    Sep 18, 2013

    The RAND Corporation has developed a new web registry that aims to increase transparency in the performance and reporting of studies of the impacts of programs, minimizing concerns over several well-known types of bias in research or reporting.

  • For Pardee RAND Graduate School, a $3.6 Million Gift

    Sep 4, 2013

    Frederick S. Pardee, a former RAND researcher, contributed $3.6 million to support the Pardee RAND Graduate School and to create its Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress. His generous gift will seed projects that help those in developing countries.

  • Using Mobile Money to Make Water Safe

    May 21, 2013

    Jill E. Luoto

    Contaminated drinking water contributes to the deaths of some 750,000 children under the age of five every year due to diarrheal disease. A RAND project is using mobile phones to increase the sales and use of safe-water filters in Kenya.

  • The Economic Promise of Malaria Reduction

    Apr 24, 2013

    Priscillia Hunt, Stijn Hoorens, et al.

    Better understanding of how malaria reduction affects different households, regions, and economic sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa could allow policymakers to assess alternative intervention strategies and allocate resources more efficiently and effectively, writes Stijn Hoorens, one of several RAND Europe researchers examining the effects of malaria in developing countries.