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Empowering the 99%: Technology Upgrades by Small Businesses Can Boost Productivity and Growth in Latin America

Author Valentin Sierra demonstrates how ICT adoption by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can spur long-term gains in firm productivity, competitiveness, and facilitate economic development in Latin America.

Book Reviews Economics Energy & Environment International Development

The Political Economy of Sustainable Development: Policy Instruments and Market Mechanisms

Dr. John Olushola Magbadelo, Director for Research at the Centre for African & Asian Studies (Abuja, Nigeria), reviews “The Political Economy of Sustainable Development: Policy Instruments and Market Mechanisms” by Timothy Cadman, et al.

Africa Asia Pacific Civil Society Governance & Law International Development

Rebuilding State Institutions, Post-Conflict: Reform Experiences from Afghanistan and Somalia

Authors Giulio de Tommaso and Rohullah Osmani discuss the challenges of rebuilding robust state institutions in post-conflict zones, using Afghanistan and Somalia as case studies, and provide policy prescriptions for public administration reform.

Asia Pacific Civil Society Economics International Development

Afghanistan, The End of the Line: How Lack of Transportation Infrastructure Can Prevent Economic Development

Authors Jan Brecht-Clark and Rohullah Osmani discuss how a lack of transportation infrastructure–railroads, highways, and civil aviation–are limiting economic development in Afghanistan.

Energy & Environment International Development Policy & Politics

Reducing Extreme Poverty Through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

SAIS MA candidate Caitlin Smith offers ideas to enhance resiliency and reduce extreme poverty through the water-energy-food nexus.

Economics Energy & Environment International Development

Ensuring Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Second-year MA candidate at SAIS, Saumya Kurup shares her vision for a sustainable development goal that will ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns in the post-2015 development agenda.

Economics Energy & Environment Governance & Law International Development

New Agenda, New Narrative: What Happens After 2015?

The crafting of the post-2015 development agenda began with a pivotal decision to integrate environmental, social, and economic issues into a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Since their inception, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have become a unifying mechanism for a previously disjointed development community. Homi Kharas from the Brookings Institution discusses the MDGs and what comes Post-2015.

Energy & Environment Governance & Law International Development

Resilience in the Definitional Process of the Sustainable Development Goals

In the defining process of the post-2015 development agenda, the term “resilience” has been used abundantly by policy makers and experts to define the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Resilience is both an innovative and useful concept to improve the overall framework of international aid. However, the actors defining the SDGs must use the term resilience carefully to ensure that it is clearly defined and operational.

Economics Energy & Environment Governance & Law International Development Policy & Politics

Shared Responsibility and Joint Accountability: Advancing the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Contributing author Hany Besada discusses responsibility and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda, giving us insight into shifts in the actionable policy platform of the process to include climate change as an integral part of sustainable development.

Economics International Development Policy & Politics

So Long, Solow: The Case for Teaching Agile Global Development

In his forthcoming article for the SAIS Review, Aniket Bhushan writes: “Much of the data we rely on in international affairs and international development research and analysis is fraught with problems, and is so slow that it is almost a historical caricature by the time it is published, barely descriptive about the present, let alone insightful about the future.” Senior Editor Lauren Caldwell argues that the field of international development should embrace real-time data analysis, and reject the lagging indicators that characterize traditional economic development models.