The Private Housing Market: Friend or Foe?

The high cost of housing combined with low and unreliable incomes can lead to a destabilizing cycle of missed rent payments and evictions for poor households. What policies could address this challenge?

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Using Behavioral Nudges to Increase the Use of Government Services

The idea of using behavioral theory - and especially low-cost "nudges" informed by behavioral science - to influence individuals' decisions has been attracting a lot of interest lately.

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Can Open Data Make Government More Transparent in Mexico?

An unprecedented effort is underway in Mexico to expand state and municipal adoption of open government practices. The more engaged citizens expect and use public data, the less likely that future governments will dare reverse hard-won victories.

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The Missed Opportunities between mHealth and mAgriculture

A recent ICTforAg event demonstrated how much of an opportunity there is for collaboration between mHealth and mAgriculture, both of which use mobile phones and wireless tools to advance their fields.

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When it Comes to Publicly Funded Preschool, Are We Asking the Wrong Questions and Getting the Wrong Answers?

As enrollment in publicly funded preschool grows, many policymakers are asking, "Does publicly funded preschool work?" Unfortunately, determining whether publicly funded preschool "works" is harder than it sounds.

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Categories: Education

Are the “Principles of Digital Development” Agile?

Recently, Abt Associates endorsed the "Principles of Digital Development." These nine principles have been widely adopted by international development funders and practitioners to absorb and disseminate technology best practices in the field of international development. More than 50 organizations ranging from various offices in the United Nations and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) down to niche technology providers have endorsed the principles.

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The History of Unrecognized “AIDS” in Monkeys 1969-1980: What Can We Learn for Future Outbreaks of Infectious Diseases?

AIDS was recognized in humans in 1981 and simian AIDS was described in 1983-1985. However, researchers anecdotally reported seeing cases of opportunistic infections of AIDS in monkeys much earlier.

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A New Paradigm for Innovation in the Development Ecosystem

During a recent talk at Devex World, I posed this question: "How do we learn from the world of business, the rapidly changing world of start-ups and the sharing economy to change the way we do development?"

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What a New Study Tells Us about Homebuyer Education and Counseling

For generations, homeownership has been a gateway to the middle class and a cornerstone of the American Dream. Homeownership is one of the primary pathways to building wealth and financial security for U.S. families. However, as the recent collapse and uneven recovery of the housing market revealed, homeownership poses risks, both to borrowers and to the broader economy. Homebuyer education and counseling are intended to help individuals navigate the complexities of the housing market, make good home purchase and mortgage decisions, improve their financial management skills, and achieve sustainable homeownership and enhanced financial health. Despite the potential for homebuyer education and counseling, a lack of evidence exists on the question of its effectiveness.

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How Can We Measure and Evaluate the Racial Wealth Gap?

The current political cycle has prompted renewed interest in the nation's distribution of wealth - highlighting a disparity that is often called the nation's "wealth gap." The gap has been described as a chasm between the riches of the few set against the struggles of the poor and middle class. Yet a deeper social disparity has challenged public policy since the Civil Rights movement: even today, the fortunes of people of color remain radically different from those of white people.

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