Friday, August 28, 2015

Visionary Voices

Is another “Green Revolution,” similar to that which transformed agriculture in India, possible elsewhere? How can poor countries strengthen their human capital? Which types of external assistance work best? How can basic public-health services, including routine vaccination, best be delivered in developing societies?

As advanced countries struggle to recover from the global financial crisis, developing countries are becoming the world’s growth engine. Between now and 2025, these economies are expected to account for more than 70% of global GDP growth. But developing economies will be unable to sustain their recent growth unless policymakers worldwide commit themselves to tackling the massive challenges that these countries face – from reliable provision of clean water and sanitation to stemming the spread of communicable diseases and broadening access to family-planning services.

In Visionary Voices, Project Syndicate, working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, provides compelling, exclusive commentaries that analyze the trends and address the debates shaping developing countries’ economic and social potential – and thus the global economy’s prospects.

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