Month: August 2015

How to End Hunger in Developing Countries? Help Their Governments Collect Taxes

Photo Credit: UN Second in a series by Steven Damiano (LBJ MGPS Graduate) covering his internship at Bread for the World Institute. This summer, at the Bread for the World Institute, I researched a topic not typically associated with international development: taxation. The subject may seem far from the realm of Bread for the World’s mission of combating hunger, but the connection is a sensible one. Public goods, social safety programs, and other services necessary to transform economies and bring people out of hunger hinge on a government’s ability to spend collected tax revenues. Proper taxation creates effective states, which, in turn, enable development....

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Are the Sustainable Development Goals Actually Sustainable?

Photo Credit: UN Second in a series by Beatrice Halbach (LBJ MPAff Student) covering her internship at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Earlier this month, heads of state, ministers and representatives of major international organizations involved in development met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss how to finance the post-2015 development agenda, which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) framework this September. To confirm their commitment to financing for development, the heads of state and government representatives signed a 38-page document, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which details the priorities of the new development agenda and identifies the major...

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Collaboration in International Development

First in a series by Alexandra Noble (LBJ MGPS Student) covering her internship at InterAction. One of the challenges of international development is the fragmented nature in which it takes place. Since it is difficult for international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) to communicate with one another on the ground, there is often duplication of projects and wasted resources. Organizations try to reinvent the wheel out in the field instead of learning from their colleagues or from other INGOs on best practices and effective development strategies. I find this issue fascinating and frustrating. Besides reading about it in classes at the LBJ School...

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The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Battle to Protect Iconic Species

First in a series by Leo Carter (LBJ MGPS Student) covering his internship at the Wildlife Conservation Society. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 in New York City, achieved its first major success when it helped to save the American Bison from extinction. Since then, aside from managing the zoos and aquariums of New York City, the organization has expanded to 500 conservation projects in 60 countries with the ambitious goal of protecting 50% of the world’s biodiversity. What makes WCS unique among wildlife NGOs is that its activist and lobbying divisions are directly supported by a strong base of scientists and conservationists in...

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Overcoming the Status Quo in Food Aid: Coalition Building at Bread for the World

Photo Credit: Todd Post/Bread for the World First in a series by Steven Damiano (LBJ MGPS Graduate) covering his internship at Bread for the World Institute. In the policy world, we often assume that if we use strong analysis to produce smart policy recommendations, legislators will see the benefits of our ideas and implement them. However, the reality is far more complex and good ideas, even ones that are coupled with a strong moral imperative, can struggle to gain traction. This is where coalition building, research, and advocacy become crucial. This summer I interned at the Bread for the World Institute, the research arm of Bread for the World...

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