Blogs & Opinion


A New Film, Silas, Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Highlights the Struggle to Fight Liberian Land Grabs

11 September 2017 | Jonathan Gant

In 2012, while working for my anti-corruption NGO Global Witness, I sat down with a tribal chief in an isolated region of Liberia called Dugbeh. I was researching secretive logging deals in the countr...

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Whither Peacebuilding Initiatives? The Escalation of Herder-Farmer Conflicts in Nigeria

10 September 2017 | Akachi Odoemene

There is a growing trend towards episodic, low-intensity conflicts across Nigeria, particularly in its north-central and southern zones. These conflicts often involve nomadic Fulani herdsmen and seden...

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Climate Variability, Water, and Security in El Salvador

10 September 2017 | Herman Rosa, Chelsea Spangler

Water-related challenges in El Salvador have acquired far greater significance over the past decade as they have intersected with other social problems including migration, criminal violence, and drug...

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How to Free Children Like Samira from Somalia’s Cycle of Drought, Conflict & Hunger

7 September 2017 | Kevin Watkins

Humanitarian action in Somalia has saved lives. Six months ago, a full-blown famine was in prospect as the worst drought in living memory tightened its grip. That famine didn’t happen. Instead of r...

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Reforming Women's Property Rights in Afghanistan

6 September 2017 | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Becky Allen

On paper, the law is clear: men and women enjoy equal property rights under Afghanistan's 2004 Constitution. But on-the-ground reality says otherwise as a combination of tradition and customary laws k...

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Big Data’s Big Role in Reducing Water Stress

6 September 2017 | Nitin Donde

Water stress is not an arcane term just used by hydrologists. It is defined as the inability to meet the ‘human and ecological demand for water.' The effective use of water resources has been well d...

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Why Should the UN Security Council Deal with Climate Security Risks?

5 September 2017 | Amiera Sawas, Florian Krampe

Over 600,000 people have been displaced in recent floods in Sri Lanka. Drought is bringing starvation and famine to 11 million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. These are just a few pieces of the...

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Liberia: How Lack of Knowledge of Our Soils Hamper Agriculture Productivity in Liberia

5 September 2017 | Solomon C. Hedd-Williams

The soil is a farmer's silent partner and the basis of farming. It is the basic resource of the agricultural development of any nation. Its knowledge, understanding, and conservation will yield the su...

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Rethinking Hydropower in Myanmar

1 September 2017 | Michael Spolum

Electricity demand has surged past available supplies by a factor of 15 percent annually and is expected to more than double by 2020. Rolling brownouts are common and investor optimism, both foreign a...

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GAO Report on Gold Supply Chain Reveals Little Progress in Responsible Sourcing

30 August 2017 | Cooley LPP, Cydney Posner

The GAO has issued a new report on conflict minerals focused in this instance on the supply chain for artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) gold in the DRC region.  The report also addressed effort...

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