In September, Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, an innovative philanthropic collaborative of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, spoke to an audience of a mayoral chiefs of staff from some of the largest US cities concerning the ideas in his latest book, Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All. His talk... Read More
Aadhaar, Sanskrit for “foundation” or “base,” is a 12-digit unique identity number that has taken India by storm. While Aadhaar is not the first of its kind — it follows other Indian identification schemes such as the Multipurpose National Identity Card and the Smartcard Programme in the state of Andhra Pradesh — it is certainly the most successful. And while Aadhaar has nonetheless... Read More
The “SDG Accelerator #PolicyHack” is a hackathon that will focus specifically on one Sustainable Development Goal: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The event will bring together people of diverse backgrounds including executive directors, students, entrepreneurs, diplomats, politicians, representatives of international organizations, academic institutions, think... Read More
In this interview with Robert Kirkpatrick, director of UN Global Pulse, he discusses the role of big data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and outlines three areas of impact. Global Pulse is an initiative of the United Nations that works to harness data science for sustainable development and humanitarian action.
How do you get rural Kenyan communities to fund solid waste management projects? This is the question that SAFI, a Kenya-based non-profit focused on sanitation projects, asked itself. In particular, could mobilizing communities to partake in participatory budgeting increase local funding for waste management projects? Participatory budgeting (PB) has gained popularity as an innovative... Read More
Each day, throughout the world, public officials and practitioners face the daunting task of creating solutions to society's most pressing problems, as they strive to improve the lives of their citizens. These dedicated public servants are under pressure to do more with increasingly limited resources, and to be more effective and efficient. Repeatedly, history has shown that continuing to... Read More