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Agostino Petroni

14 January 2021

San José de Apartadó, Colombia

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collec...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Klaus Sieg

28 February 2020

Hamburg, Germany

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The Center of Competence on the Origin of Timber in Germany is using innovative methods to help determine timber products’ origins in order to stop illegal wood trading. Scientists can identify wood’s anatomical featu...

The Guardian

Jacob Kushner

11 October 2019

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Since Haiti's catastrophic earthquake in 2010, the US has spent $2.3 billion in aid money that has failed to alleviate poverty or help the impoverished nation recover. Bill Clinton led the global response to Haiti's r...

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Vivienne Nunis

15 July 2019

Auckland, New Zealand

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Housing affordability is a crisis that many countries face. New Zealand addressed the issue in a controversial way: by outright banning foreign ownership. Since it has come into effect, real estate pricing has gone do...

Hakai Magazine

Alastair Bland

4 February 2019

Hong Kong

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New DNA testing technology is showing promise as a faster, cheaper way to determine if a shark fin came from a protected species, an important task to curbing the illicit shark fin trade across the world. While expert...

The Telegraph

Dom Nicholls

12 January 2019

Malawi

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The illegal wildlife trade is consistently a big problem across Africa. To help tackle the issue of poachers, a company called Retarius uses counter-terrorist operations experience by training and mentoring locals inv...

Yale Environment 360

Adam Welz

20 November 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Some South African ranchers who raise rhinos legally are advocating for a block-chain currency "Rhino Coin." They argue that secure stockpiles of rhino horn could generate much needed funding for wild populations. But...

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Kevin Knodell

28 October 2018

Somalia

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A Somali refugee who made good in America is working to connect people in his home country with solar power through a company he launched in the U.S. He’s had modest success connecting about 1,000 people so far, givin...

The New York Times

Meher Ahmad

25 October 2018

Pakistan

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Under financial strain, Pakistan is asking its citizens and Pakistanis abroad to donate money to build two dams. Only $48 million of the estimated cost of $14 billion has been raised so far, yet the country’s new prim...

The Express Tribune

Bilal Hussain

24 July 2018

Karachi, Pakistan

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Product-based free trade agreements allow countries to exchange specific goods without tariffs and taxes. The approach is growing. Pakistan and Kenya are negotiating an agreement to exchange tea and rice. Iran, Russia...

GovInsider

Nurfilzah Rohaidi

4 July 2018

Denmark

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International diplomacy is transforming in response to an increasingly tech-driven world. Countries such as Denmark, Ireland, and Singapore have appointed thematic ambassadors and stationed representatives in Silicon ...

Pacific Standard

Katherine Laidlaw

5 June 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Differing laws, policing, and management across borders has made it difficult to combat the huge industry that is Wildlife Crime, but a new approach in Canada is showing the way for some common ground. By collaboratin...

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Jennifer Guay

25 April 2018

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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An increasingly popular way to attract foreign direct investment is to let the world’s wealthiest trade cash and property investments for citizenship. The $2 billion-a-year industry allows the ultra-rich to buy passpo...

The Story Exchange

Riva Richmond

10 August 2017

United States

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Women tend to invest in female-owned and run companies, but men disproportionately invest in male-run companies, which means female companies lose out on a huge market. Some male investors, such as Adam Quinton, see t...

The Financial Times

Pilita Clark

18 May 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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An economic shift to renewable energy could take decades, but thanks to rapidly evolving disruptive technologies, dropping prices of solar and wind power sources, and increasing market demand for green business, the ...

CNN

Kieron Monks

24 February 2017

Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya

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Ten years ago, Vodafone's Safaricom launched "M-Pesa" a mobile-phone based payment system designed to ease transfer of money in Kenya among individuals and small businesses. With a maximum transaction of 70,000 Kenyan...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

27 December 2016

Portland, Maine, United States

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The state of Maine has been feeling the negative effects of climate change including the rising sea waters. Businesses have decided to make the best of it and do it in an environmentally sound and sustainable way. The...

Harvard Business Review

Anita Warren

Vijay Govindarajan

20 July 2016

New Delhi, India

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Amazon saw a business opportunity in India: it could engage with the large, young population while also helping small vendors sell their goods on the internet. Amazon Chai Cart built relationships with vendors and edu...

Ensia

Liza Gross

23 May 2016

London, England, United Kingdom

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Despite humanity's shared need for healthy oceans and marine biodiversity to support life as we know it, there is no central regulatory body able to protect the massive, critical swaths of ocean beyond any one country...

Yale Environment 360

Fred Pearce

19 May 2016

Paris, France

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While international initiatives have helped curb carbon emissions in numerous sectors like forestry, manufacturing, and energy production, two of the biggest CO2 contributors have remained unchecked on the sidelines u...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

28 January 2016

Butembo, Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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All over the world, new fair trade projects or approaches are sprouting up to foster trading relationships that pay off for farmers, giving them more adequate wages and rights.

Voice of America (VOA)

Amy Yee

8 January 2016

Chittagong, Bangladesh

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A shipbuilding company in Bangladesh brought down its high rate of workplace injuries from about 1,000 per month to 10 by bucking workplace norms in the country with safety restrictions that include protective gear li...

Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

26 October 2015

Syracuse, New York, United States

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Part 1 of a series on solutions to freeing victims of labor trafficking around the globe. Labor trafficking is a deeply entrenched problem, woven into global economies where the victims are often hidden in plain sight...

The Guardian

Annabel Short

25 February 2015

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

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There are increasing costs to business when they fail to respect basic human rights. Many are therefore taking steps to avoid abuses – and are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.

The News & Observer

J. Andrew Curliss

15 December 2014

Clinton, North Carolina, United States

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The chute is where a river of Silky Pork begins flowing to Tokyo, swift and steady in a logistical marvel that delivers choice cuts of fresh pork across the globe. Negotiations on a new trade deal catch the attention ...

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