STUDY: A million refugees in Germany haven’t displaced German workers

The first study of the impact of over one million refugees who arrived in Germany between 2014 and 2015 found “overall unemployment has not been much affected by refugee inflows.” The evaluation from Germany’s IZA Institute of Labor Economics found there were small increases in petty crime like fare-dodging. The refugee surge neither increased nor

Companies that design for Africa have a headstart on the future

The Brookings Institution’s Foresight Africa 2017 could be a blueprint for global growth and inclusive prosperity: access to financing, job creation and skill development, tech innovation and democratization, smart urbanization, climate action and good governance. Africa is leading the way with mobile and energy technologies that are leapfrogging traditional grids and broad access to financial

Don’t mention climate. For Midwest farmers, it’s the economy, stupid

Save the climate change talk for the politicians. U.S. farmers already dealing with erosion and shrinking aquifers are embracing farming techniques that fight soil erosion and conserve water. No-till farming is nothing new; it can reduce the nearly two billion tons of annual topsoil runoff that causes billions of dollars in losses. Instead of carbon emissions,

Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Women Rising Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal

Women’s Health is Human Health

That giant sucking sound you hear is hundreds of millions of dollars rushing out of clinics and health services around the world. The loss of $600 million in family planning and reproductive rights grants as a result of the Trump administration’s reimposition of the Mexico City policy is just the beginning. The so-called “gag rule,” which

 Two steps forward, one step back on maternal health

Back in 1990, for every 100,000 live births worldwide, 385 mothers died from complications of childbirth. By 2015, that number fell to 216 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. Though impressive, the 44 percent reduction fell short of the Millennium Development Goal of 75 percent. The global goal for 2030? To reduce maternal mortality

Chugach Alaska, New Forests and Nature Conservancy strike forest-carbon deal

The Dakota Access oil pipeline dispute set Native Americans against fossil-fuel interests. In contrast, the Chugach Alaska Corp. has struck a deal to generate income for indigenous people by keeping coal in the ground and managing timber sustainably. Chugach will sell its coal rights along the Bering River to New Forests, which will give them