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How U.S. aid avoids ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

Sometimes foreign loans and investment come with strings attached.
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Coffee can generate electricity

ECPA was created at the 2012 Summit of the Americas to help provide universal electricity to Latin America. Watch how it shows how to reuse coffee as fuel.
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Clean water, better lives

When you think about how to build a better world, think about providing clean water to about 663 million people worldwide who don’t have it.
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Building a new world for the new millennium

At the turn of the century, as much as 10 percent of the world's children died before they reached their fifth birthday, and one-fourth...
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Don’t just zap space aliens. Change the world. [video]

Games for Change, a nonprofit group, has been designing and promoting games designed to inspire gamers to change the world.
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All people deserve a roof over their heads…on this day

What if you woke each morning not knowing if you’d find shelter that night? That's the daily reality for more than 100 million homeless...
Farmer standing in field of yellow and red flowers in Vietnam (© Alamy)

Vietnam’s provinces compete for new businesses

To help improve Vietnam's business environment, a "competitiveness" index measures the ease of doing business among Vietnam's 63 provinces.

Millions of mouths to feed? He did it.

Poverty fighter Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh, founder of the largest NGO in the world, has been named winner of the World Food Prize for 2015.
Two workers standing in front of pump dredging sand (© Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

Harvard study warns of perilous ‘debt-trap diplomacy’

According to a report from Harvard University scholars, more than a dozen countries in the Indo-Pacific region are vulnerable to "debt-trap diplomacy."