Indian girls using mobile phones (AP Images)

Want to help end poverty? There’s an app for that.

How can I best help the poor? Could I survive as a refugee? The British website Training Zone picked five mobile learning apps that...
Matt Damon has announced a toilet strike to raise awareness of sanitation problems around the world (AP Images)

Matt Damon says he won’t use a toilet. Here’s why.

More people have cellphones than have access to a toilet. About 6 billion people have cellphones and only 4.5 billion have access to a...
Silhouette view of people standing on infrastructure (© yuttana Contributor Studio/Shutterstock)

What is the Blue Dot Network for infrastructure financing?

When communities and investors see an infrastructure project is part of the Blue Dot Network, they know it meets high standards of quality and transparency.
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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.
Sunset over lake (USAID)

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.
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."
Infographic comparing U.S. and Chinese business environments (State Dept./S. Wilkinson)

The effect of corruption on business

Strong laws and trustworthy institutions protect investors and businesses from corruption. That's why the different approaches of the U.S. and China matter.
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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.