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  • Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

    Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

    To ensure no one is left behind by the next generation of global development goals, a comprehensive mix of robust data is needed to measure progress and guide investments. A recent report coordinated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network estimates the world will need to spend roughly $1 billion a year to sustain and enhance…

  • Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

    Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

    Some of the world’s poorest nations have an abundance of natural resources, but also have suffered under recent conflicts. Learning how to manage these resources strategically and sustainably can help accelerate growth and development. A new web-based mapping tool may be able to help them do that.

  • Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

    Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

    As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers gathered to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.

  • New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

    New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

    The Earth Institute is launching a new interdisciplinary seminar to help business and policy leaders better understand the connections between environmental stresses, natural resources and conflicts.

  • Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

    Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

    Until last month, Haitians had no way to search online to find the location of government offices. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Earth Institute and Haiti’s government, there’s a registry of every government office accessible online and on mobile devices.

  • Skill-based Volunteerism by Lawyers in Haiti

    Skill-based Volunteerism by Lawyers in Haiti

    Three distinguished lawyers spoke about their experiences with pro-bono work in Haiti at the latest session in the Haiti Dialog Series, run by the Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development.

  • SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

    SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

    The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider currently operating in 31 markets across…

  • Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

    Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

    The fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan after the 2010 earthquake and featured Frantz Verella, the former minister of public works, transportation and communication of the government of Haiti.

  • Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

    Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

    On Sept. 27, the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti, Amara Konneh, minister of finance of the Republic of Liberia, and Saidu Nallo, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone, for a…

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

    Critical Role for Geospatial Data in Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

    To ensure no one is left behind by the next generation of global development goals, a comprehensive mix of robust data is needed to measure progress and guide investments. A recent report coordinated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network estimates the world will need to spend roughly $1 billion a year to sustain and enhance…

  • Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

    Fragile States Use Geospatial Data and Maps to Better Manage Natural Resources

    Some of the world’s poorest nations have an abundance of natural resources, but also have suffered under recent conflicts. Learning how to manage these resources strategically and sustainably can help accelerate growth and development. A new web-based mapping tool may be able to help them do that.

  • Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

    Linking Climate, Security and Development to Fragility in Haiti

    As part of the Fall 2014 Haiti Dialogue Series organized by the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program, a group of faculty, researchers, students and policymakers gathered to discuss the latest research linking climate change, natural hazards, development and fragility in Haiti.

  • New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

    New Seminar Focuses on Links Between Environment, Conflict and Security

    The Earth Institute is launching a new interdisciplinary seminar to help business and policy leaders better understand the connections between environmental stresses, natural resources and conflicts.

  • Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

    Mobile Maps Help Haitians Locate Government Offices

    Until last month, Haitians had no way to search online to find the location of government offices. Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Earth Institute and Haiti’s government, there’s a registry of every government office accessible online and on mobile devices.

  • Skill-based Volunteerism by Lawyers in Haiti

    Skill-based Volunteerism by Lawyers in Haiti

    Three distinguished lawyers spoke about their experiences with pro-bono work in Haiti at the latest session in the Haiti Dialog Series, run by the Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development.

  • SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

    SurTab Tablets and Mobile Phone Technology’s Impact on Development in Haiti

    The Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development concluded the Fall 2013 Dialogue Series with guest Maarten Boute, CEO of SurTab Haiti, the first Android tablet manufacturing company in Haiti. Boute is the former CEO of Digicel Haiti, a mobile phone network provider currently operating in 31 markets across…

  • Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

    Population and Environment Influence Infrastructure Investment in Haiti

    The fall 2013 Haiti Dialogue Series focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of implementing Haiti’s National Strategic Development Plan after the 2010 earthquake and featured Frantz Verella, the former minister of public works, transportation and communication of the government of Haiti.

  • Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

    Prime Minister of Haiti and Liberia’s Minister of Finance Co-Host Fragile States Dialogue Series

    On Sept. 27, the Earth Institute’s Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development welcomed Laurent Lamothe, prime minister of the Republic of Haiti, Amara Konneh, minister of finance of the Republic of Liberia, and Saidu Nallo, representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sierra Leone, for a…