Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom
Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation. The killing of an activist who protested the development has reminded the world how the kingdom handles dissent.
Beijing’s Propaganda Is Finding Few Takers
As the Chinese Communist Party embarks on a presumptive goodwill campaign, few in the developing world are falling for it.
Africa Is Bracing for a Head-On Collision With Coronavirus
As the pandemic reaches the continent, countries from Morocco to Malawi are facing a health crisis and an economic shock.
In Historic First, Peace Corps to Evacuate Volunteers Worldwide Amid Pandemic
The U.S. agency announced it was suspending operations globally and recalling volunteers for their safety as the outbreak spread.
The Future of Development Is Local
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the world will have to shift its thinking from the national toward the urban.
The Rise and Fall of Another African Donor Darling
Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara has won plaudits for his economic successes, but there are cracks in his democratic facade.
The Left and Right Are Wrong About Inequality
The problem isn’t trade or corporations—it’s the monopolization by professional groups of high-profit services.
Oman’s Renaissance—and What Will Follow
Thanks to Qaboos’s legacy, Oman is better placed than many of its neighbors to confront the challenges that will continue to bedevil the Middle East.
The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track
Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.
Economics’ Biggest Success Story Is a Cautionary Tale
Field experiments now dominate development economics—often at the expense of the world’s poor.
Western Accolades Are Egging Autocrats On
The Gates Foundation is giving an award to Narendra Modi. That's a big mistake.
How to Save Foreign Aid in the Age of Populism
The idea of development assistance is under attack in western democracies. Pursuing economic justice at home and abroad, launching a new freedom agenda, and framing aid as innovation rather than charity can help end the backlash.
Document of the Week: Is the U.N. Revisiting the Ban on Big Tobacco?
Outgoing U.N. official pleads a case for the tobacco industry, saying health expertise and cigarette jobs can contribute to global prosperity and improved understanding of health risks.
Egypt’s Economy Isn’t Booming. It’s Collapsing.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sold his country as an investment destination with the IMF’s help—but the living standards of ordinary Egyptians are plummeting as elites line their pockets.
For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren’t Always Good News
Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.
China’s Global Investments Are Declining Everywhere Except for One Region
Three charts highlight Beijing’s growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa.
Growth Alone Won’t Help the Poor
Nigeria shows that economic growth combined with rising inequality won’t lift people out of poverty. The country’s next government should heed the lesson.