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Global Development and Population

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Can we learn from Yelp in improving public services? Tell us what you think 

TripAdvisor, Yelp and Amazon have made profitable businesses out of crowdsourcing information and opinions, while FixMyStreet, U-Report and Map Kibera have barely made it out of the starting gate in their efforts to channel citizen pressure to improve public services, like health, education, water and sanitation. Are there lessons that private digital review platforms can teach organizations working to increase social good? That’s what we’re ...

Althea Anderson and Leticia Corona join Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program 

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced this week that Althea Anderson and Leticia Corona have joined the foundation’s Global Development and Population Program. From an email to grantees and foundation staff that Global Development and Population Program Director Ruth Levine sent about the new team members: I’m writing to let you know that we ...

Fossil fuel subsidies: Can transparency promote reforms? 

Fossil fuel subsidies are “the world’s dumbest policy,” argued the editorial board of Bloomberg Media last September. They persist, despite relatively low oil prices. And while fuel subsidies can take many forms, there is overwhelming consensus among researchers that the estimated $5.3 trillion in fuel subsidies worldwide each year is bad for people and the planet. Although many governments acknowledge these facts and seem ...

Help us learn about active citizens and accountable government 

How can citizens around the world hold their governments accountable for high-quality public services like education, health care, and water?  There are no perfect answers to that complex question, but we have a hunch:  Our hypothesis is that, in combination, more information about how governments raise and spend money, active participation by people in the…

This is what demography looks like 

Editor’s note: Ruth Levine, director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program, delivered these remarks at the Population Association of America’s annual meeting in Chicago on April 28th. Among the attendees were Hewlett Foundation’s grantee organizations, including researchers and communications specialists from universities, think tanks, and other groups working on reproductive health, population dynamics, and women’s ...
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