Dignity & Development

Dignity & Development

In-depth analysis of global challenges through the lens of integral human development.

Rising weapons spending and warped priorities

January 12, 2022

In December, the US House of Representatives approved a gargantuan military budget of more than $778 billion, a significant increase over what the Biden administration […]

The UN declared a clean environment is a human right. Now what?

December 2, 2021

On October 8th, 2021, breaking news that the United Nations Human Rights Council had declared a “safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” as a human […]

AI and the future of labor

November 2, 2021

A wave of new automation technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics, have prompted concern about their substantial and potentially negative impact on jobs and workers […]

To promote human progress, share knowledge

October 27, 2021

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every […]

Exploiting Ida, Rita, Katrina—and human dignity 

October 19, 2021

The flood waters of Hurricane Ida have receded, the media circus has moved on, and Anderson Cooper is back in the studio in New York. […]

Global maternal mortality: the dignity of life and the tragedy of death

September 24, 2021

When I hear the phrase “integral human development,” the picture that comes to mind is a developing fetus—the beginning of human development. Human development begins […]

When Captain America goes global

September 2, 2021

Can Captain America be Black? Marvel’s recent Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, tackles this question head-on. The story picks up from the […]

Lebanon’s tragic path from economic miracle to collapse

August 5, 2021

The most daunting challenges to a society’s well-being are typically complex and intertwined, and we often reduce them to one or two digestible variables. The […]

Upholding human dignity amid COVID-19 and economic collapse

July 28, 2021

“The largest economic contraction since 1709’s great frost . . .”; “The largest collapse since the 1930s . . .”; “The largest recorded decline of […]

Disaster recovery in Haiti: a case for prudence and patience

July 20, 2021

In my first return to Haiti since well before the pandemic, I am again confronted with a familiar tension: my need to move quickly in a […]

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