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The challenges facing developing countries – from providing clean water to fighting infectious diseases – are jeopardizing their economic growth prospects, on which the global economy’s health increasingly depends. Project Syndicate, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides analysis of the trends and debates shaping developing countries’ potential – and the global economy’s prospects.

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  1. Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Jan 27, 2023 Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.

  2. The Multilateral Financing Paradox
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    The Multilateral Financing Paradox

    Jan 25, 2023 Rabah Arezki argues that international institutions must lend more to the world’s most vulnerable economies.

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  4. The Second Green Revolution Will Be Digitized
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    The Second Green Revolution Will Be Digitized

    Jan 20, 2023 Maximo Torero explains why new technologies are essential to meeting the world’s food and climate goals.

  5. Climate Change Is Making Us Sick
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    Climate Change Is Making Us Sick

    Dec 14, 2022 Naveen Rao & Eloise Todd urge world leaders to devise strategies that address the growing impact of global warming on human health.

  6. Food Security Is National Security
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    Food Security Is National Security

    Dec 12, 2022 Hippolyte Fofack highlights the steps that African governments have taken to expand domestic agriculture.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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