Report: Climate change threatens the world’s food supply and forests, but there’s still time to act

The newly released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land confirms the lived experiences of people who have suffered from deadly fires in California to famine in Somalia, to widespread loss of ancestral forests in Brazil and peatlands in Indonesia: the impacts of climate change are already being felt in…

Global development’s past, present, and future

Editor’s note: This is the last of six reflections by Ruth Levine, Director of the Global Development and Population Program, at the close of her eight-year term. The first post was “Closing the gap between social movements and policy change.” The second was “Strength in numbers: Taking a field-level view.” The third, fourth and fifth…

How states are experimenting with digital political advertising regulation: Interview with Campaign Legal Center’s Erin Chlopak

The Special Counsel’s long-awaited report on Russian election interference confirms that a central feature of Russia’s influence campaign was widespread dissemination of divisive political content online, including digital ads that explicitly supported or attacked presidential candidates. Unsurprisingly, Russia did not disclose its political ad spending to federal regulators or the American public. Instead, Russia exploited…

The Hewlett Foundation Way

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of six reflections by Ruth Levine, Director of the Global Development and Population Program, before her eight-year term ends. The first post was “Closing the Gap Between Social Movements and Policy Change.” The second was “Strength in Numbers: Taking a Field-Level View.” The third and fourth were “All Happy…

Building a better banking system

This piece originally appeared in Thomson Reuters Foundation News. I’m often in rooms with cleantech entrepreneurs, clean energy aficionados, and responsible investors. What unites these groups is a sense of mission—that business should return more than profit. That environmental stewardship and social equity are not afterthoughts. That we must be intentional about how we do…

Driving change when we’re Menlo Parked

Editor’s note: This is the fourth of six reflections by Ruth Levine, Director of the Global Development and Population Program, before her eight-year term ends. The first post was “Closing the Gap Between Social Movements and Policy Change.” The second was “Strength in Numbers: Taking a Field-Level View.” The third was “All Happy Grantees are…

Strength in numbers: Taking a field-level view

Editor’s note: This is the second of six reflections by Ruth Levine, as she approaches the end of her eight-year term as Director of the Global Development and Population Program. The first was “Closing the Gap Between Social Movements and Policy Change.” One day in 2002, when I was at the Center for Global Development,…

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