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23 Feb 2015 description

As many of the world’s foreign ministers convene this week in Washington D.C. for the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism, displacement should be on their agenda.

12 Dec 2014 description

Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of three that will profile local leaders from around the world who advocate for improved education—especially for girls—in their communities. These blogs will culminate in a Brookings event on December 12 featuring two panels on the issues and a keynote address by First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. Register for the webcast here and follow along on Twitter at #GirlsEdu.

25 May 2011 description

Laurence Chandy, Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Development Assistance and Governance Initiative

Geoffrey Gertz , Research Analyst, Global Economy and Development

We are living through a period of rapid global poverty reduction. According to recent estimates, high, sustained growth across most of the developing world has helped nearly half a billion people escape $1.25-a-day poverty between 2005 and 2010. Never before have so many people been lifted out of poverty over such a brief period.

11 May 2011 description

Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education Anda Adams, Associate Director , Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education The Brookings Institution

11 Mar 2011 description

March 11, 2011 -

As humanitarian agencies begin to grapple with the scope of the massive earthquake that has hit Japan and continue to struggle helping the displaced people of Haiti and Pakistan after natural disasters there, and as political turmoil unfolds in North Africa, there is now a need more than ever for protection in the humanitarian world. I've always been a strong advocate of protection, so this recent call for increased action should make me confident.

15 Dec 2010 description

By Khalid Koser

In 2009 922,500 asylum claims were submitted in 159 countries or territories around the world, according to statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The USA received the second highest number at 47,900 applicants, behind South Africa with a staggering 222,000 applicants. Other significant destination countries were Malaysia (40,100) and Ecuador (35,500).

10 Nov 2010 description

Elizabeth Ferris, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy

National Council of Churches Assembly

November 10, 2010 -

Disasters, whether triggered by natural hazards or human behavior or by the interaction between the two, affect millions of people for long periods of time. Often the effects last for decades after the disaster has long disappeared from our headlines and evening news.

03 Nov 2010 description

This presentation was conducted at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today about natural disasters and human rights with a particular focus on international responses to Haiti and Pakistan.

26 Aug 2010 description

By Elizabeth Ferris

Comparisons between the response to the Haitian earthquake and to Pakistan's floods are perhaps inevitable, as these major tragedies occurred within seven months of each other. Much of the commentary has focused on possible reasons for the disproportionate donor response to the two disasters.

18 Aug 2010 description

Rebecca Winthrop, Co-Director, Center for Universal Education

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D. Candidate and Fellow, International Education Policy Program, University of Maryland

26 Jul 2010 description

Remarks at the Brookings Institute, 26 July 2010

B. Lynn Pascoe, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs

Let me begin by thanking Brookings for this opportunity to speak about the work of the United Nations in dealing with conflicts around the world.

While academic studies seem to conclude that conflicts have actually been declining in recent years, it doesn't feel that way from our vantage point in New York.