5 Podcast Recommendations about International Development

1. Center for International Development – Harvard The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University “is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty”. Given the incredible reputation of the university and the speakers they feature, it is a reliable source for current, cutting-edge research in the field of international development. Each episode, a current student in the CID program interviews

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Modern Monetary Theory & Developing Economies

“Free money” – a phrase that appeared in bold on the cover page of the July 25th, 2020 edition of The Economist magazine. Such a statement feels counterintuitive. The whole idea of “free money” goes against the old adage we learn as children – that “money doesn’t grow on trees.” However, responses by central banks to the recent Covid-19 pandemic indicate that sometimes, and in rare occasions, money does indeed grow on trees (well, not

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Field Update

The beginning of the New Year marked a time of innovation for Profugo. We intentionally organized and mobilized our community members, sowing the seeds that we hope will germinate into enduring opportunities for our community members to be owners and leaders in improving their quality of life. Notably, we began the registration process of starting our Profugo Real Toxin Free Farm Products and Farmer Producer Company (FPC) with a founding shareholder class of ten empowered

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Sustainable & Just Community Development

Profugo, like many other organizations, aims to create social change, and better the lives of those who have less access to resources such as health services, education, and entrepreneurial skills. The work Profugo does is essential and has fostered great change in Wayanad. What is fundamental to the work they do however, is that it is underscored with the prioritization of choice, participation, and inclusion of the community they are serving. A crucial aspect of

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Book Review: Where Am I Giving? by Kelsey Timmerman

Kelsey Timmerman is a New York Times bestselling author, a public speaker, and self-proclaimed “touron” (a traveler who is “curious and seeks out interactions with locals, but is also a bit of a moron because it’s impossible not to be when you are trying to move through a world different from your daily life”) (p. 208). Timmerman grew up in small-town America, yet always longed to see the world. After graduating from Miami University with

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