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Lean Development: A New Theory of Development Assistance

No one truly knows what we are doing in development. We have spent billions of dollars and do not have much to show for it. Critics often point out that China has contributed more than any other country in reducing global poverty, despite having... more

South Sudan: Don’t Fire the Foreigners

As hundreds of thousands of people in South Sudan struggle to survive the brutal conflict there, South Sudan’s labor minister recently dealt a potentially devastating blow: he ordered all international workers to leave the country. That happened... more

The Transparency of the Quotidian: Whither Japan?

Take a look at the tag cloud from this journal’s webpage. The frequency with which a given word or phrase is tagged in relation to the YJIA’s content is shown by relative size, an indication of that topic’s level of coverage. For example,... more

Two Americas: Resurgent and Dysfunctional

In discussions of America’s present and prospects, few notions are as common as that of “two Americas”: the haves and have-nots, the red states and blue states, and so forth.  One might add another pair to the list: the resurgent and the... more

A Tale of Two Sudans: Corruption, Strife, and War

At the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago, a little-known army officer – Omar al-Bashir – conducted a coup d’etat in Sudan.  Despite attempts to introduce and enforce Sharia law throughout the country, the religiously... more

US Farm Bill: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

The U.S. Farm Bill, signed into law on 7 February, includes crucial, overdue reforms to food aid policy. While these promising changes will contribute to making U.S. international development and global poverty reduction efforts more impactful and... more

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