Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. . The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population.

Development Pathways in Latin America

We experience the vital and vibrant nation of Argentina, the perfect context for considering development models and the role of external forces in mitigating (or exacerbating) crisis.

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Tracing International Trade

In Colombia, we trace coffee, pottery, and ‘mochilas’ back through various processors and middlemen to their initial source, learning about the impact of trade policies on each stage of the value chain.

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The Miracle on the Han

Delve into the radically successful (and radically different) post-industrial culture of South Korea, critical to understanding the true benefits and costs of economic growth.

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Conservation vs. Development

Delve into the tensions between preserving the natural environment and providing economic growth in the Galapagos Islands.

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Community Housing and employment

Work directly with TECHO, a youth led organization seeking to overcome poverty through the joint work of families and volunteers in Peru.

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