With the opening kick-off of the FIFA World Cup 2014 less than 12 hours away in Brazil, 32 teams are ready to compete for a prize that only eight nations have won. Brendan Rigby looks at how the countries stack up against that other ranking and prize - human development.
This week we present three posts around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). There are eight MDGs that need to be met by 2015. Given the unlikely even that all will be met, Scott Weathers suggests we condense the MDGs into something simpler.
What determines winning gold medals at the Olympics? In a response to the research findings of Bill Easterly, Brendan Rigby looks at the relationship between human development and winning gold medals. The results suggest need for further research and spending less time on the Internet.
In the first of a three-part series leading up to Rio+20 on June 20, Erin Nash asks if environmental sustainability and development can truly co-exist. Are we able to increase human wellbeing and quality of life, without using more resources than the Earth can produce for us?
In her third post on literacy and development, Alex Grey examines some of the issues associated with using literacy rates as a measurement to inform development policy, and shows how problematic approaches to monitoring literacy can lead to problems on the ground.