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Envisioning a New Approach to a Sacred Mexican Plant

March 13, 2017Nicholas Spiers, Litay Ortega

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Justice 2015: Redefining the World’s Development Agenda

June 26, 2013 | Jonathan Birchall

The countries of the world are drawing up development priorities for the next decade and beyond. Here's a brief introduction to the process.

Human Rights Groups Push for an End to the War on Drugs

June 7, 2013 | Kasia Malinowska, David Holiday

Drug policy reform took center stage this week at a summit of the Americas with unprecedented support from human rights groups.

In Peru, the Fight Against Poverty Starts Early

June 4, 2013 | Sarah Klaus

Quality early childhood programs have been shown to reduce inequality, counteracting the effects of discrimination and poverty. In Peru, the Cuna Mas program is attempting to do just that.

A New Beginning on Drug Policy

May 22, 2013 | Kasia Malinowska, David Holiday

A new report from the Organization of American States envisions possibilities for ending the war on drugs and introducing policies rooted in public health and human rights.

Will Brazil Support Compulsory Drug Treatment?

May 15, 2013 | Julita Lemgruber

If compulsory treatment of people with drug dependence has been condemned by jurists as unconstitutional and by health care professionals as a complete absurdity—why would the Brazilian government support such an approach?

Open Space and Open Society in Haiti

May 15, 2013 | Cécile Marotte

Building a park requires green space; building a community requires dialogue. Martissant Park has both.

A Dream That Begins with Green Space

May 13, 2013 | Lorraine Mangonès

The vision of an open space comes alive at Martissant Park in Haiti, giving new life and new meaning to a place that might easily have been destroyed.

In Haiti, a Refuge for the Living and the Dead

May 13, 2013 | Michèle Pierre-Louis

In Martissant Park, the only public park in Port-au-Prince, people find a pride of place and a hallowed ground to remember their dead.

Don’t Cop Out: How to Police the Drug Trade

April 23, 2013 | Ann Fordham

With limited resources, authorities are faced with nearly impossible decisions on how and when to enforce the law in order to maximize public security.

News Digest: Controversial Cybersecurity Legislation Sails through the U.S. House of Representatives

April 22, 2013 | Becky Hogge

Weekly news digest produced by the Information Program. This week’s top story reports on the vote in the US House of Representatives to pass CISPA, a draft law that is critiqued for attacking fundamental privacy rights.