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May 8, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Egypt-agriculture-development-economic-foreign-aid-assistance-US New From CFR: Isobel Coleman on Aid to Egypt

On the new Ask CFR Experts feature today, I consider the question of whether the United States should continue economic aid to Egypt. "The answer," I write, "is a resounding yes." As I add, however: …

April 1, 2011

Human Rights
Egypt in Turmoil: CFR Analysis by Isobel Coleman

Having just returned from Egypt, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Isobel Coleman sat down with CFR Director of Studies James Lindsay to discuss the recent turmoil in the country.  

November 8, 2005

Development
Microcredit Gaining Momentum, Says Council’s Isobel Coleman

Microcredit, also known as microfinance, is a widely touted development technique that extends small loans to entrepreneurs in poverty-stricken areas. Microcredit loanshave now reached 100 million pe…

November 8, 2012

Development
bangladesh_millennium_development_goals_patrick_coleman New From CFR: Stewart Patrick and Isobel Coleman on the Millennium Development Goals

This week, CFR senior fellows Stewart Patrick and Isobel Coleman wrote blog posts about what should follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They focus on a new report from Canada’s Center for…

April 26, 2010

Gender
"Quiet Revolutionaries" are Empowering Women in the Middle East, writes Isobel Coleman in New CFR Book

Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East by Isobel Coleman

September 10, 2014

Development
Varsha Mahendra, founder of DSGYN IDYS and Jus Blouses, works in her showroom and in the factory in Hyderabad, India, October 2012 (Courtesy Goldman Sachs). Unlocking the Potential of Women Entrepreneurs

This post is from Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) senior fellow and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy initiative, and Dina Habib Powell, global head of corporat…

August 12, 2014

Energy and Environment
RTR415CP How to Make Fuel Subsidy Reform Succeed

A few weeks ago, Yemen’s government took the bold – some might say foolhardy – step of winding down a fuel subsidy program that was costing it billions of dollars. Overnight, fuel prices in the count…

June 20, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Mobile MPESA Cropped Segovia: A New Player in Cash Transfers

For several years now I’ve been following the progress of an innovative new philanthropy: GiveDirectly. Its cofounders, Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus, started the organization in 2008 while doing the…

May 31, 2014

RTR3QG8J The Status of Women and Girls in the World Today

How terrible is it to be born a girl in the world today? The almost daily headlines about cruel acts of violence and discrimination against women -- from the kidnapping of nearly 300 school girls in …

May 16, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
RTR3P775.jpg World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground

Over the past several decades, the World Bank has been an important thought leader on the value of investing in women and girls. In 2001, the Bank released a seminal report, “Engendering Development …