COVID-19 Response: Reflections from the (Virtual) Trenches

Written by Rebecca Alcock // On June 3rd, 2018, a volcano erupted in the heart of Guatemala. Its ash plume was visible from space, and its name, Fuego, suddenly stung with honesty. The eruption delivered the deadliest volcanic byproduct: pyroclastic flow, a high-speed surge of lava, rock, ash, and gas. Pyroclastic flows reach temperatures up to … Continue reading COVID-19 Response: Reflections from the (Virtual) Trenches

Troubled Waters for Emerging Markets

Written by Ryan McGuine // The global economy has faced a series of dramatic shocks related to the COVID-19 outbreak. While high-income countries have thrown money at their health systems and economies to dampen the hardship, many other countries lack the resources to do so. Emerging markets — a loose term that includes countries like … Continue reading Troubled Waters for Emerging Markets

Long Story Short: Poverty, Development & Coronavirus

Written by Ryan McGuine // Poverty and development are intimately related, and COVID-19 provides an example of that connection as it continues to spread worldwide, including to ill-prepared regions like South America and Africa. Combating poverty typically involves short-term, programmatic interventions, while promoting development usually consists of long-term, macro policies. These were long considered two … Continue reading Long Story Short: Poverty, Development & Coronavirus

Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings

Written by Ryan McGuine // The COVID-19 outbreak has dramatically changed daily life around the world. The global economy has ground to a halt as governments and individuals take unprecedented social distancing measures to "flatten the curve." Everything humans do affects the natural environment in some way, and coronavirus-related changes to daily life present an … Continue reading Coronavirus & Climate: Silver Linings & Red Herrings