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Slum tourism: Driver for development or poverty porn?

FOR many people the concept of slum tourism is an insulting and jarring juxtaposition. For others, it’s a tool for awareness that empowers the local community. It’s undoubtedly a sticky issue that continues to fuel debate. So can it ever be an ethical activity that should appear in your travel …

Vietnam’s last chance: Sustainable tourism

DESPITE being a cautionary tale dating back to the Industrial Revolution, the economy-versus-ecology dilemma continues to plague many developing countries to this day. Vietnam is no exception, with Hanoi boldly exploiting its natural resources in its quest to achieve economic growth. But faced with worsening pollution levels, the government in …

Want to Save the World? Try Using Cold Hard Cash. | New Republic

Direct cash transfers to the global poor are shaking up how we envision international aid—and getting pushback from traditional middlemen. One afternoon in the spring of 2008, two graduate students, Michael Faye and Rohit Wanchoo, met with a Harvard Business School professor in an office in Cambridge. They had a …