World Policy Newsletter, Week of October 13th

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State-directed development policies often falter due to inefficient execution and a failure to engage the populations they’re designed to serve. This week, we take a look at how such policies have fallen short in Mexico, Canada, and Nigeria, as well as how local actors are pushing to fix the resulting problems.

Lynn Holland describes how state-sanctioned mining has created environmental and health risks in Mexico’s resource-rich regions, even as officials pledge to promote sustainability.

Jean François Arteau speaks with Inuk politician Madeleine Redfern about rethinking Canada’s approach to northern development, in consultation with the communities most affected.

George C. Lwanda explains how gaps in geological data and insufficient long-term investment spending are impeding the progress of the Nigeria Solid Minerals Development Fund.

World Policy Events

Join World Policy Journal on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the launch of our fall “Constructing Family” issue.

Those who bemoan the decline of “family values” often portray domestic relations as immutable, removed from the affairs of the state. Yet in the pages of this issue, we challenge that narrative by exploring the links between right-wing notions of family and economic reforms, the difficulties of parenting in increasingly fragile societies, and the ways in which the concept of family is being redefined around the world. Read about it and subscribe.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: VON Bar, 3 Bleecker St., New York

The event is free, 21+.
RSVP to jarombek@worldpolicy.org.


World Policy On Air

This week on World Policy On Air, we speak with Rafia Zakaria about how the Pakistani Taliban’s new tactics to recruit women diverge from the group’s strict enforcement of gender roles in the areas it controls.



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