Explore all Articles

filter by–Region

filter by–Country

search by–Keyword

Interview with Dr. Celestin Monga (Former Chief Economist and Vice-President of the Africa Development Bank Group)


During a recent interview, Dr. Celestin Monga (currently a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School) answered questions from APJ’s Lead Interview Editor, Brice Ngameni. Dr. Monga discussed development prospects on the African continent and shed light on the voluntarist development framework he advocates, New Structural Economics. According to this seasoned development practitioner, “the problem […]

Social Innovation and Philanthropy

From Development Aid to Mutual Aid: The Argument for Localized Solutions


We must revisit the question of alternatives to development aid. Amid the crisis of the pandemic, mutual aid, which has been utilized as a political survival tactic throughout history, has re-emerged as an alternative to institutional aid. How can this concept be applied to the development context?

Interview with Akintoye Akindele On Africa and the global economy


Recently APJ had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Dr. Akintoye Akindele, Chairman of Platform Capital Group. Our own Interview Editors Abosede Alimi and Tahany Maalla probed his passion for entrepreneurship, his convictions about the future of Africa & her role in the global economy, and his role as a critical player in that […]

Social Innovation and Philanthropy

Movement-Building, Asian Americans, and the Struggle for Racial Justice


INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN MING FRANCIS This piece was published in the 30th print volume of the Asian American Policy Review. The problems that impact Black people are the same structures that also oppress Asian Americans. This whole pact that certain Asian Americans believe will set them free, that this proximity and getting closer to Whiteness and by […]

TIGER: A Sustainable Model for Building LGBTQ AAPI Community


This piece was published in the 30th print volume of the Asian American Policy Review. The LGBTQ AAPI community is often overlooked and their needs marginalized. LGBTQ AAPIs still suffer from invisibility, isolation, and stereotyping. Introduction Since the Harvard Kennedy School’s Asian American Policy Review was first published, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer […]

Gender, Race and Identity

It’s Time to Rethink America’s Presidential Debates


The Democratic Party primary is effectively over. Now that Joe Biden has secured the nomination on the first ballot of the party’s convention, Democrats are pivoting towards a strategy to defeat President Donald J. Trump in the face of a global health pandemic and a crisis of confidence in the American justice system. Citizens and […]

Your Government or Nonprofit Job Does Not Mean Public Service


It’s common to hear a disapproving sigh anytime I tell someone I’ll be working in management consulting after HKS. I’m grateful to have a job, especially now during these challenging economic times. Before I accepted the offer, however, I kept asking myself: how could I, as someone who cares about public service, possibly work in […]

The Legitimization of Inequality


Meritocracy is generally celebrated as an ideology that promotes equality of opportunity, and hence, seen as just. Xuan Yee interrogates this view by exploring the moral, psychological, and intellectual ramifications of meritocracy when taken to its extreme. He argues that an unquestioned belief in meritocracy is dangerous, for it encourages the successful to justify their own moral deservingness of their position in society, and thus, legitimizes inequality.

Education, Training and Labor

The Rise of Corporate CEO Activism in the Age of Information


BY LISA HOGAN   In 2018 and 2019, more than 1000 businesses or their chief executive officers took public stands on constitutional, environmental and social matters often unrelated to their core business. The rise of unprecedented CEO activism in America signals the permanent convergence of business and social responsibility in the Information Age.  This activism by business leaders is […]

The 2020 Census: Facing a ‘perfect storm?’


BY TERRI ANN LOWENTHAL Every U.S. census faces challenges and controversies; counting a mobile, growing, and increasingly diverse “nation of immigrants” — not to mention a displaced Native population and enslaved peoples at various points in our history — was always destined to be a complex, imperfect effort. Fortunately, the census has gotten more accurate […]

Reach Higher for Higher Education Achievement


THE 2020 NORTH STAR This March will mark ten years since President Obama gave his first major speech about education. In this speech, President Obama referenced the North Star goal for his education policy: that by the year 2020 the United States would once again lead the world in terms of the proportion of young […]

Education, Training and Labor

Book Review: Unequal Partners – American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa


In Unequal Partners: American Foundations and Higher Education Development in Africa, Fabrice Jaumont focuses on American private foundation efforts since 2000 to invigorate the interest of governments and policymakers in higher education and its networks throughout Africa.[i] Reflecting this renewed interest, the primary subject of this work is the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa […]

Call for Submissions

Join the HKS Student Policy Review—

to research, write, and learn about policy in a new way. We offer Harvard students an opportunity to engage with the most important policy issues of our time, across a whole range of topics and regions.