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Bill Easterly

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

Lindsay Coates | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Over the past 15 years, our thinking has shifted - the role of local agency and self-determination has become central to the policy discussion, though I would argue it has always been central to how humans make progress.

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Hila Mehr | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Social enterprises can become easily distracted building and managing their business instead of focusing on the problem they are trying to solve -- even if the solution involves running a healthy business.

RIP, Aid Watch

Dennis Whittle | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

On May 19, Bill Easterly and Laura Freschi announced that their blog Aid Watch was ending, after running about two years.

Cote D'Ivoire, Celebrities and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Now is the perfect time for Bono, Clooney, Jolie and company to step up and speak out against the stolen election and human rights abuses in Cote D'Ivoire.

John Lennon, Bono, and Belafonte: Lessons in Celebrity Activism

Mark Engler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mark Engler

Effective celebrity activists use their fame to bring attention and credibility to legitimate representatives of social movements. That, in a nutshell, is my standard of celebrity activism done right.

Developing Communities - Not Countries

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Guest post by Felipe Cabezas. "There is no such thing as the Western world and the developing world." - Hans Rosling The speakers at Monday's TEDxCha...

Who Did This?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

We shall find too that such current notions as that society 'acts' or that it 'treats', 'rewards', or 'remunerates' persons, or that it 'values' or ...

Democratizing Development: Hayek, Easterly, and Roberts Edition

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Easterly makes two points about the search for solutions or at least things that might help poor people live better lives. One is that solutions are o...


Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The rescue of the bottom billion is only a reality if Mr. Sachs and Mr. Easterly put their outstanding intellectual skills to work instead of trying to win a debate that academics will perpetuate so long as they exist.

Words Apart

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Microfinance's intellectual debate could be healthy but it oftentimes ends up in intellectual wars that forsake the ultimate goal: the alleviation of extreme poverty.

The Academic Man's Burden

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Academics are laggards, eternal followers that lack the ability to innovate and continue to inhabit a world of quantitative models oftentimes not descriptive of today's reality.

Innovation Improves Quality of Life Even When Incomes Lag

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dennis Whittle

The standard of living in developing countries has increased much faster than growth in income because of innovation, which has driven down the cost of goods and services.

Don't Just Do Something - Sit There!

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dennis Whittle

Some interventions can make things worse, via the law of unintended consequences. The larger the intervention, the more severe the possible negative consequences.

Sir Bob Geldof, Bono, Jeff Sachs and Bill Easterly Should Lead on the Reform of the Levers of Foreign Assistance

Sunil Chacko | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Chacko

Leading lights of the aid movement -- Geldof, Bono, Sachs and Easterly -- continue to bicker with politicians and amongst themselves without taking a visible role in reform of the levers of assistance.

Back to Sachs: Astrology, Despotism, and Africa

William Easterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Easterly

Calling 63 countries "potentially well governed" is like saying Paris Hilton is potentially a virgin; ignoring bad government is a formula for the same kind of bad aid policy that produced decades of failure.

No Need to Oversimplify Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

Sub-Saharan Africa faces a constellation of special challenges, with greater or lesser impact in different parts of the region. These challenges should be addressed forthrightly and in an integrated manner.

How Much of Your Brainpower Are You Using?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dennis Whittle

Below is a clip where I talk about how much brainpower is wasted in top-down hierarchical systems like the World Bank.

What Happens When One Man Takes on the System

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Whittle

Check out the trailer for the coming documentary for The White Man's Burden, a book by Bill Easterly. The movie is coming out in 2010, and I urge you to read the book in 2009.