As someone who has consulted to scores of the largest corporations on the planet, I believe that the ideology of capitalism is almost always damaging to the social, ecological and spiritual systems it relies on to exist.
Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.
It is the case that the benefits of foreign aid are evident in themselves and something that we should commit to, but more so we need to ensure that the poorest people in the world receive the aid they need.
As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.
Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."
Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.
While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.
I come from a country where 1 in 23 women are at risk of not surviving during childbirth, where 1 baby dies every 46 minutes. A grim reality perhaps, but I also work on a project that chooses to focus on the possibilities of survival.
At least 1/3 of all child deaths -- almost 3 million every year -- are linked to chronic undernutrition. No war, no flood, no coup necessary -- these are the children who fall through the cracks between food and nutrition.