I founded Tiny Spark four years ago to investigate philanthropy, nonprofits and socially responsible companies. As a former Africa correspondent, I had seen with my own eyes how difficult is it to have lasting impact in places far from where we live and discovered that well-intentioned projects can sometimes cause harm.
Today marks the UN's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. It's a noble day dedicated to a noble cause, to be sure, but what does it really mean to be "against trafficking?" We can talk about how wrong it is to buy and sell young girls and boys to exploit them for their bodies, leaving a trail of deep trauma behind.
This month the journal Science published the first-ever randomized controlled trial of 21,000 cases of poverty reduction efforts around the globe. This landmark study by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor proves the effectiveness of a multi-pronged, multiyear approach that can help end global poverty by 2030.