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The Next Big Thing Is a Series of Small Things

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 05.01.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Something that fits the format of a TEDTalk (i.e., one groundbreaking approach that challenges conventional dogma and exposes miraculous truths about society) may be simplifying the problem itself. Perhaps the next big idea should be an acknowledgment of the fallibility of big ideas.

Global Handwashing Day in the Time of Ebola

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

We shouldn't require a horrific epidemic like Ebola to remind us why we observe Global Handwashing Day today. But it seems, alas, many in the world can use a reminder about the importance of good hygiene.

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Part Three)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Nina Munk

Sachs's office window was streaked with rain. He had spent nearly two hours answering my questions, and they were starting to irritate him. It had been a long day. For a few moments, we sat in silence. Then he said: "I believe in the contingency of life."

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Part Two)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Nina Munk

Dertu's aging borehole had broken down, and not for the first time. In this instance, however, the situation was especially dire: it was the dry season, and both generator-driven pumps had given out at once.

Tackling Extreme Rural Poverty in Northern Ghana

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

Poverty reduction has entered a new era. Mobile phones and wireless broadband enable new models of business development and service delivery. New methods of prevention, diagnosis and treatment are controlling ancient scourges such as malaria.

Nigeria's Ambitious Effort to End Poverty

Amina Az-Zubair | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Amina Az-Zubair

It's hard for those of us who work day in and day out, on the ground to fight poverty to see such flippancy and carelessness in the media. This is especially true in this case, where the facts are so easy to ascertain.

Challenges at the Cutting Edge of Fighting Global Poverty

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 02.03.2012 | World
Jeffrey Sachs

A dozen clusters of villages around Africa have adopted bold and novel strategies to overcome poverty, hunger, and disease.

Rigorous Impact Evaluation Is Not a Luxury: Scrutinizing the Millennium Villages

Michael Clemens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Clemens

Africans have urgent needs, but they have urgent needs for things that work, and many of them have been disappointed by well-intended outsiders in the past.

Low-Cost Thrills in Millennium Village Data

John W. McArthur | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

Yesterday, May 30, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Millennium Villages project (MVP) in Mwandama, Malawi. While there he ...

Breakthrough Village Results for Integrated Rural Needs

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

This week the New York Times profiled the early results of the Millennium Villages in Sauri, Kenya. The article by Jeffrey Gettleman highlights the co...

Time to Invest....In the Poor

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

At a time when the stock market is providing dizzyingly negative returns, it may be time to look at the conservative but positive returns that can be had by investing in subsistence-level farmers.