In roughly the last 15 years, the same time period as the MDGs, we've also seen the growth of the biggest advances in the fight against poverty, the power of good science. A year after a microloan program starts in a village, are the people there making more money than a similar village without the program? (Not as expected it turns out). Does giving cash grants which don't have to be repaid improve food security in Kenya? (Yes, significantly).
We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.
We will need new ways of thinking about old problems. It is not always necessary to develop expensive, brand new programs: it is possible to integrate behavioral insights into existing programs, making small, cost-effective modifications that can help reach people who are left behind by traditional programs.
The global goals world leaders are agreeing to this month are not only for children living in poverty. The results they are trying to achieve will not only benefit people in need. They are universal goals -- reflecting universal rights, shared values and global challenges that affect every one of us.
The following conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is fictitious.
Over the last half-century, an area the size of France in the northern part of Africa has become desert. At the same time, increases in population have led to a spike in development, displacing what was once agricultural land.
The peace agreement that President Salva Kiir finally signed on August 26 - that will hopefully ensure an end to South Sudan's current conflict - includes justice provisions that offer a chance to break a decades-long cycle of brutal abuses that South Sudanese have endured for too long.
Most of us are lucky enough to take basic sanitation such as running water and flush toilets for granted. But 2.5 billion people -- almost half the developing world -- lack even a basic latrine and 1 billion have to resort to what is politely known as open defecation.
Studies show that college freshmen are familiar with First Ladies, even if they can name few other women throughout U.S. history who were not celebrities or sports figures.
LONDON -- We live in a period in which we no longer have a unipolar or bipolar world, we don't even have a multipolar world; it's kind of a chaotic world where power relations have become unclear. When power relations are unclear, impunity and unpredictability tend to prosper. That, I believe, is the reality behind the high levels of displacement that are taking place in today's world.
It was an honor to have Sue Stephenson, a Corporate Responsibility Executive with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as a speaker at our Ideagen (Idea-gen.com) Summit in June.
Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."
The enduring impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the peace negotiations and their changing internal political dynamics has made it impossible for them to resolve the conflict on their own.
On offer is a belief system that promises to upend the status quo, to change the world and take you with it. Investors commit at different levels from different places, but everyone involved belongs to a unified cause. Once in, you're a team of heroic proportions, larger than life.
Three years ago, when I escaped Syria, or even three months ago when I arrived in the United States, I would never have imagined I would be selected to make an historic address to the United Nations Security Council about the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees like me.
These challenges are not a reason to walk away from these ideals, but rather a calling to increase our efforts for the future. We do not have to live in an idealized world to advance ideals that will make it a better place.