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William Easterly

Top Down + Bottom Up = Effective in Haiti

FOMIN | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
FOMIN

Five years after the cataclysmic earthquake in Haiti, there are encouraging signs of economic activity. In construction, two international chains, Best Western and Marriott, have opened hotels in Port-au-Prince in the last two years.

The Karimu Kids: New School Launches a Whole Village Revitalization

Suzanne Skees | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

So, there sat Ufani School, atop a grassy knoll with its bright blue walls shining and glass windows glinting in the East African sun. The teachers could work in a solid building, and the students could prepare to pass their secondary school entrance exams at extraordinarily high rates for rural Tanzania. Yet, that wasn't enough.

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.

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.

Open Letter to President Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia University

Alemayehu G. Mariam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alemayehu G. Mariam

September 17, 2010 President Lee C. Bollinger Office of the President Columbia University 202 Low Library 535 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027...

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.

The Sachs-Moyo-Easterly Aid Debate: An Activist's Perspective

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kristi York Wooten

Go ahead and call me a misguided Westerner if you like, or even a bleeding heart; I much prefer those titles to "bystander" -- innocent or not.