Ultimately, organized religion is on the way out. The only thing that could prevent this from happening would be a sharp decline in global standards of living, which would require some form of ecological collapse.
Instead of focusing on making a difference in Haiti through the public sector, why not try the private? Let me tell you about some good social enterprise ideas, and who might find them appealing in Haiti.
As the riots in Mozambique demonstrate, growth, as a proxy for rising economic opportunity, is all very well. But economic development, especially if it is relatively job-poor, as in Mozambique, is not enough on its own.
With 1,500 dead, 20 million people displaced, and millions of hectares of agricultural land underwater, Pakistan would seem to have a solid claim on international support. So why is Pakistan having such trouble attracting support?
As governments in Afghanistan and other fragile states pursue the tortuous business of reform, they cannot rely on promises of better security, improved livelihoods and more social justice to impose their own logic on people's minds.
I am surprised that share-tipsters continue to recommend Vedanta as a desirable investment. Regrettably, many shareholders, content to read about the share price, remain silent about Vedanta's detrimental impact on local communities.
Those who focus on extreme poverty alleviation point out that even before the crisis markets were not working for the poor. The crisis unfortunately furthers highlights this and will probably impede further efforts to fight against poverty.