Charles Kenny

0 Charles Kenny: The bright side of America no longer being top dog

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we talk with Charles Kenny, an expert on aid and development with the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Center for Global Development. Kenny, a prolific writer and entertaining poverty wonk, thinks we should be celebrating two trends that most might think are contradictory. One is that,…

1 We can end severe poverty, sometimes just with new statistics

CGD The always enlightening folks at the Center for Global Development, a DC-based think tank that studies the global fight against poverty, have posted a new analysis, Global Absolute Poverty Cut in Half on Tuesday. The CGD aid and development experts are serious-minded people, but they do like to have…

0 US power is declining and it’s a good thing

The rest of the world is catching up to and will soon pass the dominant US.  It is estimated that today’s developing countries will be responsible for roughly two-thirds of the global GDP by 2030. That is great news for the US and Europe, if the right steps are taken,…

1 Broadband can accelerate the end of poverty, says Sachs

Jeff Sachs (New York) – Expanding access to technology works hand in glove with the end of extreme poverty, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and beyond, says Jeff Sachs. The Columbia University economist arrived late to a special round table discussion before taking the stage at the…

0 Did the Millennium Development Goals make things better?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been a sort of North Star for the development universe since 2000. Governments, Donors and aid wonks all talk about advances in terms of how close it brings a nation closer to achieving a given goal. The goals expire in 2015 and discussions are…

3 How PlayPumps are an example of learning from failure

PlayPumps Service Project PlayPumps are a go-to example of failed aid interventions. The merry-go-round powered by playing children pumped water out of the ground. The idea was that children filled with energy could have something to play with that also provided water for a community. Problem was that it did…

8 The dilemma of eating locally and hurting others globally

Farmer plants rice in the Philippines. Credit: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Want to change the world? Many tell you to start at the grocery story…or with your local farmers market. Eat less meat, go organic, eat local and eat healthier. Such recommendations can be heard just about anywhere and…

0 A renewed push to ban spies from overeas health and aid work

Is it foreign aid or covert aid?Flickr, johanoomen Co-authored by Tom Murphy The latest assassination of health workers vaccinating kids against polio in Pakistan may be the tipping point. Or not. It remains to be seen if a new surge of efforts — a letter of protest from leading public…

2 Happy Thanksgiving: Two thought-leaders on things getting better

Thanksgiving tends to produce a standard stock (schlock?) of stories that fit the holiday theme and also appear to be produced based on the assumption nobody actually reads them. Stories about turkeys, shopping, hunger, obesity, the wackiness of American family life or maybe the pilgrims. You can usually guess what…