Kofi Annan

Basics
0 The curious case of the Millennium Villages: Arguing why we get better

How many Americans know and/or care about the “Greatest Promise Ever Made” — the Millennium Development Goals? I haven’t seen a survey, but I suspect the numbers are low. That’s unfortunate because most economists and foreign policy experts say that reducing global poverty and improving people’s lives makes the world…

Basics
0 Not Davos: The World Economic Forum in Africa

Another World Economic Forum meeting is underway. This one is not located at the Swiss ski resort town of Davos, features few celebrities like Bono and is garnering much less media attention. It’s the WEF on Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, this year. A few stories: BBC: Kofi Annan…

Global Health
0 Video: The Global Fund

The United Nations is holding a meeting (yes, another one … that’s what they do) this week to ask governments and donors to advance the fight against three of the world’s biggest killers. Here is a fairly compelling video that describes the progress achieved so far and advocates for more…

Science
3 Squeamish About Biotech in Africa

Flickr, World Bank Planting in Kenya Boosting agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa is critical to the fight against poverty and improving health on the continent. The question is how. Last week, the Gates Foundation came under criticism for significantly increasing its investments in Monsanto. Many took it as a clear…