millennium development goals

1 Rwandans fight poverty while others fight over the numbers

Donald Ndahiro, team leader of Millennium Villages Project in RwandaTom Paulson Editor’s Note: This is the latest in an ongoing series, Metrics Mania, exploring the debates surrounding how to tell if aid and development projects are working. This is a look at one such project at the center of the…

2 Q&A with Jeffrey Sachs: Why is everyone so mad at this guy?

Well, maybe not everyone. But the world-renowned economist and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute certainly has his fair share of angry critics. Jeffrey Sachs draws fire like few others within the aid and development community. Yet it’s also fair to say he has done as much as anyone to…

6 Geena Davis in Seattle, calls for the ‘next women’s movement’

Actor and women’s advocate Geena Davis — Thelma in the 1991 hit ‘neo-feminist’ movie Thelma & Louise — was in Seattle Monday evening calling for a renewed women’s movement worldwide. Women 3.0 “We’re due for a resurgence of the women’s movement,” Davis said to a packed room at Seattle Town…

0 Global safe drinking water goal achieved

Borehole water supply, NigeriaMike Urban, mikeurbanart.com Amid all the dire reports that seem to indicate the world is going to heck in a handbasket, here’s some good news: The United Nations children’s agency, otherwise known as UNICEF, reports that 89 percent of the world’s population now has access to safe…

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…

0 Progress against poverty: A video celebration of the evidence

The U.S. Agency for International Development, once one of the most bureaucratic and boring agencies in the federal government, is doing a pretty lively, entertaining job of educating us about our work in the world. Credit Raj Shah, the former Gates Foundation wunderkind who CNN recently profiled as the Young…

0 PRI’s Joanne Silberner on Mental illness in Uganda

Health journalist Joanne Silberner, former health policy correspondent based at NPR’s flagship in DC and now (lucky for us) based here in Seattle at the University of Washington, has done an excellent report on the lack of mental illness care in Uganda for PRI’s The World. I’ve done a few…