Current foreign aid models don't fit 21st-century needs, a World Bank report suggests. Ending people's fear of their own rulers – through better governance – is the key to development.
Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiabao will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this Friday in absentia. As a Nobel laureate himself, President Obama must take a clear stand on China's human rights abuses. On Friday, he should host a 'freedom summit' with other Nobel laureates.
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How the Giving Pledge, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's quest to get billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity, will impact philanthropy and the world's needy.
A conversation about September's Millennium Development Goals summit, which lacked the voice of those MDGs mean to help, led to an event to give voice to Africa's poor.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (l) welcomes the President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (r) at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.
President Obama recently addressed the United Nations, highlighting the need to improve third-world conditions through economic growth.
Talk of the Millennium Development Goals at the UN General Assembly this week’s brought home one very clear fact: Western thinking about development is elite-driven.
Ten years ago, at the crack of a new millennium, the United Nations gave the world's poorest countries 15 years to halve their poverty rates, reverse the spread of AIDS, enroll 100 percent of their children in elementary schools, and give 100 percent of their pregnant women access to medical care. Since then, these Millennium Development Goals have been the benchmarks for aid agencies, and the yardstick against which democracies and autocrats alike can measure their progress. A decade into the program, analysts concede that many of these ambitious goals won't be reached. But which ones might? Who's winning the race to 2015?