Approaching the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) 2030 deadline, much can be learned from the experiences of the Millennium Village Project (MVP), writes its director Jeffrey D. Sachs. The MVP’s outcomes show that “a small amount of funding goes far” in alleviating the…

There are no schools, jobs, or hospitals in Mahul, a former fishing village east of Mumbai. Sewage flows into the streets.  

In Panama, a vector technician named Orlando goes from house to house, street to street, gathering and tracking data about mosquito breeding sites and disease hot spots. It’s a difficult job. His success depends on his interpersonal skills, on earning the trust of…

Rapid urbanization in Africa—without economic growth to match—funnels people into slums that trap them in poverty, reports Obi Anyadike.The urban poor across the continent, collected in cities set to grow from around 400 million to more than 1.26 billion in the next 2…

Increasingly common extreme weather events like drought, cyclones, floods and extreme heat are taking a toll on India’s cities—but nowhere are people more vulnerable than in the country’s densely populated urban slums.   About 65 million people are estimated to live in such…

Citing June’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London and others worldwide, civic activist Koketso Moeti urges a change in how municipalities view urban housing.By 2030, she writes, an estimated 60% of the global population will live in cities. But, Moeti argues, affordable…

The Global Fund’s “Special Initiative on Value for Money and Financial Sustainability” aims to provide a needed framework for donors and countries to navigate a shifting landscape of donor aid for health.   As countries like Brazil, Ukraine and Indonesia transition toward…

To move forward with new development goals, the global health community must assess whether or not previous Millennium Development Goals made a difference. A new Brookings study by researchers John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen says the outcomes of the MDGs have been mixed…

Children, especially those under 5, are more likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, a new joint analysis by the World Bank Group and UNICEF reports. The study, “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children,” crunched numbers from 89 countries to reveal that close to…

Linking extreme poverty and stunting among children to poorer educational outcomes and earnings as adults, researchers said that failing to invest in early child development is blocking about 250 million children globally from reaching their potential—cutting their future…