To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need a unique combination of capital and innovation from across the public, private and philanthropic sectors. But how do we make that happen? And what can we do now to set that process in motion?

Bill wants more energy; Melinda, more time. When students asked the couple Gates, “if you could have one superpower, what would it be?”  they responded with clarity and insight in their 2016 letters. “A cheap, clean source of energy would change everything,” Bill writes.…

By Alison Bodenheimer Two women in Senegal discuss long-acting family planning methods. ©2011 Adrienne Allison, World Vision, Courtesy of Photoshare.    Family planning in West Africa has lagged far behind the rest of the world, held back by economic, geographic…

News flash: Some people forget stuff, and other people lack self-control.

After a 7-month delay, Gayle Smith assumed leadership of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). A former freelance journalist and aid worker, Smith cofounded the Enough Project, and worked as an adviser on international development in the Clinton and Obama…

Climate change could push 100 million more people into poverty by 2030 without more ambitious mitigation efforts, according to a new World Bank report. That’s on top of 900 million expected to be living in extreme poverty if the pace of development doesn’t pick up.

The Wellcome Trust—now the 2nd highest-spending foundation in the world—is boosting its investment in research to a total of £5 billion over the next 5 years. Spearheading development of a new strategy, Wellcome director Jeremy Farrar is basing the trust’s approach on…

That’s what the newly launched SDGs would stand for if it were up to William Easterly, who wrote a scathing review of the initiative and the Western experts behind it. In contrast, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were precise and measurable, and everyone was held…

With Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai and Shakira kicking things off, 193 countries signed off on a 15-year plan for global development on Friday.

With the adoption of 17 SDGs set for Sunday, September 27 at a UN summit in New York, Latin American public health officials say that their region must do better when it comes to reducing maternal mortality and teen pregnancy. Along with the Caribbean, Latin America has…