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…

As formal approval of the SDGs draws close, there are mixed feelings about the 2030 agendas, which are substantially more ambitious than the millennium development goals. Critics charge that the objectives, and a subset of 169 more specific targets, are unfocused and…

All the players and muckity-mucks are prepping their speeches and talking points for the UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, which starts Friday. There will no doubt be impassioned pleas and reasoned exhortations mixed in with a bit of grandstanding and fancy…

The sustainable development goals aim to stamp out malnutrition by 2030—an ambition that will remain unrealized without proper evaluation and monitoring, writes Michael Anderson, CEO of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Globally, 161 million children are…