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…

Despite a dramatic drop in child mortality rates, the year’s-end millennium development goal to cut by 2/3 the number of those who die before age 5 will be missed, according to UN agencies. The numbers: 16,000 children a day die without reaching age 5, according to the…

This is a story about how Rose—a “lead kid” from Baltimore whose family settled a lead-paint lawsuit against a slumlord in 2007—tumbled into the little-noticed, effectively unregulated netherworld of structured settlements.

Last week, 193 countries officially agreed on the SDGs that will replace millennium development goals (MDGs) and drive international efforts for the next 15 years, beginning September 25, 2015. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets that aim to eradicate poverty,…

After more than 10 years of working to alleviate poverty in rural Africa, the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has embarked on its first comprehensive evaluation to assess the effectiveness of its interventions.

China's foreign minister Wang Yi has pledged continued support to the 3 West-African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 11,200 people.

Chinese officials are considering nationwide reforestation projects, new taxes and tougher regulations to preserve the country’s diminishing water supply. Especially hard hit is Beijing, where rapid growth and development have drained rivers, reservoirs and underground…

Opinion is divided on the outcome of this week’s financing for development (FFD) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The action agenda lays out the different ways nations aim to pay for an ambitious plan to end poverty and ensure equality. While the UN describes the draft as…