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September 18, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Declining Poverty Rates in South Africa

There is good and bad news about poverty in South Africa: The good news is that poverty is declining, as is the gross discrepancy between white incomes and those of everybody else. The bad news is th…

Passengers read newspapers on a business express train in Johannesburg December 11, 2008.

May 10, 2018

South Africa
"Land Reform" Distracts From Poverty Alleviation in South Africa

Much of the political discourse in South Africa surrounding the subject is largely irrelevant to the kind of land reform demanded by much of the public.

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May 16, 2012

Global
Global Poverty and the Paradox of Plenty

This was a meeting of the roundtable series, Opportunity and Exclusion in the Global Economy.

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November 10, 2010

Fossil Fuels
A New Paper on Energy Poverty

I’m a coauthor on a new paper, “Understanding the Scale of Investment for Universal Energy Access”, just published in Geopolitics of Energy. (The other authors are from UNIDO, the IEA, and Margaree C…

August 7, 2013

Development
Eliminating Poverty and Hunger By Empowering Women

Food security and hunger eradication are international priorities because of their indisputable positive impact on development goals, local and regional economies, and social stability. Yet despite g…

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April 17, 2012

Americas
Can 80 Percent of Mexicans be Poor? The Debate over Poverty

A recent study highlighted in La Jornada, a Mexican newspaper, claims that some ninety million Mexicans are poor, roughly 80 percent of the total population. This contrasts drastically with calculati…

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December 8, 2017

China
Podcast: Eradicating Poverty in China—An Impossible Task?

Despite sweeping reforms that have reduced rural poverty by 94 percent since 1980, more than 43 million people in China still live below the poverty line. To combat the widening income gap, the Chine…

Podcast Migrant worker Wang Jun carries scrap material she collected from debris of demolished buildings at the outskirts of Beijing, China October 1, 2017.

March 6, 2019

Economics
Policy in Practice: Addressing Poverty with Behavioral Economics

The 2019 Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium discusses the ways behavioral economics can inform development policy to create effective solutions to poverty at the international, national, and loca…

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February 11, 2016

India
Five Questions on Evaluating Progress to End Poverty with Dean Karlan

This post features a conversation with Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University, president and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action, and founder of ImpactMatters, a newly-launched …

A girl studies while sitting on top of a taxi outside her shanty home at a roadside in Mumbai, India (Shailesh Andrade/Reuters).

May 20, 2014

Afghanistan
Disrupting Poverty: The Search for Innovative Solutions

Following the release of her report on the status of women in Afghanistan, Catherine Powell moderates a discussion with Open Society Foundations' Rachel Reid and the U.S. Department of Defense's Davi…

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