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Investing private funds for public good: An update from Toby EcclesInvesting private funds for public good: An update from Toby Eccles

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Toby Eccles, whose talk about Social Impact Bonds was published yesterday, has been busy since he gave his talk at TEDGlobal in June. Eccles, founder of the nonprofit Social Finance, now spends about half his time on Development Impact Bonds, a spinoff of his original idea. Where SIBs seek private funders to invest in social causes, with payments […]

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Andrew Mwenda on progress in AfricaAndrew Mwenda on progress in Africa

Posted By Helen Walters

In 2007, journalist Andrew Mwenda took the stage at TEDGlobal in Arusha, Tanzania, and decried the symptomatic disease affecting his home continent: aid. The surprising take certainly got the goat of some members of the audience, including U2 frontman Bono, who has devoted so much time to promoting the need for African aid and who […]

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Speedy delivery: Andreas Raptopoulos at TEDGlobal 2013Speedy delivery: Andreas Raptopoulos at TEDGlobal 2013

Posted By Karen Eng

If you’re here from MetaFilter, hi! We’re planning to post this talk in November. –eds Andreas Raptopoulos wants to serve the 1 billion people on Earth with no access to all-season roads — the one-seventh of the world’s population that is too often cut off from critical medicines, supplies and goods. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, […]

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Hans Rosling shatters the myth of “developed” versus “developing” nationsHans Rosling shatters the myth of “developed” versus “developing” nations

Posted By Shirin Samimi-Moore

Hans Rosling has given nine TED Talks, each sharing a carefully measured dataset to change misconceptions about global issues. Now, the Gates Foundation shares a new demonstration from Rosling. Here, using powerful moving charts, Rosling shatters the fallacy of the “developed” world versus the “developing” world. By looking at the facts, we are able to […]


Paying it forward: Fellows Friday with Sophal EarPaying it forward: Fellows Friday with Sophal Ear

Posted By Karen Eng

Political economist, author and educator Sophal Ear’s family escaped from the Killing Fields, a story he related in a moving 2009 TEDTalk. Now, driven to give back to Cambodia, he examines the detrimental effects of foreign aid dependence in his new book, Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy. Tell us about how […]

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Do we need more worldwide development goals? Some surprisingly upbeat statsDo we need more worldwide development goals? Some surprisingly upbeat stats

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

When it comes to setting grand worldwide goals for development, it’s easy to imagine global leaders in suits, wheeling and dealing in the backrooms of a UN summit, without actually accomplishing much. But Jamie Drummond — the executive director of ONE, which fights poverty and disease by supporting smart policies — says that when world […]