Development

2014

"Universal basic education is the millennium goal everyone forgot," Washington Post, June 22, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"Interview with UNCCD News," UNCCD News, June 9, 2014. Download as [PDF]

"From Moscow to Sochi," Project Syndicate, February 17, 2014.

"The Case for Aid," Foreign Policy, January 21, 2014. Download as [PDF]

2013

"Cities and Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, November 25, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Winning the Fight Against Killer Diseases," Project Syndicate, October 29, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"The End of Poverty, Soon," New York Times, September 25, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"The next frontier," The Economist, September 21, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Zero new HIV infections among children can be a reality," with Michel Sidibé, CNN, September 16, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Global Development’s Winning Goals," Project Syndicate, August 27, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"A General Equilibrium Model for Analyzing African Rural Subsistence Economies and an African Green Revolution," with John W. McArthur, Brookings Africa Growth Initiative Working Paper 12, June 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world's post-MDG future," SciDev.Net, June 12, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"Sustainable Visions," Project Syndicate, June 7, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"1 million community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa by 2015," with Prabhjot Singh, The Lancet, March 29, 2013. [Download PDF here]

"Mali is just the latest example of failed western thinking," Financial Times, February 7, 2013. [Download PDF]

"Writing the Future," Project Syndicate, January 24, 2013. Download as [PDF]

"The One-Million Community Health Worker Campaign," with Prabhjot Singh, Global Health and Diplomacy, Winter 2013. Download as [PDF]

2012

"Government, Geography, and Growth: The True Drivers of Economic Development," Foreign Affairs, September/October 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Washing Up - and Saving Lives by the Millions," with Paul Polman, Huffington Post, October 15, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Achieving universal health coverage in low-income settings," The Lancet, September 8, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Tackling Extreme Rural Poverty in Northern Ghana," Huffington Post, August 28, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"A Global Solutions Network," Project Syndicate, August 22, 2012. Download as [PDF]

The push for a “Green Revolution” in African agriculture has boosted crop yields as much as three-fold and helped reduce hunger for about 20 million rural Africans. But the remarkable effort has yet to reach 250 million rural people who remain malnourished in rural Sub-Saharan regions.

Now, two new programs in Ethiopia and Tanzania will adapt modern technology such as an innovative “lab-in-a-box,” smartphones and web-based communications linked to digital soil mapping, along with intensive training for agricultural extension workers, to broaden the reach of that “Green Revolution.”

The two collaborative projects are being funded by grants from the DuPont and  Monsanto companies, announced Friday, which will strengthen the work of researchers from the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, in cooperation with agricultural agencies in the two countries and several other partners.

“This is the beginning of very effective relationship between our university, our African partners, and two leading private sector companies who are committed to address food security in Africa,” Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture Program, said. “These two leading seed companies recognize that without precise information on how to replenish the fertility of African soils, improved seeds of all crops will not reach their potential.”

The Earth Institute and its partners have played a major role in combating hunger in Africa since 2004, when then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for “a uniquely African Green Revolution.” Sanchez and others working on the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger released a report the following year making recommendations they said could reduce hunger by half by 2015.

The Tropical Agriculture Program and its partners started the African Soil Information Service (AfSIS) in 2009 to develop a digital map of soil properties of the non-desert portions of Sub-Saharan Africa. Understanding nutrient levels, water retention and other properties of soils – and getting that information back to farmers in a timely way – is key to helping the region feed its people.

DuPont is contributing $1 million over three years for the agronomic dimension of the Tropical Agriculture project in Ethiopia.

Monsanto will contribute $400,000 for a similar project in Tanzania for the first year of a planned three-year effort – part of $50 million in grants the company has pledged to support agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Tropical Agriculture program is seeking support for similar work in Nigeria and Ghana, the two other countries where a second phase of the digital soil map project is planned.

“Developing this system will begin to overcome one of the major constraints currently faced in Africa that impedes the practical use of soils information,” the proposal states. “Crop yields will increase, decreasing hunger, improving nutrition, improving soil health and facilitating the use of improved varieties and hybrids.”

The system should help farmers determine optimal fertilizer blends in each area, and increase the productivity of hybrids for important crops such as maize that are designed to adapt to conditions in various regions.

The results of the project could be applied to other growing areas that have been stuck for years with low yields in Sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti and elsewhere.

The grant announcements coincide with a major new public-private initiative by the Obama administration to improve nutrition and help farmers in Africa build local markets and improve productivity. Among the private participants are DuPont and Monsanto and other companies, including nearly 20 from Africa.

"A Rio Report Card," Project Syndicate, June 18, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals," The Lancet, June 9, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"Aid Works," Project Syndicate, May 30, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"The future of development goals," in the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2012[Download as PDF]

"Primary Health Care in Low-Income Countries: Building on Recent Achievements," Journal of the American Medical Association, May 16, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Global health within our grasp, if we don't give up," CNN Opinion, May 9, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"The effect of an integrated multisector model for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and improving child survival in rural sub-Saharan Africa: a non-randomised controlled assessment," with Paul M Pronyk, Maria Muniz, Ben Nemser, Marie-Andrée Somers, Lucy McClellan, Cheryl A Palm, Uyen Kim Huynh, Yanis Ben Amor, Belay Begashaw, John W McArthur, Amadou Niang, Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Prabhjot Singh, and Awash Teklehaimanot. The Lancet, May 8, 2012. Download as [PDF]

"How Malawi Fed Its Own People," International Herald Tribune, April 19, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"World Happiness Report," with Richard Layard and John Helliwell. April 2012. [Download as PDF]

"The Happiest Countries Are in Northern Europe," with John Helliwell and Richard Layard. Huffington Post, March 30, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Breakthrough Leadership for the World Bank," Project Syndicate, March 27, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"The new World Bank president should strive to make a difference in Africa," Daily Nation, March 6, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"How I would lead the World Bank," Washington Post, March 1, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"A World Bank for a New World," Project Syndicate, February 24, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Sustainable Humanity," Project Syndicate, January 31, 2012. [Download as PDF]

"Breakthrough in Saving Lives in Rural Africa," Huffington Post, January 17, 2012. [Download as PDF]

2011

"Challenges at the Cutting Edge of Fighting Global Poverty," Huffington Post, December 4, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Politicians just don't care enough to tackle this scourge," The Independent, November 30, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Washington Leaves Millions to Die," Huffington Post, November 25, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Services without Tears," Project Syndicate, November 24, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"What sort of world awaits the seven billionth person?" Irish Times, October 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Multisector intervention to accelerate reductions in child stunting: an observational study from 9 sub-Saharan African countries," with Roseline Remans, Paul M Pronyk, Jessica C Fanzo, Jiehua Chen, Cheryl A Palm, Bennett Nemser, Maria Muniz, Alex Radunsky, Alem Hadera Abay, Mouctar Coulibaly, Joseph Mensah-Homiah, Margaret Wagah, Xiaoyi An, Christine Mwaura, Eva Quintana, Marie-Andree Somers, Pedro A Sanchez, Sonia E Sachs, and John W McArthur. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 95, October 26, 2011. Download as [PDF]

"The Budget for True National Security," Huffington Post, October 7, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Ban Ki-moon and the Age of Sustainable Development," Project Syndicate, June 24, 2011. [Download as PDF]

"Need Versus Greed," Project Syndicate, February 28, 2011. [Download as PDF]

2010

"Millennium Goals, Five Years to Go," Huffington Post, September 19, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Saying "Nuts" to Hunger," Huffington Post, September 9, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"Improving Empirical Estimation of Demographic Drivers: Fertility, Child Mortality & Malaria Ecology," with Gordon McCord and Dalton Conley. August 2010
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"Educated women hold the key to ending poverty." The Independent. April 18, 2010. [Download as PDF]

"After the earthquake, how to rebuild Haiti from scratch." The Washington Post. 17 January 2010. [Download as PDF]

2009

"Can we feed and save the planet?" Scientific American. December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Transgressing Planetary Boundaries," Scientific American, December 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Biodivesity Conservation and the Millennium Development Goals." with Jonathan E. M. Baillie, William J. Sutherland, Paul R. Armsworth, Neville Ash, John Beddington, Tim M. Blackburn, Ben Collen, Barry Gardiner, Kevin J. Gaston, H. Charles J. Godfray, Rhys E. Green, Paul H. Harvey, Brett House, Sandra Knapp, Noëlle F. Kümpel, David W. Macdonald, Georgina M. Mace, James Mallet, Adam Matthews, Robert M. May, Owen Petchey, Andy Purvis, Dilys Roe, Kamran Safi , Kerry Turner, Matt Walpole, Robert Watson, Kate E. Jones. Science. 18 September 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Towards a global fund for the health MDGs?" with Paul Pronyk. The Lancet. 20 June 2009.

"Needed: a New Generation of Problem Solvers," with John McArthur. The Chronice of Higher Education. 18 June 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Surging Food Prices and Global Stability." Scientific American. June 2008.

"No Need to Oversimplify Poverty." Huffington Post. 1 June 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Moyo's Confused Attack on Aid for Africa," with John McArthur. Huffington Post. 27 May 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Without Aid, Rwanda's Investment Programmes Would Have Collapsed." Financial Times. 27 May 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Aid Ironies." Huffington Post. 24 May 2009. [Download as PDF]

"The big ZERO in G20," with Brett House. Mail & Guardian. 21 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Homegrown Aid." The New York Times. 8 April 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Food For Thought." Economy Viewpoint, The Report - Senegal 2009. Oxford Business Group. April 2009.

"3 billion poor people need world's help." CNN.com. 20 March 2009. [Download as PDF]

"Recession Watch: Boost the Developing World." Nature. 18 February 2009.  [Download as PDF]

"Can Foreign Aid Reduce Poverty?" in Controversies in Globalization, Peter M. Haas, John A. Hird, Beth McBratney eds. CQ Press, Washington DC, 2009.

"Input Subisidies to Improve Smallholder Maize Productivity in Malawi: Toward an African Green Revolution", with Glenn Denning, Patrick Kabambe, Pedro Sanchez, Alia Malik, Rafael Flor, Rebbie Harawa, Phelire Nkhoma, Colleen Zamba, Clement Banda, Chrispin Magombo, Michael Keating, and Justine Wangila. PLoS Biology, 7(1): e1000023. 27 January 2009. [Download article as PDF]

"Smallholder Food Production and Poverty Reduction: Principles for a Financial Coordination Mechanism to Support Smallholder Farmers." Ad Hoc Advisory Group to the Madrid Conference on Food Security,
Chaired by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. IDEAS Foundation. 26 January 2009.
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2008

"Extreme Poverty," with Gordon C. McCord, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"Regional development, geography of," with Gordon C. McCord, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Second Edition, Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
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"The Obama Generation Takes the Helm." GOOD Magazine. 10 December 2008. [Download as PDF]

"A New System for Development Aid." FT.com's Comment. 28 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Better Cities, Better Life: Challenges for Shanghai." Shanghai Daily. 12 November 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Scaling up Primary Education Services in Rural Tamil Nadu: Public Investment Requirements and Reform" with Nirupam Bajpai, Ravindra H. Dholakia. CGSD Working Paper No. 35. October 2008.
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"The Best Recipe for Avoiding a Global Recession." Financial Times. 27 October 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Amid the rubble of global finance, a blueprint for Bretton Woods II." The Guardian. 21 October 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Specter of Malthus Returns." Scientific American. September 2008.

"Using Carbon Taxes to Pay for Development." Financial Times. 24 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Puzzlement at banks' bail-out while aid commitments flounder." Financial Times. 23 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"This week should see real progress on poverty alleviation." Financial Times. 22 September 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Millennium Goals at the Midpoint." Scientific American. August 2008.

"The Digital War on Poverty." The Guardian. 21 August 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Millennium Development Goals: running out of excuses." G8 Summit 2008 publication. July 2008.
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"Land, Water and Conflict." Newsweek. July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"How to Solve the Growing Global Food Crisis, in Three Steps." NY Daily News. 23 July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"A User's Guide to the Century." The National Interest. 2 July 2008. [Download as PDF]

"The Challenge of Sustainable Development in Asia." International Herald Tribune. 16 June 2008.

"Progress summary of the MDGs: update for ministers." The Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book. June 2008.
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"The African Green Revolution." Scientific American. May 2008.

"How to Feed the World." Newsweek. 10 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Bhagwati and Sachs on the Food Crisis." International Herald Tribune. 7 May 2008. [Download as PDF]

"Common Wealth." TIME Magazine. March 2008. [Download as PDF]

Bien Común.”  Centro de Investigación Social, Un Techo Para Chile.  Año 7, No. 12.  Segundo Semestre 2008.  Santiago, Chile, translated from “Common Wealth” TIME Magazine, March 2008.

"Scaling up Primary Education Services in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka: Public Investment Requirements and Policy Reform,"  with Nirupam Bajpai and Ravindra H. Dholakia, CGSD Working Paper No. 34, January 2008.
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"Paths to Peace Through Compassion, Cooperation and Sustainable Development." SGI, 24 January 2009.

2007

"Revamping U.S. Foreign Assistance" with Leo Hindery, Jr. and Gayle E. Smith. HELP Commission Minority Report. December 2007.

"The Forbes One Billion." Forbes. October 2007. [Download as PDF]

The African Millennium Villages,” with Pedro Sanchez, Cheryl Palm, Glenn Denning, Rafael Flor, Rebbie Harawa, Bashir Jama, Tsegazeab Kiflemariam, Bronwen Konecky, Raffaela Kozar, Eliud Lelerai, Alia Malik, Vijay Modi, Patrick Mutuo, Amadou Niang, Herine Okoth, Frank Place, Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, Amir Said, David Siriri, Awash Teklehaimanot, Karen Wang, Justine Wangila, and Colleen Zamba. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Special Feature: Sustainability Science, 104 , no. 43 (October, 23 2007): 1677580.

"Breaking the Poverty Trap." Scientific American. September, 2007. [Download as PDF]

"A Global Coalition of Good." TIME Magazine. September 2007. [Download as PDF]

Letter to the Editor. The Economist. August 2007.
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"Making Development Less Risky." Scientific American. August 2007. [Download as PDF]

"The Promise of the Blue Revolution." Scientific American. July 2007.
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"What a Little Fertilizer Can Do." Time. 26 July 2007.
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"The Secretary-General: Indispensable for Sustainable Development." UN Chronicle. Issue 1, 2007.
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Escaping the Resource Curse, with Macartan Humphreys, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University Press, June 2007.

"How I'd fix the World Bank." Fortune. 26 June 2007.
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"How the Rich World can Help Africa Help Itself." Financial Times. 30 May 2007.
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"Rapid Victories Against Extreme Poverty," Scientific American. April 2007.
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"Take the guessing out of giving aid to Africa." Financial Times. 1 March 2007.

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"Africa's Lagging Demographic Transition: Evidence from Exogenous Impacts of Malaria Ecology and Agricultural Techonology," with Dalton Conley and Gordon C. McCord. NBER Working Paper 12892. February 2007.

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2006

Poverty, AIDS and Hunger: Breaking the Poverty Trap in Malawi, with Anne C. Conroy, Malcolm J. Blackie, Alan Whiteside, Justin C. Malawezi, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

"How Aid Can Work." New York Review of Books (Letter). 21 December 2006.
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"Lower Fertility: A Wise Investment." Scientific American. September 2006.
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"Hitting the Target," with Guido Schmidt-Traub. Words into Action, IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings. September 2006.
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"Virtuous Circles and Fragile States." Scientific American. August 2006.
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"It Only Takes a Village," with Nirupam Bajpai. India Today. 2 July 2006.
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"Investments Toward Sustainable Development," with Walter V. Reid. Science, Vol. 312. 19 May 2006.
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"Aid Skeptics Thrive on Pessimism." Los Angeles Times. 7 May 2006.
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"How to Help the Poor: Piecemeal Progress or Strategic Plans?" The Lancet, Vol. 367, No. 9519. 22 April 2006.
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2005

"Why the U.S. Needs the U.N. More than Ever." Opening Argument, Vol. 1, Issue 2. December, 2005. 
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The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, The Penguin Press: New York, 2005.

Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Millennium Project, (Director),  Earthscan: New York, 2005.

"Challenges of Sustainable Development Under Globalization," lecture delivered at the University of Sydney, October 14, 2005.  Published in International Journal of Development Issues, Vol. 4, No. 2, December 2005.
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"A Global Compact to End World Poverty: Jeffrey Sachs on Stabilisation, Transition and Weapons of Mass Salvation," interview by Brian Snowdon.  Published in The World Economy, Vol. 6, No. 4, October-December, 2005. 
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"Understanding African Poverty: Beyond the Washington Consensus to the Millennium Development Goals Approach," with Gordon McCord and Wing Thye Woo, in Africa in the World Economy, Jan Joost Teunissen and Age Akkerman (eds.), FONDAD: The Hague, 2005.
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"It is Time for Fine Words to Give Way to Meaningful Action," Financial Times, 27 December 2005.
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"Scaling Up Primary Education Services in Rural India," with Nirupam Bajpai and Ravindra H. Dholakia, CGSD Working Paper No. 28, November 2005. 
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"Response to Amir Attaran," with John McArthur & Guido Schmidt-Traub, PLoS Medicine, November 29, 2005.
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"The Time for Action," DACNews, September-October 2005.
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"A Role for Everyone," Alliance Magazine, September 2005.  Interview with Jeffrey Sachs.
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“2005 – The Year of Development,” Commonwealth Finance Ministers Reference Report 2005, September 2005
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“What it will take to meet the Millennium Development Goals,” with John McArthur and Guido Schmidt-Traub, Sustainable Development International, Fifteenth Edition, September 2005.
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"Ambition and action are as important as commitments," Financial Times, 15 September 2005.
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"Millennium Development Goals 'not doomed to fail,' SciDev.Net, with John McArthur and Guido Schmidt-Traub, 13 September 2005. [Download as PDF]

"US leadership may be set to reach a consensus with the world's poorest," Financial Times, September 13, 2005.
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2005 U.N. World Summit Blog, Financial Times (online),  September 12-16, 2005.
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"Why Aid Does Matter," BBC Online, 11 September 2005.
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"Beckoning for our Hands," The Guardian, September 7, 2005.
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"Look Into the Future," The Guardian (special supplement), September 3, 2005.
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"Can Extreme Poverty Be Eliminated?" Scientific American, September 2005.
Reprinted in Cooperation South, United Nations Development Programme, 2005.
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"Economic Possibilities for our Time," 16th Annual Panglaykim Memorial Lecture, Jakarta, Indonesia, August 2005.
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"A European Development Fund for the MDGs," with John McArthur and Guido Schmidt-Traub, Revamping Development Efforts: An Assessment of Development Policy in the EU, European Policy Centre Issue Paper 36, July 2005.
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"Hope and generosity can triumph over hate," Financial Times, July 11, 2005.
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"Spirit of London a Lesson for the World," Financial Times (online), July 4-8, 2005.
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"The year of development," G8 Summit 2005: Mapping the Challenges, Newsdesk/Agora, 6-8 July 2005.
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"How Africa lit up the world," Sunday Times Magazine, July 3, 2005.
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"The End of Poverty," Optima, Vol. 51, No. 2, June 2005.
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"Four Easy Pieces," The New York Times, June 25, 2005.
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"Africa's Suffering is Bush's Shame," Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2005.
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"The Development Challenge", Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005.
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"India's Challenge to Meet the Millennium Development Goals," with Nirupam Bajpai and Nicole H. Volavka, CGSD Working Paper No. 24.  April 2005.
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"Testimony to the Canadian parliament's Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade," April 6, 2005. [Download as PDF]

"The end of the world as we know it," The Guardian, April 5, 2005.
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"It is time to free the World Bank," Financial Times, March 23, 2005.
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"The End of Poverty," Time, March 14, 2005.
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"The Year of Development," Global Future, Second Quarter, 2005.
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"What the President Doesn't Want to Hear," Esquire, February 2005.
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"An accountable approach to aid," Financial Times, January 24, 2005.
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"The Millennium Project: A plan to meet the Millennium Development Goals," Lancet, Vol. 365, January 22, 2005.
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"A Practical Plan to End Poverty," Washington Post, January 17, 2005.
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"Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: The Case of Malaria," New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 352, No. 2, January 13, 2005.
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"The Class System of Catastrophe," Time, January 10, 2005.
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2004

"Health in the Developing World: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals," Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Volume 82, No. 12, December 2004.
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"Book Review: Solving Global Crises: Economists Alone are not Enough," Lancet, Vol. 364, December 11, 2004.
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"How to Halve World Poverty," The Economist -- The World in 2005, November 2004.
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"If the US Won't, Germany Must," Internationale Politik, No. 4, 2004.
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"Ending World Hunger," Poder Magazine, October 2004.
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"Building on the Commonwealth Action Plan," Commonwealth Finance MInisters Report 2004, September 28, 2004.
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"National Common Minimum Programme of the Congress-led United Progessive Alliance: Policy Reform and Public Investment Requirements," with Nirupam Bajpai, CGSD Working Paper No. 22.  August 2004.
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"Seeking a Global Solution: The Copenhagen Consensus neglects the need to tackle climate change," Nature, August 12, 2004.
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"Une révolution verte pour l'Afrique," with Pedro Sanchez, Le Monde, August 10, 2004.
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"Reaching the Millennium Development Goals in South Asia," with Nirupam Bajpai and Nicole H. Volavka, CGSD Working Paper No. 17, July 2004.
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"The Best Countries in the World," Newsweek, July 26, 2004.
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"Ending Africa' s Poverty Trap," with John W. McArthur, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Margaret Kruk, Chandrika Bahadur, Michael Faye and Gordon McCord, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 1, 2004.
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"The G8 must fund the war against poverty," Financial Times, June 7, 2004.
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"A Simple Plan to Save the World," Esquire, May 2004.
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"Doing the sums on Africa," The Economist, May 20, 2004.
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"Sustainable Development," Science, April 30 2004.
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"Priorities for meeting the Millennium Development Goals," with John McArthur, Global Future Magazine, First Quarter 2004.
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"The Challenges Facing Landlocked Developing Countries," with Michael L. Faye, John W. McArthur, and Thomas Snow, Journal of Human Development, Vol. 5, No. 1, March 2004.
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Touching the Rural Landscape,” with Nirupam Bajpai, The Hindu Business Line, 28 January 2004. [Download as PDF]

2003

"Who will lead the war on want?" Global Agenda 2003 - Magazine of the World Forum Economic Annual Meeting 2003.
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"The Strategic Significance of Global Inequality," (reprint) Environmental Change and Security Project Report, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Issue 9, 2003.
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“New Challenges 1: The Millennium Development Goals - How Far We Have Come,” Development Cooperation Ireland Annual Report 2003.
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Human Development Report 2003: Millennium Development Goals: A compact among nations to end human poverty, (guest contributing editor), UNDP: New York, 2003.
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"The New Urban Planning," Development Outreach, The World Bank Institute, November 2003.

"No Place for Piety," The New Scientist, November 8, 2003
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"Mobilization of Domestic and Donor Resources for Health," World Bank Viewpoint, October 2003. [Download as PDF]

"Well-Directed Development Aid can Unlock Forces of Economic Growth," with Philip Lane, The Irish Times, 10 July 2003. [Download as PDF]

"If We Cared to, We Could Defeat World Poverty," with Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2003.
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" A Rich Nation, a Poor Continent," The New York Times, July 9, 2003.
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"Institutions Matter, but not for Everything," IMF Finance and Development, Vol. 40, No. 2, June 2003.
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"Scaling-up coverage with insecticide-treated nets against malaria in Africa: who should pay?" with Christopher Curtis et al., The Lancet: Infectious Diseases, Vol. 3, No.5, May 1, 2003.
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"Institutions Don't Rule: Direct Effects of Geography on Per Capita Income," NBER Working Paper 9490, January 2003.
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(Note: results differ slightly from NBER version due to updated malaria data)

"Fighting Poverty, Fighting AIDS" Newsweek, January 6, 2003.
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2002

"Geography, Economic Policy, and Regional Development in China," with Sylvie Demurger, Wing Thye Woo, Shuming Bao, Gene Chang, and Andrew Mellinger, Asian Economic Papers, Vol. 1 No. 1, Winter 2002, pp. 146-197.
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(previously CID Working Paper no. 77, October 2001 [PDF]).

"Weapons of Mass Salvation," The Economist, October 26, 2002.
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"Sacudir el futuro," Revista Incae, Vol XII, No. 2, September 2002

"The Essential Ingredient," New Scientist, August 17, 2002. [Download as PDF]

"Rapid Population Growth Saps Development." Science. July 19, 2002.
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2001

"The Geography of Poverty and Wealth," with Andrew D. Mellinger and John L. Gallup. Scientific American. March 2001.
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"Institutions and Geography: Comment on Acemoglu, Johnson and Robinson," with John W. McArthur, NBER Working Paper 8114, February 2001.
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"Tropical Underdevelopment," NBER Working Paper 8119.  February 2001.
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(based on speech prepared for Economic History Association Annual Meeting, September 2000 and CID Working Paper No. 57, December 2000)
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"The Best Possible Investment in Africa". New York Times. February 10, 2001. CIDNEWS. [Download as PDF]

2000

"Notes on a New Sociology of Economic Development" in Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress, Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Huntington (eds), New York: Basic Books, 2000.
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"Climate, Coastal Proximity, and Development," with Andrew Mellinger and John Gallup in Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography, edited by Gordon L. Clark, Maryann P. Feldman, and Meric S. Gertler, Oxford University Press, 2000.
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(Previously "Climate, Water Navigability, and Economic Development," with Andrew Mellinger and John Gallup, CID Working Paper No. 24, September 1999. [PDF])

"Development and Goal Setting II," with Nirupam Bajpai, The Hindu, May 11, 2000. [Download as PDF]

"Development and Goal Setting I," with Nirupam Bajpai, The Hindu, May 10, 2000.
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1999

"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: A Theoretical Perspective and Policy Implications," with Theodore Panayotou and Alix Peterson. HIID CAER II Discussion Paper No. 44, November 1999. [Download as PDF]

"Why Do Resource-Abundant Economies Grow More Slowly?," with Francisco Rodriguez in Journal for Economic Growth, 4, pp. 277- 303, September 1999.
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(previously "Natural Resources and Economic Growth: A Quantitative Exploration," with Francisco Rodriguez, mimeo, HIID, Spring 1999 [PDF]).

"Helping the World's Poorest." The Economist, August 1999. [Download as PDF]

"Geography and Economic Development," with John Luke Gallup and with Andrew Mellinger, International Regional Science Review, Vol. 22,  No. 2, pp. 179-232, August 1999. 
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(previously in Pleskovic, Boris and Joseph E. Stiglitz, eds., Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics 1998 (April), The World Bank: Washington, DC [PDF] and in Harvard International Review, Winter 1998/1999).

"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: Empirical Evidence" with Theo Panayotou and Alix Peterson, CAER II Discussion Paper No. 45, August 1999. CC [Download paper as PDF]

"Developing Countries and the Control of Climate Change: A Theoretical Perspective and Policy Implications," with Theo Panayotou and Alix Peterson, prepared for UNAID/CAER II, CAER II Discussion Paper No. 44, August 1999. [Download paper as PDF]

"A Millennial Gift to Developing Nations," New York Times, June 6, 1999. [Download as PDF]

1998

"Geography, Demography, and Economic Growth in Africa," with David Bloom, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Issue 2, 1998.
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1997

"When Foreign Aid Makes a Difference," The New York Times, February 3, 1997. [Download as PDF]

1995

"Natural Resources Abundance and Economic Growth," with Andrew Warner, HIID Development Discussion Paper #517a, October 1995.
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