Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

Most of us want to make a difference We donate our time and money to charities and causes we deem worthy, choose careers we consider meaningful, and patronize businesses and buy products we believe make the world a better place Unfortunately, we often base these decisions on assumptions and emotio

A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions

A winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and bestselling author of Banker to the Poor offers his vision of an emerging new economic system that can save humankind and the planet Muhammad Yunus, who created microcredit, invented social business, and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating pov

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

An essential, galvanizing narrative about making a difference here and abroad a road map to becoming the most effective global citizens we can be In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband and wife team Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced

Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development

Thinking Small tells the story of how the United States sought to rescue the world from poverty through small scale, community based approaches And it also sounds a warning such strategies, now again in vogue, have been tried before, with often disastrous consequences It is common for historians

Chasing Misery: an anthology of essays by women in humanitarian responses

What motivates any of us to do the work we do And importantly does that work make a difference This is the question film producer and founder of filmaid.org, Caroline Baron, reflects on when she calls Chasing Misery an unblinking account of what it s like to be a woman on the front lines

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place F

Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

After a decade designing technologies meant to address education, health, and global poverty, award winning computer scientist Kentaro Toyama came to a difficult conclusion Even in an age of amazing technology, social progress depends on human changes that gadgets can t deliver.Computers in Bangalo

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth

The trade in oil, gas, gems, metals and rare earth minerals wreaks havoc in Africa During the years when Brazil, India, China and the other emerging markets have transformed their economies, Africa s resource states remained tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain While Africa acco

Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays

Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist, an ardent environmentalist He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit But as the environmental movement began to focus on susta

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa

The path to progress in Africa lies in the surprising and innovative solutions Africans are finding for themselves Africa is a continent on the move It s often hard to notice, though the Western focus on governance and foreign aid obscures the individual dynamism and informal social adaptation driv

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

In the universally acclaimed and award winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states home to the poorest one billion people on Earth pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty first century The book shines much needed light on this group of small

The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

From one of the world s best known development economists an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West s efforts to improve the lot of the so called developing worldIn his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organiz