Australia is a “Developing Country” Too. On Development

Australia currently ranks as the second most developed country in the world according to the United Nations Human Development Index. Cambodia, from where I write this, ranks 139th. With its high levels of poverty, underdeveloped infrastructure, and corrupt government,...

The End of Poverty in Ethiopia

When I think of Ethiopia I think of the terrible famines and emaciated human beings of the 1980s. The Ethiopia of 2012 is still desperately poor but making great strides in improving the well-being of its people. Since the turn of the millennium per capita economic...

The End of Poverty In Bangladesh

By any measure Bangladesh is one of the poorest nations on earth. Sixty four million Bangladeshi’s live on less than $1.25 a day; forty three percent of children are under-nourished; five percent of children die before their fifth birthday; almost half the...

The Best Kept Secret of the 21st Century

I recently discovered one of the best kept secrets of the 21st century: There is no longer a “third world”. We are accustomed to dividing the world into rich and poor, with the poor nations, the “third world”, ruled by corrupt dictators, going...

A world without extreme poverty is not far away

[I have become a stray dog whimpering in front of the closed doors of relatives in the hope that someone might open the door. (Georgian woman)   When I don’t have [any food to bring my family], I borrow, mainly from neighbors and friends. I feel ashamed standing...

What We Need To Learn About Mission Among the Poor

In recent years there has been a growing interest among Christians in serving the poor. Unfortunately our enthusiasm is not always matched by wisdom. Wipf and Stock have published a paper I wrote on what the development sector has to teach us about being...

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