Tracking Charity

Reporter Amy Costello travels the world’s dirt roads to follow up on celebrated aid projects, public health initiatives, and charities. She also hosts Tiny Spark, a podcast that investigates the business of doing good.

K. Subramania is one of Essmart’s first dealers in rural India. He bought a solar-powered light from Essmart, and since then he's sold at least 300 of them to his customers.

A start-up in India treats the poor as discerning customers, not aid recipients


Two Americans created a small start-up in rural India to help bring life-sustaining technologies to the poor. But they’re not giving away solar lamps and low-power appliances: They’re selling them.

Nigerian pupils work on OLPC computers in Abuja, Nigeria, in May, 2007.

Let’s talk: How can technology change the lives of people in poverty?

Eduardo Tamaniz Diego

Impoverished kids love the soccer ball that powers a lamp — until it breaks

Are volunteer programs empowering — or exploitative?

Development & Education
Volunteer Health Worker

Thousands of health workers in Senegal receive no pay. Is that fair?

Health & Medicine
Relief supplies for Haiyan victims

Read these 3 tips before you offer help to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan


It’s hard to see the devastation in the Philippines without wanting to do something to help. Reporter Amy Costello covers the business of doing good and has this advice for helping.

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes.

TOMS Shoes rethinks its ‘buy one, give one’ model of helping the needy

TOMS Shoes was one of the first to pioneer the “guilt-free” consumption model. When you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need. Aid watchers criticized this “band-aid” effort to fight poverty. Now TOMS is changing its style a bit.

Jennifer Hemsley, adoptive mother.

International Adoption: When Altruism Becomes Industry

Development & Education

The US leads the world in the number of children adopted from abroad. Critics say this unending demand for infants from poor nations – together with the huge sums American families are willing to pay – transformed an altruistic act into an industry plagued by corruption, kidnapping, and fraud.

What to Consider When You Are Considering Donating

Development & Education

As part of The World’s investigative project Tracking Charity, we recently held an online chat with experts in the realm of giving. Our question: How do you know a good charity when you see it?

Discussion: How Do You Know a Good Charity When You See It?

When people find out that I reported from Africa for many years and am now producing a series called Tracking Charity, they frequently ask me this: “Which charities do you think are doing really good work on the ground overseas?”