Economic development

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Microfinance was meant to help the world’s poor, but in Cambodia, it’s plunging people deeper into debt

Microfinance was hailed as a way to change the lives of hundreds of millions of people without access to credit. It worked so well that Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was awarded a Nobel Prize. But then, banks jumped in to get in on the profits. To manage high debt levels, Cambodians are migrating for work, eating less and even pulling their children out of school.

A fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil.

Massive fire devastates historic National Museum of Brazil

Heaven Restaurant in Rwanda.

A couple moved to Rwanda to raise their kids, start a restaurant, and rebuild the country

Conflict & Justice
Eduardo Tamaniz Diego

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

The interpreter scandal at Mandela’s memorial takes a bizarre turn

Global Scan

Learning from the global poor

Arts, Culture & Media

People have many misconceptions surrounding the global poor. Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee are destroying those misconceptions.

Ethical clothing, made in Liberia

Now that Liberia’s 14 year civil war is over, a fair-trade clothing factory is growing in the country’s capital Monrovia.

The voice of Kenya’s slums

Much of the news from Kenya’s slums is about crime, disease and violence. Slum TV shows people a different side.

Helping the poorest of the poor via “social business”

Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for micro-lending; now he plans to help the poorest of the poor through “social business.”

The World

Greek Parents Losing Children to Poverty

Global Politics

Charities in Greece say parents are increasingly asking the groups to take in their children because they are too poor to raise them.