Mar 26th, 2014
By William Easterly, Seattle Times SOMEHOW — probably my own fault — I have wound up on Bill Gates’ list of the world’s most misguided economists. Gates singled me out by name in his annual 2014 letter to his foundation as an “aid critic” spreading harmful myths about ineffective aid programs. I actu...
Nov 18th, 2013
By Eleanor Whitehead and Zoe Flood Back in the 1990s, the Nobel-prize winning economist Amartya Sen famously wrote that “no famine has ever taken place in a functioning democracy”, coining an argument has shaped thinking across countless sectors – and none more so than healthcare. If governments face...
Oct 3rd, 2012
Xhanti Payi for Daily Maverick The other day I went to view homes with the intention to buy one. There are few things I can imagine people value as much as they do their homes. Well, maybe their cars, if you live in Johannesburg. More than the sentimental value, a home is supposedly one’s best ...
Dec 10th, 2011
Mothers-to-be who are highly stressed during the second and third month of pregnancy are more at risk of giving birth prematurely and losing boy babies, say researchers. A new study shows exposure to stress can shorten the length of pregnancy, making it more likely that babies will be born early and ...