New York Times: Jeffrey Sachs of The Earth Institute at Columbia University Sees the End of Poverty Soon
Tuesday, September 24, 2013: In an op-ed for the New York Times, Jeffrey Sachs, director of Aid for Africa member The Earth Institute at Columbia University, discusses how the elimination of extreme poverty — particularly in Sub Saharan Africa — is closer to becoming reality thanks to new partnerships between the public and private sectors. The percentage of people worldwide living on less than $1.25 per day has declined from 52 percent in 1980 to 21 percent in 2010 according to the World Bank and according to Sachs innovations like the cell phone have transformed education, healthcare, finance and agriculture in remote regions of Africa due to public as well as private backing. Sachs sees the need for public and private sectors growing as as climate change and water scarcity continue to intensify. Read the article.