This site collates various strands of my work in one place (see publications for full list of writings). Some recent pieces:
“Lessons from an age of progress.” Project Syndicate op-ed (March 2017)
“How successful were the Millennium Development Goals?” Brookings blog and working paper (“Change of pace“), with Krista Rasmussen (January 2017).
“Links in the chain of sustainable finance: Accelerating private investments for the SDGs, including climate action.” Policy brief written at invitation of 70th President of UN General Assembly, with Homi Kharas (September 2016)
“Canada: from exception to exceptional leader.” Vancouver Sun op-ed (February 2017)
“Mobilizing Canadian leadership on global sustainable development.” Article at Policy Options, with Margaret Biggs (September 2016)
“Expat voting law ignores idea of global citizens.” Globe and Mail op-ed, with Alison Loat (September 2015)
On Extreme Poverty
“How close is the world to ending extreme poverty?” Brookings post and paper, with Krista Rasmussen. (December 2016)
“How to end worldwide poverty by 2030.” A GOOD Magazine article on unconditional cash transfers. Issue 37 (summer).
On Global Health
“No girl or woman left behind: A global imperative for 2030.” Brookings Up Front. (March 2016)
“Seven Million Lives Saved: Under-5 Mortality Since the Launch of the Millennium Development Goals.” Brookings working paper (September 2014)
- Article in The Economist on headline findings: “The causes of a welcome trend.”
- Bill Gates’ post on “Good news you may have missed in 2014.”
- Summary blog: “Six things to know about child survival since 2000.”
On Agriculture and Hunger
“Fertilizing Growth: Agricultural Inputs and their Effects in Economic Development.” Article in Journal of Development Economics with Gordon McCord (March 2017)
“What does ‘agriculture’ mean today? Assessing old questions with new evidence.” Brookings paper and data set. (March 2016)
Summary blog: “Where does the world’s food grow?” with Krista Rasmussen
- Brookings report and interactive website, co-authored with Homi Kharas et al. (October 2015).
- Overview blog on Targeting Efforts to End Hunger, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (April 2016)
- Annual update -> “2016 Update: Progress Toward SDG 2” (October 2016)
On Climate Change
“Agriculture in the COP21 Agenda.” Chapter in Brookings report, COP21 at Paris: What to expect – The issues, the actors, and the road ahead on climate change.” (November 2015)
On Global Goals (MDGs and SDGs)
“Who pays attention to global development goals?” Brookings post and full paper, with Christine Zhang (October 2015).
“Why 17 is a beautiful number” … or “What my mom taught me about geopolitics.” Brookings Future Development post (September 2015)
“The Origins of the Millennium Development Goals.” Article in SAIS Review of International Affairs (Fall 2014)
“Developing countries and international organizations” Introduction to a special issue of Review of International Organizations, with Eric Werker (April 2016)
“Asia’s local leaders could play key role in global accountability” A South China Morning Post Op-Ed (August 2013)
“Pushing the Employment Frontiers for Africa’s Rural and Urban Youth” An article in Brooking’s annual Foresight Africa report (January 2014)
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