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Reimagining Aid: A Call for Fresh Thinking

A new essay contest by the New Delhi-based Global Development Network seeks the best ideas from around the world on how to reinvent foreign aid for the 21st century.

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Myth: We Have to Choose Between Helping the Poor at Home vs. Overseas

Last week Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter for 2014. I was excited to see it focus on debunking persistent myths in development aid, and it got me thinking about the myths I’ve encountered working in advocacy, government relations, and communications at the Gates Foundation for the past decade. One constant refrain about aid that I’ve heard, particularly in more recent years living in Europe, is this: “We have to choose between helping the poor here at home and helping the poor abroad.”

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Myth: Poor Countries Aren’t Doing Their Part to Fund Their Own Development

More often than not, poor countries are in fact funding their own development with their own resources.

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Myth-Busting Poverty and Health

In today's Gates Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates make a convincing argument that, in many ways, the world is better than it has ever been. I agree. Life ain't perfect, but suffering and death are decreasing.

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Tapping Africa’s Capacity for Scientific Innovation to Tackle its Health Challenges

Despite the remarkable socioeconomic transformation that has occurred across much of Africa in recent years, several troubling myths about the continent persist.

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