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What's Blocking Progress for the Poor? Here Are Three Myths on Foreign Aid

Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. ...

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Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. Rather than listing the foundation's trials, triumphs, and organizational priorities, this letter, released on January 21st, takes the form of a manifesto. While the goal of the foundation to end extreme poverty across the globe remains, this letter tackles three myths that hinder progress. Simply put: poor countries stay poor, foreign aid is a waste of money, and saving lives in the developing world just creates more need (mouths to feed).

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How TOMS and Buy-One-Give-One Really Help Buy-One-Give-One Businesses Like TOMS Can Make Real Difference

Do TOMS shoes—and all donations of goods—hurt the poor more than they help? One expert weighs in.

Melissa Kushner is the founder and Executive Director of Goods for Good, a nonprofit organization matching surplus goods with the needs of orphans and vulnerable children. She works with TOMS to distribute their buy-one-give-one shoes to 40,000 children in Malawi, East Africa.

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