Scotland remains sick man of Europe despite devolution. Here's what is going wrong.
Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.
It's not easy to make good food choices when there's a takeaway on every corner.
The idea of family is still undergoing fundamental change, but progress towards an egalitarian era may be hamstrung by class and wealth.
Families are falling deeper into poverty when school holidays come, just to feed their children.
In Italy, a homeless man was excused by the supreme court for stealing food. In the UK, people living in poverty are fined for it.
Last week I joined 8,500 Australians on the charity challenge to live below the extreme poverty line, spending just $2 a day on food for five days. It was tough and my diet was far from complete.
Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand, despite the distance separating them and varying histories, have one disturbing issue in common: poor health.
The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Sub-Saharan Africa has seen widespread economic growth since 1995. But increased agricultural productivity is needed to translate that growth into poverty reduction.
New figures reveal inequality in Britain and the effects of the redistributive tax and benefits system.
Some of the most vulnerable people in society are being kept alive by food banks.
South Africa's labour market suffers from high unemployment. Reform of the education system may provide the only long-term sustainable solution to the problem.
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a 'national living wage' will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
The prosperity gospel – a uniquely American strand of Christian theology – creates a dilemma for its adherents.
Australia still rests too heavily on its luck, and not enough on its brains.
They are the army of ideas people and go-getters who will haul the economy back to its feet. Aren't they? The reality is not quite as rosy.
Economic growth is a necessary condition for development. But it can only pass the sufficient condition test if growth translates into high-earning jobs. Ghana's recent history illustrates this.
The call to action to address childhood vulnerability in Africa must go far beyond the 17.8 million children infected and affected by HIV.
The Flint water crisis has left people across the country wondering if lead poisoning is a problem in their community. But it's very hard to find out how widespread this problem is.