Selective sympathy raises troubling questions. If you neglect suffering in other places, it is much more difficult to mobilise political actors to take it seriously.
In the global South, where some argue that "everyone is now middle class", people are reluctant to acknowledge that they need to borrow money – and the stigma drives them to dodge their debts.
Newark's children are no better off even after Mark Zuckerberg pumped $100 million to improve public schools. What opportunities have been lost? What lessons have we learned?
Financial inclusion has so far focused on enhancing a poor person’s cash flow. But it needs to involve more. Not enough consideration is given to encouraging poor people to build assets.
These maps can tell us much more than the location of England's most and least deprived areas.
The annual economics award recognises the value of micro analysis and good, old-fashioned legwork.
If the government wants to tackle wealth inequality, then it has the tools at its disposal to help people pay a fair amount for everyday goods.
Twenty years ago, Brazil and South Africa were in a similar position when it comes to inequality. Brazil has made significant progress in addressing this, but South Africa hasn't.
Will Thomas Piketty's visit to South Africa trigger the rewriting of the country's recent economic history? His analysis and ideas on how to address inequality are hard to ignore.
Seventy-one percent of low-income college kids are going hungry due to lack of money. Seven percent are unable to buy food for an entire day. And this is true even for undergrads at elite colleges.
After two years of negotiations, the UN Sustainable Development goals will be adopted today. How can society and government actually end poverty and achieve other lofty goals?
Global leaders are signing up to an ambitious agenda in New York.
Health has secured its place as one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. But without clear mechanisms to report, finance or engage other sectors, could more end up as less?
Does the definition of self-control – choosing long-term over short-term outcomes – even make sense for people who are short on time, money or both?
On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Inequality remains one of South Africa's major problems. Thomas Piketty's visit to the country provides an opportunity to explore ways to deal with this problem.
As Western nations increasingly focus elsewhere, the battle for Afghanistan rages on.
A review of South Africa's methodology to measure poverty shows that 60% of people in the country are poor. This is way higher than the figures that are usually quoted.
The international executive director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo, explains why he believes the big global challenges cannot be tackled in isolation.
Childhood poverty is growing among some groups of Asian Americans.