Poor vision is a major hurdle to getting ahead in the developing world. Fortunately, remedies are cheaper and easier -- and more profitable -- than they've ever been before.
How do you bring peace to a country where everyone has PTSD and the only therapy is prayer?
Why ignoring family planning overseas was the worst foreign-policy mistake of the century.
With an exploding global population -- and Africa's numbers set to triple -- the world's experts are falling over themselves arguing how to feed the masses. Why do they have it so wrong?
Pre-modern lifestyles were fraught with violence, disease, and uncertainty. We should be happy that indigenous societies are increasingly leaving them behind.
Why the best ideas for fighting some diseases may come from poor countries, not rich ones.
Fukushima wasn't the only nuclear accident waiting to happen. From Bulgaria to New York, here are five other nuclear power plants to keep an eye on.
In the developed world, high-tech personal IDs are the stuff of Orwellian dystopia. But for everyone else, they could be a path to a happier, healthier, less precarious life.
An FP discussion on contributing editor Charles Kenny's new book: Are we winning the global war on human suffering?
You don't need to be superfast to be super-competitive -- but try telling that to the governments sinking billions into fiber-optic networks.
One of the country's leading activists and health advocates explains the tragic irony of mental health in China today: Many who need treatment won't get it, while many who don't are forced into treatment to silence political dissent.
It's time for Washington to stop giving cigarette makers an open door to developing markets.
The biggest problem with post-disaster relief efforts like Haiti's is the unreasonable ambitions we have for them.
Global leaders promised a decade ago to end poverty by 2015. With just five years left, the U.N. General Assembly -- including an estimated 140 heads of state -- will meet this week to assess progress. How much good has been done? Here's a hint: not enough.
A mysterious infection-breeding gene is sweeping the world -- or possibly just cable news.
Suicide rates for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are out of control, and post-traumatic stress disorder is reaching epidemic proportions. But is the Pentagon willing to tally the true cost of war?
No, the U.S. military is not trying to take over Africa. Here's what we're actually doing.
Why is Beijing winning health grants at the expense of African countries?
The earthquake was only the latest disaster to capsize the country's already fragile local aid economy. Now outside organizations are threatening to overwhelm it entirely.
As the Democratic Republic of the Congo turns 50 this month, its leader is taking a page from Mobutu Sese Seko’s playbook on repression. And the West is helping him.
Barack Obama's administration is taking an expansive, ambitious approach to global health. Does that mean giving up on combating HIV/AIDS?
Why Steve Jobs should let Africans buy his new toy.
A theoretical physicist who spent 14 years as Bill Gates's ideas guru at Microsoft, Nathan Myhrvold might seem an odd candidate to take up the fight against malaria, long combated with technology no more advanced than bed nets and quinine. Here, he explains why geek power might be exactly what's needed to tackle the scourges of the developing world.
How Obamacare could spark the brain drain of physicians from the developing world.
After a 13-year-old girl's death, the conservative Islamists are retrenching -- with some bizarre, yet somehow effective, arguments.