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Angus Deaton
"The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier and healthier, and live longer lives. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many have left gaping inequalities between people and between nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, starting 250 years ago, some parts of the world began to experience sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's hugely unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and he addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape. Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations."
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Fondation Lombard Odier
"Inspired by the philanthropic engagements of previous generations, and nourished by our personal experience as funders - and as private bankers, accompanying our clients in their own giving journey -...
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Institute for Philanthropy
In February this year, the Gates Foundation announced that the Giving Pledge, founded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010, would for the first time extend its...
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The Resource Alliance
This paper was inspired by discussions at the Bellagio Summit which took place from 8-22 November 2011 and was organised by three partners: • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) –...
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Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy at Cass Business School
This report explores the debate surrounding the concept of 'Big Society'. Several academics consider the rle of philanthropy within society, and how it can be further encouraged. The Authors also...
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Ipsos Mori
This report presents the findings of a survey of the general public conducted to inform the Review of The Charities Act 2006. A representative sample of 1,004 adults in England...
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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund,
"This report provides an independent, external view of how the Fund has worked since its inception in 1997, with an in-depth focus on the past five years. We wanted to...
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CGAP and the Pears Foundation
Family Foundation Giving Trends 2011 is the fourth in a series of reports updating and tracking annual trends in the giving of the largest 100 UK family foundations, and comparing...

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