It's a commonly held belief that one of the biggest challenges faced by the world's poorest populations is hunger. But according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist Abhijit Banerjee, the economics of poverty are often much more nuanced.
Banerjee is co-author of the book Poor Economics, which addresses the pitfalls of current aid programs and advocates for a radical new approach to thinking about poverty.
A Libyan rebel fires into the air while taking part in a military parade in Benghazi. Optimism in the rebel stronghold has turned to fear for some, as the crackle of shooting — celebratory, or to settle a score — has become a constant in the city.
Credit Nasser Nasser / AP
Libyan rebels gather around the remains of a car that exploded in Benghazi on Tuesday. There were no confirmed casualties, but the explosion — and others around the rebel stronghold — have unsettled nerves in the city.
As the Libyan civil war drags on, optimism in the rebel camp for the speedy overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi has disappeared. The rebel stronghold of Benghazi is now in the grips of a different emotion — fear.
A rebel fighter's car blew up this week at a funeral. Across town, explosions and shootings are ripping through a neighborhood, but no one is exactly sure what the cause is. Families are hiding in their homes, afraid of the lawless streets.
Awad Mohammed was at his father's funeral when an explosion happened. It was crowded, and there were many mourners.
President Obama is going to ground zero in New York Thursday. Even though he's visiting in the emotional wake of the killing of Sept 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but the president isn't expected to change his low key demeanor.
During one of the most consequential weeks since he took office, the president has kept a decidedly low profile.