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  • 1 of 20 A mother and her child in Ruhiira, Uganda. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 2 of 20 Girls at Dertu Primary School in Kenya's North Eastern Province. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 3 of 20 Jeffrey Sachs (center) and Ahmed M. Mohamed (to his right) celebrate the opening of Dertu's Millennium Villages
    Project Livestock Market. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 4 of 20 A monk prays at Daniel Korkor, a rock-hewn church perched on Gheralta's mountain peaks in northern Ethiopia. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 5 of 20 Sebuuma Sadati, a "banana boy," transports a load of green matoke bananas from Ruhiira to Mbarara, Uganda. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 6 of 20 A woman at her kitchen in Koraro, a village in Ethiopia's Tigray region. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 7 of 20 Nina Munk at Sahlan Bath Hussein's tea house in Dertu, Kenya, with Sahlan (right) and her daughter (left). All photos © N. Munk.

  • 8 of 20 One of the new shops in Dertu's commercial center. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 9 of 20 A local administrator visits a villager's hut in Koraro, Ethiopia. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 10 of 20 Schoolchildren crowd inside a grass-thatched classroom in Mwandama, Malawi. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 11 of 20 A woman and her son rest above their farmed fields in Koraro, Ethiopia. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 12 of 20 As a crowd of people gathered to hear Jeffrey Sachs speak in Koraro, Ethiopia, Nina Munk takes notes. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 13 of 20 Nina Munk with friends (and her notebook) on Dertu's main street. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 14 of 20 English learning aids at the Omwicwamba Primary School in Ruhiira, Uganda. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 15 of 20 In Dertu, Kenya, nomadic herders and their caravans of camels await water at the village borehole. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 16 of 20 Outside Dertu's dugsi or madrasa, where Somali boys memorize, recite, and write out
    the Koran on wooden tablets known as loh. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 17 of 20 One of Dertu's first "semi-permanent" homes, built by the itinerant schoolteacher Abdullahi Bari Barow for
    his wife (pictured here) and newborn daughter. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 18 of 20 A girl herds sheep in Koraro, Ethiopia. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 19 of 20 Nina Munk and a crowd of Ugandans await the arrival of Jeffrey Sachs. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 20 of 20 Using a makeshift backpack, a boy carries a sack of grain through Ethiopia's Gheralta mountain range. All photos © N. Munk.

The Idealist
Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty

"The poor you will always have with you," to cite the Gospel of Matthew 26:11. Jeffrey Sachs – celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty – disagrees. In his view, poverty is a problem that can be solved. With single-minded determination he has attempted to put into practice his theories about ending extreme poverty, to prove that the world's most destitute people can be lifted onto "the ladder of development."

In 2006, Sachs launched the Millennium Villages Project, a daring five-year experiment designed to test his theories in Africa. The first Millennium village was in Sauri, a remote cluster of farming communities in western Kenya. The initial results were encouraging. With his first taste of success, and backed by one hundred twenty million dollars from George Soros and other likeminded donors, Sachs rolled out a dozen model villages in ten sub-Saharan countries. Once his approach was validated it would be scaled up across the entire continent. At least that was the idea.

For the past six years, Nina Munk has reported deeply on the Millennium Villages Project, accompanying Sachs on his official trips to Africa and listening in on conversations with heads-of-state, humanitarian organizations, rival economists, and development experts. She has immersed herself in the lives of people in two Millennium villages: Ruhiira, in southwest Uganda, and Dertu, in the arid borderland between Kenya and Somalia.

Accepting the hospitality of camel herders and small-hold farmers, and witnessing their struggle to survive, Munk came to understand the real-life issues that challenge Sachs's formula for ending global poverty.

THE IDEALIST is the profound and moving story of what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the reality of human life.

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