Jeffrey Sachs—celebrated economist, special advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations, and author of the influential bestseller The End of Poverty - launched the Millennium Villages Project in Africa, a daring five-year experiment designed to test his theory that poverty could be solved. For six years, Nina Munk has reported heavily on his efforts. Join us tonight as she discusses what happens when the abstract theories of a brilliant, driven man meet the reality of human life.
For the past six years, Nina Munk has reported deeply on the Millennium Villages Project started by Jeffery Sachs in 2006 in an attempt to end global poverty. Munk accompanied 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.
Nina Munk is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. A former senior writer for Fortune, her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Forbes. Born in Canada, she lives in New York City.
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