'In 23 countries in Africa and expanding rapidly'

Students in Sauri, Kenya, line up at a hand-washing station provided by Unilever and facilitated by Jeff Sach’s Millennium Villages Project. This school, which no longer receives funding from MVP, grows its own food to eat and to sell – sustainability efforts kickstarted by the project. Photo by: Rolf Rosenkranz / Devex

Jeffrey Sachs is widely known to the development community as a luminary and a lightning rod. Since helping to turn around struggling economies in Bolivia and Poland in the 1980s, the famed economist (a tenured Harvard professor by the age of 28) has become among the world’s most prominent advocates for development aid. His tireless advocacy and firm views have gathered both powerful allies — among them the U.N. secretary-general and Bono — and persistent critics.  

He is among a small group of development leaders who have broken through to mainstream attention: Just two years ago he nominated himself — only partly to make a point — as World Bank president.

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    Raj Kumar

    Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.