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Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Self Description

December 2005: "Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is also Director of the UN Millennium Project and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals, the internationally agreed goals to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. Sachs is internationally renowned for advising governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa on economic reforms and for his work with international agencies to promote poverty reduction, disease control, and debt reduction of poor countries. In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time Magazine, and is the 2005 recipient of the Sargent Shriver Award for Equal Justice . He is author of hundreds of scholarly articles and many books. Sachs was recently elected into the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard University."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2009: 'Would a migrant from a collapsed city receive aid? “We’ve not experienced anything of this kind, where whole regions, whole countries, may well become unviable,” says Jeffrey Sachs, head of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.'

May 2008: 'Columbia University economist Jeffrey D. Sachs, a special adviser to Ban, said it is "ridiculous" to suggest that there has been too much attention paid to small farmers. He said they will need financing to pay for seeds, fertilizers and technology to prevent crop failures.'

April 2008: 'anger is palpable across the globe. The food crisis is not only being felt among the poor but is also eroding the gains of the working and middle classes, sowing volatile levels of discontent and putting new pressures on fragile governments....“It’s the worst crisis of its kind in more than 30 years,” said Jeffrey D. Sachs, the economist and special adviser to the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.'

October 2007: Two poverty analysts who often disagree — Professors Jeffery D. Sachs of Columbia University and William Easterly of New York University — read the evaluation and found it withering.

November 2001: Dr. Attaran's boss, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard, supports Dr. Attaran's study, and argues that the tight-fistedness of rich countries and the failure of governments like South Africa's to pursue antiretroviral drugs aggressively are the main reasons affordable AIDS drugs are not widely available in poor nations.

December 2005: '"Jeffrey Sachs, a Columbia University development economist and former economic adviser here, says he empathizes with Bolivia's poor and agrees that energy companies should pay higher taxes. But he says Bolivia cannot close itself off to the world. "Protectionism isn't really a viable strategy for a small country," he said."'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Center for International Development (CID) Organization Sep 10, 2006
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Columbia University Organization Dec 18, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Earth Institute Organization Dec 18, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Harvard University Organization Dec 18, 2005
Member of (past or present) Institute of Medicine (IOM) Organization Dec 18, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Organization Dec 18, 2005
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Kofi A. Annan Person Dec 18, 2005
Supervisor of (past or present) Dr. Amir Attaran Person Sep 10, 2006
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Ban Ki-moon MPA Person Apr 21, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 25, 2009 A new (under) class of travellers: Migration and climate change

QUOTE: The scale of the likely population shift [due to climate change] raises big questions. Will climate-change migrants be recognised?

May 19, 2008 World Aid Agencies Faulted in Food Crisis: Failure to Support Agriculture Cited

QUOTE: Wade's broadside is part of a backlash against multilateral organizations that were created after World War II -- including the FAO, the World Bank and the World Food Program -- tasked with weaving together a safety net for the world's poorest. The recent spike in food prices has ripped a massive tear in that net, triggering riots around the world and threatening to plunge more than 100 million people into extreme poverty.

Washington Post
Apr 18, 2008 Across Globe, Empty Bellies Bring Rising Anger

QUOTE: Haiti’s hunger, that burn in the belly that so many here feel, has become fiercer than ever in recent days as global food prices spiral out of reach, spiking as much as 45 percent since the end of 2006 and turning Haitian staples like beans, corn and rice into closely guarded treasures.

New York Times
Oct 15, 2007 World Bank Neglects African Farming, Study Says

QUOTE: The World Bank, financed by rich nations to reduce poverty in poor ones, has long neglected agriculture in impoverished sub-Saharan Africa, where most people depend on the farm economy for their livelihoods, according to a new internal evaluation.

New York Times
May 19, 2007 Debate Rises On World Bank Succession: Some World Leaders Oppose Traditional Prerogative of U.S.

QUOTE: As the White House asserted its claim on picking Wolfowitz's successor, aid groups and former bank officials demanded that the next president be selected not in deference to the Bush administration, but on professional merits.

Washington Post
Dec 16, 2006 What Should a Billionaire Give – and What Should You?

QUOTE: In the same world in which more than a billion people live at a level of affluence never previously known, roughly a billion other people struggle to survive on the purchasing power equivalent of less than one U.S. dollar per day. .... Philanthropy on this scale raises many ethical questions: Why are the people who are giving doing so? Does it do any good? Should we praise them for giving so much or criticize them for not giving still more?

New York Times
Dec 18, 2005 The World: Latin America Looks Leftward Again

QUOTE: ...a new leftward tide now rising in Latin American politics. Tired of poverty and indifferent governments, villagers here are being urged by some of their more radical leaders to forget the promises of capitalism and install instead a community-based socialism in which products would be bartered. Some leaders even talk of forming an independent Indian state.

New York Times
Nov 20, 2005 Che's Second Coming?

QUOTE: Morales is the first full-blooded Aymara, Bolivia's dominant ethnic group, to make a serious run for the presidency, which is in itself testimony to the extraordinary marginalization that Bolivian citizens of pure Indian descent, who make up more than half of the population, have endured since 1825, when an independent Bolivia was established.

New York Times
Dec 25, 2001 The Scrooge Syndrome

QUOTE: ... the share of G.N.P. given in foreign aid by advanced countries; the United States ranks dead last, well behind far poorer countries such as Portugal and Greece.

New York Times
Nov 05, 2001 Patents or Poverty? A New Debate Over Poor AIDS Care in Africa


New York Times