They think of themselves as venture philanthropists. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other titans of Silicon Valley have made a big bet on Bridge International Academy, a for-profit chain of low-cost private schools that is proliferating like wildfire in Africa and Asia. As grantee Peg Tyre reports in a feature for The New York Times Magazine, Bridge’s mission is to educate 10 million of the "bottom billion"—children of families who live on less than $2 a day. But what do developing nations lose when they surrender one of the primary functions of the state—the education of the next generation—to a foreign corporation.
Each year, hundreds of bodies are found along the US-Mexico border. They carry no IDs. Grantee Aaron Nelsen reports on the extraordinary efforts of forensic anthropologists and immigrant groups to identify the dead and bring closure to families.
Once heralded as a model of progressive immigration policy, Sweden has made an about-face. CUNY Hunter College student fellow Amy Russo, writing for Foreign Affairs, explains what went wrong.