Reporter Amy Costello travels the world’s dirt roads to follow up on celebrated aid projects, public health initiatives, and charities. She also hosts Tiny Spark, a podcast that investigates the business of doing good.
The Soccket is a soccer ball with a twist — a generator inside that turns kicks into power that can run a small lamp. Its American inventors and celebrity backers say it provides hours of light so poor children in homes without electricity can study at night. But this bright idea has run into some technical problems.
TOMS Shoes was one of the first to pioneer the "guilt-free" consumption model. When you buy a pair of TOMS shoes, the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need. Aid watchers criticized this "band-aid" effort to fight poverty. Now TOMS is changing its style a bit.
I recently returned from Africa, a place I reported on for many years. I thought I knew the territory pretty well, so I was surprised to find myself facing some ethical dilemmas that I hadn’t confronted before.
Doctors who worked in Haiti after the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake are asking a difficult question: Did some medical volunteers harm patients? Amy Costello reports on the medical community's attempts to learn from mistakes made in Haiti.
The US leads the world in the number of children adopted from abroad. Critics say this unending demand for infants from poor nations – together with the huge sums American families are willing to pay – transformed an altruistic act into an industry plagued by corruption, kidnapping, and fraud.