Elizabeth Dickinson is a journalist. She has served as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington D.C. and Nigeria correspondent for The Economist, reporting from five continents. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, The New Republic, IRIN News, AllAfrica.com, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, The National, and the Mail and Guardian. She is regularly a guest on NPR affiliate stations, the BBC, ABC News, France24, Sirius XM radio, and Washington's WTOP.
Dickinson previously held internships with the Wall Street Journal in Brussels and the New York Times' West Africa bureau in Dakar. She speaks French, Spanish, Krio, and enough Yoruba for party tricks. An avid runner, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in African and International Studies from Yale University. She is based out of her suitcase.
Almost as soon as the global financial crisis struck in 2008, policymakers began raising concerns that recession could start to undo the gains in poverty reduction of the last decade. The World Bank warned that some 100 million people could fall below the poverty line as a result of the crisis. By 2009, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) worried that extreme poverty, malnutrition and poor health could set back the development of millions of children. Meanwhile, advocates worldwide knew that international aid budgets would likely be among the first items cut when governments implemented austerity measures.