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  • 1 of 7 Nina at the Ryamiyonga Primary School in Ruhiira, Uganda. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 2 of 7 A woman rolls a plastic water drum to her hut in Dertu, a remote village in Kenya's North Eastern Province. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 3 of 7 At Dertu Primary, where textbooks are scarce, wall murals serve as educational aids. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 4 of 7Children in Dertu improvise with homemade toys. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 5 of 7 Nomadic herders and their camels at the community water pan in Bahuri,
    a settlement in Kenya's North Eastern Province. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 6 of 7In Ethiopia's northernmost Tigray region, a funeral procession heads towards a rock-hewn
    church in the Gheralta range. All photos © N. Munk.

  • 7 of 7 A child looks out from his grass-thatched classroom in Mwandama, Malawi. All photos © N. Munk.

Nina Munk, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, is a journalist and author. Her new book, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, is described by critics as “brilliant,” “powerful,” “compulsively readable,” and “heart-rending.” It has received an Albie award from Foreign Policy for 2013’s "best global political economy writing,” named one of the year's 10 "most entertaining and illuminating" books by Forbes, pronounced a "Book Of The Year" by The Spectator and Amazon.ca (among others), and shortlisted for the Governor General's Award. Read the reviews here.

To hear Nina speak about her book, watch the trailer for The Idealist.