Paul and Mal are on the road

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, coauthors of The Business Solution to Poverty, are attending the annual conference of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), in San Jose, California. On March 20, they delivered the keynote to a pre-conference …

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And the winner is . . .

Rob Lavoie of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has won the Net Impact $5,000 Business Solution to Poverty Challenge. His entry was the unanimous choice of the three judges, Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, coauthors of The Business Solution to Poverty, and …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-30

Sustainable economic development is the Holy Grail of development specialists worldwide, yet so few efforts to attain it have focused on the right people and the right methods. Poor people must invest their own time and money in raising the …

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Picture of the Week 2013-9-20

Affordable, small-plot drip irrigation like the system operated by this farmer in Nepal can multiply a family’s income by a factor of three or more. With water available for irrigation, farmers can grow more valuable vegetable crops and harvest them …

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Achieving Scale

Scale is the single biggest unmet challenge in development and impact investment today. IDE, the development organization I founded, has helped some 20 million people living on a $1/day move out of poverty, but this is a drop in the bucket …

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Picture of the Week 2013-8-2

One company that has set out on the path described in The Business Solution to Poverty is d.light design, which was conceived in the Stanford course Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability. Solar lanterns like the one pictured here in Tanzania …

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Hope for Africa

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer Reviewed by Mal Warwick @@@@@ (5 out of 5) A debate has been raging for years within that rarefied global community that …

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