Is scale the only answer to poverty?

The Don’t Bother Trilogy: If you don’t understand the problem you’ve set out to solve from your customers’ perspective, if your product or service won’t dramatically increase their income, and if you can’t sell 100 million of them, don’t bother. …

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Design for the world’s poor

BY MAL WARWICK As I pointed out in last week’s post, the urgent needs of some 2.7 billion people now living on $2 a day or less present enormous business opportunities—together, I believe, the signature investment opportunity of the 21st century. …

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Achieving scale in economic development

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, highlights 20 “takeaways” that encapsulate much of the book’s essence. Today we feature the fourth of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  Although a handful of development initiatives have …

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Innovation in Africa

Recently Mal Warwick posted an article here highlighting the widespread innovation in sub-Saharan Africa (“Who are the innovators?” May 10, 2014).  In the same vein, a South African technology writer named Toby Shapshak (pictured at right) recently delivered a TED …

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The Design Revolution is underway

By Mal Warwick A lengthy article in yesterday’s New York Times (“Solving Problems For Real World, Using Design“) called attention to the sea change underway in the field of design.  Not so very long ago, designers trained for specialization in a …

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Is Business the Answer?

By Mal Warwick One of the challenges Paul Polak and I are now facing when we speak about our book, The Business Solution to Poverty, is to overcome the widespread conviction that business is part of the problem, not the …

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Achieving Scale at the Bottom of the Pyramid

By Adva Saldinger 11 November 2013 in Devex Impact   The challenges of scaling successful development interventions is often discussed and bemoaned. In their new book “The Business Solution to Poverty,” Paul Polak and Mal Warwick argue that a solution to …

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