Will Google take the lead in ending world poverty?

Recently Paul Polak wrote open letter to Google CEO Larry Page. Paul called for the company to spearhead an intensive, 15-year-long effort to build a network of businesses serving 100 million $2-a-day customers in one region or country, employing Google technology as infrastructure …

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Must reading about global poverty

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo Reviewed by Mal Warwick @@@@@ (5 out of 5) Public debate about the way to combat global poverty has ricocheted between two …

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A treadle pump success story

Editor’s note: International Development Enterprises (iDE), founded in 1981 by Paul Polak, pioneered the commercial introduction of the foot-operated treadle pump to poor farmers in the Global South. In the 1980s and 90s, iDE sold 1.5 million pumps — about half …

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A simple pump feeds a family of 20

Editor’s note: This is the fifth of seven case studies from the files of iDE Ethiopia which we’re posting here to spotlight the human reality that motivates our work and gives it meaning. The people featured in these vignettes are …

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