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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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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Empowering rural women in Ethiopia

Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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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Case study from Ethiopia

By iDE (International Development Enterprises) Editor’s note: This is the first 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 individuals …

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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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