Why the global war on poverty has failed

Why are there still so many poor people in the world after more than six decades of anti-poverty efforts? Social scientists can provide a great many nuanced reasons, but they usually overlook the obvious: 70 percent of the world’s poor live …

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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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Sun-Powered Irrigation

By Jack Keller, P.E., Paul Polak, Paul Storaci, and Robert Yoder A note from Paul Polak: This is the last paper my dear friend and soul brother, Jack Keller, wrote, He died recently at the age of 85 at an …

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Clean Water for India

By Paul Polak Spring Health, our rapidly scalable safe drinking water company designed to go global, has now started its commercial rollout in India by recruiting and training 90 new full-time staff, and expanding from 35 villages to 105 villages …

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The Last 500 Feet

By Paul Polak Developing practical and profitable new ways to cross the last 500 feet to the remote rural places where poor families now live and work is the first step towards creating vibrant new markets that serve poor customers. …

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Business Can Feed the Hungry

By Amy Alexander for Investors Business Daily At Thanksgiving, Americans are challenged: Feed the hungry. Clothe the poor. The best way to do it? Capitalism, say Paul Polak and Mal Warwick, authors of “The Business Solution to Poverty.” “The endless possibilities that can …

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Picture of the Week 2013-10-25

Spring Health (India) is the first of four companies Paul Polak is building to prove the concept that truly large business enterprises can be built that will transform the lives of poor people while generating handsome profits. Here, two early …

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