Paul Polak on Learning from Mistakes

Here is a short video clip from Paul’s keynote presentation at the annual conference of the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), sponsored by The Lemelson Foundation. Click on the headline above to view the video.  

Is microfinance the answer?

By Mal Warwick Microfinance has taken quite a beating in recent years, as evidence has accumulated that its impact falls far short of the impressive gains predicted in its heyday after Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in …

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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 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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