A business solution to poverty

By Jose Rene C. Gayo – BusinessWorld Online, Manila, Philippines THE TITLE of this article was inspired by the book by Paul Polak and Mal Warwick entitled The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New …

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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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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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Business as usual won’t end poverty

By Mal Warwick Business as usual won’t cut it. Nor will a traditional company reformed by adopting CSR as a guide to its business policies and practices. Private sector enterprises can’t succeed in ending poverty unless they recognize vision, leadership, …

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Lifting themselves out of poverty

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 fifth of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  Poor people have to invest their own …

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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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To end poverty, help poor people earn more money

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 third of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  The most obvious, direct, and effective …

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