Paul Polak on global poverty solutions

The widely followed website Business Fights Poverty features the “Top 10 Discussions of 2014,” and there on the list is Paul Polak’s recent Google Hangout. In a free-ranging one-hour discussion, Paul describes the pathfinding ideas that have distinguished his career …

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Fighting poverty with empathy

In a world of six thousand languages, many of whose speakers claim unique ethnicity, barriers to understanding loom large across linguistic, ethnic, religious, class, and caste divisions. With humanity pigeon-holed into so many distinct groupings, how can anyone hope to …

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Can multinationals reduce poverty?

By Mal Warwick A recent New York Times article by Stephanie Strom (“Multinational Companies Court Lower-Income Consumers“) spotlighted the efforts of General Electric, Unilever, PepsiCo, and Nokia to pursue what C. K. Prahalad and Stuart Hart famously termed “the fortune at …

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If you work with poor people, read this first

A review of In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development, by Jeffrey Ashe with Kyla Jagger Neilan @@@@@ (5 out of 5) In an even reasonably rational world, In Their Own Hands would serve as the Bible for development professionals …

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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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