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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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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The myth of ending 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 second of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  Conventional approaches to end poverty have …

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How to end 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’re featuring the first of those takeaways. Future posts will include others.  We believe there is one …

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Mobile money at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Since M-PESA was introduced in Kenya seven years ago, blogs and conference sessions have devoted more and more space to the potential of mobile money as an enabling technology for development. Suddenly, making banking services available to the unbanked no longer …

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How Mobile Tech is Transforming Africa

By Sarah Martin For years analysts have said that “Africa is Rising,” but now it’s really happening. With an expanding population and steady economic growth, social enterprise in Africa is today seeing real returns on investment. This “double-bottom line” success …

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Free audiobook excerpt

Paul Polak and Mal Warwick’s award-winning book, The Business Solution to Poverty, is available as an audiobook. You can sample the audio here: http://bit.ly/1gF50T4.  

Will Google take the lead in ending world poverty?

Recently Paul Polak wrote open letter to Google CEO Larry Page. Paul called for the company to spearhead an intensive, 15-year-long effort to build a network of businesses serving 100 million $2-a-day customers in one region or country, employing Google technology as infrastructure …

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