Harvard Business Review
Corporate leaders realize that social problems present both daunting constraints to their operations and vast opportunities for growth. But many are struggling to implement the shared value concept.
Is It Nuts to Give to the Poor Without Strings Attached?
“You give people cash to start a business or expand their business, and in a lot of cases, they shoot forward. Then they start screeching to a halt when they hit the next constraint.” The problems holding the poor back — underdeveloped financial systems, bad infrastructure — are the generic but defining problems of the developing world, and they won’t be fixed by a one-time windfall.
Money for nothing and your cows for free
This American Life (audio)
Planet Money reporters David Kestenbaum and Jacob Goldstein went to Kenya to see the work of a charity called GiveDirectly in action. Instead of funding schools or wells or livestock, GiveDirectly has decided to just give money directly to the poor people who need it, and let them decide how to spend it. David and Jacob explain whether this method of charity works, and why some people think it's a terrible idea. (28 minutes)
Searching Big Data for ‘Digital Smoke Signals’
The office has the look and feel of an Internet start-up. But the office in Manhattan is not dedicated to the latest app. It is the base camp of the United Nations Global Pulse team — a tiny unit inside an institution known for its sprawling bureaucracy, not its entrepreneurial hustle. Still, the focus is on harnessing technology in new ways — using data from social networks, blogs, cellphones and online commerce to transform economic development and humanitarian aid in poorer nations.
Mobile Phones Build Peace
Stanford Social Innovation Review
New research illustrates how we can overcome challenges facing post-conflict countries like Afghanistan through the use of mobile phones.
By Youth, for Youth
Stanford Social Innovation Review (subscription)
Through the Global Changemakers program, people under the age of 25 are developing solutions to problems that directly affect them.
A Save-the-World Field Trip for Millionaire Tech Moguls
A profile of the founder of charity: water through a fundraising visit to the villages the organization serves.
Good Charity, Bad Charity
You are thinking of donating to a worthy cause. Good. But to which cause should you give?
Response: In Charitable Giving, No ‘Hierarchy of Goodness’
NYT, letter to the editor by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors CEO
I believe the author’s conclusions overlook significant dimensions of why people give, how our society encourages giving and how we can compare giving options.
City of the lost
New Yorker (subscription)
In the world’s second-largest refugee camp, Syrians find that it’s not easy to flee the war.
Is This Egypt's Intifada?
The crackdown could usher in the most violent radicalization of the Arab world since the Palestinian uprisings.
In Mali’s Election, Dashes of Optimism and Realism
In rain and mud, voters in Mali trickled into darkened polling stations on Sunday, hoping a vote for president will pull their country out of one of West Africa’s deepest government collapses since the colonial era.