Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
When Cyclone Nargis ravaged Myanmar in 2008, inundating its lowlands and killing some 138,000 people, experts blamed the severe weather conditions on climate change.
Big data creates a new underclass, poor sanitation drains resources, and how cell phones are transforming healthcare in Africa. Staff picks: What we're reading this week.
Microinsurance is the darling of economists looking for a new way to alleviate poverty. For a pittance, they argue, the very poor can be saved from financial ruin in the event of a medical emergency or crop failure.
What’s the best way to deliver on the promise of mobile money to bring financial inclusion to the BoP? The Center for Effective Global Action hosted dozens of telecommunications, banking, research and mobile money experts to explore that question.
If you need to sharpen 10 pencils, it’s pretty obvious how you would go about it. But how would you efficiently sharpen a thousand pencils? A million pencils? Paul Polak shares what's needed for an organization to scale a great idea.
Until recently, investors had to choose between earning a social or financial return on your investment. Impact investing marries the two.
Why are some countries rich and some poor? Economists have been trying to answer that doozy for decades. Adam Davidson thinks we're close to an answer.
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Staff Picks: What we're reading this week. Afghan farmers face future uncertainty, Dennis Rodman talks about his N. Korea trip and the global elite's favorite strongman.
People face a complex and murky world when they decide to donate. Two ethicists lay out how they think you should decide.
Emerging leaders from across the Middle East are concocting plans to combat social and economic instability in their home countries.
Poor people are poor because they don’t have money. A new charity sees a simple solution: give money to those who need it most. Despite some controversy, the program has started to turn heads, largely because it might just work.
Staff Picks: What we're reading this week. Lessons on scaling social innovation, the business of beer meets the ugliness of war, and Google Translate adds African languages.
Agriculture offers promising employment opportunities for Africa’s youth-- if they can be convinced the work is worth the reward.
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