Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
The crops used to produce most of the world's illegal drugs come from a small number of weak states. Can providing impoverished farmers there with alternative crops -- and the markets to sell them in -- undermine the drug trade?
Bill and Melinda Gates believe that by 2035 there will be almost no poor countries. This year they warn that pessimistic viewpoints may harm the world's chances.
While the government lays out a plan to stockpile and distribute subsidized grains to feed the hungry, a new way of planting and farming rice across India has proven dramatic success.
Last August, small-scale farmers in rural Zimbabwe were preparing to harvest their crop of chilies just like they do every year. But this harvest would be like none other.
An Oregon chocolate maker's story: how the company builds value from bean to bar.
"Twenty years ago we spoke about the poor with a sense of futility, and I think now when you talk about the base of the pyramid, more often than not you're talking about markets and opportunities."
Big government-funded irrigation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa are often expensive and inaccessible, so farmers are taking matters into their own hands.
Over the past decade, aid organizations have moved from handouts and giveaways to making markets work for, and by, the poor. Here's four groups leading the charge.
Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, aims to raise the country to middle income status by 2020. Partnering with the private sector is a prime method.
Multinational corporations can seem like alcoholics--they promise to reform, be responsible and end labor abuse--but in the end, quitting is harder than it appears.
Making t-shirts can help lift a country out of poverty, but t-shirts alone no longer cut it, according to economic journalist Adam Davidson.
People face a complex and murky world when they decide to donate. Two ethicists lay out how they think you should decide.
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.
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