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Economic Development

 

Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

 
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No Value

A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.

Reviewed By Timothy Ogden | Fall 2014
 
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The Next Stage of Financial Inclusion

Research on the needs and habits of the poor shows that nonprofits can serve a vital function in expanding access to financial services.

 

Cultivating a Neglected Field

Seven lending organizations are teaming up to meet the large-scale needs of smallholder farms in the developing world.

 
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Design for Cleaner Living

A team of social innovators is devising ways to put urban India on track to a tidier future.

 
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Rethinking Poverty

Recent discoveries in brain science shed light on what holds the poor back—and on how to help them get ahead.

 

How Fair Trade Grew

Variances in the experience of producer countries strongly affect how fair trade markets have evolved.

 

Making Cash Pay Off

GiveDirectly relies on high tech and hard data to test whether large cash transfers can alleviate extreme poverty.

 

The Trouble With Top-Down

The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.

Reviewed By Kevin Starr | Summer 2014
 
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Lots of Opportunity

An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.

 

A Fault in Funding

An initiative undertaken by the World Bank reveals a troubling gap in the financing of social enterprises.