Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

Unlikely Innovators
Solve the World’s
Toughest Problems
Richard Pascale, Jerry
Sternin, & Monique Sternin

Survival of the Deviant

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems by Richard Pascale, Jerry Sternin, & Monique Sternin

Reviewed By Dean Karlan | Fall 2010

Microfinance’s Next Frontier

LeapFrog Investments aims to insure the poor on a grand scale.

By Meredith May | Fall 2010

Fueling Growth

Riders for Health has created a novel approach to maintaining health transport vehicles in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Sonali Rammohan | Summer 2010

Lucrative but Deadly

As parents spend more time raising their profitable coffee crop, they spend less time attending to their children's needs.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Summer 2010

Financing Freedom

Microlending in leprosy colonies frees residents from poverty, shame, and isolation.

By Meredith May | Summer 2010

Big Payoffs from Small Savings

SaveTogether wants to foster the savings habit among low-income Americans.

By Suzie Boss | Summer 2010

A Good Business for Poor People

Microfranchising poses fewer risks and offers greater benefits than does creating a new business from scratch.

By Lisa Jones Christensen, David Lehr, & Jason Fairbourne | 1 | Summer 2010

Local Warming

Global warming may end up helping some poor farmers who will be able to sell their crops for higher prices.

By Jessica Ruvinsky | Summer 2010

The Ingredients of Growth

By choosing smart economic models and stabilizing political institutions, political leaders pave the way for fast and sustained development.

By David H. Brady & Michael Spence | 2 | Spring 2010

Namibia Experiments with Aid for All

The world’s first universal cash transfer program is in Namibia and provides cash with no strings attached.

By Suzie Boss | Spring 2010