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


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


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

Lessons in Courage

Against all odds, the Afghan Institute of Learning educates women and girls in a war-torn society.

By Suzie Boss | Spring 2010

Strength Through Flexibility

Over the past 17 years, the Forum for African Women Educationalists has delivered high-quality education to millions of girls across 35 African countries.

By Kim Jonker | 1 | Winter 2010
Turning Oppression
into Opportunity for
Women Worldwide
Sheryl WuDunn &
Nicholas D. Kristof

Women Hold Both Sky and Solutions

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof

Reviewed By Kavita Nandini Ramdas | 3 | Winter 2010

Research: The Business of Bribery

A new study from Indonesia shows that extortionists respond to market forces in much the same way as do lawful businesspeople.

By Alana Conner | Winter 2010

The Profit in Nonprofit

Why Kiva chose to be a 501(c)(3), what this tax status buys the organization, and how being a nonprofit poses challenges.

By Bethany Coates & Garth Saloner | 13 | Summer 2009