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Economic Development

Too Poor to Earn? Changing Assumptions About the Ultra Poor

The best way to help the ultra poor is not by giving them a handout, but by giving them an opportunity.

By Jim Sorenson & Sachi Shenoy | Dec. 27, 2011
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Nonprofit Management

The Trajectories of Organizations in Growth and Decline

An organization that attempts to do too much, too fast will almost certainly decline as quickly as it grows.

By John Brothers | Dec. 22, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

A New Generation of Brazilian Businesses

Small businesses in the world’s 13th most unequal country are leading the way in serving low-income communities.

By Rob Parkinson | Dec. 21, 2011


Living with the Gates Foundation: A Retrospective

A summary of articles and discussions about the Gates Foundation’s impact on global social change.

By Timothy Ogden | 2 | Dec. 20, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

S Corps, C Corps, and B Corps, Oh My! Corporate Structure Matters

We must shift our expectations for companies to make business choices based upon fair returns for all stakeholders.

By Eric Friedenwald-Fishman | 5 | Dec. 20, 2011


ReCoding Good: Part 1

From the Field Series: An ongoing report of the Philanthropy, Policy, and Technology Project, which explores the use of private resources for public good.

By Lucy Bernholz | Dec. 19, 2011

Board Governance

A Holiday Gift for Your Board: A Refreshed Dashboard

Refresh your dashboard to better inform your board's decisions.

By Matthew Forti | 3 | Dec. 19, 2011


Following India’s Microfinance Crisis, A Shift to Male Clients

The 2010 Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis may cause MFIs to shift away from a majority female client base to a more gender-balanced portfolio.

By Elena Bridgers | 5 | Dec. 16, 2011

Economic Development

Is Fair Good Enough?

As Fair Trade USA changes its certification standards, a tempest is brewing among those in the coffee industry who see technology and transparency as the means to lift farmers out of poverty.

By Glenn Parrish | Dec. 16, 2011


False Dichotomies

Philanthrocapitalists are vital to moving beyond blame-game rhetoric to try to figure out solutions to the world’s problems.

By Matthew Bishop & Michael Green | Dec. 15, 2011