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Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


Urban Development

Ten Cities, Ten Projects

A report from the first-ever EcoDistricts Institute—how 10 cities are integrating green buildings and infrastructure with community action and civic entrepreneurship.

By Rob Bennett | Jun. 6, 2012


Training to Save?

Does financial education training for children in Ghana help instill a culture of good decision-making? Take a reader survey and find out.

By Annie Duflo & Dean Karlan | 3 | May. 31, 2012

Economic Development

A Fresh Take on Building Prosperous Cities

Local government strategic planning is needed to move cities forward at the necessary rate of reform.

By Mayor Sam Adams | 5 | May. 9, 2012


Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in Cote d’Ivoire

The entire cocoa sector—exporters, NGOs, manufacturers, and governments—must help farmers boost their productivity and income.

By Andy Harner | Apr. 25, 2012

Economic Development

Kraft Foods’ Cocoa Partnership in Ghana

To develop the next generation of cocoa farmers in Ghana, Kraft Foods created a cross-sector initiative with a long-term view.

By Perry Yeatman | 2 | Apr. 25, 2012


At USAID, Linking Innovation and Evidence to Drive Impact


Economic Development

Mobile Operators: White Knights of Financial Inclusion?

Two issues are dogging existing mobile money systems: excessive system downtime and lack of interconnection.

By Ignacio Mas | Apr. 3, 2012
SSIR blogger Randall Kempner is executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel social entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Economic Development

ANDE: Riding the Entrepreneurial Wave

The growth of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs reflects the rising tide of entrepreneurial support.

By Randall Kempner | Mar. 27, 2012

Economic Development

A Plot of Land, a Path to Freedom

A valuable lesson for alleviating global poverty lies within the pages of African American history.

By Tim Hanstad | 2 | Feb. 29, 2012

Economic Development

Survey: Can Management Consulting Help Tiny Firms Grow?

Predict the results of two recent development studies, conducted by IPA, one of the world's leading poverty research organizations.

By Annie Duflo & Dean Karlan | 9 | Feb. 23, 2012