January 20, 2020

The World House

In the year before his death Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. published the book Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?  In one of […]
December 23, 2019

Thank You, Abed

The world lost one of its greatest fighters against poverty last week.  Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, died at the age of 84.   […]
December 18, 2019

Can the Holy Grail Be Found in a Hindu Temple?

Getting Paid to Do Good How do you generate income from delivering a service to people living in poverty? It’s a challenge faced by do-gooders the […]
December 3, 2019

Updated Recommendations for Giving

Last year I posted my recommendations for giving on Giving Tuesday (for those not living in the US, this is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving).  This year […]
October 18, 2019

Women Leading Change for Samburu County

A Tough Bargain Lesanini held firm. She knew the price in other markets, and she knew what it would cost the man to travel to those […]
October 9, 2019

Why Do We Know So Much That Isn’t True?

A review of the book Factfulness by Hans Rosling Am I Safe? If you talk to the people who run TV newsrooms about how they decide […]
September 30, 2019

How Well Do You Know World Trends?

Can You Beat a Chimpanzee? You may ace every news quiz you take, but how well does that help you know what has been going on […]
September 20, 2019

When Welfare Fosters Dignity

Where in the world can the US learn how to provide welfare that fosters independence and dignity? Try Kenya, or Bangladesh, or the UK, or Finland.
September 12, 2019

The Business Roundtable Gets an F and an Incomplete

The Business Roundtable (BRT) now believes that businesses should pursue social objectives in addition to profits. I wrote a post about it a couple weeks ago. […]
September 12, 2019

The Business Roundtable Gets an F and an Incomplete

The Business Roundtable (BRT) now believes that businesses should pursue social objectives in addition to profits. I wrote a post about it a couple weeks ago. […]
August 28, 2019

What Science Says About Anti-Poverty Programs

If you were watching the PBS News Hour on Friday night, you would have seen a piece entitled “A Scientific Approach to Evaluation Global Anti-Poverty Programs.”  […]
August 21, 2019
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How Can We Tell if the Business Roundtable is Serious?

A New Purpose for Corporations? On August 19, 2019, the Business Round Table, a gathering of 200 of the largest businesses in the US, decided to […]
August 14, 2019

Mentoring Magic

Najmul, a Branch Manager for BRAC in Bangladesh, shows how the mentors help guide women on their journey out of ultra-poverty.