June 11, 2020
Opportunity Clients in India making face masks

Survive to Thrive

"The hammer of any crisis falls hardest on the extremely poor." Atul Tandon explains how Opportunity International is responding.
May 2, 2020

Sparing Spazas

Is a spaza shop an essential business?  Spaza shops abound on the sides of South African roads.  Most people living in rural areas buy their food […]
April 24, 2020

When Things Get Tough, Trust the Group

Marc Bavois believes deeply in the capabilities of people living in poverty to pool their own resources, invent solutions, and care for those who suffer most.
April 13, 2020

“When the Nation Gets a Cold, Black Business Gets Pneumonia”

In countries around the word we see the impact of the coronavirus affecting the vulnerable and the marginalized most deeply. That is as true in the US as it is in India and Paraguay.
April 8, 2020

Digital Banking Provides Lifeline in Pandemic

An Interview with Mohammad Mudassar Aqil, President & CEO, Easypaisa / Telenor Microfinance Bank, Pakistan
February 11, 2020

From Inhabitants to Citizens

Last week I posted a review of Martín Burt’s book Who Owns Poverty.  I included some clips from an interview I conducted with Martin last year […]
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.   […]
November 13, 2018

Graduating from Ultra-Poverty:
An Interview with Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG

Sir Fazle Abed is the founder and chairperson of BRAC.  Last year at the RESULTS International Conference Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and I interviewed […]
September 6, 2018

Making Consumption an Act of Global Citizenship:
An Interview with Felipe Arango
Managing Director, BSD Consulting

I would like my buying decisions to line up with my values. I want to know that the companies I buy from treat the planet, their […]
August 16, 2018

Jerry Nemorin:

From Wall Street
to LendStreet

Jerry Nemorin is the CEO and co-founder of LendStreet.  We both serve on the Steering Committee of the Smart Campaign, a global effort to promote transparency, […]
August 1, 2018
The living area for a person living in ultra-poverty

What Would it Be Like for
You to Live in Ultra-Poverty?

Visualizing Ultra-Poverty   Over the last two months, I have given two presentations on ultra-poverty.  As I prepared for the first one, I tried to think […]
July 24, 2018

Busting Gender Norms in Health and Nutrition

What does gender have to do with health and nutrition?  Former Malawi President Joyce Banda said it best at the RESULTS International Conference, “The woman raises […]
June 5, 2018
Carmen Velasco at Microcredit Summit in Merida

“Money Has a Lot of Power”
An Interview with Carmen Velasco

Carmen Velasco, together with Lynne Patterson, cofounded Pro Mujer, an innovative social enterprise that provided loans, business training and health education to women living in poverty.  […]