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Class resentment in Depression-era England

A review of Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs #4), by Jacqueline Winspear @@@@ (4 out of 5) Maisie Dobbs’ private practice as a “psychologist and investigator” is taking off when she receives a curious assignment from a wealthy journalist celebrated for her front-line reporting in World War I. Georgina Bassington-Hope explains that her twin brother… Read More ›

What makes social change happen?

A review of The Social Labs Revolution: A New Approach to Solving Our Most Complex Challenges, by Zaid Hassan @@@@ (4 out of 5) “Planning based-approaches — so common across government, civil society, and even business — represent a neo-Soviet paradigm” and have long been shown to be at best minimally effective in fostering meaningful… Read More ›

Join me in a Google Hangout

You are invited to join me and Erik Simanis of Cornell University, in a Google Hangout tomorrow, Monday, June 9. We will discuss how to turn an idea into a business that can help lift people living on $2 a day or less out of poverty. The Google Hangout, entitled “The Business Model Behind the Bright… Read More ›

Bootstrapping change in Africa

A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade @@@@ (4 out of 5) It starts with the title itself — Dayo Olopade’s challenge to the prevailing sentiment that sub-Saharan Africa today is little different in its essence from the “dark continent” perceived by nineteenth century colonialists…. Read More ›

Inequality, Infant Mortality, and Foreign Aid

A review of The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality, by Angus Deaton @@@@ (4 out of 5) Has the human race made progress since the days when all our lives were nasty, brutish, and short? Some might think this question patently silly, since it would appear to answer itself. But Angus… Read More ›

Microcredit Doesn’t End Poverty

A review of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor, by Hugh Sinclair @@@@@ (5 out of 5) “Some microfinance is extremely beneficial to the poor, but it is not the miracle cure that its publicists would have you believe. Microfinance has been hijacked by profiteers, and we need… Read More ›

Jeffrey Sachs unmasked

A  review of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk @@@@@ (5 out of 5) It’s difficult even to dip your toes into the field of poverty without tripping over the Millennium Villages Project. So extensive has been the coverage of this ambitious – some would say hubristic –… Read More ›

Narrowing global inequities: a reading list

As I’ve dug more deeply into the subject of global poverty in the course of writing The Business Solution to Poverty with Paul Polak, it has become increasingly clear to me that truly understanding how today’s glaring inequities have come about requires extensive knowledge in a wide array of topics, from Third World history to… Read More ›

Delivering healthcare to billions of the world’s poor

A review of Pharmacy on a Bicycle: Innovative Solutions for Global Health and Poverty, by Eric C. Bing and Marc J. Epstein. @@@@ (4 out of 5). A leading global health authority and an eminent management professor explain how recent developments make it possible to deliver effective healthcare to the billions of the world’s poor now living in often-remote rural areas.

The sorry record of microcredit laid bare by an industry veteran

A review of Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic: How Microlending Lost Its Way and Betrayed the Poor, by Hugh Sinclair. @@@@@ (5 out of 5). Microfinance has been hijacked by profiteers, and we need to reclaim it for the poor.