Out of Poverty What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail

ISBN-10: 1576754499

ISBN-13: 9781576754498

Edition: 2008

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Description: Based on his 25 years of experience, Polak explodes what he calls the "Three Great Poverty Eradication Myths": that we can donate people out of poverty, that national economic growth will end poverty, and that Big Business, operating as it does now, will end poverty. Polak shows that programs based on these ideas have utterly failed--in fact, in sub-Saharan Africa poverty rates have actually gone up. These failed top-down efforts contrast sharply with the grassroots approach Polak and IDE have championed: helping the dollar-a-day poor earn more money through their own efforts. Amazingly enough, unexploited market opportunities do exist for the desperately poor. Polak describes how he and others have identified these opportunities and have developed innovative, low-cost tools that have helped in lifting 17 million people out of poverty.

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/1/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface
Introduction: Learning to Do the Simple and Obvious
Twelve Steps to Practical Problem Solving
The Three Great Poverty Eradication Myths
It All Starts with Making More Money
Design for the Other 90 Percent
From Subsistence to New Income
Affordable Small-Plot Irrigation
A New Agriculture for One-Acre Farms
Creating Vibrant New Markets That Serve Poor Customers
Slums - The Incubator for New Income Opportunities
Poverty and the Planet
Taking Action to End Poverty
Bahadur and His Family Move Out of Poverty
Notes
Resources
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
About IDE
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