Economic and Business Development
What Works for Africa's Poorest
David Lawson, David Hulme, Lawrence K. Ado-Kofie
Although great strides have been made, Africa still lags behind other parts of the world in the reduction of poverty. We now know that the poorest people rarely benefit from poverty reduction programmes, and this is especially true in some countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Microfinance programmes, fo...
The Global Child Poverty Challenge
Children are the most vulnerable people in the world – but rarely has the impact of poverty on children been addressed as an urgent issue in its own right. The harm that deprivation does to girls and boys as individuals, and the lasting cost of poverty, have received too limited attention. Policies...
Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy
This collection of eleven cases from Canada and the United States gives expression to the ideal of a new economy based on fairness and environmental sustainability. Grappling with complex problems in their local communities, organized citizens are forging innovation, prying open cracks in the prevai...
Managing Developmental Civil Society Organizations
When citizens band together in a civil society organization to effect change for the better, they can be a tremendous force for good. This book is about how to channel people’s enthusiasm most effectively, so that pitfalls are avoided, and goals are attained. The book reviews the variety and differ...
Financial and Market Integration of Vulnerable People
Smallholder farmers, women earners, young job-seekers, people with disability and the entrenched poor often struggle to sustain themselves or contribute to the wellbeing of their households. Despite years of attempting to address this situation, microfinance and enterprise development programmes hav...
Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains
Malcolm Harper, John Belt, Rajeev Roy
In spite of the current wave of globalization, the majority of the world’s people remain poor, excluded from economic development. The aim of this book is to show that disadvantaged smallholders and other poor people can be included in modern integrated value chains, which are profitable for them, f...
The Business of Doing Good
Anton Simanowitz, Katherine Knotts
Why is it that so many organizations, seeking to do good in the world, miss opportunities to do so – and indeed sometimes exacerbate the very problem they seek to address? The Business of Doing Good reveals six insights for microfinance and other social purpose organizations using the marketplace to...
Performance Management equips staff at financial institutions across emerging economies with frameworks and tools to manage people effectively.To sustain the business of financial institutions, leaders and managers must focus on ‘performance’. This means helping staff to maintain quality, efficiency...
As Though People Mattered
Must Britain sink from riches to rags in two generations? Must we pursue indiscriminate growth through unlimited consumption? The essential purpose of economic development and discriminating growth should be to enable all people to live fulfilled lives, and that objective can only be achieved throug...
Savings Groups at the Frontier
Savings Groups reach those rarely served by mainstream financial institutions.Maximum transparency, a profitable structure for saving, access to small loans and an annual lump sum of capital are the hallmarks of the savings group methodology. The outcome: empowered groups, made up mostly of women, w...