Reforming institutions through development
Posted August 25, 2017
Spark MicroGrants is working with communities to provide cash (and possibly democracy)
This article originally appeared on Nonprofit Chronicles
Chickens. Cows. Cookstoves. Toilets. Solar panels. Job training. Clean water.
Western NGOs dole out lots of stuff to help poor people in the global south become less poor. Do such programs work? It’s hard to know, but when researchers for a series of World Bank studies called Moving Out of Poverty asked 3,991 households in 15 countries how they escaped poverty, just three of those households credited “NGO assistance.” Hmm.Continue Reading...
One key piece of the Detroit turnaround? Philanthropy
Posted July 11, 2017
Community development financial institutions have been conducting impact investing in the city for decades
Posted May 3, 2017
The oldest (and most effective) anti-poverty program
Posted February 23, 2017
What do we buy, and at what cost, when we give to nonprofits?
Posted November 24, 2016
Efforts to make a cleaner cookstove have long failed to live up to their promise, but that might be changing.
Originally published on Ensia
For about 3 billion of the world’s poorest people, the simple act of cooking dinner is fraught with risk. They burn wood, charcoal, dung or crop waste, often on open fires, fouling the air they breathe. It’s no small matter: Household air pollution from cooking fires is thought to be the world’s leading environmental cause of death and disability. And cooking over open fires also contributes to climate change and to deforestation when poor people chop down trees for fuel.Continue Reading...