Posted February 14, 2018
You say you want a revolution
Committed to evidence
Posted November 22, 2017
Foundations not only looking to solve problems, but to improve the way we solve problems
Many foundations try to solve specific problems. They seek to end homelessness, help veterans, protect oceans, or improve K-12 education. All worthy goals.
But what if the programs aimed at solving those problems don’t work? Or cost too much? Or create unforeseen consequences? How can they be improved?Continue Reading...
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