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[photo - David Dodson]

Project Healthy Children works with governments and manufacturers to bring fortified foods to people at risk.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Developing Nigeria With Humility and Hard Work]

The cofounder of Pagatech learns to balance the cultures of two countries and expand access to financial services.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Mandy O'Neill]

A researcher says at least part of the answer is that people are more than their potential.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva]

The cofounder of a microlending outfit says entrepreneurs need to "wake up each day and say, 'Now what?'"

Resource: News Article
[photo - Michael Ugwu, CEO of iROKING]

Michael Ugwu explains the challenges, and opportunities, of building a company in Lagos.

Resource: News Article
[photo - David Dodson]

Project Healthy Children works with governments and manufacturers to bring fortified foods to people at risk.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Developing Nigeria With Humility and Hard Work]

The cofounder of Pagatech learns to balance the cultures of two countries and expand access to financial services.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva]

The cofounder of a microlending outfit says entrepreneurs need to "wake up each day and say, 'Now what?'"

Resource: News Article
[photo - Mandy O'Neill]

A researcher says at least part of the answer is that people are more than their potential.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Michael Ugwu, CEO of iROKING]

Michael Ugwu explains the challenges, and opportunities, of building a company in Lagos.

Resource: News Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Spring 2010

A close study of 13 high-growth economies suggests that, counter to some received wisdom, political leaders are an integral part of creating successful economies

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Spring 2010

A new study shows that social inequality is affected not just by wealth, but by the specific kind of wealth

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2010

Build Change, a Mill Valley, Calif.-based nonprofit whose mission is “to greatly reduce deaths, injuries, and economic losses caused by housing collapses due to earthquakes in developing countries,” is shaking up construction practices in earthquake-prone areas.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2010

Economic gardening nurtures local business

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article
Stanford Social Innovation Review: Winter 2010

The poor are just like everyone else: they do not save as much as they would like.  Yet unlike their richer counterparts, poor people do not receive the cleverly marketed, carefully tested financial products that could help them reach their savings goals more easily.  To enrich the bottom of the pyramid, bankers to the poor should make saving money easier by using the latest findings from economics and psychology.

Resource: Stanford Social Innovation Review Article

How do you assess the ability and willingness of the poor to pay for products and services that do not already exist, and how do you convince companies to take a risk on such a vast and fragmented market?

Resource: Blog Post

Using existing microfinance institutions and recent developments in the carbon credit markets on the supply side to facilitate the adoption of clean energy for the very poor.

Resource: Blog Post

The financial crisis threatens hopes to expand opportunities for underprivileged young people, but we can’t afford not to invest in them.

Resource: Blog Post

Reducing poverty for people at the lower end of the scale would be more powerful than any other form of intervention.

Resource: Blog Post

Remittances dwarf traditional forms of aid to less developed nations.

Resource: Blog Post
Video/Audio : All | Audio | Video
[photo - Abhishek Sinha]

In a country that lacks formal financial services but contains over half a billion cell phone users, two brothers saw a unique opportunity. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman speaks with Abhishek Sinha, co-founder of Eko India Financial Services, about their efforts to lower the barriers for end-consumers in India. As The Tech Awards 2011 laureates of the Flextronics Economic Development Award, Sinha discusses Eko India's breakthrough developments in branchless banking.

Resource: Audio
Africa represents a promising frontier for many global entrepreneurs. In this university podcast, Thomas Gibian, chairman of Emerging Capital Partners, discusses his experiences developing a private equity business focused on Africa, and how it has changed over the years. Speaking at the Stanford Africa Forum, he points to areas of future growth for those interested in investing in the African continent.
Resource: Audio
[photo - Photo: Lenny Mendorca]
Given the United States' fundamental fiscal imbalances, how can we ensure a more positive future? In this university podcast, hosted by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, McKinsey partner Lenny Mendonca calls for nothing less than "an innovation and productivity revolution." He looks at what activity will be needed at the national level to stimulate our economy in the direction of growth.
Resource: Audio
[photo - Photo: Joe Minarik]

Where is the United States economy and budget going? How can the U.S. stop accumulating debt at the same accelerated rate that's been happening over the past few decades? In this audio lecture, Joe Minarik summarizes how the U.S. deficit has gotten to the state it's in, and outlines steps needed to solve the problem and help the economy grow. The event was hosted by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Sara Chamberlain]

"People can learn from mobile phones," says Sara Chamberlain, Head of Interactive for BBC World Trust and developer. She launched BBC Janala to "raise the language skills of 25 million people in Bangladesh by 2017". She speaks with host Sheela Sethuraman about how 3 million people already started learning English with in some cases the most basic handsets. According to Chamberlain, making English accessible affordably could be "a ticket out of poverty" for the people of Bangladesh.

Resource: Audio
[Video-Hau Lee: Value Chain Innovation in Developing Economies]

Hau Lee explains how value chain innovations can help entrepreneurs in developing economies grow their businesses, and what multinational corporations can learn from them.

Resource: Video
[Video-Bill Gates Says Foreign Aid is Threatened, but Big Ideas Can Turn the Tide]

Just off a plane from Africa, Bill Gates visits Stanford to talk about innovation, but not the software kind. Scientists and engineers, he said, need to focus on products that help improve the lives of the world's poor even though the market directs people to help the wealthiest.

Resource: Video
[Video-Innovative Design Saves Tiny Lives]

Jane Chen, MBA '08, has a vision of a place “babies no longer die from being cold, where people no longer die from preventable causes. And where every person has the ability to choose [his or her] own fate.”

Resource: Video
[Video-Optimism for Developing Countries]

"There is, perhaps for the first time in history, a reasonable chance of transforming the quality of life and the creative opportunities for the vast majority of humanity."

Resource: Video
[Video-Enhancing Business Education for Rural Entrepreneurs]

In 2006, Stanford's Graduate School of Business students Scott Raymond and Katherine Boas took a service learning trip to Thailand and Cambodia. The result? A program that helps to alleviate poverty in Thailand that is now being duplicated at microlending organizations around the world.

Resource: Video
[photo - Jake Harriman]

Nuru International is a social venture fighting to address extreme poverty, the greatest humanitarian crisis of our generation. In this audio interview, Jonathan Chang speaks with Jake Harriman, Founder and CEO of Nuru International. Harriman tells the story of his personal path to working with the rural populations of Kenya and Ethiopia. He explains his focus on solutions to poverty that consider more than strictly financial definitions as part of our ongoing Impact Innovators series.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Abhishek Sinha]

In a country that lacks formal financial services but contains over half a billion cell phone users, two brothers saw a unique opportunity. In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman speaks with Abhishek Sinha, co-founder of Eko India Financial Services, about their efforts to lower the barriers for end-consumers in India. As The Tech Awards 2011 laureates of the Flextronics Economic Development Award, Sinha discusses Eko India's breakthrough developments in branchless banking.

Resource: Audio
[Video-Bill Gates Says Foreign Aid is Threatened, but Big Ideas Can Turn the Tide]

Just off a plane from Africa, Bill Gates visits Stanford to talk about innovation, but not the software kind. Scientists and engineers, he said, need to focus on products that help improve the lives of the world's poor even though the market directs people to help the wealthiest.

Resource: Video
Africa represents a promising frontier for many global entrepreneurs. In this university podcast, Thomas Gibian, chairman of Emerging Capital Partners, discusses his experiences developing a private equity business focused on Africa, and how it has changed over the years. Speaking at the Stanford Africa Forum, he points to areas of future growth for those interested in investing in the African continent.
Resource: Audio
[photo - Photo: Lenny Mendorca]
Given the United States' fundamental fiscal imbalances, how can we ensure a more positive future? In this university podcast, hosted by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, McKinsey partner Lenny Mendonca calls for nothing less than "an innovation and productivity revolution." He looks at what activity will be needed at the national level to stimulate our economy in the direction of growth.
Resource: Audio
Case Studies : All | Academic Cases
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[photo - Hau L. Lee]

Riders for Health is a U.K.-based nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of transportation systems for health workers in Africa. In 2007, after 11 years in existence, the organization was at a critical point and had to decide what strategies were necessary to expand.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

The Acumen Fund provides modest amounts of capital, combined with business expertise, to help build enterprises that would serve the poor. The case describes the fund’s approach to helping address water resource problems in developing countries.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

The Rural Development Institute was established in the 1970s to alleviate poverty by securing land rights for the world’s rural poor. The organization was considering whether to enter India to work for land reform.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

In 2000, the Rural Development Institute entered India. The organization had to modify its model to address the unique aspects of the situation in that country.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - James A. Phills]

Unitus focuses on accelerating the growth of the microfinance industry. This first case describes the Unitus business model for microfinance and whether or not the company should expand the capital it provides to partners through a debt or equity fund.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - James A. Phills]

Unitus focuses on accelerating the growth of the microfinance industry. While case A examined Unitus options to expand the capital it provides to partners, this second case reveals the decisions Unitus leaders made.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Brian S. Lowery]

By early 2006, PacifiCare's African American Health Solution had made significant headway in its two primary markets of Dallas and Los Angeles. Now the health insurance program had to define its purpose more clearly in the face of growing competition for the business of African Americans.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Robert B. Chess]

Napo was developing a compound to treat diarrhea while arranging an innovative public-private partnership to distribute it in the developing world. When that partnership proved difficult to arrange, the founder had to decide whether to continue pursuing it.

Resource: Academic Case
Multimedia Case
[photo - James A. Phills]

A new breed of entrepreneurs is prioritizing social impact over the creation of wealth. This video case examines the insights, aspirations, and impact of three leading social entrepreneurs and the challenges they face in distributing products and services in hard-to-reach places. It is meant to be used in conjunction with cases SI72 A and SI72 B.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - James A. Phills]

Waste Concern in Bangladesh had earned an international reputation for its innovative approach to waste management in Dhaka. The organization needed to consider two opportunities to raise capital for expansion from large foreign firms.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

In Januay 2009 QuestBridge, a national leader in making college a reality for bright and motivated low-income students, was able to place 1,500 high school seniors at 30 top colleges. While Quest had been successful, the organization's future growth loomed large and remained in question. The case explores the two paths Quest implemented for finaical and operational growth, but which trajectory offered the most promising strategy has yet to be determined.

Resource: Academic Case

For millions of people across Africa, motorcycles can be a key to effective health care. A well-maintained fleet of vehicles and motorcycles to connect patients, medical expertise, and medicine is sometimes the most vital link in the health delivery supply chain. A new case written for the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum describes one successful program.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - David P. Baron]

Inspired by Professor Muhammad Yunus, Jessica and Matt Flannery experimented with micro-lending connecting Ugandan entrepreneurs to friends and family through a pilot internet trial. Kiva, the first person-to- person microlending organization was born.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Jesper B. Sorensen]

As Green as It Gets was a nonprofit economic development organization supporting small, independent producers in disadvantaged Guatemalan communities. The founder pondered how to grow and sustain the organization.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Garth Saloner]

Endeavor selects promising entrepreneurs and helps them develop and grow their businesses through mentorship and guidance. In 2007, founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg looked at the organization's expansion strategy.

Resource: Academic Case
Research Papers : All
[photo - Peter Blair Henry]

When a developing country opens its stock market to foreign capital, the resulting economic effect usually helps more than just big business. Manufacturing workers find their salaries rise rapidly while the nation realizes an even more rapid growth in productivity, according to a study of 18 developing nations, says professor Peter Henry.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Romain Wacziarg]

Romain Wacziarg's most recent work relates genetic distance between populations to differences in economic outcomes, such as their income per capita, to better understand the process by which innovations diffuse from one culture to the next. He found that countries whose populations are the most remote genetically from the populations that developed major innovations over the past 200 years are the least well off.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Peter B. Henry]

This paper argues that the principal obstacle to investment and growth in the world’s poorest countries is the lack of basic institutions that support profitable economic activity. The G-8 Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative won't address the real problems of poor countries.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Henry Peter Blair]

The 2005 G8 debt relief plan certainly sounds generous, but researchers caution it is unlikely to result in large benefits for struggling countries.

Resource: Research Paper
[photo - Henry Peter Blair]

This paper argues that debt relief is unlikely to stimulate investment and growth in highly indebted poor countries. Instead, direct aid is the answer.

Resource: Research Paper
Courses : All
[photo - Robert Burgelman]

This seminar helps participants develop strategically informed action plans that are imaginative, inspiring, and workable in highly dynamic environments. Through informed debate and the writing and presentation of position papers, participants evaluate and hone their views on the seminar's critical themes.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Jim Patell]

Students apply engineering and business skills to design product prototypes, distribution systems, and business plans for entrepreneurial ventures in developing countries. The aim is to address challenges faced by the world's poor.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Renee Bowen]

This course gives students an understanding of international trade economics, and analyzes the political processes by which international trade policy is determined. It combines lecture and mini-case studies.

Resource: MBA Course
[photo - Peter Henry]

This course gives students the background they need to understand the broad movements in the global economy. Key topics include long-run economic growth, technological change, wage inequality, international trade, interest rates, inflation, exchange rates, and monetary policy.

Resource: MBA Course
Innovators : All

Dave DeForest-Stalls wants to help kids stay out of gangs. He's providing mentorship and hip ways to keep youth on the straight and narrow.

Resource: CSI Affiliates

Mark Cafferty is passionate about empowering individuals to be all they can be. He channels funds to employment and youth service programs.

Resource: CSI Affiliates
[photo - Court Gould (EPNL '06)]

Court Gould is pushing for Pittsburgh to grow sustainably. He's working hard to inform decision makers about to accomplish that most effectively.

Resource: CSI Affiliates

Ruth Bolan is giving voice to indigenous peoples of the Pacific Island. She funds documentaries that bring their culture and challenges to millions of viewers.

Resource: CSI Affiliates

Mary Margaret Sloan fires up young people by placing them in environmental service jobs around the country. Her goal is to train the next generation of conservation leaders.

Resource: Alumni
[photo - Katie Hill]

Solutions for those facing the tradeoff between economic development and environmental sustainability are related in this audio lecture. International development spurs demand for energy in emerging markets, which increases the risk of climate change. As a result, there is an urgent need for environmental sustainability. Katie Hill discusses how companies can push through this tradeoff. Hill compares the economic challenges manufacturers face with energy in emerging markets with the challenges faced in the U.S.. The contrast poses a compelling argument for the use of renewable energy in factories and supply chains around the world.

Resource: Audio
[photo - Stefanos Zenios]

This case provides an overview of the nonprofit organization PATH and its Safe Water Project. One of the key objectives of this effort was to explore how the private sector could help make HWTS products more affordable. By conducting a portfolio of field-based pilots in collaboration with commercial partners, the PATH team sought to better understand the effect of different pricing, consumer financing, and subsidy models on demand within low-income population in developing countries. 

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Stefanos Zenios]

This case provides an overview of the nonprofit organization PATH and its Safe Water Project—a five-year effort launched in late 2006 with $17 million in funding from the global development unit of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The purpose of the grant was to evaluate to what extent market-based approaches could help accelerate the widespread adoption and sustained use of household water treatment and safe storage products by low-income populations.

Resource: Academic Case
[photo - Anat R Admati]

A finance professor says big banks need tougher capital regulations — for our sake, and for theirs.

Resource: News Article
[photo - Katherine Casey]

Research in Sierra Leone offers insights into how to help voters elect better leaders, dampen ethnic rivalries, and strengthen democracy.

Resource: News Article
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