Tackling Global Poverty His Own Way

Paul Polak is founder of International Development Enterprises, a non-profit organization that aids poor communities in the developing world. Berrett-Koehler PublishersFrom NPR and Fresh Air from WHYY, April 23, 2008 click to read and to listen.
Paul Polak, founder of the nonprofit International Development Enterprises, has spent 25 years working to eradicate poverty in Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and other countries in the developing world.     His perhaps-surprising conclusion: Government subsidies for the rural poor often make things worse.      Instead, Polak teaches families and farmers — many of whom live on a dollar a day and own perhaps an acre of land — how to increase crop yields with simple technologies, such as cheap, foot-operated water pumps and inexpensive drip hoses for irrigation.      And Polak argues that his approach can make a difference in impoverished communities in the U.S., as well as in developing economies.      Last year Polak’s organization received a $13.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support its ongoing work. His new book is Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail.

 

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One Response to “Tackling Global Poverty His Own Way”

  1. cheritycall Says:

    hi, Do something to help those hungry people from Africa or India,
    I added this blog about that subject:
    in http://tinyurl.com/5t2jg6

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