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  • Ken in San Francisco

    Wonderful article and good to hear that USAID, the World Bank and others are trying new things. I spent 20+ years in nonprofits and 6 in social enterprise focused on poverty in Africa. It was amazing to see organizations twist themselves into rhetorical knots about the multiple "causes" of poverty (there really is only cause of poverty--not having money and not having a way to earn money). As a result, billions of dollars wasted on unsustainable projects with unsustainable outcomes. While these efforts are allowed to fail over and over, new ideas are not given that luxury. A few great funders will give you the room to experiment and fail and learn. Most will not. Don't hit your numbers? Don't stick to your timeline? Don't expect a renewal on your grant. The problem is that real solutions don't look like what you'd expect. Here are two good resources for people wanting to design something that works.

  • Kaylie Mellema

    LOVED this article! I'm a graphic designer with a heart for poverty. Thanks for posting!

  • Mia Pokriefka

    word Erykah and Angela. Studying political science, I used to think there was only a few paths to creating sustainable improvement. Experience, however, taught me otherwise. I would be interested to see if any schools/ advisors are pushing this 'agenda'.

  • Erykah St.Louis

    I agree with Angela, GREAT post! The thinking behind this resonates with my personal experiences to date...I'm a graphic designer but also have a degree in international development. Until recently I've felt like the only one of my kind. So glad to see other designers "get" the combo of development and design. Thx for sharing!

  • Angela Cross

    Oh, I don't think it's good, I think it's GREAT :)