What We Are Reading: Eradicating Poverty


A commitment to doing better and more effective development goes hand in hand with a commitment to continual learning. In that spirit, we are launching a new blog post series, “What We Are Reading,” to share the books, academic papers, web tools, and other resources our technical experts have found useful in recent months. In honor of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which is Friday, October 17, we have chosen three books with very different takes on the causes and cures for global poverty.

The Poverty of Capitalism: John Hilary explores the connections between corporate globalization and rising levels of inequality. He also takes on corporate social responsibility, conflicts over natural resources, and food rights.

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor: William Easterly, bestselling author of The White Man’s Burden, offers an economist’s view on how freedom and individual rights are the key to eradicating global poverty.

Banker to the Poor: The definitive history written by the “father of microcredit” and founder of the Grameen Bank, Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus’ memoir of his own journey to use microcredit to end poverty.

All of these are available at any major book retailer. Please feel free to comment below with your own favorites, suggestions, or comments on these books!

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Resolving the Tension between Agricultural Growth and Nutrition


Below is an excerpt from an essay that appeared in the 2014 Frontiers in Development books, themed around ending extreme poverty. The essay, by Chemonics’ Neal Donahue and Ilisa Gertner, posits that there is often an underlying tension between the “seemingly complementary goals” of agricultural growth and increased production and consumption of nutritious food. Development programs must be designed to increase farmers’ incomes and the demand and supply of nutritious food.  When it comes to...

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