Billions of dollars are spent annually around the globe by organizations trying to lift people out of poverty. Despite the best of intentions, many of these efforts fail and many others achieve less than optimal results. There are, however, organizations, programs, and approaches that are effective. In this plenary, three of the world’s leading experts on fighting poverty will talk about the lessons that they have learned about creating programs that are effective and can be scaled up to match the size of the problem.
Asif Saleh will talk about the lessons that BRAC, the world’s largest NGO with hundreds of thousands of employees in south Asia and Africa, has learned about scaling up programs. Dean Karlan will discuss what Innovations for Poverty Action has learned after more than a decade of evaluating hundreds of poverty programs around the world. And Kevin Starr will talk about the evidence-based approach that Mulago Foundation brings to finding and funding poverty-fighting organizations. The session will be moderated by Stanford Social Innovation Review Managing Editor Eric Nee.