The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry

The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry

by Raj Kumar


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The new world of results-driven aid that could put an end to extreme poverty

Drawing on 2 decades covering global development as editor in chief of Devex, Raj Kumar explores how nontraditional models of philanthropy and aid are empowering the world’s poorest people to make progress. Old aid was driven by good intentions and relied on big-budget projects from a few government aid agencies, like the World Bank and USAID. Today, corporations, Silicon Valley start-ups, and billionaire philanthropists are a disrupting force pushing global aid to be data driven and results oriented. This $200 billion industry includes emerging and established foundations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Entrepreneurial startups like Hello Tractor, which offers an Uber-like app for farmers in Nigeria, and Give Directly, whose app allows individuals to send money straight to the phone of someone in need, are also giving rise to this new culture of charity. The result is a more sustainable philosophy of aid that elevates the voices of the world’s poor as neighbors, partners, and customers.

Refreshing and accessibly written, The Business of Changing the World sets forth a bold vision for how we can use our vote, our voice, and our wallet to turn well-intentioned charity into effective advocacy to transform the world for good. Businesspeople, policymakers, entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, philanthropists, and aid workers around the world will all be influenced by this transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807028407
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Edition description: Reprint
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Raj Kumar is the founding president and editor in chief of Devex, which the Washington Post compared to a “Bloomberg-style” media platform for the aid industry. A media leader for the World Economic Forum, Kumar is a noted commentator on global development. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Prologue: An Enduring Gift
Introduction: The End of Charity

1. The Billionaire Effect: Disruptors with Deep Pockets

2. The Demand for Results: Good Evidence Is Hard to Find

3. People, Not Widgets: What Do People Really Need?

4. The “Pure” Social Enterprise: Products with Purpose

5. Big Business for Good: Corporates Becoming Social Enterprises

6. Aid Goes Retail: Crowdfunding and Direct Aid

7. Open Source Aid: The Case for Openness

8. Systems Thinking: Embracing Complexity

9. Ending Extreme Poverty: Getting to Absolute Zero by 2030

10. Ushering in a New Era: What We Can Do


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