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“Five Poverty-Fighting Women to Watch” #hwhtw @Daily_Good @AshleyJudd @leila_c @Samasource @pooreconomics @jnovogratz @acumenfund @hpglobalcitizen

A fantastic article from Daily Good!  Props to Ashley Judd for retweeting.

“These five women are fighting poverty in a serious way, but they’re not handing out aid. We hope to see them scale up their models this year and make an even bigger impact.”

Here’s the list:

  • Leila Janah of Samasource
  • Esther Duflo of MIT’s Poverty Action Lab (see post: “Women as Policy Makers”)
  • Jacqueline Novogratz of Acumen Fund (one of my favorite speakers from TEDWomen!)
  • Gabi Zedlmayer, leader of Hewlett-Packard’s global social innovations team
  • Shainoor Khoja, who is using technology to address the world’s poverty challenges

Read more!  http://www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=206

March 29, 2012 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Women as Policy Makers

MIT’s Poverty Action Lab asked the question: “Would the world look any different if women were better represented in the world’s decision making bodies?”  Researchers examined a study of 265 village councils in India, which has implemented a quota system specifying that a third of village council seats must be held by women.   Critics of the system have alleged that these women simply act as proxies for their husbands, but the study showed otherwise.  In fact, the results indicate that women receive better social service when female leaders are in power.

Read the report: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/sites/default/files/publications/43_Policy_Briefcase_1.pdf

February 14, 2011 at 11:09 am 2 comments


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