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Tackling poverty with "patient capital": Jacqueline Novogratz on TED.com

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Jacqueline Novogratz is pioneering new ways of tackling poverty. In her view, traditional charity rarely delivers lasting results. And commercial investors are also unwilling to seed the businesses and jobs that are needed in tough conditions. Her solution, outlined through a series of revealing personal stories, is “patient capital.” This means using philanthropic funds to help “bottom of the pyramid” entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. Listening, truly listening, is key, she says, and the marketplace is the best listening device we have. The result: sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity — for the world’s poorest. (Recorded June 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Duration: 18:35.)

Watch Jacqueline Novogratz’s talk on TED.com, where you can download it, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances, including her talk at TEDGlobal2005 in Oxford.

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Comments (3)

  • vcao best commented on May 23 2009

    The marketplace is the best listening device we have. http://www.dvd-to-psp.com The result: sustainable jobs, goods, services — and dignity — for the world’s poorest.

  • TEDBlog Reader commented on Nov 5 2007

    truley inspiritional, are any such initiatives operational in United States?

  • Nicholas Gruen commented on Sep 2 2007

    Where can I get MP3 downloads of the talks – I can see MP4, but not MP3.