Examples abound of women in the developing world receiving loans, building businesses, and employing others with their capital, along with investing in education and infrastructure for their families and communities.
Are poor kids unlucky to have uneducated parents, or no parents at all? Unlucky to be born in badly-governed countries? Unlucky to live in regions devoid of good schools, or electricity, or drinkable water?
When people are healthy, they can be productive. They work, earn an income, and buy products -- they build their economy. It's simple and logical, but to grow economies, the basic building block of health is necessary.
The national buzz is all about creating jobs nowadays, but are metro Denver and Colorado hot commodities among people who sell cities and regions to worldwide companies as places to expand or relocate?
For years, China sacrificed public health for rapid economic development and is now spending billions to clean up the mess. Chinese officials are cracking down on polluters and financing eco-cities and clean energy, but recent action by the House would give America neither.
Getting to the root cause of poverty is difficult. But like no other place in the world, India is in the midst of embracing historic reforms as it pulls its poorest class into modernity and provides a bridge linking the two Indias.
Various policy objectives have motivated the creation -- and exponential expansion -- of SEZs around the world. However, such successes have not been universal or without controversy in the past, nor are they guaranteed in the future.
If you have secured an independent income and are ready now to practice a bit of virtue, here are the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration Delegates working to "solve poverty" and create virtue with your capital.
The trend of international land grabbing -- when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export -- can have serious consequences.