IPE 321

The Business of Alleviating Poverty: NGOs, Corporations, and Social Entrepreneurs

This course studies the interaction between states, markets and civil society, in the fight against global poverty. More preciselyit analyzes the roles of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Corporations and social entrepreneurs. The course addresses a number of issues: What do NGOs do and how to they finance their operations? Can multinational corporations play a role in the fight against global poverty, and if so, how? How can we make sense of so-called 'social enterprise'? What is the role of the state in regulating and encouraging private solutions to poverty? Are these private solutions further proof of economic liberal dominance or a move toward a new form of capitalism tailored to serve social needs?