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The Bottom of the Pyramid Strategy for Reducing Poverty [electronic resource]: A Failed Promise / Aneel Karnani.

Author/Creator:
Karnani, Aneel, author.
Publication:
New York : United Nations, 2009.
Series:
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers, 2520-6656 ; no.80.
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers, 2520-6656 ; no.80
Format/Description:
Government document
Book
1 online resource
Local subjects:
Economic and Social Development
Summary:
The movement emphasizing free markets to reduce poverty has found strong expression in the 'bottom of the pyramid' approach in recent years. It views the poor as "resilient and creative entrepreneurs and value-conscious consumers". This romanticized view of the poor harms the poor in two ways. First, it results in too little emphasis on legal, regulatory and social mechanisms to protect the poor who are vulnerable consumers. Second, it overemphasizes microcredit and underemphasizes fostering modern enterprises that would provide employment opportunities for the poor. More importantly, it grossly underemphasizes the critical role and responsibility of the state in poverty reduction.
Publisher Number:
10.18356/5759db90-en doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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