Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Research
Poverty alleviation, historically, has been at the forefront of public policy debate with international agencies (e.g., UNDP) governmental bodies (e.g., AUS-AID) and NGO's (e.g., World Vision) leading these policy efforts.
More recently, businesses have become more actively involved in poverty alleviation and there is recognition that businesses are more than profit making entities. For example, the UNDP proactively calls for businesses to engage in poverty alleviation broadly and in the specific context of meeting the eight 2015 millennium goals.
The Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Research Group attempts to understand the context in which poverty alleviation can occur and businesses can make profits, simultaneously. This counter intuitive proposition raises a myriad of challenges (e.g., ethical, economic and strategic). This group will aim to identify these challenges and rigorously examine these challenges.
The group will also hold events, such as the Poverty Alleviation and Profitability Roundtable