Poverty is pervasive throughout the world. While an array of approaches to poverty alleviation has been instituted and billions of dollars are spent each year, entrepreneurship has not historically been viewed as a core part of the solution. A growing number of scholars, government officials, leaders of NGOs and non-profits, and other stakeholders seek ways to increase levels of entrepreneurial activity and develop the entrepreneurial capacity of those in poverty. Yet, there is a strikingly limited amount of data on such basic questions as the rate at which those in poverty start ventures, what they create, venture failure and success rates, the amounts of growth these ventures achieve, and the direct and indirect benefits and costs such ventures have both for the individuals involved and their communities. In addition, the kinds of institutional arrangements, public policies, and intervention programs that are most effective in fostering successful venture creation by the poor ---- and how these vary by context--- are not well understood. As interest in this arena continues to grow, we can make bigger advances if there is more communication, coordination, sharing, and collaboration among all interested parties.
Membership in the Partnership is open to individuals and organizations having a strong interest in poverty alleviation through entrepreneurial activity. There is no membership fee, but joining members are asked to share a best practice, community engagement project, research project or publication, or curricular development in which they have been involved, or a planned initiative, related to poverty and entrepreneurship, and to assist by providing insights and perspectives related to the needs of the poor when it comes to entrepreneurship. For more information, contact Michael Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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