About Striking Poverty

Our Mission

Inspiring Innovation, Accelerating Development

The Striking Poverty online space is designed to empower innovators to end poverty by striking up interactive discussions and debate among a global community of stakeholders. This is an online salon hosted by the World Bank to curate two-week-long moderated discussions and debates on what works and what doesn't in solving complex development problems. Contributors to the site will ask provocative questions and participants will be exposed to development practitioners and experts from other fields whose experiences may have relevance for international development.

Our hosts and the guest speakers in the salon will share their points of view and invite others to share innovations in products and processes that are reinventing the way work is done in the development community. By sharing ideas, we hope to showcase what works and provide inspiration to fill in gaps and use solutions in new ways.

Our Goals

The goal is to create an active community of readers and contributors who share their own experiences, inspiration and knowledge. Striking Poverty will also present an array of World Bank publications, data, research, and analysis to provide context, and will aggregate resources from the field to inform discussion and prompt action. Each discussion is scheduled to last two weeks before it is archived, so join in now and add your ideas, approaches, solutions, and resources to the conversation.

Our Inspiration

Crowdsourcing of ideas and active collaboration are the fastest, most effective way to spark and nurture innovation. As Javier Megias, former Branch Director at GMV, writes, "The open innovation paradigm is a natural evolution of an ongoing social change: in order to be successful, companies need to exploit both their internal ideas and technology bases, and also to draw on any other resources available... Externally, there are many knowledgeable people ... with interesting and original ideas. So why not exploit this knowledge?"

In a recent blog post, "Three Kids in a Garage," Aleem Walji, Practice Manager of the World Bank Institute's Innovation Team, asks: "How about creating an open platform bringing together the best people, technology, policy, and tools to solve the world's hardest problems?" Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, tells us: "Hunches need to collide with other hunches. Oftentimes the thing that turns hunches into a real breakthrough is another hunch lurking in somebody else's mind. You have to create systems that allow those hunches to come together." Striking Poverty is a prototype designed to be just such a system.

Our Community Guidelines

Striking Poverty is a place for discussion and debate on innovation and development by a global community of stakeholders — bringing the perspectives of thought-leaders, decision-makers, experts, practitioners, policy-makers and other community members — to inform dialogue, focus debate, shape strategy, and provide a basis for action.

We encourage diverse viewpoints and a discussion of innovative approaches and tools that are working and improving development aid outcomes. This is a pragmatic place to share models and ideas from one sphere of development, and to inspire ideas on how those concepts could be scaled or applied in other spheres of poverty alleviation. We’re excited to have you share your inspiring ideas on Striking Poverty.

In an effort to keep the site positive and constructive, we will moderate the platform and comments to ensure that the conversation stays focused, relevant, civil, and polite. To that end, if a post or comment falls into any of the categories below, we’ll have to remove it:

  • Inappropriate language: We do not allow obscene, explicit, or racial comments or submissions. We do not allow comments that are abusive, hateful, or intended to defame any person or organization.
  • Advertising: We do not allow advertisements or third party solicitations, nor do we allow attempts to defraud any person or organization.
  • Illegal behavior: We do not allow comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

This is a public site and you participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, username, and any information provided.

Please note: The opinions of the guest commentators are not those of the World Bank Group. The appearance of external links on Striking Poverty does not constitute official endorsement on behalf of the World Bank Group.

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