Profits and Poverty: How the Private Sector is Helping to Change the Fortunes of the Poor

Publication | April 2012

The combined budgets of the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and every other development organization in the world make up just a drop of the economic fuel needed to power billions of people into greater prosperity. Those who work in development have long known that the private sector must play a major role in the enormous economic change needed to lift large numbers of people out of poverty.

But it is not that simple.

Though their motives may be admirable, private sector companies are not created to help the poor and spur economic development. They are complex entities that play by a different set of rules than development organizations. Finding the right partnership between the private sector, the public sector, and the development community is at the forefront of development work today.

This edition of Development Asia examines the controversial theory of charter cities, the paradox that is the resource curse, and the increasing popularity of soap operas as agents for social change.


  • The Balance of Power
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Off the Press
  • On the Web
  • The Big Read: Banking on Big Business
  • The Big Picture: Bridging the Gap
  • The Big Voice: Taking Stock
  • Global Asia
  • Tiny Savings
  • The Triple Bottom Line
  • Poverty Profits
  • Off the Shelf
  • The Resource Curse
  • Replicating Hong Kong, China
  • A Leg Up
  • Soap Operas for Social Change
  • On the Record

Additional Details

  • Private sector development
  • 1998-7528 (Print)

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