Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail


The Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University presents writer and International Development Enterprises founder Paul Polak discussing "Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail" from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the University's C. Walsh Theatre,  55 Temple St., Boston.

Polak chose to work with thousands of farmers in countries around the world – including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe – to help design and produce low-cost, income-generating products that allow people to create their own wealth and build better lives.

Innovations such as the $25 treadle pump and $3 drip-irrigation systems have generated enormous sums of money and helped to raise millions out of poverty.

Jasmine Wadell, senior officer for Research & Learning at Oxfam America, joins Polak to discuss how innovative entrepreneurial practices are empowering individuals. Their appearance is this year's Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Lecture.

The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest free public lecture series. It promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and effective citizenry through events that illuminate the key issues facing our society.

The forum presents knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times, in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.


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