organizational models for health, development, & sustainability

version 2: March 13 2008
by Anjali Sastry

This document is work in progress — it’s a list of resources to draw on for your work in this area. It needs editing, obviously (please let me know if you’d like to participate in updating and improvement–I could use help!). And everyone please post comments with suggested additions or changes!

starting points

for tools, examples, relevant organizations, try: – it has a microfinance orientation, but there are many resources likely useful for other areas too

Many resources are posted on the SustainAbility site: – look for country briefs in the “issues” section; and entrepreneurship resources here: resources for identifying and discussing sustainable business models that address the needs of the world’s poorest citizens.

World Bank’s starting point for their “Doing Business” collection of resources:

Several books are also good places to start — you probably know already. On the heels of Prahalad’s and Hart’s books, many recent ones address the themes of enterprise approaches to poverty alleviation. If you haven’t seen it, check out Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail – online materials at for an excellent starting point.

There’s also a book linked to the site listed above: The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid (download book chapters at

Recently published: The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World (see

Make Poverty Business book excerpts – also check out the other resources there for more on a preceeding book, A Corporate Solution to Global Poverty: How Multinationals Can Help the Poor and Invigorate Their Own Legitimacy George Lodge & Craig Wilson The BoP Protocol is a business incubation process that enables multinational corporations (MNCs) to generate new business opportunities at the Base of the Pyramid. Also look at –some overlap, but there are pdfs of some of the foundational papers here.


businesses and industries

other potentially useful resources

entrepreneurship for sustainability