Portfolios of the Poor

Daryl Collins at IDEAS Boston

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October 20, 2011

Working from the premise that governments cannot help the poor without understanding their financial situations, Daryl Collins set out to identify the spending habits and financial needs of poor people in South Africa. Her research, which was funded by the Ford Foundation and the UK Department of International Development, involved tracking the finances of poor households for one year and analyzing the data to learn how development programs can offer the most effective assistance. Using the results of her research, Daryl Collins coauthored Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, which offers an incisive look at the causes and consequences of global poverty.

She spoke at the University of Massachusetts Boston October 20, 2011 as part of IDEAS Boston 2011.

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Daryl Collins presentation at the 3rd Annual Financial Inclusion Forum in Mexico 2017
Updated January 2019