10 Insights for Empowering the Poor, from Josh Ruxin

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Josh Ruxin is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Founder and Executive Director of Health Builders (www.globalhealthbuilders.org), and author of A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda. He has extensive experience operating at the intersection of public health, business and international development.

In 1996, Josh joined the Monitor Group and in 2000, he co-founded and served as vice president of OTF Group, a strategy consulting firm. During his years there and at Monitor, he led projects in a several developing countries and was an advisor to government and private sector leaders on business strategy and economic development.

In 2002, Josh along with Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Rob Glaser founded Health Builders (formerly the Access Project) to support over a dozen countries in acquiring and effectively managing financing by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and to transparently and sustainably improve their public health systems. Under his leadership, Health Builders secured $1.3 billion for countries working on national strategies and programs. In 2003, Josh led Health Builders to intensify its interventions in a few select countries, and to eventually focus specifically on improving the management of rural health centers in Rwanda. He also founded and directed the Neglected Tropical Disease Control Project, as well as the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda.

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10 Insights for Empowering the Poor, from Josh Ruxin

  1. 1. we help you discover smarter ways to think, grow, and live.
  2. 2. This presentation consists of 10 highlights from the interview with Moe Abdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  3. 3. Josh Ruxin Josh Ruxin is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, Founder and Executive Director of Health Builders (www.globalhealthbuilders.org), and author of A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope, and a Restaurant in Rwanda. He has extensive experience operating at the intersection of public health, business and international development. @JoshRuxin
  4. 4. 1 If you’re open to sharing your voice and heart to those less fortunate, your contribution to their wellbeing will be immeasurable.
  5. 5. 2 You don’t have to be a physician or a trained nurse to have impact. your professional skill set is what’s most often missing.
  6. 6. 3 Start to apply sound business principles to the public sector and you’ll built systems that are sustainable and scaleable.
  7. 7. 4 While poverty is a global issue, success is driven by the needs of local markets.
  8. 8. 5 To the poor, capital is a luxury, but it’s training and job creation that will stimulate their entrepreneurial vitality.
  9. 9. 6 Want empower those living in poverty? share the learning and best practices that you know and above all, give them dignity.
  10. 10. 6 Want empower those living in poverty? share the learning and best practices that you know and above all, give them dignity.
  11. 11. 7 An investment in women’s education is one of the most empowering ways to inject confidence in women and an entire community.
  12. 12. 8 While micro-financing has its advantages, it also has its limitations, starting with the excessive borrowing rates. Be cautious.
  13. 13. 9 When you pause to see beyond the needs of the poor, you’ll recognize that they, too are human beings with desires similar to yours.
  14. 14. 10 Give a voice to the poor and watch their innovation soar. if given the choice, they’d opt not to take charitable donations, and instead succeed on their own merit.
  15. 15. For more, visit www.33voices.com & http://globalhealthbuilders.org/
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