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Leila Janah - Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

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Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle to survive every day. We need a better solution. Founder and CEO of Samasource Leila Janah shows that poverty is a problem we can solve—not just hope to alleviate—by giving work.
When asked if they’d rather receive aid or work,the world’s poorest people will always choose work. But the world’s richest countries continue to send aid, targeting the symptoms, not the causes of poverty. Western countries have the best intentions, but charity-based aid often does more harm than good, and billions of people continue to suffer.


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Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource and LXMI, both ventures focused on using new sourcing techniques to reduce poverty. A Harvard-educated former management consultant, she has been profiled in the New York Times, Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, and Inc. She was named one of Condé Nast’s Daring 25 and Elle’s 2016 Top Women in Tech, and Samasource was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016. She lives in San Francisco.

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