A Note from Jacqueline Novogratz. The Blue Sweater Teaching Guide | 1. The Blue Sweater Teaching Guide. Table of Contents. Key Learning Objectives. 2. In her autobiography, The Blue Sweater, Acumen Fund founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz engagingly captures one such mission in need of the right road. The Paperback of the The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz at Barnes & Noble.

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I’m not sure what the point of this is. The people she works with throughout the developing world–many of them poor women–are also fascinating, and their courage, patience, and humor are inspiring.

I had no idea the depths to which this book would go and the energy I would obtain from it! I read this book because I was instantly intrigued by the short story of the blue sweater that I read about inside the front cover.

She picked herself up. She dropped a prestigious banking career in New York City to fly off to help save Africa. She loves banking, but as it turns out, she loves the idea of lending to the poor even more, and Chase is not about to do that—this is the s, after all. Retrieved 20 June She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called “patient capital” can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives.

Sure, I’ve gone to slums, helped build houses for the poor, comforted orphans, painted murals for public hospitals, developed workshops to empower marginalized youth, cooked for the hungry and homeless, sat through sessions at the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, helped coordinate relief efforts for flash flood victims She has an agenda of pushing for business-based solutions to problems, but she doesn’t make a very good case for this ideology.


Apr 20, Judy rated it liked it Shelves: I’ve learned that people usually tell you the truth if you listen hard enough. Books by Jacqueline Novogratz. Jan 31, Judy rated it it was amazing. The Acumen Fund works to empower entrepreneurs, focusing on ones in impoverished parts of the world. The book is bogged down with the boring details of her travel itineraries and other personal issues when the real question that matters is whether she ever figured out what works to end poverty.

I grabbed this book, without even reading the cover, in the library one day as a filler book for a paper in class, not expecting to be affected by it the way I was. The Blue Sweater is a guidebook for what not to do in global aid. Very interesting read – but also very tough.

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Although it’s pretty clear from her, um, utilitarian prose style, Jacqueline Novogratz is not exactly a writer, she does tell a good story. If the women had been given the chance to borrow for a project they believed would generate income, they would have focused more eweater on the work.

Views Read Edit View history. Her observations on philanthropy and why it fails despite its best intentions is particularly insightful.

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

I cannot recommend this one enough! If people are interested in how countries get out of novoogratz, it may be more fruitful to read the books of Ha-Joon Chang Bad Samaritans, etc.


If one were inclined to look for signs from the universe, this would be one. Second, she writes with authority about large donor organisations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, explaining how old models of philanthropy are necessarily giving way to new, more effective models.

Sure there were some things in the second half that caught my interest, but this really could have been two separate books. Want to Read saving…. As time went on, Novogratz began to explore the possibilities of working with the poorest people. The answer to this is BOTH free bed nets to reach the children and women that are recipients of the free programs and the sold bed nets distributed via companies and local stores to reach the rest of the population that will not be covered.

I read it alongside Muhammad Yunus'”Banker to the Poor”, thinking that Yunus could be the representative of the beginnings of micro-credit, and Novogratz of the more recent direction of the movement. Not in a “finding herself” way, but in an actual growing up and becoming aware way. The Blue Sweater tells us about her journey.

Aug 27, Gwenyth rated it liked it Shelves: As I said, a very thought-provoking book.