2021 started with a ray of hope that life would “return to normal” after multiple COVID-19 vaccines were released. That hope quickly dissipated once new variants began to emerge, followed by a resurgence of the virus in many countries around the world. Life has not returned to normal and may not for a long time. 

Yet, in the midst of all this struggle, we must remain hopeful. 

Hopeful that we can beat the virus; hopeful that we can beat poverty; and most importantly, hopeful that we can create prosperity for the billions of people around the world who struggle to make a living. 

The blogs we published in 2021 highlight some of the ways we gave hope to people. 

Here are our top 10 blogs of 2021.

  1. Not so fast: What Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure bill needs to be impactful
  2. 3 lessons from 2020 that will guide our global prosperity work in 2021
  3. COVID was a test the world failed. How can we better ensure sustainable prosperity?
  4. Three reasons anti-poverty programs don’t work, and how there’s a better way
  5. How South Korea became the “most innovative country” in the world
  6. The power and simplicity of Job to Be Done theory
  7. Problems, solutions, and outcomes; a big misunderstanding in development
  8. Innovation isn’t about breakthrough tech—it’s about breaking down barriers
  9. The supreme importance of innovation theories
  10. How Alibaba solved the trust problem on its platform and a model for companies in growth economies


  • Efosa Ojomo
    Efosa Ojomo

    Efosa Ojomo is a senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, and co-author of The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty. Efosa researches, writes, and speaks about ways in which innovation can transform organizations and create inclusive prosperity for many in emerging markets.