Martin Burt

About Martin Burt
  • Founder & CEO, Poverty Stoplight

Martin Burt is a global social entrepreneur who has developed two social innovations: financially self-sufficient agricultural and rural tourism high schools for the rural poor and the Poverty Stoplight.

He is co-founder of Teach a Man to Fish, an NGO based in London that promotes “education that pays for itself”. The Poverty Stoplight is a new poverty measurement tool and coaching methodology that assists families to self-diagnose their level of multidimensional poverty and develop customized plans to eliminate poverty. It is being implemented in 30 countries, including the US and the UK. In 1985 he founded Fundación Paraguaya, an NGO devoted to developing solutions to eliminate poverty. He is a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy and technical vocational methodologies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum and of the Global Foodbanking Network. He has e served as Chief of Staff to the President of Paraguay, Mayor of Asunción, and Vice Minister of Commerce. He holds a PhD from Tulane University and is a Visiting Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California Irvine.


Collaborating to Meet the SDGs

06 Jun 2018

Read session notes here. Session Description The world has set 169 Sustainable Development targets to be met by 2030. One way of making progress is to invest strategically in what works. This session will explore how the potential of a…Read More

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