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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What It Will Take to Feed the 842 Million Chronically Hungry People Worldwide?: (Hint: It's not just about growing more food)

By Emily Wanderer — Mercy Corps

Alleviating poverty isn’t just handing out food - it’s tackling the barriers to market channels of food to those who aren’t receiving it. An interview with Cathy Bergman, deputy director of the Food Health and Nutrition Technical Support Unit at Mercy Corps.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Why Is Financial Inclusion in India Not Improving?: New numbers, new approaches

By Ritesh Dhawan

In the past five years, the Reserve Bank of India has worked harder than many central banks in developing countries to bring financial inclusion to the BoP. Nevertheless, recent reports show that full financial inclusion is not happening, and is probably not even progressing by most important metrics. MicroSave's Ritesh Dhawan explores why this is the case, and how things might improve.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Niches for Social Enterprises: How hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in Kenya and Vietnam

By Emily Darko and William Avis

A review by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), of social enterprise activity in the agriculture and health sectors of Kenya and Vietnam found that hybrid-model social enterprises cluster in niches that mainstream business and state provision do not reach. Identifying and understanding these context-specific niches could hold the key to effective support of social enterprise activities.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leveraging Loyalty: How m.Paani is mobilizing BoP consumer behavior for social good - Part 4 of our Digital Finance Plus series

By Gustaf Ericson

Whether they're frequent flyer miles or credit card rewards points, loyalty programs are a mutually beneficial way for companies to build relationships with customers. m.Paani is using digital finance tools to take that model in a new direction, by connecting BoP households' commercial and social behaviors to points that can be redeemed for socially beneficial rewards.

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