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Thursday, August 27, 2015

It Pays to Pay Your Own Way: Three reasons self-funding helps lead to a successful business

By Roddy Chakaipa

Self-funding comes with challenges. When your business is strapped for cash, things go slower; you don’t have money to take care of unforeseen problems; it's hard to hire people. But the co-founder of SmartPrac says those things can be overcome and, at the end of the day, money's not the most important part of successful entrepreneurship.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

10 Challenges That Could Make or Break India’s Payments Banks: Their revolutionary potential is no guarantee

By Jatinder Handoo

Last week, the Reserve Bank of India announced that it will issue 11 Payments Bank (PB) licenses, permitting a variety of institutions to provide a limited slate of financial services to underserved populations. The RBI hopes PBs will “revolutionize banking” in India, but their impact is not guaranteed. Here are 10 challenges PBs will face – and how they can live up to the government’s ambitious goals.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

UPDATE: Powerful Partnership: Teaching case spells out how Walmart and USAID collaborate to meet global challenges

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

When Walmart started striving for greater social impact through its supply chains and the U.S. Agency for International Development came to embrace the private sector, a unique collaboration was formed. A new teaching case explains how these high-powered partners are seeking integrated solutions to increasingly complex global problems.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

NexThought Monday – How We Can Improve Ultra-Poor ‘Graduation’: The next generation of innovations required to end the most extreme poverty

By Lauren Whitehead

There is no great innovation without skepticism, much less in the tireless crusade against global poverty. So it's no surprise that as the ultra-poor ‘graduation’ approach pioneered by BRAC has gained ground as a viable path out of extreme poverty, questions have emerged about its effectiveness and possible next steps.

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