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Monday, September 22, 2014

NexThought Monday - Why Did Vittana Close Down?: The real question: why don’t more organizations pull the plug?

By Kate Cochran

Kate Cochran was part of a small team that decided to close Vittana, a nonprofit crowdfunding organization that aimed to spark student loan markets in the developing world. Cochran argues that more social enterprises, be they nonprofit or for-profit, should know when it's time to call it quits.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly Roundup - 9/20/14: An awkward moment, new momentum and a brewing battle highlight recent developments in finance

By James Militzer — WDI

Muhammad Yunus has issued some pointed criticisms of microfinance's turn toward profit. But is the sector he pioneered listening to him - and are his ideals even realistic in the first place? We discuss these questions - along with signs of momentum in impact investing and new developments in a Kenyan mobile money battle - in this Roundup.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

An interview with Muhammad Yunus: The godfather of microcredit shares his views – and concerns – about the sector

By James Militzer — WDI

Though he's a tireless promoter of microcredit's potential to help the poor, Muhammad Yunus hasn't been shy in voicing his criticisms of its embrace of commercialism. In a video Q&A with NextBillion Financial Innovation – the first in a series of conversations with microfinance thought leaders – Yunus discusses his concerns about the industry's direction, and points to ways it could improve.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Price Discrimination is Good for Global Health (Part 1): Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School discusses differential pricing in pharmaceuticals

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, discusses differential pricing -- sometimes called price discrimination -- which she maintains increases utilization of medicines and, therefore, overall social welfare.

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