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Friday, April 24, 2015

'A Mark of Pride, Not Shame': Momentum and challenges in the ethical supply chain movement, two years after the Rana Plaza tragedy

By Tanvir Hossain

The Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed two years ago today, killing over 1,130 workers. The tragedy has added new urgency to the movement to force major brands to consider the ethical practices of their sourcing. Aarong, one of Bangladesh’s largest fashion retail chains, discusses signs of momentum for the movement, and the challenges of monitoring compliance to ethical sourcing principles.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mobile Money Without Borders: How a new model is transforming the remittance landscape in West Africa

By Claire Scharwatt and Chris Williamson

International remittances are a major source of income for people in many developing markets, and Africa is no exception. But Africans pay the highest remittance transaction fees in the world. The industry has been experimenting with a new model that uses mobile money to address this issue. The GSMA shares insights into this model, highlighting results from their recent case study.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Our Next Google Hangout: Base of the Pyramid 3.0: Join us for a live discussion with Fernando Casado Cañeque and Stuart Hart on April 29

By Scott Anderson — WDI

Stuart L. Hart and Fernando Casado Cañeque took a look at many failures of Base of the Pyramid businesses and conclude we need a new version. The authors of the new book "Base of the Pyramid 3.0: Sustainable Development Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship" are the guests of our next Google Hangout.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

On Earth Day, a Good Time to Celebrate Wangari Maathai Vision

By David Martin Kayondo

Before she passed on, the Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai left an enduring legacy. The Green Belt Movement, a grassroots organisation she founded to eradicate poverty through environmental conservation, reached a significant milestone: planting over 50 million trees in Africa. But in spite of that incredible achievement, her life’s work was more about human regeneration.

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