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  • John Paul

    Understanding BOP Market Needs

    One of the strongest themes to come out of the ’Eradicating Poverty Through Profit’ conference was the need for companies to?develop a?deeper?understanding of their target market’s needs before developing products and services that intend to fulfill them.? This report addresses some of the...

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  • Al Hammond

    Summing Up the Show in San Francisco

    The conference left a powerful impression?of huge companies and NGOs more or less on the same page, of governments and aid agencies endorsing business approaches to poverty, of entrepreneurs and visionary CEOs from enterprises in developing countries being recognized as pioneers in new...

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  • Al Hammond

    Davos, Bednets, and Movie Stars

    Inspired by this Time Europe article.Many commentators have noted how movie stars turned heads at the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, in their efforts to drum up support for dealing with poverty. They also shifted attention away from?and may have undercut?perhaps the most promising...

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  • R&D for Developing Countries

    SciDev.net has created a new dossier on R&D:This dossier, compiled under the guidance of an international panel of advisors, brings together a range of articles that cover topics of direct relevance to understanding R&D policy in developing countries. It contains policy briefs,...

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  • Rob Katz

    Retailing in Poland

    Europe’s Hypermarkets Under FireThis economist.com story (Retailing in Poland) makes an interesting point - how do consumers react when large multinational companies enter low-income markets? In this case, so-called hypermarkets (similar to American Wal-Mart stores) have been gaining market...

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  • UL and IIT Design for the BOP Project

    Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), Chicago, and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology announced that UL will provide a $25,000 grant to support the institute?s efforts to design cost-effective ways to transport and distribute drinking water in the slums of Mumbai,...

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  • Al Hammond

    Does Low Cost Mean Low Quality?

    That?s often the initial response when people hear of the $30 cell phone that Motorola is building for emerging markets. Or the $185 internet access device (a PC, except that you can?t load new software on it) that AMD is shipping to India and the Caribbean. Or a nifty little home water...

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  • Report on the 2nd Int’l Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

    Many regions in the world lack the water and energy services they need to function and progress. The Second International Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development, held in Marrakech on 21-23 March discussed partnerships as a vehicle to deliver these services. The WBCSD was invited by...

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