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Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Johnson & Johnson Announces New Grant to Harvard Medical School to Combat Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Source: Press release

Johnson & Johnson today announced its affiliate Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen) has entered into a novel collaboration with Harvard Medical School to address critical gaps in the global struggle against tuberculosis (TB).
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology supports frontline health workers

Source: SciDev.Net

South Africa’s standard paper-based health system is inefficient and ineffective. Through Mobenzi, workers can organise patient data centrally and swiftly. It allows illness identification and treatment, referrals, and patient interaction.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Notts company Eminate aims to improve global health with new ingredients

Source: Nottingham Post

After achieving global success with a salt-reduction product, a Nottingham company is working on new ingredients which could improve health.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

G8 report sheds light on the process of building the impact investing market

Source: The Economist

A G8 task force on impact investing published a report on September 15th, with its recommendations on how to push forward the market.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Morgan Stanley Adds ‘Impact’ Portfolios in Brokerage

Source: Bloomberg

Morgan Stanley (MS), which has set a goal of attracting $10 billion of client assets to sustainable investing products over the next few years, is adding two such portfolios for its wealth-management customers.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — South Asia

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

Source: The Los Angeles Times

With his nifty PowerPoint slides and carefully crafted pitch, Yashraj Khaitan might be mistaken for any other fast-talking, code-savvy Bay Area millennial boasting that he has hit on the idea to solve a vexing world problem. Yet, in Khaitan's case, some very influential people in Washington think he may be right. The federal government agency charged with easing world hunger and poverty has bet a million dollars on Khaitan's tiny start-up. It is among a handful of companies that the US Agency for International Development is looking to as it seeks to upend the way aid agencies go about trying to improve living conditions in some of the world's most deeply impoverished places.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Massive Response to Historic Mobile Money Network

Source: All Africa

Hundreds of residents have thronged meetings and training sessions organized for prospective sales agents for the country's first super mobile money network.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya MPs to rule on Equity Mobile Virtual Network Operator services

Source: East African Business Week

Equity Bank will have to wait a little longer before rolling out its Mobile Virtual Network Operator services in Kenya.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

WHO to Start New Global Health Initiative For Needle Safety

Source: TIME

At the TEDMED conference in Washington, DC, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed that the organization will announce its third-ever global health initiative and policy in October. The initiative this time is around needle safety
Friday, September 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glaxo’s Ebola Vaccine and the Rise of Tropical-Disease R&D

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Financial arguments may finally be leading Big Pharma to increase its minuscule investment in research and development of new drugs for tropical diseases.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Rise And Rise Of Mobile Money

Source: Leadership

Mobile Money transactions are gradually taking off in Nigeria after a very slow start due to inability to fully comprehend the scheme, lack of technology by those licensed to operate it and low level of the awareness by the public.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Millicom debuts automatic m-wallet interest payments in Tanzania

Source: Mobile World Live

Millicom claimed a world first after launching a mobile money service in Tanzania which offers users the opportunity to automatically earn a return on their balance direct to their wallet without the need for a separate registration.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

BlackBerry acquires virtual SIM startup Movirtu, plans to support ‘all major smartphone operating systems’

Source: The Next Web

BlackBerry today announced it has acquired Movirtu, a UK startup that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device.
Friday, September 12, 2014 — South Asia

Card payment network RuPay sees boost from Indian government's financial inclusion scheme

Source: Business Today

The Indian government's financial inclusion drive to expand banking services in the country is giving a boost to home-grown card payment network RuPay.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: World Bank Group’s billion dollar private sector health initiative in Africa is failing to reach the poor

Source: Oxfam

A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Lessons on Impact Investing: Reflections from Batman and Robin

Source: Forbes

After our panel last week at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference in San Francisco, a colleague tweeted a photoshopped image of me and Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, as Batman and Robin, respectively.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Alliance for Financial Inclusion Reveals New Home in Malaysia and New Funding Partner With Omidyar

Source: Market Wired

AFI announced today that Malaysia, represented by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), will be the new host country for the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why This VC Firm Thinks B Corporations Are A Good Investment

Source: Fast CoExist

The Collaborative Fund believes that B Corp social good certification is a signal that startups are making decisions that are better in the long term.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

Uber in talks with firms to integrate digital wallet in India

Source: Economic Times India

Global taxi-hailing company Uber is in talks with firms providing digital wallets and payment gateways in India as it looks to become compliant with local regulations.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Merck adds to African m-health

Source: ITWeb Africa

Merck, a German-based pharmaceutical company, has added to a growing amount of mobile-health (m-health) programmes across Africa, channelling efforts to boost SMS-based support systems to help diabetic patients manage their condition.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

The Man Who Feeds 1.2 Million Kids A Day

Source: Fast CoExist

Running a massive school meals program that feeds malnourished kids, Manoj Kumar is on a mission to show how entrepreneurs can make real inroads in tackling India's age-old social problems.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates Foundation Commits $50 Million to Fight Ebola

Source: Voice of America News

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says it is committing $50 million to help combat the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: There Are Far Higher Public Health Priorities For Africa Than Ebola

Source: Forbes

In a world of limited healthcare resources, we need to make hard decisions that will deliver high-impact outcomes for the most people at the least cost. Giving the WHO an additional half-billion dollars to curb Ebola virus infections would be a poor choice.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Aindra Systems Gets Backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator

Source: PR Newswire

Aindra Systems, an early-stage startup, has secured backing by Villgro, the Social Enterprise Incubator focused on funding startups having a social impact.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — South Asia

Next generation of microfinance: Leveraging Indonesian experience

Source: The Jakarta Post

The history of microfinance institutions in Indonesia dates back more than 100 years.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor

Source: ShanghaiDaily.com

Many villagers are not aware of how easily cataract can be treated or cured," said Suraj Shrestha, CEO at Anthropose, a Nepal-based enterprise. "The thing that appalls me the most is how people superstitiously believe that cataract is a curse from God. This needs to change," the entrepreneur told Xinhua on Sunday.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Latin America

Coca-Cola Life Markets As 'Healthy Coke' In South America: Is It Really Better For You?

Source: Latin Times

Coca-Cola Co. is introducing Coca-Cola Life -- a mid-calorie cola that was released in Argentina and Chile last year -- to the Mexican market in September. Each 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola life contains half the calories of a regular Coke, with 64 calories and 16 grams of sugar. According to the Wall Street Journal, the product has tested well (in both flavor and concept) with Mexicans.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Nations Working to Lift Ebola Travel Bans

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Some African countries have agreed to lift travel bans on people arriving from Ebola-hit nations, the African Union's top official said on Monday, in a step to ease the economic pain the virus has brought to the continent.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Four reasons why Modi's toilet obsession is good for India

Source: Scroll.in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swach Bharat scheme aims to eliminate open defecation by constructing toilets in every household by 2019. No one doubts the need for the programme. Close to 48% of India’s urban population has no access to toilets. In rural areas, the number stands at 60%.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

LeapFrog raises $400 million for social impact investments in Asia, Africa

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - LeapFrog Investments, a private equity firm backed by George Soros and JP Morgan, said it has raised $400 million for socially responsible investments in Asia and Africa - the largest ever for a fund specializing in low-income emerging market financial services.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s BRCK ships over 600 devices

Source: BizTech Africa

Kenyan-developed modem-cum-router BRCK has shipped over 600 devices to 45 countries since it was launched with the goal of providing internet connectivity in off-grid rural areas.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Globacom’s new direction for mobile money development in Nigeria

Source: Business Day Online

Globacom is in a renewed push to scale up mobile money services in Nigeria, through the formation of a new partnership ecosystem, comprising of leading financial services companies, and a robust nationwide agent network.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

CREO Investors Pledge $300 Million for Environmental Impact

Source: Huffington Post

Nearly a dozen wealthy families are announcing today that they have committed to invest a combined $300 million over five years in commercial ventures in the areas of climate, energy, health, food and sustainability.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

India's Bandhan Bank's plans to usher in a new model in financial inclusion

Source: The Hindu Businessline

Bandhan will start its journey with 600 branches. The microfinance company’s existing 2,016 offices will operate as sub-branches, each having an army of salaried field staff to take banking to the villages.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing to Make a Difference Is Gaining Ground

Source: New York Times

Interest in impact investing, which has been around for more than a decade, is growing and changing. Some $3.74 trillion, or 11 percent, of total United States assets under management were placed in sustainable investments in 2012.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s telecom regulator moves to increase competition in money transfer business

Source: Standard Digital News

Communications Authority of Kenya ( CAK) has said it will not reverse its decision to allow Equity Bank to introduce mobile money transfer services despite protests from integrated communications service provider, Safaricom.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

M-Pesa To Monitise: How Necessity Is Pushing FinTech Innovation From Africa To The UK

Source: Forbes

Necessity is often said to be the driver of innovation. Nowhere is this clearer than with the mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing service, M-Pesa, in Kenya, wherein the need to provide financial services to the under-banked population resulted in a truly transformative fintech solution.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — Latin America

Dengue fever vaccine shown to be significantly effective in Latin America clinical studies

Source: Vaccine News Daily

Sanofi Pasteur announced last week that it has completed the third phase of its clinical study for a vaccine candidate in Latin America aimed at eliminating dengue fever.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

These Off Grid Solar Lights Are Made By The Communities Who Use Them

Source: Fast CoExist

Liter of Light works with women's cooperatives to make solar lights from simple parts, instead of sending them solar lights that don't work the way they want them.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — Latin America

Mexico summit pledges to serve microfinance clients better

Source: The Daily Star

The 17th Microcredit Summit held in Merida, Mexico, last week discussed ways to better serve the next generation of clients and promote client-centred microfinance.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Receives Largest-Ever Donation

Source: NPR

A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University's School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university's long history, officials said, and will help bolster research in several key areas including global pandemics.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobile Payments Pioneer: I’m Betting on Bitcoin For Emerging Markets

Source: CoinDesk

For mobile payments pioneer and venture capitalist Carol Realini, the financial world is divided into three camps: those who believe in bitcoin, those who don’t understand it and those have yet to consider or study its technology.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Omidyar Network leads Series B funding in Cignifi

Source: Reuters

Cignifi, which has developed a platform to provide credit and marketing scores for people using mobile phone behavior data, has closed a Series B funding round led by existing investor Omidyar Network.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments must do more to grow impact investing - G8 taskforce chair Cohen

Source: Trust.org

Governments need to create policies that help to accelerate the growth of investing for profit and social good, the head of a task force set up by the world's richest nations to boost impact investing said.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — South Asia

Social enterprise Incubator Villgro invests in three start-ups

Source: Economic Times

Social enterprise Incubator Villgro has invested in three startups, marking its first set of funding this fiscal year. It is targeting to invest in 25-30 more startups by the end of the fiscal year. Ujjeewan Healthcare, Aindra Systems and Scholowiz Educational Solutions, all early-stage companies, have secured funding from Villgro.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nudging towards financial inclusion in India

Source: Financial Express

The Indian government recently launched a massive financial inclusion program with a view to improve access to formal finance. In this context, it is crucial to understand not only the importance of universal access to formal finance, but also the effective ways of achieving the same.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Unexpected players entering the telecoms space in Africa

Source: How We Made it in Africa

New developments in Africa’s technology industry show how technology is disrupting the way business is being done on the continent.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom and Equity take Row over Thin SIM to Parliament

Source: Standard Digital

Kenya’s biggest mobile network operator, Safaricom, and biggest bank in terms of customer base and reach, Equity Bank, appeared before a House committee on their push and pull over Equity’s bid to offer mobile money services.
Monday, September 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New ID Card Scheme: Breaking the Barrier to Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

Source: This Day Live

The burden of providing valid means of identification that has alienated some segments of the society from deriving benefits and value from the nation’s financial system and other initiatives will become history with the National Electronic Identity Card, reports Festus Akanbi
Friday, September 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: Insurers Must Introduce New Products

Source: All Africa

Zimbabwe's Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec) has called on players in the insurance sector to be innovative to come up with new products that are suitable for the lower end of the market and grow income in the face of tight liquidity.
Friday, September 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada Ebola vaccine shipment to Africa stymied by logistics

Source: Reuters

Canada's experimental Ebola vaccine was stuck in the government lab that developed it as officials puzzled over how to safely transport it, three weeks after it was offered to Africa to fight the deadly epidemic.
Friday, September 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$350,000 mobile money activation project begins

Source: Punch

eTranzact has announced the investment of $350,000 in a mobile money activation project in collaboration with EFInA, a financial sector development organisation. The company told our correspondent on Tuesday that the project was in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s cashless policy and would be piloted in North and South-West regions of the country.
Friday, September 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

FDA rushes J&J, NewLink Genetics Ebola vaccines to clinical trials

Source: Fierce Vaccines

Another Big Pharma player is joining the hustle toward an Ebola vaccine as the death toll surpasses 1,900 victims, eclipsing the total number of people who died from the disease in all previous outbreaks combined.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nurturing health innovation in Africa: 13 ways to boost research

Source: The Guardian

What needs to happen to reverse the brain drain and secure funding across the continent? Our panel suggest where to start
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

Microfinance in Jordan isn’t helping to empower women

Source: The Guardian

Foreign donors need to reconsider how their money is being used, as profits are taking precedence over sustainability
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Cignifi Inc. Completes Series B Funding Round Led by Omidyar Network

Source: Press Release

ignifi, which is helping to meet the needs of more than 1 billion people worldwide who have mobile phones but no access to formal financial services, today announced the closing of a Series B funding round. The capital raise was led by existing investor Omidyar Network, a Redwood City, CA-based philanthropic investment firm, established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, with additional investments from American Express Ventures and other existing investors. Cignifi is based in Cambridge, MA with offices in Sao Paulo, Mexico City and Accra, Ghana.
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Thursday, September 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO officials warn that the epidemic is accelerating rapidly

Source: TIME.com

WHO officials warn that the epidemic is accelerating rapidly
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Revolutionizing Health Care

Source: Forbes

If you or a loved one has undergone medical treatment recently, you’re probably aware of some of the cool new devices that help perform diagnosis and treatment. You may not be aware, however, that some of these devices are connected to the Internet and have become an important part of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.
Thursday, September 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: The key to healthcare innovation is empowering nurses

Source: Quartz

Sandeep Jauhar argued a few months ago in a New York Times’ op-ed that “Nurses Are Not Doctors” and shouldn’t be given the same responsibilities to care for patients.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money: The Battle for Africa

Source: The Wall Street Journal

As enthusiasm for mobile-phone-based payments grows in Africa, operators are rushing to get a piece of potentially lucrative and ever-expanding markets and to challenge more popular and established mobile-payment services, such as Kenya’s M-Pesa.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chemical test device diagnoses without internet

Source: SciDev.Net

A handheld device that performs a range of chemical tests and transmits the results for remote analysis through a standard mobile phone call could be commercially available within 12 months.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Global health officials warn that window for bringing Ebola under control is closing fast

Source: Washington Post

Leading international health officials said Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is accelerating and the window for getting it under control is closing.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Final trial confirms efficacy of Sanofi's dengue vaccine

Source: Reuters

French drugmaker Sanofi, developing the first vaccine against dengue fever, said its product reduced disease cases by 60.8 percent in a large final clinical trial. Sanofi has invested more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the project, undertaking two decades of research on the world's fastest-growing tropical disease.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola: Can Global Health Be Sustainably Promoted Without A Framework Convention for Global Health?

Source: All Africa

Few events remind us more of humanity’s shared health vulnerability than the outbreak of an untreatable, highly lethal disease that is resisting efforts to contain it, spreading from community to community, and across borders from country to country – like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Report: Digital payments bolster economy, promote financial well-being

Source: Cistran Finance

A new report by the World Bank Development Research Group found that incorporating digital payment systems into the economies of emerging and developing countries helps to spur economic growth and individual financial well-being.
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 — Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: PepsiCo Unveils New Water-Modeling Tool at World Water Week

Source: Press release

Wednesday at the Stockholm International Water Institute's annual World Water Week, PepsiCo announced the company's latest Water Report and unveiled Hydro-BID, a ground-breaking data management and modeling tool developed in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that estimates the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 tips to implementing effective and efficient microfinance programs

Source: Devex

Despite being in place for more than 20 years, microfinance has yet to achieve its full potential, some experts suggest.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearly Half the World’s Trash Is Burned, and That’s Worsening Climate Change

Source: TakePart

Researchers find that the amount of harmful pollution from such fires may be underestimated by as much as 40 percent.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

Unitus Seed Fund Has Raised USD 20 Million From Investors

Source: Press Release

New investors in India’s most active Micro VC impact fund demonstrate that commercial and philanthropic investors are drawn to impact investing
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

Indian-American doctor's formula gives expert AIDS care in rural areas

Source: Times of India

When AIDS first struck, patients simply died as there were no drugs to treat it. Now, drugs bring down the spread of virus but still a large section of rural India is left untreated. The reasons: High costs of treatment and travelling.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

Unitus raises funds for India from global foundations

Source: Times of India

BANGALORE: Seed-stage impact investor Unitus Seed Fund has raised $7 million in fresh funding from a clutch of institutional and individual investors taking the total fund size to $20 million.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa: Ebola Epidemic

Source: AllAfrica

Socio-Economic Implications of Inadequate Human Resources for Health, and Poor Health Financing
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Rwanda: How Energy Can Contribute Towards Poverty Alleviation

Source: AllAfrica

WE LIVE in interesting times when so much is happening in terms of development. However, there are curious contradictions that undermine our journey to the Promised Land; development.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Taking healthcare to India’s remote tribes

Source: The Hindu

The right to good healthcare must be addressed using modern technology, innovative approaches and by involving tribals in developing solutions for their problems
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

Has microfinance lost its moral compass?

Source: Phys.org

The industry that provides financial services for people on low-incomes and without access to traditional banking services is morally reprehensible according to new research from The University of Manchester.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

Is India’s new financial inclusion strategy already outdated?

Source: The Guardian

Plans to extend the reach of traditional banks seem so old-fashioned. Wouldn’t mobile money be quicker and cheaper?
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 — South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: At SOCAP 14, Unitus Seed Fund launches its India Impact Acceleration Program

Source: Press Release

September 2, 2014: San Francisco. Today at SOCAP 14, Unitus Seed Fund launched its India Impact Acceleration Program to help improve and accelerate the early-stage impact startup ecosystem across India in three ways: by increasing connections facilitated through “startup scouts” operating across India, working with leading incubators to help create more “venture capital-ready” startups that target low-income populations, and offering financial assistance to startups that make use of our existing Venture Advisor and Catapult Partner networks.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

Source: Reuters

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.
Friday, August 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

ChildFund, MasterCard Foundation, launch nurse-training program for Zambian youth

Source: YahooFinance

Innovative $7.6 million e-learning program will train 6,000 young people to become nurses and midwives and expand capacity of nursing schools in Zambia.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

India PM Launches Financial Inclusion Plan

Source: Zee News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched Jan Dhan Yojana, a mega financial inclusion plan under which bank accounts and RuPay debit cards with inbuilt insurance cover of Rs 1 lakh will be provided to crores of persons with no access to formal banking facilities.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Announces Commitment to Improving Access to Vaccines With 5-year Price Freeze

Source: Nigerian Bulletin

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has announced that it will freeze the prices of its vaccines for five years for developing countries that graduate from GAVI Alliance support. By committing to offer GAVI Alliance prices for vaccines against pneumonia, diarrhoea and cervical cancer, GSK will support developing country governments as they transition to financing the full cost of their local vaccination programmes.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — South Asia

USIBC Concludes Successful Pharmaceutical Mission to India

Source: Market Watch

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) has concluded its Pharmaceutical Executive Mission to Delhi, India. The delegation expressed its commitment to the Indian market, called for further dialogue with the government on issues related to pricing and intellectual property, and discussed strategies for expanding greater access to healthcare and health insurance in India.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

East Africa: Safaricom Gets GSMA Support in Mobile Cash War With Equity

Source: All Africa

Safaricom has received critical support in its bid to stop Equity Bank from using embedded SIM cards for the mobile banking and money transfer service the lender plans to introduce in the Kenyan market.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Financial Inclusion Game Changer

Source: BBC

Today, MasterCard is launching a ground-breaking program in Nigeria with the cooperation of the Nigerian government. This program uniquely combines a national ID card with electronic payments. Daniel Monehin, MasterCard’s Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa, sat down with MPD CEO Karen Webster to discuss why today is a such significant day in payments for Nigeria and why this program has the potential to be the financial inclusion game changer everywhere in the world.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 — Latin America

Artisanal chocolate shop focuses on education

Source: The Globe and Mail

Introducing Michael Sacco, the founder of ChocoSol, a learning community/social enterprise that focuses on making the ‘food of the gods’ – commonly known as cacao – into fresh, whole food, stone ground chocolate on an artisanal scale.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — South Asia

In Bangladesh, Floating Schools, Farms, And Health Clinics Help Stay On Top Of Rising Waters

Source: Fast CoExist

Beyond island nations like the Maldives that are quickly getting submerged, no country is more threatened by climate change than Bangladesh. Sitting at the bottom of three huge rivers, much of its surface area is either covered with water, or barely above sea level. Many of its 154 million inhabitants are poor (about a quarter earn less than $2 a day) and Bangladeshis often live in structures unsuited to severe weather. Bangladesh, in short, is a climate disaster in the making. By 2030, rising water could make 20% of the country uninhabitable, forecasts show.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Redesigning Birth Control in the Developing World

Source: Pacific Standard Magazine

How single-use injectable contraceptives could change family planning in Africa.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Health Investment Fund Leads Investment into Low-Cost Oral Cholera Vaccine for the World’s Poor

Source: GHIF News

South Korean biopharmaceutical company commits to manufacture a new and improved presentation of the vaccine at a target price of $1.00 per dose for public sector buyers.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Can crowdfunding help finance the 'missing middle?'

Source: Devex

What does a social business do when they don’t have a rich uncle to help them go from microenterprise to a small- or medium-sized enterprises? The answer may be crowdfunding.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing soars with $12 million green bond sale by Merrill Lynch

Source: Investment News

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisers sold $12 million in green bonds issued by the World Bank last week, surpassing what the investment bank expected based on similar issuances a few years ago.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — South Asia

India telcos agree on mobile banking through SMSs

Source: Times of India

MUMBAI: Mobile companies have been persuaded by the Narendra Modi government to share a slice of their infrastructure to pave the way for basic banking services through cellphones.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Y Combinator Nonprofit Zidisha Changes Microfinance Equation

Source: Wall Street Journal

The nonprofit says it has figured out a way of getting a 90% repayment rate on business loans to the types of people no financial institution would trust–young people in poor African countries without as much as a permanent address.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — South Asia

India's MFIs shift focus to urban areas

Source: Business Standard

Microfinance institutions (MFIs), which evolved as precursors of the rural thrift credit market in India, are now shifting to urban areas, with big slums in cities turning out to be cost-effective markets over small villages in far-flung locations.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Microfinance Sector Soldiers On Despite Burden of Bad Loans

Source: All Africa

Sector experts say there is an urgent need to address challenges facing MFIs, especially by empowering the sector to enhance its capacity and performance.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Airtel, Tigo claim mobile money first

Source: Mobile World Live

Two operators in Tanzania launched a service so that subscribers to their rival mobile money services can send and receive cash with one another. Airtel and Tigo claim it is the world’s first cross-network mobile money transfer service.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Secrets of Starbucks

Source: PSI Impact

Twenty years ago in Nepal, the first modern example of social franchising for health – the application of commercial franchising strategies to achieve public health goals – began expanding access to quality health services. This year, PSI and Marie Stopes International, two organizations that have long-employed social franchising to improve health outcomes, came together to create an online course on social franchising, with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — South Asia

Bosch forays into healthcare segment

Source: Deccan Herald

Auto component major Bosch on Monday announced the launch of a locally developed eyecare solution in India. The company’s new eyescreening and detection system offers a combination of hardware and software and provides affordable eyecare.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Michigan Startup Wins Grant to Make Medical Devices for Developing World

Source: Xconomy

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 80 percent of the world’s medical equipment is designed for only 10 percent of the population. After all, what’s the point of having the latest cutting-edge device if you live in the developing world without a steady source of electricity? However, Grand Rapids, MI-based med tech startup Sisu Global Health is on a mission to help change that statistic.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghanaian partnership to battle Cholera, Ebola through tech

Source: BiztechAfrica

The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has partnered with mPedigree Network and PopOut to launch the PREVENT initiative, which looks to employ technology to crack down on fake and counterfeit medicines.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$75,000 Anzisha Prize for Young Entrepreneurs Announces 2014 Finalists

Source: Press Release

For the first time ever, African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are delighted to have Anzisha Prize finalists from Togo and Ivory Coast (http://www.anzishaprize.org), revealing strong growth in entrepreneurship activity amongst youth in West Africa. Five young women are among the 12 finalists in the running for the $75,000 prize money that will be awarded on 23 September 2014, and will fly to Johannesburg from DRC, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — South Asia

Indian PM asks banks to make financial inclusion a national priority

Source: Business Standard

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked banks to make the opening of bank accounts in 70 million households this year a national priority.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — South Asia

A tiffin service that serves a special ‘social story’

Source: The Hindu

Her husband hasn’t spoken to her in three months, but Neetu hopes he will come around. After all, she says, working with Lunchbox 17, a tiffin delivery service in South Delhi, has completely changed her attitude. The social enterprise was launched in May by youth-run NGO Swechha and employs women from Jagdamba Camp, a slum near the organisation’s Khirki Extension offices. The initiative aims to provide employment, and eventually empowerment, to the women, and clean and tasty food to young professionals and students in the area.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Microfinance as a panacea to Nigeria’s unemployment challenge

Source: Business Day

As credit plays vital role in start-up and expansion of businesses, microfinance has been treated as an important tool for economic development.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Ways To Ensure Your Money Doesn't Contradict Your Social Values

Source: Forbes

It is possible to redirect your money’s social and environmental ties, even if a lack of understanding too often obscures that fact.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Nigerian startups will revolutionalise healthcare delivery’

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Q: I understand that Integrated Medics helps improve health care delivery. Specifically, how do you achieve this? A; We achieve this through automation of all the process in the hospital: from record office to front desk, from consulting to admission; from store to pharmacy and from NHIS desk to payment desk. Basically, by fast-tracking the healthcare delivery system.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profit vs non-profit: Why this Ugandan enterprise is no longer an NGO

Source: How We Made It In Africa

Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

Male Rickshaw Drivers Playing Key Role In Maternal Health Campaign In India

Source: Huffington Post

As the autorickshaws begin lining up inside the compound at 7 a.m., Vijaylakmi Sahu knows she has just 30 minutes to finish her work. Over the next half hour, Sahu works with clockwork precision. She ensures that the temperatures of the vaccines for pregnant women and children are checked before they are packed under her supervision in cold boxes. After that, three to five autorickshaws, known as the Immunization Express, head off to the villages where mothers, children and pregnant women await them.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Economic Case for Wiping Out Ebola

Source: BusinessWeek

On Aug. 22, the World Health Organization announced a draft strategy to combat the West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. That’s a sign that the global health body isn’t optimistic about a rapid end to an epidemic that has killed around 1,300 people so far. An extended outbreak of such a feared disease would have mounting economic costs.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Formal employment remains key to financial inclusion in India

Source: Indian Express

We believe the biggest boost to financial inclusion will come from a push to higher employment in the formal sector, especially regular, salaried employment.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: How the Gates Foundation’s Investments Are Undermining Its Own Good Works

Source: The Nation

Its vast holdings in the fossil fuel and arms industries subvert the foundation’s battle against disease and poverty, says Charles Piller.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — South Asia

In India, 50% of microfinance institutions could convert to banks, says regulatory body CEO

Source: The Hindu Business Line

About half of the Microfinance Institutions Network’s 49 members could follow in the footsteps of Kolkata-based Bandhan and convert themselves into banks in the next couple of years, according to a top official.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

America's First Billion-Dollar Social Enterprise?

Source: Huffington Post

It's not just the fact that TOMS received an investment from Mitt Romney's Bain Capital that was so important - it's the fact that Bain's investment now values TOMS, a social enterprise, at $625 million dollars.
Monday, August 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bain Capital Buys into Toms Shoes’ Social Enterprise Model

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly

Toms is a well known socially responsible business, a shoe manufacturer that donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair it sells. This business model has attracted an unusual investor: Bain Capital.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Surviving Ebola: Africa cries out for healthcare boost

Source: Reuters

Surviving sickness can make you stronger. So while a western corner of Africa writhes in the deadly grip of the Ebola virus, there are signs this emergency may serve as a wake-up call to strengthen spending and investment on public healthcare in the world's least developed continent. "If anything, I think it is teaching us something," Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs, told reporters in Addis Ababa this month.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nutrition: there's no quick fix for hunger or obesity

Source: The Guardian

“It is worth remembering that nutrition didn’t feature at all in the first set of goals. It was the forgotten MDG,” says Marc Van Ameringen. As the world this week marks 500 days until the end of the millennium development goals (MDGs), I got an interview with the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain).
Friday, August 22, 2014 — South Asia

Bharti Airtel in talks with State Bank of India for mega alliance

Source: Economic Times

Days after the Reserve Bank of India introduced draft norms for small and payments banks to boost financial inclusion, the nation's largest telco and the nation's largest lender are exploring a mega alliance.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glo launches Nigeria’s 1st Mobile Money Agent Network - Central Bank lauds initiative

Source: Nigerian Tribune

GLOBACOM, Nigeria’s national telecommunications carrier, has launched Glo Xchange, a Mobile Money Agent Network, aimed at accelerating mobile money revolution and financial inclusion in the country.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — South Asia

India's ICICI Bank plans to add more than 1.5 million accounts in FY15

Source: Business Standard

ICICI Bank-India's largest private sector bank-in a move to take ahead its financial inclusion strategy is planning to add another 1.5 million bank accounts in this financial year.
Friday, August 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Kenya's mobile money is opening up now middlemen have been set free

Source: ZD Net

A decision made by Kenya's telecoms watchdog could have profound implications for the country's mobile money market.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola crisis provides glimpse into Samaritan’s Purse, SIM

Source: Washington Post

Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA were instrumental in the evacuation of two U.S. missionaries from West Africa. These religious relief groups maintain a low profile in the U.S. but are often on the front line of public health crises. Health organizations and leaders of affected areas are also working to contain the deadly outbreak. Here are the key players.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Glimmer of hope seen in Ebola outbreak

Source: CNN

Three health care workers who were given the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp in Liberia have shown "very positive signs of recovery," the Liberian Ministry of Health said Tuesday. Medical professionals treating the workers have called their progress "remarkable."
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

Tata Group donates $15.5M to IIT Bombay to develop low-cost solutions for BoP consumers

Source: TechCircle.in

Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group has donated $15.5 million (Rs 95 crore) to IIT Bombay (IIT-B) to setup a virtual centre, which would focus on developing low-cost technologies for the bottom of the pyramid (BoP) consumers, says a report in The Economic Times, quoting IIT-B director Devang V Khakhar.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

How China And Kenya Are Winning The Payment Wars -- And Why The U.S. Should Worry

Source: Forbes

While many Americans consider alternative payments non-essential, the rest of the world is silently surpassing us.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor asks bankers to be innovative on home loans

Source: The Indian Express

Reserve Bank Deputy Governor R Gandhi today asked lenders to be more financially innovative in designing home loan products and suggested creation of a periodic deposit-linked facility.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

Indian MFIs lap up Narendra Modi's financial inclusion drive, plan major expansion

Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: Enthused by the Centre's plan to open 7.5 crore bank accounts over the next few years, MFIs and other such financial institutions that are working in rural areas have charted out massive expansion plans.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why social impact investing is going mainstream

Source: PBS Newshour

Social impact investing is taking off, says Pax World CEO Joseph Keefe, not simply because investors care about diversity and sustainability, but because companies focusing on those issues deliver strong long-term results.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wells Fargo creates startup accelerator to get front-row seat on financial innovation

Source: Charlotte Business Journal

Wells Fargo & Co. has established the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator, designed for startups pursuing innovation in financial services.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

What's The Future For Impact Investing?

Source: Fast CoExist

The biggest challenge--and opportunity--is to get the 99% involved in investing for social good.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Power Africa: Ghana To Attract $4bn From America

Source: Ventures Africa

Recently, Ghana signed a Power Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), making it the current largest American Government-funded transaction of President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.The Ghana Power Compact facilitates the investment of up to $498.2 million for the transformation of Ghana’s power sector while also stimulating private investments. Eventually, the deal is expected to raise more than $4 billion from American and global energy firms.
TAGS:solar
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

SimPrints wins £250,000 from Gates Foundation to develop fingerprint scanner

Source: BiometricUpdate.com

UK start-up SimPrints announced it has received a £250,000 grant in funding to develop a fingerprint scanner that some are calling a “game-changer” in global healthcare, according to Cambridge News.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Humans give malaria to mosquitoes – we need a vaccine to stop this

Source: The Guardian

On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. Ross won a Nobel prize for his discovery, and, since then, mosquitoes have been enemy No 1 when it comes to defeating a disease that takes a life every single minute – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. But on this day, let’s focus on approaching malaria in a surprising new way: a vaccine to stop humans from giving malaria to mosquitoes.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sanford looks to build hundreds of Ghana clinics

Source: The Island Packet

Sanford Health is looking to open more than 300 clinics in Ghana in the next five years to treat millions of patients. The Dakotas-based health network has opened five clinics in the African nation since 2012 and broke ground last week for a sixth.The clinics have treated more than 180,000 patients.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom cuts fees on low and medium value M-PESA transfers

Source: Biztech Africa

Leading integrated communications service provider Safaricom has announced a targeted reduction of transaction fees levied by the operator on its most popular person to person M-PESA transaction bands.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — South Asia

Financial inclusion in India may remain an unsolved puzzle for now

Source: Business Standard

Days after the PM announced a financial inclusion package, a look at how banks and insurance firms are going about it & what lies ahead.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using mobile money to buy water and solar power in east Africa

Source: The Guardian

Mobile phones are facilitating access to utilities in poor rural communities. But do consumers have the faith to go cashless?
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Stop charging high interest rates, Bank of Ghana tells MFIs

Source: Ghana Web

Microfinance companies have been urged not to charge high, unsustainable interest rates by the Head of Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Mr Raymond Amanfu.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Toniic Announces Support from Omidyar Network

Source: Toniic

San Francisco, USA and Mumbai, India (August 18, 2014) – Toniic – a global network of over 120 action-oriented impact investors – is pleased to announce the financial support of philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Bharti Airtel & VeriFone to drive Africa’s mobile money evolution

Source: IT News Africa

Bharti Airtel and VeriFone Mobile Money have reached an agreement to offer VeriFone Mobile Money’s merchant enablement applications for mobile Tap n Pay across Airtel’s 17 operating countries in Africa.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?

Source: The Guardian

Providing emergency nutrition in a way that undermines the capacity of local economies to respond to food insecurity and malnutrition themselves seems a clear violation of the 'do-no-harm' principle.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberian Natives Work To Fight Ebola Outbreak From Boston

Source: WBUR

In Boston, some natives of Liberia are working to improve sanitation conditions and train health workers on the ground in their homeland, as the country and two of its neighbors battle a deadly Ebola outbreak.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — South Asia

Beyond microcredit in Nepal

Source: Republica

For Nepal's microfinance sector, the time has come to look beyond microcredit and find ways and means to turn individual entrepreneurs into small, medium and maybe big entrepreneurs over time.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: A Critical New Role for the World Bank

Source: New York Times

The bank should rise to the challenges posed by remittances — a critical tool in the fight against world poverty.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

New Bank of Ghana rules excite mobile money vendors

Source: Ghana Web

Companies in the mobile money business are in an anticipatory mood for the implementation of a new Bank of Ghana regulation on mobile payment systems, which they contend will help to boost payment transactions using the mobile phone.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ending M-Pesa’s solo story

Source: Mobile World Live

M-Pesa lacks interoperability with any of the rival services run by the country’s three other operators: Airtel, Orange and yuMobile. But Safaricom is now under pressure to change its ways.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Using mobile money to increase financial inclusion in Indonesia

Source: Jakarta Post

With the rapid growth of the middle-income population and a better-educated demographic bonus, Indonesia is expected to experience a more sustainable economic growth. One of the ways to achieve this is by increasing people’s involvement in the financial sector, otherwise known as financial inclusion.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe’s Econet Wireless and the making of Africa’s first cashless society

Source: The Guardian

Will Zimbabwe be Africa’s first cashless society?Strive Masiyiwa, founder of the pan-African telecommunications company, talks about extending finance to the unbanked.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — Latin America

Ericsson to power Mobile Money project for ASBANC in Peru

Source: Telecom Lead

Telecom equipment vendor Ericsson will design and implement the mobile money project, Peru’s largest private initiative for financial inclusion for the National Bank Association in Peru.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms

Source: womensenews.org

One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Armed Men Raid Liberia Ebola Quarantine Center

Source: Voices of America

A group of young men armed with clubs, claiming that "there's no Ebola" in Liberia, raided a quarantine center for the deadly disease in Monrovia overnight, prompting about 20 patients infected with the deadly virus to flee, a witness said Sunday.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever: In search of the good business

Source: The Economist

SLEEPING in the open on top of his mansion was a nightly routine for William Lever, founder of what is now Unilever, an Anglo-Dutch consumer-goods giant. When Paul Polman became chief executive of the soap-to-ice-cream-maker in 2009 (joining from a Swiss rival, Nestlé), the Dutchman spent a night in Lever’s rooftop bed as part of a total immersion in the history of his new firm. It helped persuade him, a year later, to launch a “Sustainable Living Plan”, the name for his attempt to make Unilever the pre-eminent example of how to do capitalism responsibly, just as it had once been under Lever.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Source: Huffington Post

There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Your Coffee Is Getting Fancier, But Is It Getting Better For The World?

Source: Fast Company

Fair-Trade certified coffee has become known as an easy way for coffee drinkers to make the world a better place for coffee growers, many of whom are among the world’s poorest people. But a study released in April 2014 seriously questions how much fair-trade certification really does for them.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Collaborative Fund, CircleUp Partner to Invest $4 Million in B Corps

Source: Wall Street Journal

New York City-based venture firm Collaborative Fund, and CircleUp, the fundraising platform for “anything but tech” startups, have partnered to invest $4 million into certified B Corps, said CircleUp co-founder Ryan Caldbeck.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: By making ATM transactions expensive, the Reserve Bank of India is contradicting its own stance

Source: First Biz

On Thursday, when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) permitted banks to charge customers for using other bank ATMs more than thrice a month and that of own-banks more than five times, the apex bank was contradicting its own stated policy stance of encouraging public to alternative banking channels and, then gradually, to paperless banking.
Monday, August 18, 2014 — Latin America

Renewable Energy Companies to Invest $7 Billion in Chile Power

Source: Bloomberg

Renewable-energy developers plan to invest $7 billion for wind and solar projects in Chile. The government awarded 70 concessions for solar power projects and six for wind farms, the country’s Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco told reporters today in Santiago. There were more than 30 recipients.
TAGS:energy
Monday, August 18, 2014 — South Asia

Narendra Modi government to pay banks fee for pursuing financial inclusion plan in India

Source: Economic Times

MUMBAI: Government has agreed to give banks some commission for pursuing the financial inclusion plan announced by the prime minister on the Independence Day.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Cambodia's Orphan Business

Source: Al Jazeera

People & Power goes undercover to reveal how 'voluntourism' could be fuelling the exploitation of Cambodian children.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Next Stage of Sustainable Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Investing is no longer about style boxes.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Growth of independent India an amazing story; empower it by health investment: Bill Gates

Source: Economic Times India

Today, the prime minister will stand at the Red Fort to address the nation. For a generation, the Independence Day speech has been about India's mind-blowing progress - and today's will be no different.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here's How To Give Back AND Make Money

Source: Business Insider Australia

Meet the newest investing buzzword on the block.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Airtel, Voda, Idea move to cash in on mobile payments in India

Source: Hindustan Times

Till a few years ago, Sachin Dhaval had to visit the collection centre of SUMUL, the Surat-based milk co-operative, to pay cash a day in advance for placing his orders.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

A Fiasco At The Burial Ground, A Prank At The Shop: Covering Ebola

Source: NPR

NPR's global health correspondent Jason Beaubien tries to keep his cool when traveling abroad. But he may have set a new record for chillness.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda: Airtel introduces mobile money saving solution

Source: IT News Africa

Airtel Uganda, in conjunction with Grameen Foundation, has developed a service that will allow Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) and other forms of savings groups, such as Chamas or investment clubs, to store their group’s cash as mobile money.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — North Africa and Near East

In Tehran, a Taxi's Metamorphosis Is Kafkaesque

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The husband-and-wife team of Mehdi Yazdany and Sarvenaz Heraner were cruising the streets of Iran's sprawling capital in search of targets.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Modi Promises Access to Banking for India's Poor

Source: The New York Times

Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Friday greater access to financial services for nearly 500 million Indians who do not have a bank account, many of whom are now at the mercy of money lenders who charge extortionate interest.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — South Asia

Mastercard and Indosat give 60M Indonesians access to electronic payments

Source: PYMNTS

Indonesian mobile operator Indosat is making it easier and more secure for Indonesians working abroad to send money back home to family and friends by adding the MasterCard-backed HomeSend service to its offerings, the telco said this week.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Less is More for the Health of Africa’s Hospitals

Source: PDandD Magazine

The rural health clinic in Kimalamisale, Tanzania, sits at the end of a rutted sandy road some 160 miles from the nearest large town.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Microloans for consumption spell ruin

Source: Financial Mail

AFRICAN Bank may have been the first to fall, but this is just one part of a tragic story that concerns all microlenders who provide cash loans to fund consumption, which affects SA much more broadly and deeply than the collapse of a single business.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda, Tanzania latest to welcome Diaspora Mobile Money transfer service

Source: Tech Moran

The Diaspora Mobile money transfer service from Rapid Communications’ is now in Uganda, Tanzania and Senegal only a month after it was unveiled in Kenya.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyan corporates commit to supporting health in Africa

Source: ReliefWeb

Corporate leaders and other representatives from the private sector pledged their support for health and health development in Africa at a roundtable meeting organised by Amref Health Africa in Nairobi today.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Students Don't Have To Drop Out To Thrive As Social Entrepreneurs

Source: Forbes

For young social entrepreneurs, fellowships such as Thiel, Ashoka, and Echoing Green provide guidance and resources that can be essential for launching their projects without having a college affiliation.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

Largest transaction in Indian microfinance since 2010

Source: Microfinance Focus

Janalakshmi, a microfinance institution headquartered in Bangalore, announced that it had closed its Series D primary equity raise of INR 3.25 billion.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

China and India's Growing Inequities in Access to Health Care

Source: Diplomatic Courier

China and India collectively represent more than 35 percent of humanity. Both countries have lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the last two decades. However, the developmental challenges that India and China have yet to surmount are mammoth. The public health sector is a crucial part of this challenge.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Embattled African Bank gets bailed out

Source: Business Day Live

AFRICAN Bank has been bailed out as the Reserve Bank said on Sunday it would pay R7bn for its bad loan book, which allows it to continue lending and safeguards its retail deposits.
Thursday, August 14, 2014 — South Asia

Indian doctors, government launch portal to share healthcare expertise

Source: DNA

Indian-origin doctors across the globe have joined hands with the Indian government to launch a web portal for sharing expertise, skills, knowledge and resources with those in need of such services in India.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Indians are about to outnumber Americans on the internet

Source: Quartz

There will be more Indians on the internet by the end of this year than there are Americans, according to Rajan Anandan. He should know; Anandan heads up Google in India.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Random decisions in pharma pricing bad for India’s health

Source: Economic Times India

On July 10, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) arbitrarily fixed prices for all anti-diabetic and cardiovascular drugs outside the scope of the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) 2013, with no warning to manufacturers.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Full financial inclusion can boost India’s GDP by 0.9%, says report

Source: Business Standard

British brokerage Barclays today said returns from financial inclusion, in the form of savings through reduced leakages, better tax collection and improved savings, would be much higher than the cost incurred.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola and ethics: Are rich nations doing enough to fight the outbreak?

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a matter of justice and ethics, experts said Tuesday. This has to do with medical testing and international funding.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Latin America

Economic growth and 'something else' to address inequality

Source: Devex

How can fast-growing developing economies close the inequality gap and ensure that economic growth is followed by structural transformation that not only reduces poverty but also improves access to opportunities, promotes mobility and enhances social capital? They need to find ways to provide growth and “something else” or opportunities for social cohesion and mobility for those at the bottom of the pyramid, Julie T. Katzman, executive vice president and COO at the Inter-American Development Bank said during an interview with Devex on the sidelines of the event in Paris.
TAGS:IDB
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Stopping Disease With A Simple Innovation: New Floors

Source: Fast CoExist

A Stanford University student re-invents an ancient earthen material--adobe--to work well in a country where dirt floors can cause death.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African mobile money technology expands in Europe

Source: New Vision

Africans have long used technology developed abroad, but now a Kenyan cash transfer network which bypasses banks is being adopted in Europe.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

How to make financial inclusion work for women in India

Source: Financial Express

A striking thing in the BJP’s maiden budget was integrating gender in the macroeconomic policy framework.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola outbreak spreads fear in rural Sierra Leone

Source: Enquirer

Weeks under the strain of bad news, much uncertainty and no direct support are taking a toll on rural towns like Rotifunk, in Bumpeh Chiefdom, the focus of my all-volunteer nonprofit Sherbro Foundation Sierra Leone.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — Latin America

Genius in Microfinance - Reflections on Pancho Otero

Source: Huffington Post

In a recent retrospective, Rich Rosenberg called Pancho Otero, the founding leader of Bolivia's Prodem and BancoSol, a genius. Elisabeth Rhyne tell the story of who Otero was and what he accomplished.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 — South Asia

Indian micro-lenders to open 30 million bank accounts by Aug 2015

Source: Live Mint

Microfinance companies have committed to opening at least 30 million bank accounts within a year through tie-ups with banks as part of the government’s ambitious financial inclusion plan likely to be announced on Independence Day.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya's mobile money transactions hit KES1 trillion

Source: ITWeb Africa

Statistics from the Central Bank of Kenya indicate that Kenyans transferred over KES 1 trillion between January and June this year.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

Banking correspondents risking lives to bring financial inclusion to India

Source: LiveMint

In Bihar alone, at least 14 attacks on bank kiosk operators have been reported in the last two years
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Western Union Expands Collaboration with MTN Group; Launches Mobile Money Transfer Service in the Ivory Coast

Source: Market Watch

Consumers Who Subscribe to MTN Mobile Money Can Now Receive a Western Union Money Transfer Transaction on Their Mobile Phones
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

Indian MFIs demand more incentives for working as business correspondents

Source: Business Standard

According to survey by microfinance institution network (MFIN), published in February this year, nine out of 14 MFIs closed their operation as BCs in the recent past.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

Direct cash transfers will reduce corruption in India, says Reserve Bank governor

Source: Economic Times India

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan made a strong pitch for direct cash transfers to the poor, saying this would help reduce corruption by breaking the "cycle of dependence".
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

India's Welcome Reform Of Its Ghastly Food Aid Program

Source: Forbes

India is making essential changes to the way that it operates its food aid program for the poor.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Ebola shows the need to rethink global public health

Source: Montreal Gazette

NEW YORK - The horrific Ebola epidemic in at least four West African countries (Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria) demands not only an emergency response to halt the outbreak; it also calls for rethinking some basic assumptions of global public health.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Medical Research Council and PATH launch new Global Health Innovation Accelerator

Source: AfricanBrains

The new South Africa-based Global Health Innovation Accelerator (GHIA) launching today will speed the development and introduction of sustainable, high-impact health technologies that can save the lives of vulnerable women and children in South Africa and beyond.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue vaccine is just a year away, researchers say

Source: SciDev.Net

A new vaccine that can halve the number of dengue cases provides a welcome shot to fight a deadly disease that infects around 390 million people every year in the tropics.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

How far off are drones in the delivery of rural care?

Source: Healthcare Dive

A Silicon Valley startup called Matternet is pioneering a pilot program that uses drones to connect rural care providers with major hospitals in Bhutan.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO backs use of experimental Ebola drugs in West Africa outbreak

Source: Reuters

It is ethical to offer unproven drugs or vaccines to people infected or at risk in West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak, a World Health Organisation panel of medical ethics experts ruled on Tuesday, but cautioned supplies will be limited.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

A Few Simple Tricks Make Starting A Business Overseas Cheap And Easy

Source: Fast CoExist

Zoe Cohen produces her Zoko Bags from Kenya. Here's how she got her start as a destination entrepreneur.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

An easier way to manipulate malaria genes

Source: MIT News

New approach to knocking out parasite’s genes could make it easier to identify drug targets.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Liberia health system 'overtaxed'

Source: BBC News

Liberia's information minister has admitted that the country's health care system has been overwhelmed by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to expand footprint with hub and spoke model

Source: Business Standard

Apollo Hospitals Ltd is actively looking at expansion with the hub and spoke model and harnessing the telemedicine technology.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — South Asia

Ideas for a financially inclusive India

Source: Deccan Herald

The Prime Minister is expected to outline a policy on financial inclusion in his maiden speech from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15, 2014.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

A qualified success for the Peterborough prison social impact bond

Source: ThirdSector

Not everyone is confident about the prospects for replicating what might prove to be a one-off experiment, says Stephen Cook
Monday, August 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Novartis aims to improve healthcare access in developing nations

Source: The Guardian

Novartis has trained more than 500 health educators and supervisors, addressing healthcare issues for remote communities in emerging markets
Monday, August 11, 2014 — South Asia

RuPay cards to replace Aadhaar in welfare scheme authentication in India

Source: Economic Times India

The finance ministry has decided to limit Aadhaar's role in its welfare scheme payments and, instead, use ATM-enables RuPay cards for last-mile authentication to withdraw money.
Monday, August 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Vaccine 'should be ready for 2015', WHO says, as GSK plays down timing

Source: The Independent

An Ebola vaccine should be ready for public use by 2015, the United Nation’s health agency has said.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Airtel unveils Airtel Insurance

Source: IT News Africa

Airtel Nigeria has collaborated with MicroEnsure and Cornerstone Insurance in order to launch its latest, free insurance product.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — South Asia

Rocket Internet raises $445 million to invest in mobile payments in emerging markets

Source: Internet Retailer

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company is purchasing a 10% stake in Rocket, a German e-commerce investment firm. The deal will combine the Philippines telecom operator’s mobile expertise with Rocket's global e-commerce and web services footprint.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — South Asia

India has big plans for healthcare and pharma

Source: PM Live

The rumblings of an Indian healthcare earthquake have been gathering pace for some years but the arrival of a new government with a mandate of progressive reform promises to make the earth move for pharma.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

In a First Test for Social Impact Bonds, Investors Miss the Mark for Payout

Source: Next City

Investors in a pioneering social impact bond project in the U.K. will have to wait another two years for a return on their gamble on good.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Obama’s “New Africa” Deliver on Its Promises?

Source: IPS News

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 2014 (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S’ expanding business partnership with Africa.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why the Ebola Vaccine Won't Be Administered in Africa

Source: Newsweek

The earliest the world can expect a vaccine to curb spreading of Ebola in West Africa is about a year away, scientists say.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — South Asia

Micro-insurance products in India may see sea-change

Source: Business Standard

Better remuneration to distributors and policies with bigger ticket size may boost sale
Friday, August 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

The remarkable impact of secondary education on women’s health

Source: Humanosphere

For the first time, there is strong evidence to support the claim that girls education is a great investment. But it goes further than that. Secondary education might be the best way to improve the health of both mothers and their children.
Friday, August 08, 2014 — No Region Specified

US criticised over increased private sector investment in Africa

Source: The Guardian

New Alliance agriculture initiative risks prioritising profit over people and pushing poor farmers further into poverty
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

PEPFAR and CIFF Launch $200 million Accelerating Children's HIV/AIDS Treatment Initiative (ACT) to Save Lives

Source: PEPFAR

Today, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in partnership with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), launched Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT).
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why Global Health Researchers Should Climb Down From the Ivory Tower

Source: Forbes

In the late 1970s, the Chicago Police Department noticed that the city’s crime rate increased when cops stopped walking the beat and started driving around in patrol cars instead.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Investing in Health: African Countries Expand Domestic and Innovative Financing

Source: Huffington Post

This week, President Barack Obama is hosting the first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., welcoming leaders from across the African continent to discuss trade and investment, with an eye toward security, peace and democratic development. Importantly, these high-level meetings will also include discussions of the future of global health investments and the U.S.-Africa partnership in reaching an AIDS-free generation.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Group Commits US$ 5 Billion to Boost Electricity Generation in Six African Countries

Source: World Bank

The World Bank Group today committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries-- Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania—which have partnered with President Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe: Telecoms Firms Embrace Innovation to Survive

Source: AllAfrica

AS technological convergence redefines business models across nearly every industry, mobile telecommunications companies have shown a growing appetite for innovation in order to survive and thrive in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

As America Turns Its Gaze Toward Africa, It Has The Chance To Promote A New Model Of Investment

Source: Huffington Post

This week U.S. investors and African leaders from the African continent will converge on Washington D.C. for the inaugural US - Africa Leader's Summit.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Red Cross experiments with a very different money remittance approach

Source: PYMNTS

When Red Cross workers are helping with disaster relief in the middle of war-torn areas or natural disasters, the last thing they need to deal with are money-transfer headaches to secure critical supplies and services.
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — South Asia

Indian Banks to ensure minimum remuneration to business correspondents

Source: Business Standard

Over 220,000 BCs had been appointed by banks after the RBI pushed this as a cost-effective way of extending banking services to the unbanked villages
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Bots That Knew Ebola Was Coming

Source: TIME.com

Online technology has improved the ability to detect and track outbreaks
Thursday, August 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESCRIPTIONS: Health solutions lie in effective partnerships

Source: The Daily Mail

Anyone working in the public health sphere knows that things are looking up when a group of experts deliberating over solutions to diseases go beyond the rhetoric and come up with unique and easily applicable ideas.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Startups Offer New 'Microloan' Options for Entrepreneurs With Big Ambitions

Source: Entrepreneur

In the United States, a whopping 543,000 new businesses are launched each month. Sadly, half of all start-ups aren’t able to keep their doors open for more than five years. The failure of many small businesses is due, in large part, to lack of funding.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How other countries are scrambling for Africa alongside the U.S.

Source: The Washington Post

This week in Washington, dozens of African heads of state are converging for a landmark series of meetings with U.S. officials and businesses.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unitus crosses $1 bn mark in capital raised

Source: Business Standard

Unitus Capital, an investment banking firm focussed on meeting the financing needs of impact entrepreneurs serving the bottom of the economic pyramid, has announced that it has crossed the $1 billion mark in raising funds.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Caterpillar Foundation Announces $11 Million in Investments for Africa's Future Through Water, Energy and Women

Source: Market Watch

Foundation's focus on corporate social innovation helps put people on the path to prosperity
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Science focus urged at first US-African leaders summit

Source: SciDev.Net

Science and technology must be at the heart of the debate at the first-ever US-Africa Leaders Summit that starts today, policy experts argue, as they call for 100,000 new science graduate places in the United States for Africans over the next ten years.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE Foundation Commits $20-Million to Maternal and Child Health in Africa

Source: Philanthropy

The GE Foundation will spend an additional $20-million over the next five years to advance maternal and child health in Africa, an expansion of its existing global health development program, officials say.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

What’s the Real Risk of the West African Ebola Outbreak?

Source: Dalberg

Ebola’s deadly sweep across West Africa has raised global alarm: Nigeria recently became the fourth country affected by the virus when a traveler fell ill and died in Lagos after flying there from Monrovia.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

U.S. wants Nigeria to take economic leadership in Africa

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

The United States government has expressed the expectation of Nigeria to lead the African continent into economic advancement.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprises Raise Money Through Direct Public Offerings

Source: Forbes

Looks like there’s a growing interest among social enterprises in a capital-raising method called Direct Public Offering (DPO).
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: New World Bank safeguards are pushing more money out the door at the expense of the poor

Source: Devex

Last week, the World Bank released a draft of its proposed new environmental and social safeguards.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

‘While the US may be late to the party, it has a lot to offer Africa’

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

Africa offers US multinationals a compelling trade and investment opportunity thanks to the rapid economic growth rates being experienced across the continent along with burgeoning population growth and increasing urbanisation, according to South African-based Standard Bank.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Money Grows In Africa But Hurdles Remain

Source: Gulf Business

Industry players say a fragmented and tough regulatory environment is holding the mobile money industry back.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Source: Huffington Post

In the past few years, the social enterprise space has evolved rapidly from a concept that required explanation to a trend everyone is eager to join.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — South Asia

Target 'zero': Going full force against malaria in Asia

Source: Devex

Anti-malaria efforts have been gaining significant traction and progress in the past couple of years, particularly in Africa, with a 54 percent decline in child malaria deaths.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: USAID and Rockefeller Foundation Announce $100 Million Global Resilience Partnership in Africa and Asia

Source: USAID

?WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Rockefeller Foundation announced today a $100 million Global Resilience Partnership that lays out a bold new vision for building resilience to chronic stresses and increasing shocks in communities across Africa and Asia.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola risk unheeded as Guinea's villagers keep on eating fruit bats

Source: The Guardian

Health workers struggle to separate myth from reality of Ebola as residents say abandoning tradition is out of the question
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Circumcision cuts risk of HIV infection, experts say

Source: SciDev.Net

[MELBOURNE] Getting men to choose voluntary circumcision is seen as essential in preventing new cases of HIV infection in heterosexual men and women.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile tech on the Africa health frontier

Source: Politico

Billions have been spent to bring AIDS medicines to patients in Africa, but a technology with just as much lifesaving potential can be had for pennies: the text message.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 — No Region Specified

Meet the Tiny Company Behind the Experimental Antibodies for Ebola

Source: ABC News

The companies manufacturing an experimental drug treating two American Ebola patients aren't among the largest multinational pharmaceuticals in the world. In fact, leading the effort is a small nine-employee firm in San Diego.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama's Africa legacy moment?

Source: Devex

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to three African countries last summer might have been dubbed the “trade not aid” tour.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African entrepreneurs turning to crowdfunding

Source: DW

The banks wouldn't give him a loan, so Cameroonian Georges Badjangs approached a crowdfunding platform. Although relatively unknown in Africa, this alternative source of finance is helping his firm grow.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

Source: The New York Times

An AIDS fable: Once upon a time, in the years after AIDS went from being a death sentence to a manageable disease, at least for people rich enough to take antiretroviral therapy, many of the people who ran the world believed that these medicines weren’t appropriate for residents of very poor countries.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — South Asia

Will Indian PM Narendra Modi's financial inclusion plan use Aadhaar for authentication?

Source: Economic Times India

NEW DELHI: In less than two weeks, PM Narendra Modi is expected to announce a new Financial Inclusion drive.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

What Vodacom has learned from M-PESA’s initial failure in South Africa

Source: Gadget

Following a disastrous South African launch in 2010, Vodacom has redesigned and re launched m-pesa, the mobile money service that has transformed the Kenyan economy. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK considers its chances of success.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Countries Where Human Progress Is Fastest and Slowest

Source: Mashable

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual Human Development Report, which focuses on human vulnerability worldwide, last week.
Monday, August 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola virus: Britain's top doctor accuses drug firms of dragging their heels in finding vaccine

Source: Mirror

Professor John Ashton said the pharmaceutical industry was being slow because it had only affected Africa and not the Western world
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