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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Decade after debt relief, Africa’s rush to borrow stirs concern

Source: Business Day

NEARLY a decade after Nelson Mandela and anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof persuaded the rich world to forgive Africa’s crushing debts, many countries’ debt levels are creeping up again, which could undermine the region’s growth boom.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

The World Bank Gets An Overhaul — And Not Everyone's Happy

Source: NPR

The World Bank, the largest international development institution, is undergoing a sweeping reorganization, the first of its kind for the bank in nearly a generation. The bank, based in Washington, has laid out a new set of goals, but they're accompanied by deep budget cuts and the elimination of a whole layer of senior management jobs.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mara Group’s Ashish Thakkar On What Investors Get Wrong About Africa

Source: International Business Times

Thakkar spoke to IBTimes about his new venture, his business style, and what’s ahead for Africa -- a region set to grow at record rates in the next few years.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda accuses World Bank of aid blackmail

Source: Business Day

Uganda accused the World Bank of blackmail on Friday after the lender stalled a $90m loan over the east African nation’s adoption of a draconian anti-gay law.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: M - Lab Wins Impact Economy Innovations Grant

Source: allAfrica

M:Lab East Africa identifies, nurtures and helps build startups in the knowledge economy by providing training, market research, access to finance and infrastructure among many other services.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — South Asia

Pedaling for progress with cargo bikes

Source: GMA News

For Victoria Holanda, fetching water used to be a backbreaking chore. “Dati ay suson naming mag-asawa ang isang kawayan; ang timba ay nasa gitna naming dalawa,” she recalled. “Inaabot kami ng tatlong oras araw-araw sa pag-igib ng tubig mula sa isang bukal na 500 metro ang layo sa bahay namin.”
Friday, July 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Scaling social innovation: what is it?

Source: The Guardian

Outsourcing public services may cut costs, but what has it got to do with social innovation and positive social change?
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — South Asia

Literacy, Not Income, Key To Improving Public Health In India

Source: Eurasia Review

New research suggests public health in developing countries may be better improved by reducing illiteracy rather than raising average income.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

What will happen when the MDGs expire?

Source: New Internationalist

The UN High Level Panel report has a universal focus USAID, under a CC License
Monday, June 17, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: World Bank Provides $1.25 Million to Support Job Creation in Upper Egypt

Source: AllAfrica

The World Bank group and its partners are investing more than $1.25 million in the Egypt Development Marketplace program that addresses job creation, poverty alleviation and rural development, said a press release issued by the World Bank.
Friday, June 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing: Lots of Interest, but Where's the Big Money?

Source: Bloomberg

Categories too risky for many investors include women entrepreneurs and agricultural businesses
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

India needs to show the world it respects intellectual property rights: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Source: The Economic Times

India needs to show the world that it respects intellectual property rights if it wants global pharmaceutical firms to invest in India, according to Biocon Chairman and Managing Director Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.
Friday, June 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unfinished Business

Source: Huffington Post

Winston Churchill said it best when he concluded, "democracy is the worst form of government ....except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 — No Region Specified

Life, Not Death, is Focus of New Health Metrics

Source: Discover Magazine

This maverick researcher wants to replace conventional death statistics with data on how well we live.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Women floriculturists turn entrepreneurs

Source: The Hindu

Defying illiteracy, 420 women floriculturists from Kotha Reddypalem and Patha Reddypalem villages in Machilipatnam have proved that they can be successful entrepreneurs
Monday, April 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why Smart Entrepreneurs Aren't Eyeing the First World

Source: Good

Though you may not hear it talked about much in the debates this election or see it on the front page of The New York Times, we are living through the greatest transformation in the history of modern capitalism.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 — No Region Specified

Watch Out, World Bank: Here Comes the BRICS Bank

Source: AP / CNBC

Leaders of the five BRICS nations plan to create a development bank in a direct challenge to the World Bank that they accuse of Western bias.
Friday, March 15, 2013 — South Asia

Rs 5,500-cr India Innovation Fund to focus on job creation

Source: The Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The government today said the Rs 5,500-crore 'India Inclusive Innovation Fund' will focus on generating employment and supporting livelihoods across the country through innovative enterprises.
Monday, February 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How social entrepreneurs are inspiring change across Africa

Source: The Guardian

Leadership programmes are facilitating social enterprise projects that could be a viable alternative to aid
Thursday, February 14, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama in SOTU: Eradicate extreme poverty in 20 years

Source: Devex

In a Feb. 12 speech focused on improving the lot of the U.S. middle class, Obama also vowed to help stabilize countries such as Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Mali, and help to spread democracy from the Middle East to South-East Asia.
Monday, February 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Pakistan's social entrepreneurs eager to unlock innovation potential

Source: The Guardian

The social enterprise landscape in Pakistan is nascent but fast-growing. From diverse sectors ranging from dairy farms to educational hubs to micro drip irrigation, early-stage enterprises have the potential of achieving hybrid financial return and social impact. Crucially, they are attracting interest from impact investors and business angels alike.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

How social enterprise movement can stop acts of terrorism

Source: The Jakarta Post

Nothing is new in the use of social enterprise to promote peace. The phenomenon has won global recognition with Nobel Peace prize awarded to social entrepreneurs like Wangari Maathai of the Greenbelt Movement in 2004, Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank in 2006 and former US vice president and environmental campaigner Al Gore in 2007.
Friday, September 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

At UN-backed conference, African officials discuss path to sustainable development

Source: United Nations News Centre

13 September 2012 – Representatives from more than 40 African countries have gathered at a United Nations-backed conference in Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the region’s strategy to achieve sustainable development and come up with an integrated strategy for the region to encourage environmental initiatives.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

FXB International Releases Graduate Tracer Study

Source: FXB

(New York, NY) – Today FXB International released a Graduate Tracer Study. Among the exciting results include findings that, from their starting point as the poorest households in their communities, FXB-Village participants in Rwanda and Uganda show greatly increased income and savings. Additionally, the study shows that FXB-Village participants have vastly improved access to clean drinking water and are more likely to own their homes, and children are much more likely to be enrolled in school than they were at the beginning of the program. In each of the three study areas, the results show that the FXB-Village program significantly improves the lives of these participants.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 — Latin America

Brazil's historically poor northeast finally gets its boom

Source: Los Angeles Times

RECIFE, Brazil — The Brazilian state of Pernambuco was once known for its vast plains of parched dirt and roving bandits called cangacos, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. For later generations, escaping the widespread poverty of the northeast customarily meant moving to livelier southeastern cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, though many migrants still ended up living in favelas, or slums.
Friday, May 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Progress Panel calls on African governments to drive towards MDGs

Source: The Guardian

African governments and donor countries should launch a "big push" this year towards meeting the millennium development goals (MDGs), according to a high-level panel.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 — South Asia

India's Aadhaar ID Project Turns Nation's Poor into Economic Players

Source: CBC News

Power Shift India: Nation turns to technology to extend a guaranteed identity to its poor
Friday, April 13, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa: Brazilians to Share Experiences On Beating Hunger

Source: allAfrica

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says sharing experiences with Brazil will help South Africa deal with the challenge of hunger.
Monday, April 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

Business Lessons From A Baby Elephant

Source: Fast Company

Vijay Govindarajan is the co-author, with Chris Trimble, of Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, which hits bookshelves on April 10. A professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, Govindarajan chatted with Fast Company about $2,000 heart surgery, elephant prostheses, and the need for American businesses to, in essence, study abroad.
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