Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Friday, August 7, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe Caps Bank Interest Rates At 18 Percent

Source: All Africa

Zimbabwe's central bank on Wednesday capped lending rates for finance institutions at 18% and moved in to reform the banking sector in a bid to improve economic activity and enhance stability.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Are we ready for a 'universal' development agenda?

Source: Devex

With so much ambition on the table, the post-2015 agenda could raise some tricky questions about living standards, environmental sustainability, and what exactly rich countries like the United States are agreeing to do over the next 15 years.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — South Asia

Viewpoint: India’s Chilling Crackdown on Charitable Organizations “Smacks of Political Payback”

Source: The New York Times

The Ford Foundation is among the world’s best-known charitable organizations, dispensing billions of dollars globally for projects aimed at reducing poverty, fighting injustice, improving education and advancing democracy.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

My Health Plan for Africa - New WHO Boss

Source: All Africa

Dr Rebecca Moeti was last week in Geneva appointed the new WHO boss for Africa. She spoke exclusively to Star's John Muchangi on her immediate plan.
Thursday, November 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

How China is reshaping global development finance

Source: DW

The BRICS Development Bank, the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund – recent initiatives spearheaded by China that symbolize its growing influence in development funding and potential new sources of financing, says Rajiv Biswas.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Why India, not China, is a better investment partner for Africa

Source: Quartz

Did you read the story on Chinese investment in Africa? They’re being published in droves, usually with a vaguely racist headline, like “Booming African lion economies gear up to emulate Asians.”
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 — South Asia

Jan Dhan may win Guinness record for Modi, but duplicate accounts can burden banks

Source: FirstBiz

he Narendra Modi government is in dialogues with the Guinness World Records team to bag a record for the government for opening maximum number of bank accounts in minimum number of days, according to persons familiar with the development.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Goa will be India’s first state to achieve 100% financial inclusion, say officials

Source: Times of India

Panaji: With 95% of the house-to-house survey completed and the procedure to allot accounts to Goans done, Goa may well be the first state to be entirely covered under the Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana. With this, Goa will be the first state to achieve complete financial inclusion, officials close to the development said.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

China To Build Liberia Health System

Source: Liberian Observer

The government of the People’s Republic of China has pledged that as a plan for the post-Ebola period, it will work with other international partners to help build and modernize Liberia’s health sector.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania looks to India to set up tele-medicine network

Source: Business-Standard

A high-level delegation of medical experts from Tanzania led by its Health Minister Seif Suleiman Rashid today visited the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences here to study its tele-medicine programme with a view to setting up a similar facility in their country.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — Latin America

US sends health official to Cuban Ebola meeting

Source: UT San Diego

U.S. and Cuban health officials sat together in Havana on Wednesday to discuss Latin America's response to Ebola, the most concrete sign so far of the nations' desire to cooperate against the epidemic despite decades of tense relations.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — Latin America

Could reforms unlock Mexico's "huge" microfinance potential?

Source: BNamericas

Mexico's financial reforms could help the country's microfinance industry fulfill its "huge potential" for growth, rating agency S&P said in a report.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

EU Offers $1bn Development Capital To Three African Countries

Source: Ventures Africa

European Union (EU) has given three African countries Lesotho, Togo and Zambia over $1 billion for economic development under its National Indicative Programmes (NIP).
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — South Asia

The Dangers of the Indian Government’s Flirtation with U.S. Pharma and Risks for India’s Coherent, Pro-Public Health IP Policy

Source: Equilibri

India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his delegation, who have been visiting the U.S. for the first time, have spent considerable time and energy in courting U.S. business interests.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indian government to offer life insurance with new bank accounts through financial inclusion scheme

Source: Economic Times India

The government will shortly announce the life insurance cover to be provided to the new bank accounts being opened under the Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana, a top finance ministry official said today.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola vaccine for West Africa still in Canada, 6 weeks after it was promised

Source: CBC News

The experimental Ebola vaccine that Canada promised to ship to West Africa to help fight the epidemic six weeks ago has yet to be shipped to West Africa a, says Dr. Gregory Taylor, the country's new chief public health officer.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — South Asia

Why isn't the Reserve Bank of India excited about Modi's financial inclusion scheme?


The central bank warned last week that a faulty rollout could create more problems than it could fix.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: British government and Unilever join forces to help world’s poor

Source: Press Release

Justine Greening has signed a joint letter of intent with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, committing to a new partnership.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India governor cautions Modi government on speed of financial inclusion scheme

Source: FirstBiz

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan’s warning to sarakari banks, on a hunt to win maximum number of bank accounts in minimum days to make Narendra Modi government’s flagship financial inclusion scheme Jan Dhan Yojana a success, reflects the regulator’s concern on the way government using state-run banks to push its populist agenda overlooking prudential norms.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

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


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 3, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
Friday, August 8, 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.
Wednesday, August 6, 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.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Suspected Ebola cases sent home as Liberian isolation unit fills up

Source: Reuters

An isolation unit for Ebola victims in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, is overrun with cases and health workers are being forced to treat up to 20 new patients in their homes, government officials said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 questions about World Bank safeguards

Source: Devex

The World Bank board's Committee on Development Effectiveness meets on Wednesday to review a new proposal that may change the way the Washington, D.C.-based institution assesses and mitigates the environmental and social impacts of its investments.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria: Doctors Strike - Hospitals Take to Free Medicals

Source: AllAfrica

An ongoing nationwide by doctors has prompted private practice and nongovernment agencies to step into healthcare to bridge gulfs let wide open when doctors walked out July 1.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — South Asia

India's new government vows clampdown on healthcare graft

Source: Reuters

India's health minister called for tougher laws on Tuesday after a media report alleged that laboratories had offered kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to their diagnostic centres.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — Latin America

Financial Inclusion in Paraguay: New Mobile Money Regulation

Source: GSMA

The opportunity to increase financial access in Paraguay is massive.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — South Asia

Medanta-The Medicity: World class health care, with a soul

Source: Forbes India

Dr Naresh Trehan's vision for his latest venture is to emulate the best-in-class health care facilities in the world
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

What if everything we know about poor countries' economies is totally wrong?

Source: Vox Media

As China and India continue their fairly rapid paces of economic growth, a greater and greater share of extreme poverty is going to be concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. But if we're going to make progress there, we need to have good numbers about how various economies are faring, how income is distributed within them, and so forth.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

The key to a more productive classroom is more recess

Source: Quartz

More and more US banks are getting out of the money-transfer business, Dealbook notes (paywall). A series of money-laundering scandals, punished by eye-popping fines, has made them cautious: Bank of America, HSBC, Citigroup and JP Morgan have pulled out altogether, while BBVA is reportedly looking to sell off a business unit that handles wire transfers in Latin America.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Indonesia Receives Us$500 Million from World Bank in Support of Financial Sector Reform Policies

Source: Insurance News

WASHINGTON, July 1 -- World Bank issued the following news release: The World Bank'sBoard of Executive Directors approved today a US$500 millionFinancial Sector Reform and Modernization Development Policy Loan for the Government of Indonesia. The loan supports Indonesia's policies aimed at reinforcing the stability of the financial system, diversifying the financial sector, and expanding financial inclusion to reach the poor and other underserved groups.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — South Asia

Online facility for Diaspora doctors to serve in India opened by Health Minister

Source: India Education Diary

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in a speech which was read out by the Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan last night to a gathering of US-based Indian medical professionals said that the aim of his government is to bring about a “complete transformation” of the health sector through research, innovation and the latest technology.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Wealthy support greater effort to promote social equality

Source: Benefits Pro

Ninety percent of wealthy individuals say they would be willing to pay higher taxes, support more job creation and greater educational opportunities in an effort to promote more income equality, according to a new survey by US Trust.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

How the US government can help spur impact investing

Source: Devex

The field of impact investing is expanding, but key barriers could still be removed and incentives put in place by the U.S. government to boost growth and promote best practices, according to a new report released on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: What Can Social Entrepreneurs Do for the Future of Indonesia?

Source: The Jakarta Globe

With the upcoming election the question of who we prefer to lead the country has become one of the most discussed topics in Indonesia. But putting aside political debate that we are being exposed to these days, it will be a lot more enlightening to evaluate another type of leader that may profoundly change Indonesia in the future.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

GeneXpert’s benefits still not reaching patients

Source: Health-e

The Department of Health’s multi-million rand investment in an automated, rapid TB test is being short-changed by slow health systems, said researchers this week.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Africa: Private Capital Fuels Power Production - U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz

Source: AllAfrica

The theme of the energy ministerial is 'Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa'. The 'Electrify Africa' legislation sponsored by Republican Representative Ed Royce, with 117 bipartisan cosponsors, calls for a comprehensive U.S. policy to promote more access to electricity across Africa. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on 8 May and now goes to the Senate for consideration. What can you tell us about it?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

State Equity Crowdfunding Policies Hold Promise in U.S.

Source: Forbes

More than two years after passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is still writing the regulations that will govern equity crowdfunding in America.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — South Asia

Five Questions For Professor Jagdish Bhagwati On The Indian Economy And Prime Minister Modi's Next Steps

Source: Forbes

Jagdish Bhagwati, university professor at Columbia University and senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, has been described as the most creative international trade theorist of his generation. He has been a leader in the fight for freer trade for decades.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. Cites End to C.I.A. Ruses Using Vaccines

Source: The New York Times

Three years after the Central Intelligence Agency set up a phony hepatitis vaccination program in Pakistan as part of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration told a group of American health educators last week that the agency no longer uses immunization programs as a cover for spying operations.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

A list of Econet’s gripes with Zimbabwe’s telecoms business ecosystem

Source: Techzim

Despite investing a lot of money ($1.2 billion) according to the company, Econet says they continue to operate in an ecosystem where they face needless challenges from competition, lacking supporting infrastructure and legislation.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IFC expands support to capital markets, access to finance and telecommunications in Rwanda

Source: WorldStage

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the private sector in Rwanda.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Companies becoming more sensitive to sustainable investment concerns – survey

Source: Blue&GreenTomorrow

US companies are becoming more receptive to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns of shareholders, according to a new survey of socially responsible investing (SRI) experts.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Agent Banking as a Tool for Financial Inclusion in Bangladesh

Source: The Financial Express

After Independence, Bangladesh has come a long way in ensuring inclusive growth.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda: Deeply Flawed HIV Bill Approved

Source: Human Rights Watch

The HIV Prevention and Control Act passed by the Ugandan parliament on May 13, 2014, is discriminatory and will impede the fight against AIDS, Human Rights Watch, HEALTH Global Advocacy Project, and Uganda Network on Law, Ethics & HIV/AIDS said today.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is India Ready for Better Healthcare?

Source: The Wall Street Journal

In the heat of the world's largest election many of India's biggest political parties are promising better health coverage for the south Asian nation’s citizens.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India May Allow MFIs to Function as Business Correspondents of Banks

Source: The Free Press Journal

However, the move has faced serious opposition from various departments in the central bank.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

E-banking Central to Uruguay Financial Inclusion Law

Source: BN Americas

Electronic banking services will play a central role in Uruguay's new financial inclusion law, approved by the senate last week, local paper Espectador reported.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — Latin America

Brazil Approves GM Mosquito That Could Cut Dengue

Source: SciDevNet

The approval was made last week (10 April) by the National Technical Commission on Biosecurity, the organisation that regulates transgenic organisms in Brazil.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Frustration Rises Over Crowdfunding Rules

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Critics Say Two-Year-Old JOBS Act, Intended to Help Entrepreneurs Attract Investments, Requires Major Revisions
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Rohingya Health Crisis In West Myanmar After Aid Groups Forced Out

Source: Business Insider

The United Nations says at least 40 Rohingya were killed there by Buddhist Rakhine villagers. The government denies any killings occurred.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

NIH Center Sets New Goals for Global Health Research and Training

Source: Science Codex

Fogarty plans to reinvigorate its efforts to train more developing-country scientists in these new areas of global health, where the field is moving and where the most interesting discoveries are yet to be made, according to the plan.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Bangladesh Fights Off HIV

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

Strong political commitment, timely donor support and effective government-NGO collaboration are behind Bangladesh’s successes on this front.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Opinion: How Aadhaar, India Post Can Transform India's Finance


In an episode, Raghav Bahl discussed the idea of setting up a new payments bank which could be a joint venture between Aadhar and India Post.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank to Spend $8 Billion on Nigeria Over Four Years

Source: Bloomberg

The World Bank said it will provide Nigeria with projects worth $8 billion targeting job creation, social services and governance as part of its new country partnership strategy with Africa’s largest economy.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why global health should embrace the global precariat

Source: SWIHPS

It’s not often you come across a truly visionary op-ed but in my opinion last week’s viewpoint from Guy Standing in The Guardian, ‘Cheer up – a renewed left is coming’, fits the bill. In the piece, Standing says the precariat is today’s (emerging) mass class, and like the proletariat in the 19th and part of the 20th century, it will define a new progressive agenda for this age. Not all the examples he gives of “precariat uprisings” in countries around the globe are convincing, and not everybody shares his analysis, obviously, but the man has a point.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Netcare Disputes Oxfam Report Over Hospital Costs in Lesotho

Source: Bloomberg

Netcare Ltd. (NTC), a private hospital operator in South Africa and the U.K., said its venture in Lesotho was a “success story” after an Oxfam report alleged it was draining the country’s health resources.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Grand Convergence in Global Health is Realizable

Source: Business Day South Africa

What it will take is a co-ordinated, future-oriented investment strategy.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Healthcare Donations are Increasing

Source: Millionaire Corner

The neediest nations are getting more financial support for healthcare, while those nations that are slightly better off could be losing out in donations, a University of Washington study says.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Postal bank test awaits new government in India

Source: The Telegraph India

he high profile spat between the Reserve Bank of India and the finance ministry over converting India’s loss-making 1.54 lakh post offices under India Post into a bank is likely to be one of the challenging issues that the next government will have to handle.
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Global Health, Abortion Bears the Scarlet A

Source: Aljazeera America

At the Kamazu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, Dr. Grace Chiudzu, the head of the maternity ward, ticks off the most common issues her patients face: “One is bleeding, second is infections, third is abortion complications.”
Monday, April 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mor panel's financial inclusion report may be put on back burner in India

Source: Business Standard

The Union finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) have raised questions on viability and implementation of the recommendations made in the Nachiket Mor committee's report. The panel had, among other things, suggested a new banking structure to foster financial inclusion.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Development Assistance For Global Health: Is The Funding Revolution Over?

Source: Health Affairs

In many ways, the last twenty years have been somewhat of a “revolution” in global health, as marked by rising attention, growing funding, and the creation of new, large scale initiatives to address global health challenges in low and middle income countries.
Friday, April 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here’s How You Help the Poor Without Soaking the Rich

Source: Time

We have to clear our minds of a fallacy about poverty alleviation: Helping the poor does not mean welfare. This isn’t to say that we don’t need welfare. Ignoring the unfortunate who can’t put enough food on the table or afford proper education or healthcare is not just cruel, it’s bad economics.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Women Trading Sudan's First Carbon Credits

Source: The Guardian

Cleaner stoves have saved Sudan over 36,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and earned the country its first carbon credits.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Managing Finances Well is Key to Africa’s Success

Source: Business Day South Africa

More than ever, African governments need to make the region attractive to investors to shore up the growth path the continent has embarked upon.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Kenya, roaming rules to force telcos to share facilities

Source: The Star Kenya

A ‘national roaming’ regulation is in the pipeline to make it mandatory for the existing four mobile network operators to allow cross-network usage of their facilities countrywide, the regulator said on Friday.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Kenya officially gives green light to three mobile virtual network operators

Source: IT Web Africa

Kenya’s number of mobile money players could jump from four to seven after the country has officially awarded three mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) licences this week.
Friday, April 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Aline Wachner is a PhD candidate at the International Research Network on Social and Economic Empowerment (IRENE/SEE) at Zeppelin University, Germany. Her research has investigated health care social enterprises in Columbia, Mexico, Kenya, and South Africa. She previously worked at the Grameen Creative Lab, a think tank initiated by Prof. Muhammad Yunus.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indian Social Entrepreneurs Battle Bureaucracy, Need Help to Expand

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Social entrepreneurship in India has seen exponential growth over the last decade, with an increasing number of skilled men and women starting up businesses which provide out-of-the-box ways of improving the lives of the country's 400 million poor.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Vector control focus of World Health Day

Source: Times of India

Swarms of mosquitoes buzzing around people after dusk is a familiar scene on almost every city street. So World Health Organisation's (WHO) theme for World Health Day on Monday will clearly strike a chord in Chennai. WHO has identified vector diseases as biggest threat to health and have started a campaign with the tagline 'Small bite, big threat'.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

India’s Bandhan aims to replicate its microfinance model as a full-fledged commercial bank

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Having started commercial micro-finance operations in 2005, Bandhan Financial Services Pvt Ltd is now set to become a full fledged commercial bank, headquartered in Kolkata. In an interview to Business Line, Chairman and Managing Director Chandra Shekhar Ghosh explains why Bandhan bank will bring a common man’s perspective into banking.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda police raid U.S. military AIDS clinic, order it shut

Source: Erasing 76 Crimes

Activists in Uganda report that plain-clothes police raided a U.S. military-affiliated AIDS services clinic in Kampala today, accused it of promoting homosexuality, and ordered it to close.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments need to 'join up and scale up' on health

Source: Devex

World Health Day is a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made since the occasion was first marked in 1950. But it’s also a moment to reflect on the huge challenges that remain. One child dying from preventable causes is one too many — but in reality, 6.6 million die in this way each year.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Half of Lesotho health budget goes to private consortium for one hospital

Source: The Guardian

A flagship hospital built in Lesotho using public/private financing with advice from an arm of the World Bank threatens to bankrupt the impoverished African country's health budget.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fears for global health R&D after US budget battle

Source: SciDevNet

Future research and development targeting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria may be at risk because of across-the-board federal cuts implemented last year by the United States, the largest funder of global health R&D, warns a report.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: The Reserve Bank of India's welcome conservatism

Source: Business Standard

More than four years after the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee announced the government's intention to issue more banking licences, this has indeed been done. In 2010, there was much fervour about financial inclusion and, against that backdrop, new banks were seen as an important means of boosting capacity and penetration of financial services.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Why RBI’s decision on a Post Bank of India is a slap for Finance Ministry

Source: First Post India

The RBI’s decision on Wednesday to “consider” the application of Department of Posts for a banking license “separately in consultation with the Government of India” is literally a slap in the face for the finance ministry.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

India Announces First Bank Licences in a Decade

Source: Global Post

India on Wednesday announced it was issuing two new bank licenses for the first time in a decade as it accelerates a push to bring more Indians into the formal banking system.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Reorienting Financial Inclusion in India

Source: The Financial Express

Fixing small business finance is a great place to start improving financial inclusion. This is a reform that is overdue and should not wait.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID, Hillary Clinton Launch Global Development Lab for Game-Changing Innovations

Source: Devex

The event will take place in New York, with Hillary Clinton delivering the keynote address, following an internal launch and a USAID town hall discussion earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Kenya: Regulator sets tough conditions for mobile firms

Source: Mobile Money Africa

Safaricom chief executive Bob Collymore is facing hard options, following last Friday’s approval of his company’s quest to acquire rival yuMobile’s assets under tough conditions.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Where is Bitcoin legal?

Source: CNN Money

In most countries around the world, Bitcoin is neither illegal nor totally unregulated. It's somewhere in between. Bitcoin and similar virtual currencies are computerized money not backed by any official authority. Governments haven't given it their blessing, and they're trying to figure out how to deal with it.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zimbabwe: Econet, mobile money agent association head for clash

Source: All Africa

The Mobile Money Transfer Agents Association of Zimbabwe and Econet are heading for a possible clash over the latter's recent directive that each of its agent should register at least five new customers per day as per their contract.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Latin America

Sustaining Recent Social Progress May Require a Squeeze on the Rich

Source: The Economist

Latin Americans, the past dozen years have been remarkable. The region has seen a magical combination of faster economic growth, falling poverty and declining income inequality. Is this unprecedented period of progress over?
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

What will new governor of Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank mean for mobile money?

Source: TechZim

If you were waiting, the wait is finally over, former CBZ chief and Economist Dr Mangudya will be the new substantive Governor of The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. This comes at a time when the government is making deliberate efforts to re-position the Reserve Bank as the engine of Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. The Herald reports that Dr Mangudya will assume his reigns at his new no. 80 Samora Machel Ave offices effective 1 May for what could be the first of two five year terms.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Congress budget pact good for global health but NIH cuts threaten US innovations

Source: Science Codex

While a ceasefire in Washington's budget wars has restored funding for a range of programs targeting global health threats like AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), the simultaneous underfunding of the world's biggest sponsor of global health research and development (R&D) puts future progress at risk, warns a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives. The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) released their annual policy report today at a Capitol Hill briefing.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — Latin America

Brazil Just Became The First Country Ever To Pay Reparations For A Maternal Death

Source: BuzzFeed World

Three years after a landmark human rights ruling, Brazil offers reparations and public commemoration. But the structural inequalities that led to a 28-year-old’s death remain.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

14 Ways to Make Sanitation Sustainable

Source: The Guardian

What has more impact, new technology or behavioural change? Is there such a thing as a scalable solution that is also sensitive to cultural needs? Our panel of experts share their thoughts
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bitcoins are property, not currency, for tax purposes, says U.S. government

Source: Reuters

Wading into a murky tax question for the digital age, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday that bitcoins and other virtual currencies are to be treated, for tax purposes, as property and not as currency.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ministry’s scepticism, Aadhaar issues hang over Nachiket Mor financial inclusion plan in India

Source: Live Mint

The finance ministry has questioned the practicality of some recommendations made by a panel formed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to promote financial inclusion, including a 1 January 2016 deadline it has set for making an Aadhaar-linked bank account available to every adult Indian.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Central Bank of Nigeria gives room for microfinance bank mergers and acquisitions

Source: Business Day

There is an expectation of stronger microfinance banks (MFBs) in the country if the micro institutions that could not meet with their recapitalisation requirements, successfully engage and conclude with mergers and acquisition as they are directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Millennium Challenge Corp. Partnership Will Help PEPFAR 'go local' in South Africa

Source: Devex

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to help strengthen public health systems in South Africa by funding ARV distribution and equipment.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: India’s Mor Report on Financial Inclusion Doesn’t Focus Enough on Expanding Access to Credit

Source: Business Standard

The Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households (the Nachiket Mor Committee on financial inclusion) has delivered a detailed report in a very short time.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

South Africa ground zero for reforming drug patents

Source: CMAJ

The government of South Africa is squaring off against drug makers over patent reform in the lead-up to national elections on May 7, citing a "massive disease burden" from HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, cancer and heart diseases.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Banks, Corruption and Crypto: Can Bitcoin Change India?

Source: CoinDesk

Last December, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a warning on digital currencies noting that the bank had not yet authorized any organisation in India to use cryptocurrencies as a method of payment.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Maternal health activists appeal to court

Source: New Vision

Human rights activists for improved maternal health services have asked the Supreme Court to hear their petition seeking to compel the Government to provide essential adequate kits in referral hospitals for the mothers’ safe deliveries.
Friday, March 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing for the Average American

Source: Harvard Kennedy School Review

Impact investing has become a buzz word in social enterprise circles but, even today, opportunities to invest are hardly accessible to the average American. Barriers include protective federal regulations as well as the inability to reach scale.
Thursday, March 20, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

UK Boosts Social Enterprise With 30% Tax Relief on Social Investments

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

A move welcomed by campaigners and industry experts as potentially unlocking millions of pounds for social enterprises.
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — South Asia

Indian Microfinance Body Seeks RBI Nod for Self-regulatory Status

Source: The Times of India

Last year, the RBI had released guidelines on self-regulation by MFIs in accordance with the recommendations of the Malegam panel set up by the apex bank earlier to look into regulatory aspects of micro-lending following the Andhra Pradesh microfinance crisis of 2010.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

New ITU standard enables health data exchange

Source: relief web

Following calls for increased global coordination of standards enabling e-health, ITU has offered first stage approval to an important specification enabling an exchange of multimedia health data between a health provider, a controlling function and patient.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Addressing financial exclusion in Pakistan

Source: Business Recorder

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has adopted a multi-pronged and long-term strategy to address financial exclusion through structured policy and regulatory actions besides market-development interventions.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Discussing the JOBS Act's Impact on Capital Flow in the U.S. Market


Much of the focus on how the JOBS Act may be able to transform the flow of capital in the United States has been on new pathways being opened. Equity crowdfunding, crowdfinanced debt, locavesting, the new opportunities for accessing capital outside of the traditional banking system has sparked the imagination of many.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Latrine numbers up

Source: The Phnom Penh Post

The number of Cambodian rural households with access to latrines increased from 23 to 33 per cent in 2013, a Ministry of Rural Development report released yesterday says.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Boosting Financial Inclusion in Nigeria with Mobile Money, Electronic Cards

Source: This Day Live

Nigeria is bent on achieving financial inclusion through the ongoing cashless initiative, but the exercise is rather too slow, hence the need to increase awareness campaign on the use of mobile money and electronic cards as alternative channels, writes Emma Okonji.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reserve Bank of India to issue much-awaited banking licenses to reshape banking sector

Source: DNA India

The next generation of banking structure will be the first step to a thousand mile journey to make India the third largest banking economy in the world. The issue of "on-tap" new banking licenses will prove to be a game changer for the Indian banking industry.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

China's central bank halts Tencent, Alibaba mobile payment process

Source: MSN Money

China's central bank demanded on Friday that payments made by scanning a bar code with mobile devices be halted, hitting the payment arms of Internet companies Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Big Pharma still betting on "messed up" Indian drugs market

Source: Reuters

Global drugmakers have had a nauseous time in India's $14 billion market. Prices have dropped and valuable patents have been overruled as the authorities strive to make medicines affordable for the 70 percent of people living on less than $2 a day.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Haitians sue UN over cholera epidemic

Source: Yahoo! News

Nearly 1,500 Haitians filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from the United Nations for victims of a cholera outbreak that health officials say has killed more than 8,000 people and sickened over 600,000 in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

Financial regulators increasingly skeptical of Bitcoin

Source: ars technica

Two financial regulatory bodies have issued new Bitcoin-related warnings and sanctions this week. The first came from FINRA, the financial industry’s self-regulatory organization. It published an investor’s note on Tuesday saying that “selling and using bitcoins carry numerous risks.” The second warning came Monday from a Texas state financial regulator. That document is an emergency cease-and-desist order against Balanced Energy, an energy firm taking investment in bitcoins.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — South Asia

Microfinance Institutions Network Seeks Early Implementation of Mor Panel Report in India

Source: The Financial Express

"Our customers are demanding number of banking services from MFIs. They want services beyond loan offerings, including insurance, invesment opportunities, inter-bank trading services, where banks find it difficult to provide services due to various reasons," said Alok Prasad, chief executive officer (CEO), MFIN.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — South Asia

Experts Say: India and Africa Should Form Working Group on Healthcare

Source: Business Standard

ndia and the African countries should mull forming a working group to explore healthcare cooperation, stakeholders and experts said on Monday.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Provides $40 Million to Tackle Infectious Diseases

Source: Sci Dev Net

Within five years, the CDC aims to help 30 at-risk nations cope with the “perfect storm of vulnerability”, Tom Frieden, the centre’s director, said during a press briefing preceding the announcement.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

10,000 Women's Perspectives on Non-Communicable Diseases - A New Global Survey

Source: Market Watch

Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Explores Impact of NCDs on Women
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Most Dangerous Man in Bitcoin Isn't a Criminal

Source: FastCoExist

Preet Bharara tells the hotel ballroom full of bankers. "I could either come around, or you could just form a single-file line."
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying the course - Obama's 2015 proposal for US foreign aid

Source: Devex

Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria Approves Liquidation of 83 Microfinance Banks – NDIC

Source: Mobile Punch Nigeria

The Managing Director, Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, on Tuesday said that the Central Bank of Nigeria had approved the liquidation of 83 licensed microfinance banks.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — South Asia

Indian banks gung-ho about financial inclusion, but not agents

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Financial inclusion is not yet a profitable proposition, but banks remain gung-ho about the initiative, predicting future dividends from the market reach that comes with improved access to finance.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

NUHM launched in Maharashtra, will help 2 crore slum dwellers

Source: Times of India

The state government announced the launch of the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) on Sunday to focus on the healthcare needs of 2 crore slum dwellers living in 95 districts. The NUHM launch follows the flagging off of the dial 108 for a free ambulance scheme on March 1.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

South Africa: Brics Countries Urged to Focus On Issues of Gender Equality

Source: All Africa

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has urged officials and experts from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), attending the Inaugural BRICS seminar on population matters, to give special attention to exchanging ideas on advancing both gender and reproductive health rights.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe moves to end “mobile war” between telecommunications players

Source: The Standard

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has directed mobile payment system operators that want to enter into exclusive arrangements with agents to seek permission as the central bank moves to end the “mobile war” between telecommunications players.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Success in Impact Investing Through Policy Symbiosis

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Some may be surprised to hear it, but impact investing would barely exist -- certainly not at its current, modest scale -- but for the support and partnership of government. Government is ubiquitous in all economies, to be sure. But in the types of underserved markets in which impact investors operate, the role of public policy is profound.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

The White House’s new $65.8M Social Innovation Fund competition is the largest to date

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

The 2014 competition, which was officially announced this week, will provide up to $65.8 million to grantmakers.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria to extend cashless policy nationwide

Source: This Day Live

The Central Bank of Nigeria Acting Governor, Dr. Sarah Alade, Wednesday said the bankers’ committee will not rescind on the plan to extend the cashless policy to other states in the country from July 1.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

U.S. Senator calls for a Bitcoin ban as regulators seek ‘accelerated push’

Source: Washington Post

The implosion of a once-popular Bitcoin exchange has some lawmakers calling for a ban on the virtual currency.
Friday, February 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank postpones Uganda loan over anti-gay law

Source: Reuters

The World Bank on Thursday postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda's health system over a law that toughened punishment for gays, an unusual move for an institution that typically avoids wading into politics.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan

Source: BBC News

Despite years of aid, medical care in Afghanistan remains severely limited as casualty rates from violence climb, humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warns in a report.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — South Asia

Mobile Vaccine Vans to Make Healthcare Services More Convenient in Kashmir

Source: Business Standard

Under the scheme of the National Rural Health Mission, Teeka Express, a mobile vaccine van, was launched in Rajouri District.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — South Asia

State Bank of Pakistan Launches 5-year Strategic Plan for Islamic Banking

Source: Pakistan Observer

This was discussed by Saeed Ahmed Deputy Governor of State Bank of Pakistan on Islamic Finance in his opening remarks at a two day workshop on Islamic Banking and Finance for journalists organized by SBP here on Monday.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — South Asia

Indian Medical Devices Industry Welcomes Changes in Bill

Source: The Health Site

The bill is significant because it recognises medical devices as distinct from pharmaceuticals for the first time and brings needed clarity to device regulation.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Asia-Pacific's fight against malaria gets a boost from Australia

Source: Devex

The fight to eradicate malaria in Asia-Pacific has been given a significant boost following Australia’s latest $16 million commitment to the region’s multi-donor trust fund against the mosquito-borne disease.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

The social impact bond wars

Source: PBS

Social impact investing sounds like an innovative way of uniting private investors, nonprofits and government to deliver social services with demonstrable outcomes. But who’s profiting from that financing model?
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

India, UK hold talks to expand cooperation in health sector

Source: Business Standard

Aiming to expand their cooperation in health sector, India and the UK today held talks to indentify more partnerships at national and state levels to further the collaboration.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zambia: Govt Takes Healthcare Closer to Solwezi Communities

Source: All Africa

Owning a bicycle by households in the rural parts of Zambia is such a life-saving asset especially to the people of Kimpitubwanga village in chief Kapijimpanga area in Solwezi district who walk several hours in search of health services.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Central Bank of Nigeria refutes report of imminent shutdown of 600 microfinance banks

Source: WorldStage Group

The Central Bank of Nigeria CBN on Tuesday refuted a recent report that 600 microfinance banks (MFBs) were facing imminent shutdown. According to a statement by the apex bank, its Director, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department (OFISD), Mr. Olufemi Fabamwo was quoted as saying that the story was totally untrue and misleading.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Myanmar caps microfinance loans at $500, sparking MFI concerns about small business growth

Source: International Business Times

A new directive in Myanmar caps microfinance (MFI) loans at $500, which has the sector worried that small business growth could be stifled even as it expands its role within the Southeast Asian economy.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — South Asia

Payment Banks as Financial Levellers

Source: Live Mint

Payment banks and universal electronic bank accounts can bring about genuine financial inclusion
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 — South Asia

State Bank of Pakistan Outlines 6-point Action Plan to Boost Agri Financing

Source: Daily Times Pakistan

The agenda includes launch of countrywide onternship programme for 100 top agri graduates, to be funded under the ADB’s Improving Access to Financial Services Endowment Fund.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Experts to map Nigeria’s neglected tropical diseases

Source: SciDevNet

Nigerian health officials partnering with international experts have embarked on a national programme to map Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by analysing data obtained from 14 of the country’s 36 states.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Tech advancements have made India’s banks more vibrant

Source: Economic Times

Over the past decade, the Indian banking sector has seen remarkable progress. It is clearly indicated by their healthy business growth, fast-paced credit expansion and profitability along with control over non-performing assets (NPAs).
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Can microfinance be self-regulated?

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Reserve Bank’s recent announcement, recognising industry associations as self regulatory organisations (SRO) is being seen as a positive development for the microfinance industry (MFIs). But have MFI associations acquitted themselves well enough to deserve this regulatory mantle?
Friday, February 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Uganda developing law governing mobile money

Source: New Vision

The government through the Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) is developing a law that will govern how mobile money and internet banking transactions are conducted in the country.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Typhoon Haiyan leaves shattered healthcare in central Philippines

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

There have been no major outbreaks of disease in Samar and Eastern Samar provinces, but between Jan. 1 and 20 , there were 84 suspected dengue cases in Ormoc City in Leyte Province, leading to the medical evacuation of at least four international aid workers.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Gambia: Rural Electrification Boosts Health Care Delivery

Source: allAfrica

CEO Kebba Badjie recently made these remarks in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Bwiam.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Power imbalances between nations 'undermining global health efforts'

Source: Medical News Today

A joint commission from The Lancet and the University of Oslo in Norway finds that the imbalance of political power between nations is failing to protect the public's health, and calls for urgent reform in global decision making.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India Eases Lending Norms for Microfinance Institutions

Source: Live Mint

Move gives more leeway to medium-sized micro lenders to price their loans based on their cost borrowings
Friday, February 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

India is polio free, but faces threat of virus from Pakistan

Source: DNA India

India is all geared up to be tagged ‘polio-free,’ in February by the Indian Government after not a single case of polio was reported in the past three years within the country’s boundaries. At this juncture, World Health Organization (WHO) country head, Dr Nata Menabde speaks to Maitri Porecha and Santosh Andhale about the intricacies involved in tackling the crippling challenge of polio.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 — South Asia

Big pharma firms pushes for US action against India over patent worries

Source: The Economic Times

Global pharmaceutical firms are pressuring the United States to act against India to stop more local companies producing up to a dozen new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on-patent, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Health Organization calls for action after predicting rise in cancer cases

Source: Deutsche Welle English

The number of cancer cases will rise by half by 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Developing countries are set to bear the brunt of the increase, with governments urged to take preventative action.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Duke Global Health Institute unveils cancer prevention partnership in Tanzania

Source: The Duke Chronicle

The Duke Global Health Institute and Duke Cancer Institute have collaborated on a new Global Cancer Initiative that will be launched in Tanzania.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa’s Treasury Investigating Financing Social Bonds

Source: Business Daily Live

The treasury is looking into the feasibility of using an experimental financing mechanism, social impact bonds, to help boost small businesses and job creation
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

North Africa: Arab Spring Complicates Shifting Demands in Health Sector

Source: allAfrica

Healthcare needs are changing in the Arab world, and chronic diseases linked to rising prosperity and aging populations are forcing health services to retool, even as the region grapples with political turmoil and uncertainty.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

PPP can help Africa's health future

Source: Business Ghana

The future of Africa's health sector lies in the bosom of Public- Private- Partnership (PPP) and there is no option, Dr khama Rogo, Head of the International Finance Cooperation (IFC) Health in Africa Initiative said Wednesday.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

In India, Nachiket Mor defends the need for specialized banks

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Nachiket Mor, Chairman of the RBI's committee on financial inclusion, strongly defended the need to have specialised banks compared to new full service banks. He said that the idea of financial inclusion will be better served in the medium term if specialised banks such as payments only banks and lending only banks are allowed to flourish.
Friday, January 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Connected health to redefine India’s journey as an economic superpower, says Accenture

Source: InformationWeek

Despite its growing economic prowess, India ranks among the bottom five countries with the lowest public health spending globally and accounts for 21 percent of the world’s burden of disease.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — South Asia

Pakistan facing challenge over procuring vaccines

Source: Oman Tribune

Pakistan may face a country-wide shortage of life-saving vaccines due to government’s failure to fulfil its international co-financing liabilities for the procurement of vaccines to safeguard lives of millions of children from seven lethal preventable diseases.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

New York Looks To Bring Bitcoin Out Of The Shadows

Source: NPR

You can't put a bitcoin between your teeth, or fold a bit bill into origami. Unlike regular money, it has no physical form; it's computer code.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Branches Will Never Result In 100% Financial Inclusion in India

Source: CXO Today

India has just 110 branches per million persons, compared with the USA which has more than 300 branches per million persons, and Spain which has an incredible 900 branches per million persons, with the next nearest in the EU being Italy with 650/mm.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Will Equity Crowdfunding Laws Be the Death of Kickstarter?

Source: Reuters

There have recently been some angry grumblings from the blogosphere about the government wanting to stick its fingers in the crowdfunding pie. The concern across the internet seems to be that new regulations will destroy the rapidly-growing crowdfunding industry that brought us the Pebble Watch and the Veronica Mars movie.
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Political leaders join experts on health to call for innovation in sustainable funding

Source: New Vision

Global health experts and political leaders meeting in Davos, Switzerland on the side lines of the World Economic Forum, have concluded that finding innovative ways to optimize funding for health programmes in developing and middle-income countries will be key to development and economic growth.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — South Asia

Opinion: Statistical illusions do not make a reality for financial inclusion in India

Source: The Economic Times

For financial inclusion to be meaningful, it is necessary that people not only have a bank account but also have access to timely and adequate credit at an affordable cost
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

How vaccines helped India defeat polio while Pakistan become a reservoir for the virus

Source: Fierce Vaccines

The diverging fortunes of India and Pakistan in recent years show what an effective vaccination push can do to tackle disease.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Ending Malaria May Be More About Backhoes Than Bed Nets

Source: NPR Blogs

Wiping out malaria is still a top goal for many leaders in global health.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Health program launched by Indian government to cover urban areas with over 50,000 population

Source: The Hindu

A flagship programme of the UPA government at the Centre, it is a counterpart of the National Rural Health Mission
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Nation's economic situation influences health of people'

Source: Times of India

Academique, an inter-disciplinary group in the DST Centre for Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) held a discussion on 'Social determinants of health' in the 275th session on Sunday.
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rajiv Shah And Tony Blair On Impact Investing

Source: Forbes

A new investment fund structured by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will, for the first time, allow individual and institutional investors the opportunity to finance late-stage global health technologies that have the potential to save millions of lives in low-income countries.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: A shaky vision for financial inclusion in India

Source: Live Mint

The Nachiket Mor committee report does not address the issues that militate against financial inclusion.
Friday, January 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nachiket Mor discusses his ambitious financial inclusion proposals for India

Source: Economic Times

A few years ago, when he was based in Thanjavur after leaving ICICI Bank, Nachiket Mor used to decline requests from the press about financial inclusion, saying he had left that discipline. Over the past few months, however, he has come back into the field. He is on the RBI board. More recently, a committee headed by him just submitted an ambitious report on financial inclusion. ET's Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan met Mor for a chat.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana to limit microfinance licenses

Source: Spy Ghana

Bank of Ghana (BoG) seeks to put a ceiling on the rising number of microfinance companies in the country.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya plans heavy penalties for rogue mobile subscribers and operators

Source: BizTech Africa

Kenya plans to tame rogue mobile subscribers and operators through stiffer penalties in a new set of laws to be published this week.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indonesia’s Universal Healthcare — Will it Work?

Source: Global Indonesian Voices

The rollout of universal health coverage in Indonesia has been greeted with public enthusiasm, but health experts warn that inadequate funding could undermine the quality of care.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Will taxes kill mobile money in Africa?

Source: IT News Africa

One sector continues to show growth in Africa and demonstrate the genuine potential the continent has to leapfrog global counterparts: mobile money services. However, recent media reports have highlighted one controversial aspect of the mobile money transfer market that continues to generate news headlines: taxation on mobile money services offered by network operators.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Next Era of Global Health? Follow the Money

Source: Chatham House

As more and more money flows through the global health domain, and emerging economies and companies take a more influential role in it, new approaches are needed to help the agenda adapt. Creating a commission on the financial and commercial health environment, a funding mechanism for global public goods for health and a high-level independent panel on health impact would all help drive it forward.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Equity Crowdfunding Rules in the U.S.: 15 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know Now

Source: Equities Network

Equity crowdfunding promises to open up a new financing source for thousands of capital starved businesses around the country. Many entrepreneurs are wondering what this means for them and don’t have time to digest the complex 585 page rule proposal.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — South Asia

Financial inclusion in India: The march of banks

Source: The Financial Express

People are yet to see a bank in their neighbourhood. But RBI is set to change all that.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Public health leaders promote new framework for development

Source: Vaccine News

Countries should consider expanding investments through organizations that are already engaged in global dialogue and investment approaches.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global health 2035: A world converging within a generation

Source: Journalist's Resource

Prompted by deepening concerns over poverty and global inequality, the U.N. General Assembly in 2000 adopted the Millennium Development Declaration, putting forward a series of goals which were meant to be achieved by 2015. Core issues included improving global health, including reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria moves to enhance financial services to Nigerians

Source: Africa Manager

Nigeria felt that it is lagging behind some of its peer countries in Africa.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 — South Asia

The Indian government launched a comprehensive programme to improve the health of adolescents


Adolescents comprise over 21 percent of the over 121 core population, in the country with a focus on community-based interventions.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reserve Bank of India panel suggests new set of banks for financial inclusion

Source: Live Mint

RBI panel headed by Nachiket Mor also seeks universal electronic bank account for all adult Indian citizens by January 2016.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe imposes mobile money tax

Source: IT Web Africa

Zimbabwe has started levying a tax on mobile money transactions after intense lobbying from the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) for the Zimbabwean central bank to regulate mobile money services “to create a level playing field” in the financial services sector.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Unitus Seed Fund India Receives SEBI Approval for Impact Investing

Source: Your Story

Ravi Venkatesan joins as Venture Partner; Atul Bindal joins investment committee.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya making progress in fighting financial crimes

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Jackson Kitili, interim director of Kenya’s Financial Reporting Centre, a specialised government agency set up in October 2012 to deal with money laundering and other financial crimes, talks about progress in fighting financial crimes.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Philippines' Quezon City and USAID Launch Mobile Money System

Source: USAID

The Local Government of Quezon City, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched an innovative mobile money system.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Give People Choices, Not Edicts

Source: Bloomberg News

Over the past few years, many nations have adopted policies that promise to improve people’s lives while preserving their freedom of choice. These approaches, informed by behavioral economics, are sometimes called nudges.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Has The SEC Made Equity Crowdfunding Economically Unfeasible?

Source: Crowd Fund Insider

It seems that The SEC has created a quagmire of complicated rules and economic roadblocks.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 — South Asia

India's Banks not Inclusive Enough

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Are commercial banking (as it is currently practiced in India) and attainment of financial inclusion mutually exclusive?
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom Cautions Kenya Over Higher Taxes

Source: Ventures Africa

Kenyan mobile operator, Safaricom, has warned the government that further increases in Excise Tax – a duty levied on goods or services for sale – will make mobile payment services less affordable for poorer citizens.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

What ails Indian Healthcare?

Source: Money Control

In April 2012, there were reports of India’s health expenditure being the lowest in comparison to the BRIC Nations despite growing as fast as them. A year later, the ‘progress report’ barely shows any progress.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — South Asia

For Indian tech startups, Obamacare mean big bucks as 45 mn Americans pick health covers

Source: The Economic Times

A number of young Indian companies that make specialised software and analytics for global healthcare providers are recording a sharp upswing in business as millions of uninsured Americans enrol in a new healthcare system.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — South Asia

Swati Piramal: How to Make India a World Leader in Low-Cost Health Care

Source: Forbes India

Bad regulations and price control are stifling pharma, but innovation in health care is blossoming with government support
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Taking the long view on Big Pharma in China

Source: The Globe and Mail

Big pharma’s Chinese dreams are bruised, but not broken.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can collaboration resuscitate global health funding?

Source: The Guardian

As support for global health projects declines, governments, NGOs and the private sector will have to be creative and commit to collaboration
Monday, July 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

New legislation to regulate micro finance companies

Source: The Sunday Times

Legislation to regulate and supervise microfinance institutions, including finance companies and banks accepting deposits from the public, will be introduced in Parliament.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Governments Still Underfunding Health

Source: All Africa

Twelve years after African governments pledged in the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15 percent of their annual budgets to healthcare by 2015, just six countries have met this goal.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — South Asia

Is there a role for foreign development assistance in middle income Asia?

Source: Devpolicy Blog

Across Asia countries are rapidly transitioning from low to middle income status. This transition is enormously positive, pulling millions of Asians out of poverty, massively increasing levels of education, and creating new opportunities for employment and wealth accumulation. But the ‘miracle’ of Asian growth is deeply unequal, with many in middle-income Asia continuing to experience extreme poverty, and exclusion from the benefits of the thriving regional economy.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China believes in UNIDO, why don't the rest of us?

Source: Devex Impact

The election of China's Li Yong to UNIDO's top slot reveals the country's growing commitment to development.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 — Latin America

How Brazil can win back investors

Source: Fortune

Investors will be waiting on the sidelines until they see that Brasilia is making a true and concerted effort to stamp out corruption and govern in a way fitting for the world's seventh-largest economy.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is building a strong economic reputation

Source: The Telegraph

Ask any expat about Rwanda and its bloody genocide is likely to feature strongly, rather than the fact it has one of the world’s best performing economies.
Friday, June 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

Let's set a global drug quality benchmark

Source: Business Today

The crisis in Indian pharma is a chance to develop a new regulatory path
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
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on the world's post-MDG future

Source: SciDev.Net

The UN special advisor and director of a key science network tells SciDev.Net what the road to 2015 will look like.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

UN panel's post-2015 goals: 'Promising start' or 'lacking a roadmap'?

Source: Devex

Just hours after the 27-member U.N. High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda unveiled its recommendations to replace the MDGs in New York, the thousands of stakeholders involved in the process began to analyze how the framework will affect international cooperation and the delivery of foreign aid until 2030.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

World's Biggest Health Care System Goes Under the Knife

Source: Science

Ambitious reforms of the Chinese medical system aim to expand infrastructure, cover the poor, and combat chronic diseases.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

U.S. Budget Battle Preview: How it May Affect Foreign Aid

Source: Devex

Four scenarios of how things might unfold over the next two months, and their respective impact on the U.S. International Affairs Budget
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
Thursday, December 13, 2012 — South Asia

PM says rural-urban divide in telecom growth must be bridged for socially inclusive growth

Source: NetIndian

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the full potential of telecommunication in enabling higher growth would not be realised until the use of telephones spread much wider in the rural economy of India as well.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Zambia hosts regional meeting for mapping of unmet country needs

Source: WHO Press Release

Lusaka, 04 December 2012 -- The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) in collaboration with WHO Global Capacities, Alert and Response has organized a regional meeting for mapping of unmet country needs to accelerate the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005) in the African Region.
Thursday, November 29, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Three Things Governments Should Do For Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Forbes

Today, Europe’s leaders are discussing a $1,000 bn budget framework for the EU, and for the first time, there are budget lines for social entrepreneurship – although you may have to find them with a very large magnifying glass.
Monday, November 12, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Paradox of Property Rights and Economic Development

Source: Council on Foreign Relations Blog

Recent weeks have seen simmering property rights conflicts around the world: Burmese citizens marching in protest against the government’s seizure of their lands for a hotel zone; Vietnamese villagers contesting the confiscation of their land for an EcoPark satellite city project; and violent clashes breaking out in Panama City over a controversial law allowing the sale of state-owned land in the port city of Colón—Latin America’s largest duty-free zone.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is Obama’s re-election a boon for US foreign aid?

Source: Devex

Barack Obama reelection Tuesday (Nov. 6) as U.S. president suggests a continuation of U.S. foreign aid reforms focused on food aid, global health, country ownership and private sector engagement.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 — South Asia

Bill on property rights to slumdwellers in the works

Source: Hindustan Times

Millions of slum dwellers across India could soon aspire to become home owners. The Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Ministry is all set to finalize the draft Model Property Rights to Slum Dwellers Bill which, once enacted by states, would for the first time give landless slum-dweller living in an urban area long term legal entitlement to a “dwelling place.”
Monday, October 1, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia: Lifting Liberia by Lifting Women -President Sirleaf Heightens Crusade on Women

Source: All Africa

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, addressing a Goldman Sachs Foundation Cocktail and Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Sunday, says one of the surest ways to lift Liberia is to train and empower 70% of the nation’s population, which are women and the youth.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Microfinance Leaders Launch Global Appeal For Responsible Industry Practices

Source: MarketWatch Press Release

WASHINGTON and PARIS, Sept. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Microfinance leaders today unveiled the "Global Appeal for Responsible Microfinance," a landmark document urging all microfinance stakeholders to take concerted action to ensure a strong and principled microfinance industry. The Appeal was announced at the Convergences 2015 World Forum in Paris.
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
Monday, April 2, 2012 — South Asia

Omidyar's Jayant Sinha: Volatile Government Policy is a Deterrent to Investing

Source: Forbes India

Jayant Sinha, partner and MD, Omidyar Network India Advisors, tells Dinesh Narayanan that government trying to micro-manage the economy is not good. Edited excerpts from an interview.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 — South Asia

Angel Deals May Get Tax Breather

Source: VCCircle

Individual investment up to Rs 5 crore and total deal of Rs 10 crore may be exempted.
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