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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

A Johns Hopkins team designed an Ebola suit so good, it’s going on the market

Source: Washington Post

Youseph Yazdi was surprised by the number of people who jumped in to help design better protective gear for people helping Ebola victims – everyone from freshmen to robotics experts to a wedding-dress maker. But he was even more surprised when the solutions the team came up with at the hackathon at Johns Hopkins University attracted the notice of leading producers of protective clothing. A version of the suit they designed will be manufactured by DuPont and available early next year, the university announced Monday.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sisu Global Heath wins $100,000 investment from AOL co-founder Steve Case

Source: The Baltimore Sun

A Baltimore startup that developed a surgical tool to recycle the blood of a patient suffering from internal bleeding landed a $100,000 investment Monday from AOL co-founder Steve Case, winning a "live pitch" competition among eight Baltimore companies.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why the UN Sustainable Development Goals are a business opportunity

Source: Business Insider

Over the weekend, Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever, won an award at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. Part of the reason he won the award is a program run by Unilever in India to encourage handwashing.
Monday, September 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: 17 Ways Your Company Can Help the United Nations Achieve Its Global Development Goals by 2030

Source: Business 2 Community

This September, the United Nations is promoting a new sustainable development agenda by encouraging countries to adopt a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. With 17 significant goals in all ... (i)t can be read as inspiring ... or intimidating.
Monday, August 31, 2015 — Latin America

Seven Emerging FinTech Players In Top Latin American Markets

Source: Forbes

Only about half of all adults in Latin America and the Caribbean had a bank account, and only 14% had formal savings - and a host of companies recognize the opportunity.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Group That Shelters Trafficked Girls In India Wins $10,000 Prize From A Social Enterprise

Source: Forbes

Social enterprise CommonBond, which runs a business plan competition for social entrepreneurial-minded MBAs, just held its second contest. The winner of the $10,000 prize: Sanlaap North America, a nonprofit that helps to rescue human trafficking victims and provides them with housing, medical care, therapy and legal aid in Calcutta; it also runs for-profit Zesa, which trains and employs residents of their shelters and other girls and young women, helping them learn marketable skills, and also funds Sanlaap’s operations.
Monday, August 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Venture Capital Investing Boom Neglects Startups Tackling Poverty

Source: San Jose Mercury News

The venture capital investing boom has sent billions of dollars to startups that serve the upper crust of society, yet many VCs continue to resist investing in viable businesses bringing toilets, water and electricity to the rural poor.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How A Toilet Franchise Business Is Cleaning Up Kenya's Slums

Source: Fast Company

When the government isn't providing clean sanitation, Sanergy is showing that there's an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to step in.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — South Asia

Eco-friendly sanitary pads made of banana fibre – Saathi pads’s solution to menstrual waste

Source: Social Story

Saathi was founded by Kristin Kagetsu, Amrita Saigal, Grace Kane, Ashutosh Kumar and Zachary Rose. The aim was to develop a small scale manufacturing process that would produce affordable sanitary protection from waste banana tree fibre.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Walmart Is Planning to Open Retail Outlets in Nigeria

Source: Quartz

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer by revenue, is in advanced talks to open big box stores in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Thirsty for Growth, Liquor Giant Taps African Market

Source: Wall Street Journal

Diageo targets even poorest consumers with liquor made locally and sold cheaply.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Why One City in Congo Is Astonishingly Stable and Prosperous

Source: The Washington Post

Several years ago, I got a request from some officials at a well-known international organization, wondering if we could chat about the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. After some polite conversation about my own research, my inquisitors got to their questions: Why is the North Kivu city of Butembo so stable? How are members of the Nande ethnic group, by whom Butembo is almost entirely populated, so economically successful? Perhaps most important, could their model be replicated to bring stability and economic growth to other parts of the Congo as part of the project to rebuild the postwar Congolese state?
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Central Bank of Nigeria Sets Aside N252 Billion For Women-owned Businesses

Source: Leadership

According to the CBN , the facility is dedicated to small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs), and is meant to deepen and increase access to credit and reduce the high cost of funds for women-owned businesses across the country.
Monday, July 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: New Alliance Launched to Examine Global Accelerators

Source: GES 2015

$2.3 million committed to improving the effectiveness of accelerator programs through research and analysis.
Monday, June 22, 2015 — South Asia

With 2.7 million customer base, iPay gears up to become a billion-dollar company in India

Source: Your Story

iPay offers a tablet based e-inventory which connects the consumers to e-sellers through local retailers, allowing consumers in smaller cities to purchase online by paying offline.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Thundafund: The crowdfunding platform made for Africa

Source: CNN

One South African company has created an ethically-conscious platform for entrepreneurs from the continent -- and it's leaving its rivals by the wayside in the process.
Thursday, June 11, 2015 — Asia Pacific

Indonesia to Unleash Loan Funds as Micro-lending Rates Cut

Source: Bloomberg

Indonesia wants to unleash 30 trillion rupiah ($2.3 billion) of new loans for small businesses and halve some bank micro lending rates to help revive an economy running at its slowest pace in five years.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

An Angel Network That Invests Only In Ethiopian Ventures

Source: Forbes

RENEW Strategies, an impact investment advisory firm that manages a network of wealthy families with an interest in African development, is part of the Impact Angel Network, which currently invests entirely in Ethiopian ventures.
Thursday, May 28, 2015 — South Asia

Why India’s e-commerce startups are going mobile-only

Source: International Business Times

E-commerce companies in India are ignoring the PC and going straight to mobile in the country’s young, but rapidly growing online marketplace.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Start-Up Hubs Multiply in East Africa

Source: Huffington Post

The African continent has become home to a new wave of creativity and talent, with Nairobi as the hotbed of innovation.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Lighting Science and Global Good to Develop Light-Based Alternatives to Pesticides

Source: Business Wire

Lighting Science Group Corporation and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good today announced a research agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation light technologies for pest control.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Moving Africa toward health self-sufficiency

Source: Washington Post

Across Africa, growth rates and the discovery of natural resources are pushing countries toward middle-income status, but their health systems are still too weak for donors to withdraw support.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Equity Bank Seeks Investment Opportunities within Health Sector

Source: Ventures

Kenyan-based Equity Bank says it is interested in exploring investment opportunities within the country’s health sector, as it seeks to exploit increasing demand for healthcare in the country.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 — South Asia

World Bank to boost India's MSME sector through $500 million loan

Source: The Times of India

The World Bank on Monday approved a $500 million loan for the MSME Growth Innovation and Inclusive Finance Project to improve access to finance for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) working in the manufacturing and services sector at an early stage.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Helios Investment Partners raises US $1 billion African investment fund

Source: Disrupt Africa

Pan-African private investment firm Helios Investment Partners has raised over US$1 billion for a third Africa-focused fund, with the firm claiming the fund is the largest in existence dedicated to African private equity.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging Markets Any Good?

Source: Forbes

Seems every time you turn around, there’s a new impact incubator or accelerator aimed at social enterprises in developing countries. But that doesn’t mean they’re any good.
Monday, December 15, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Building India's growth by promoting MSMEs

Source: Money Life

The real drivers of employment and growth in India are not the exalted corporates, but MSMEs, its time to stop giving them a raw deal
Friday, November 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

LeapFrog Set To Acquire East African Health Insurance Firm For $18m

Source: Ventures

LeapFrog Investments and Resolution Insurance announced today, that LeapFrog intends to invest $18.7 million for a majority stake in Resolution Insurance,through its holding company, Resolution Health East Africa Limited.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Telemedicine trend continues with new Nigerian mobile initiative

Source: Business Monitor

A joint telemedicine initiative between Apollo Hospitals and African telecoms company Airtel will expand access to health services for many Nigerian mobile subscribers.
Friday, November 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Combatting Health Risks and Promoting Better Hand Washing and Hygiene

Source: All Africa

Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Start a Business - Not a Social Enterprise

Source: Huffington Post

If do-gooder entrepreneurs and innovators aim to have a lasting impact, they should consider skipping over the strict "social" in social enterprise.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Zombies, Colin Farrell Uncover a ‘Trillion Dollar Scandal’

Source: ONE

Ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, The ONE Campaign released a new video today highlighting the fact that at least a trillion dollars is siphoned out of developing and emerging countries through corrupt activity every year. We’re talking about shady natural resource deals, phantom firms, money laundering, and illegal tax evasion.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Indian hospital shows how mobility can improve healthcare in rural areas

Source: Information Week

By using telemedicine application for mobile devices, Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is demonstrating how mobility can truly transform the way healthcare services are delivered to rural communities.
Monday, November 10, 2014 — South Asia

Healthcare providers in India to spend $1.1 billion on IT in 2014: Gartner

Source: Hindu Business Line

Healthcare providers in India are expected to spend $1.1 billion on IT products and services in 2014, a 5 per cent rise over 2013.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

“Africa needs Africa”: MasterCard & Bank of Tanzania push for local solutions

Source: Mobile World Live

Zahir Khoja, VP, global channels at MasterCard, said Africa is attractive as an untapped opportunity and warned many companies think they can implement a “plug and play solution” without realising that “sometimes there is no socket” to do this. Instead they need to understand that an African-specific solution is needed.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to focus on rural areas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals plans to ride the next wave of growth with expansion in rural sector, Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, said. The hospital chain plans to add at least 14 Reach Hospitals in rural regions at a cost of ? 1,800 crore by 2016 and plans more in the coming years.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Airtel joins GSMA's mobile health programme

Source: The Times of India

Bharti Airtel today said it has joined GSMA's mobile health partnership programme which aims to provide a range of services to women and children across 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — South Asia

India next on Abbott’s global rebranding map

Source: The Economic Times

In a bid to reach out and engage with consumers more, the $22-billion US healthcare major Abbott is redefining its corporate identity, with India becoming one of the first markets after the US and Brazil where the change is being rolled out.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Impact Accelerator launched in the Philippines


MANILA, Philippines — Impact Investment Exchange Asia has launched its first Impact Accelerator program in the Philippines, an intensive in-country program designed to accelerate early-stage social enterprises that have high potentials to create positive social and environmental impact at scale.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Backed by Gates, Affinivax Ramps up Velcro-like Vaccine Tech

Source: Xconomy

A new startup with backing by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation called Affinivax claims it’s created a vaccine to protect against all 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria. Now comes the hard part: scaling up, proving it in clinical trials, and making a successful business out of it.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: IFC Launches First Bonds Supporting Inclusive Businesses in Emerging Markets

Source: World Bank Group

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has launched the first bond program to support businesses that profitably provide goods, services, and job opportunities to people at the base of the economic pyramid. IFC calls these inclusive business models.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: Nigeria’s Mara Mentor Hones Youth Entrepreneurship

Source: AFK Insider

Mara Mentor was created with the aim of empowering the youths of Africa in their business endeavors, in recognition that they are the driving force behind economic growth and future prosperity.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Schools Foster Social Impact And Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Business schools are catering for social entrepreneurs and MBA students who want to make a social impact – through funding, education and start-up incubation.
Friday, October 24, 2014 — Latin America

Thompson Funded to Study Household Air Pollution Among Low-Income Communities in Guatemala

Source: UCSF

A new project aims to train women entrepreneurs to sell liquid petroleum gas (LPG) stoves and provide education about reducing exposures to household air pollution.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Blackstone’s Steve Schwarzman on Dangote and investing in Africa

Source: How We Made it in Africa

“He is a smart guy, and he always has something informative to say.”
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

DuPont suits part of battle against Ebola crisis

Source: DelawareOnline

The World Health Organization estimates a monthly need for 300,000 personal protection suits or seven suits daily per Ebola patient bed, according to Daniel Epstein, spokesman for WHO.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SC Johnson Rolls Out Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Marketing Strategy in Ghana

Source: Triple Pundit

SC Johnson, the Wisconsin-based company, is selling cleaning and pest control products in Ghana while contributing to local efforts to reduce the risks of contracting malaria.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola Protective Suits Are In Short Supply

Source: NPR

The Ebola outbreak created a demand for personal protective equipment. Clinics can go through hundreds of PPE suits a day. Manufacturers increased production but agencies say there's still a shortage.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — Latin America

Latin American Business Schools Rise With Social Entrepreneurship

Source: Business Because

Latin American business schools are drawing more international students and launching more MBA programs with a unique focus on entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

ideas42 joining with USAID and CGAP to scale up financial heuristics

Source: Ideas42

Project will scale-up pilots applying behavioral economics to create morecustomer-centric financial services
Monday, October 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Philips, PET to commercialise Wind-Up Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Source: BizTech Africa

Royal Philips has announced a partnership with South Africa based not-for-profit organization, PET (PowerFree Education Technology), to further develop, test and commercialise a Wind-up Doppler Ultrasound Fetal Heart Rate Monitor aimed at addressing the high rates of preventable infant mortality across Africa.
Monday, September 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE eyes expansion of healthcare and energy operations in SA

Source: Business Day

General Electric, which is supplying a total of 376 locomotives to Transnet, is looking for opportunities in other sectors in SA, such as healthcare and energy.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — South Asia

Health insurers offer Nano price

Source: The Times of India

With increased penetration of government health insurance schemes like RSBY ( Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana) coupled with private hospitals building capacity across the country, health insurers are also looking at smaller markets.
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.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor


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 — 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%.
Tuesday, September 2, 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, 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 — 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.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 — South Asia

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


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

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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
Tuesday, August 5, 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 5, 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.
Monday, August 4, 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 4, 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.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing’s Image Problem

Source: FinancialAdvisor mag

Steve Schueth, president of First Affirmative Financial Network, offered an analogy that made the usual invest-to-make-money-first-and-then-be-philanthropic-later approach sound something like a Viking raid.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise

Source: Harvard Business Review

Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Harvard Business School Appoints Matt Segneri Director of Its Social Enterprise Initiative

Source: Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Matthew M. Segneri (MBA 2010) the new Director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Laura Moon, who has become Managing Director of the School’s wide array of Initiatives, which focus on research and course development in specific topics such as leadership, health care, and digital technology.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — South Asia

Reserve Bank of India survey finds 47 percent of banking agents 'untraceable'

Source: The Financial Express

The success of the government’s thrust on financial inclusion, which largely hinges on the role played by business correspondents (BCs), is faced with a harsh reality check.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Essential Elements To Increase The Viability Of Your Social Venture

Source: Fast CoExist

Every social entrepreneur discovers the same pitfalls on their way to creating impact. But you can avoid them, if you know what to expect.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Essential Elements To Increase The Viability Of Your Social Venture

Source: Fast CoExist

Every social entrepreneur discovers the same pitfalls on their way to creating impact. But you can avoid them, if you know what to expect.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Impact investor money chasing very few investible companies in India

Source: Business Today

Venky Natarajan, Managing Partner at impact investment fund Lok Capital, speaks to BUSINESS TODAY about impact investing in India.
Monday, June 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

4 Ways to Supercharge Your Social Enterprise Through Accountability

Source: Forbes

The social enterprise sector is hot—it may be worth well over $500 billion in the US alone. But if social business is to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems, we have to make sure it has both internal and external accountability systems in place to do so.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

A New Pursuit For Social Entrepreneurship: Profits

Source: Forbes

John Schoch, CEO of Profile Products — a $70 million company that manufactures and distributes products for soil and water management in 90 countries — decided four years ago to direct his company’s expertise to a global crisis: clean water.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is Warby Parker Too Good to Last?

Source: Wired

The first thing to know is that I’m wearing a pair of Warby Parker glasses as I write this. My bias is as plain as the frames on my face. I like the company I’m writing about.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Impact Generation Has Arrived

Source: Forbes

Imagine for a minute that you can invest in one of two companies:
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Firms should create CSR strategies in sync with their corporate character'

Source: Economic Times India

When Harvard Business School's V Kasturi Rangan conducted a seminar on managing corporate social responsibility in Mumbai two years ago, all of the city's top industrialists were in attendance.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank gives $1.4 mn in grants to 12 social enterprises in the Northeast

Source: Business Today

The World Bank's Development Marketplace, a competitive grants programme, has given grants worth $1.4 million (about Rs 8.4 crore) to 12 social enterprises in the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram for development activities.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nurturing Startups Trying To Reduce Pollution From Plastic

Source: Forbes

The problem of plastic pollution is so vast, it deserves a business accelerator for startups focused only on reducing all that waste. Now there is one.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

Competition takes toll on mobile money agents’ profits

Source: Standard Digital

NAIROBI, KENYA: The huge number of mobile money agents may have played a significant role in growing the mobile money in Kenya but the sheer numbers are also the reason the local agents are making less than their counterparts in the East Africa region.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: Consumers Federation of Kenya’s fight with Equity Bank is bad for business

Source: Standard Digital

Kenya: When the Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek) went to court seeking orders to cancel the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) licence issued to Equity Bank through its subsidiary for mobile services, Finserve Africa Limited, it seemed the idea was about more than getting justice for the consumer.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: 4 Ways to Invest With a Conscience

Source: Wall St. Cheat Sheet

For many people, investing has become more than just a way to make money or plan for long-term financial security.
Friday, June 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 myths socially conscious entrepreneurs need to ignore

Source: Fast Company

A series of powerful forces are changing business as we know it. From the speed of communication to information accessibility, all lead to increased transparency and a more global perspective.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Q&A: A Kenyan Startup That Has Bikers’ Back, Literally

Source: AFK Insider

What do you get when an electronics engineer, a certified accountant and an IT guru come together and decide to become social entrepreneurs? CladLight. At least that holds true for the CladLight’s trio founders that comprise brothers Charles and Joseph Muchene and friend Michael Gathogo.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — South Asia

Ending poverty and growing markets: brass tacks for business - live chat

Source: The Guardian

Selling to - and serving - the 'base of the pyramid', or the world's poorest people, is easier said than done. What will it take to get it right? Join our live chat at noon ET/5pm BST on 10 June
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Best Business Schools For Social Entrepreneurship

Source: IntelligentHQ

Over the last decade an increasing number of entrepreneurs are interested in initiating entrepreneurial projects that aim to bring social change. This special type of entrepreneurs are called social entrepreneurs.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

This is what makes a 'best buy' in global health

Source: Devex

What makes a sound investment in global health? In this video interview, Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz asked Anastasia Thatcher, head of global health at Accenture Development Partnerships, who discussed how firms can figure out the right market to enter so they can deliver both the business and development outcomes they are aiming for, and gave the example of a Novartis-led program to make affordable pharmaceutical drugs for poor customers in India as an example of a “best buy” in her line of work.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

An Idea for Female Donors: Social-Impact Investing

Source: Women's Enews

A new wave of social-change philanthropy is focusing on endeavors that run on a for-profit basis. The idea is to encourage a more businesslike approach to solving the world's pressing problems and earning a return on investment in the process.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

In Pakistan, 'The insurance game will change in the next three years'

Source: Business Recorder

An interview with Mohammed Asif, Commissioner Insurance Mohammed Asif Arif Commissioner (Insurance)
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is the Future Role of Social Enterprise to Foster Compassionate Capitalism?

Source: The Guardian

Our expert panel discuss the role of social enterprise in society, and the values of social business.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Developing World Healthcare Market, Low-tech is the New Cutting Edge

Source: Rapid Growth Media

The r(Evolve) Centrifuge, developed by CentriCycle, is a manual hand-crank blood centrifuge that can operate without electricity in rural areas, separating blood for quick and accurate diagnostic testing.
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.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

DesignMedix Awarded $3 Million to Develop Low-Cost, Safe Malaria Drug

Source: VentureBeat

DesignMedix, Inc., a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, received a grant for almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue development and manufacture of a new anti-malarial drug.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Health-Technology Deals on the Rise

Source: Destiny Man

Africa's rising middle class may see a rise in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments in the continent's healthcare industry
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Musa, Swiss Partner to Help African SMEs in Healthcare

Source: Business Day South Africa

Private equity company Musa Capital is the partner in an investment fund that plans to develop small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) providing health services to the poor in various African countries.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

As the CEO of a company that markets portable, power-free medical instrument sterilizers to hospitals and health centers in East Africa, Dr. Bernstein has seen first hand the degree to which people are ready to pay for safe and effective medical care. But at the same time there is a conscious effort to avoid the creation of a completely segmented health system where the quality of care is much higher for those who can afford it from the private sector, and huge portions of the population are unable to participate in the market.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Innovative' Sughavazhvu healthcare gaining popularity in rural India

Source: Yahoo! News

A healthcare system for rural India, dubbed Sughavazhvu, which stands for 'happy life' in Tamil, is gaining popularity thanks to it's use of innovative techniques for providing accessible and appropriate primary healthcare.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Santa Fe company delivers vaccines to ‘last mile’

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

A couple of years ago, the head of a management company specializing in high-performance processes and materials met the founder of a nonprofit organization that supports spiritual and medical programs among the Mayan communities of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Ohki S. Forest of Canadian Mohawk descent, who visits Santa Fe periodically, was giving a talk at a conference hosted by the Bioneers, a Santa Fe nonprofit that often serves as a catalyst among social, technological and visionary entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — South Asia

Philips India Offers 2 Affordable, Pocket-sized Diagnostics for Xardiac & Maternal Emergencies

Source: PharmaBiz

The two products designed and developed at the Phillips Innovation Centre (PIC) in Bengaluru which is one among its key R&D locations of the 59 research centres globally.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Richard Branson on World Health Day

Source: Virgin

This year’s World Health Day is focused on vector-borne diseases.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How IBM is Using Nanotechnology to Tackle MRSA and HIV

Source: Fast Company

While giving a talk at a conference in Australia in the mid-2000s, IBM Research's lead scientist for the advanced organic materials group, James Hedrick, had an encounter that would make him rethink his career. At one point, Hedrick--who holds more than 100 patents--took a question from a woman in the audience. It wasn't what he was expecting.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Ethiopia’s Healthcare Gaps to Do Good and Make a Profit

Source: IPS News

For a while now, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scanners have typically been a luxury that both government and private hospitals in Ethiopia have struggled to afford to purchase for in-house use.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Dabbawallas to Spread Dengue, Malaria Messages in Mumbai

Source: The Times of India

On Monday, the city's 50,000-odd dabbawallas will tag a health message-'prevent and control vector-borne diseases'-to each of the two lakh tiffin boxes that they carry throughout the day.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

UK Drug Firm to Set Up Plant in Rwanda

Source: All Africa

A Renowned British multinational pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, has listed Rwanda as one of the places it considers putting up a production plant as part of its move to form innovative partnerships to transform medicines supply in Africa.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilium Global builds health Smartphone app for Africa

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Mobilium Global has architected and built the first android “Made For Africa” mobile health and wellness, free and free to use smartphone application for specific use by, for, and of Africans.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

mHealth startup Telemed secures venture capital from The African Group

Source: ventureburn

Telemed Medical Services is an Ethiopian startup responsible for the country’s popular mobile health and medical consultancy service, Hello Doctor, and has recently announced it’s raised funds from US-based VC group The Africa Group (TAG). The Ethiopian engineering consultancy that, among other things, specialises in mobile health consulting is giving up a 25% stake of Telemed and plans to further address a crucial demand for health-related service delivery.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Kenyans To Benefit From New Private Sector Healthcare Initiative

Source: Ventures

Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population. Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health app targets African users

Source: IT Web Africa

UK-based mobile strategy company Mobilium Global hopes to capitalise on smartphone penetration in Africa by launching the Smart Health application, to promote health and wellness among users on the continent.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare, CTSI to develop cancer care network

Source: Business Standard

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to develop a network of 25 cancer care centres in India. Through five years, the two companies will together invest $120 million (Rs 720 crore) to establish these centres, through a hub-and-spoke model.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dell Streamlines Patient Care In India With New Cloud-Based Healthcare Solution

Source: Silicon India

“There is a seismic shift happening in the global healthcare industry. The overarching trend is to integrate and move information to the right person or system at the right time — whether it's a provider's staff, external service provider, or the consumer (patient or prospect),”said Sudhanshu Bhandari, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research.
Monday, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID's partnership with GE in Kenya will help health facilities buy high-tech equipment

Source: Global Post

Health care providers in Kenya will soon have a much better shot at getting a bank loan to buy high-tech medical equipment — as long as the machines are made by General Electric.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — South Asia

Huge Opportunities Await Indian Health Investors in Africa

Source: SME Times

In 2012, Africa accounted for almost a quarter of India's drug exports.
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.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Risky Business - Is China Wavering in Africa?

Source: allAfrica

Last month, officials from the Chinese Development Bank arrived in Ghana to re-negotiate a $3 billion oil-backed infrastructure deal.
Friday, March 7, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Thursday, March 6, 2014 — South Asia

U.S. Fears for Patents on Next-Generation Drugs in India

Source: The Chicago Tribune

An Indian committee is reviewing up to a dozen patented drugs to see if so-called compulsory licenses, which in effect break exclusivity rights, can be issued for some of them.
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.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID and P&G Kick Off Global Development Alliance to Improve Health in Myanmar

Source: YahooFinance

Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in India.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Qualcomm, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, to Promote Maternal, Child Health

Source: This Day Live

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced its partnership with other operators to improve maternal and child health. They include Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, the nonprofit arm of Vecna Technologies; InStrat Global Health Solutions, a turnkey health care solutions provider; Etisalat Nigeria; Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Evidence for Action.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

UPMC and TeleChikitsa tie up to bring cutting edge medicine to India

Source: The Health Site

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences or UPMC is all set to make a foray into Indian healthcare. The leading medical center based out of the US has tied up with India’s TeleChikitsa Ventures, based in Bangalore with an aim to provide leading and cutting edge healthcare to India. As a part of their project UPMC is all set to aid India and Afghanistan with their healthcare needs. With an aim to spread their brand overseas, UPMC will use video equipment to examine patients, second opinions and consultations to patients.
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.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health concerns and rising prosperity drive packaged water market in Africa

Source: FoodBev

Health concerns towards the lack of safe drinking water across many African countries, combined with rising consumer incomes, has driven the packaged water market in the region to grow faster than that of Europe and the US.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Finding real wealth in health industry

Source: E China News

It may be the best time ever to be living right now. Over the past four decades, the life expectancy of Asians has increased by more than a decade to more than 70 years, thanks to the development of the healthcare industry. New drugs, medical equipment, therapies, organizations, policies and healthcare systems have emerged one after another, bringing improvements in people's lives and changes in their thinking about health management.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Hacking global health: Technology is transforming global health care

Source: The Varsity

For many people in the developed world, healthcare is defined by the ubiquitous scent of disinfectant, the beeping of the cardiac monitors, and other properly sterile equipment. However, in many low- and middle-income countries, such an image is incomplete or nonexistent.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE’s Immelt Urges More Private Investment in Africa Health Care

Source: Business Week

General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt urged private investors to provide more funding for health care in African nations, where government-run services are overstretched.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Light-Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit

Source: New York Times

No baby should die or be disabled because a light bulb can’t be replaced. Yet during visits to hospitals in India and other countries, Krista Donaldson often saw lifesaving phototherapy systems, used to treat infant jaundice, languishing in dusty corners because of burned-out bulbs and other seemingly simple problems.
Monday, January 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tony Elumelu's new Africapitalism

Source: Devex

Global development leaders can’t seem to get enough of Tony Elumelu, the soft-spoken Nigerian banker and philanthropist who last year made headlines when he announced a $2.5 billion investment in U.S. President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health sector needs a paradigm shift to escape morass

Source: Standard Digital

Kenyans mourn for the people who have died in senseless road accidents even as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. It is regrettable that a country that was born out of bloodshed in the fight for independence should witness more deaths in hospitals due to the ongoing health workers’ strike.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Give every health worker in Africa a bike

Source: CNN

When we first met health workers like Kaemba, they told us that when they didn't have a bike -- which was most of the time -- or, when they have a bike and that it had broken down -- almost always -- they couldn't do the job they had been trained for.
Monday, November 4, 2013 — South Asia

Health tourism being made competitive in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Centre is taking all steps to make the Indian health tourism industry globally competitive
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Business Solve Poverty?

Source: Fast Company

“Can business solve poverty? If you think it can, raise your hand.” When I asked that question from the podium earlier this week at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs' (ANDE) annual meeting, nearly every one of the 200 members packed into the room raised a hand.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

BDC Venture Capital allocates $135 million more to healthcare innovation, broadens investment strategy

Source: Yahoo!

As part of its mandate to support Canadian entrepreneurs, BDC Venture Capital announced today it has allocated $135 million in new capital to direct venture investments in innovative healthcare companies. That brings its total direct commitment to the sector to $270 million. Recognizing a massive and growing market opportunity, the BDC Venture Capital Healthcare Fund will broaden its investment strategy and invest in technology, products and services that aim to dramatically improve global healthcare productivity, efficiency and patient outcomes.
Friday, September 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Evidence Aid Wins the Unorthodox Prize

Source: Media Statement

Following those efforts, we are very pleased to announce the winner of our second competition: Evidence Aid. Incubated as a project of The Cochrane Collaboration based in the U.K., Evidence Aid aims to bring rigorous evidence-based practices to the fields of disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Seacom Opens Up Internet to Kenyan Techies

Source: All Africa

Fibre optic cable provider SEACOM has given 100 MegaBytes per Second (mbps) of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top tips: how to beat mainstream business rivals

Source: The Guardian

Phil Levermore, managing director of energy supplier Ebico, a social enterprise, advises on how to compete with 'non–social enterprises'
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

When Does Being Socially Responsible Hurt Your Business?

Source: Entrepreneur

Should entrepreneurs focus solely on growing their business or also be concerned about social causes such as sustainability, women's empowerment, equality or the local economy?
Thursday, August 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Small traders can track sales and customer trends

Source: Daily Nation

THE PRINCIPAL salesman of any enterprise is the business owner. This is simply the hard lesson that many small and micro enterprise (SME) owners learn over time.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — South Asia

Bottom of the Pyramid and Beyond

Source: Forbes India

Stuart Hart on the idea that revolutionized management thinking
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Latin America

Entrepreneurship a way out of poverty in Guatemala

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

Javier Villatoro grew up without a mom and dad in Guatemala City. He dropped out of school in his late teens to learn to cut Guatemalan jade and other precious stones and to work silver with Argentinean jewelers. He used his earnings to buy drugs, alcohol and snuff. He struggled with thoughts of suicide.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

14 Scalable Social Enterprises

Source: Trend Hunter

Depending on who you ask and what their specific definition of social enterprise is, they may say that "scalable social enterprises" are redundant because all social enterprises should be able to scale.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good - Elumelu

Source: All Africa

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa' initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

To Help the World's Poor, Give Them Real Jobs

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

The latest U.S. jobs numbers showed a U.S. unemployment rate still at 7.6 percent. The official global unemployment rate, compiled by the International Labor Organization (ILO), is around 6 percent—which suggests American workers are worse off than their counterparts worldwide. But that statistic is deeply misleading. Unemployment is, by and large, a luxury of rich countries. Billions of people across the world are stuck working long hours in subsistence farming, hawking, or other informal occupations, desperate for a job that provides a weekly wage packet.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Beijing’s Great Leap Forward

Source: MIT Technology Review

One man, Kai-Fu Lee, did more than anyone else to turn the Chinese capital into a technology powerhouse.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aid for Trade — can it really reduce poverty?

Source: Devex

Developing countries are increasingly opening up more to crucial trade routes, which connect them to world value chains.
Monday, July 8, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Luca Neghesti, a Serial Entrepreneur in Media, ICT and Logistics Industries

Source: All Africa

LUCA Neghesti is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience in the Media, ICT and Logistics industries in Tanzania. In 2006, he founded Bongo5 Media Group, the first digital media outfit in Tanzania targeting youth development through entertainment and social media engagement. In this interview, he spoke to ORTON KIISHWEKO on entrepreneurship, the youth and mothers.
Monday, July 8, 2013 — No Region Specified

How To Profit From Neglected Markets Around The Globe

Source: Forbes

Neglected markets are potential customers for a company’s existing products which managers and marketers routinely overlook or write off altogether, as these markets are either too small in terms of revenue potential or too costly in terms of the operation expenses required to tap to them. Or at least, so it was thought at the time the decision to write off these customers was made.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 — Latin America

Telling a very happy story: enterprise from Brazil's point of view

Source: The Guardian

Social enterprise is becoming a part of the norm in Brazil, a valid option for starting or growing a business.
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.
Monday, July 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five reasons social enterprises fail: from obsessive founders to 'perfect' plans

Source: The Guardian

After the collapse of his own social enterprise, Matthew Cain wanted to know what makes a social business a success.
Monday, July 1, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Africapitalism' Promises New Model of African Self-Empowerment

Source: All Africa

For investors seeking profits, Africa is impossible to ignore. Sub-Saharan Africa has six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies over the past decade; glossy conferences, heads of state, and private funds all tout the huge returns possible for investing money on the continent.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

What SMEs Do (and Don't Do) for Jobs

Source: Huffington Post

Across the political spectrum, any leader worth their salt will express support for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - remember the "job-creator" debate during last year's U.S. presidential elections? Globally, the G20 has prominently made SME support a priority of their development agenda, citing that SMEs account for 45 percent of employment and 33 percent of GDP in developing countries.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — South Asia

'The next 10 years will make or break India'

Source: Business Today

Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US speaks to N. Madhavan about how Indian companies can promote innovation.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana Celebrates Innovation Week 2013, June 25-29

Source: Business Ghana

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) will host Ghana's annual Innovation Week from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 June, 2013. The Innovation Week is West Africa's premier Innovation event, showcasing the work of Ghana's talented and agile technology application developers.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

World’s Poorest Nations Can Lead Development Agenda

Source: Biz Day

The least developed countries (LDCs) can play a critical role in ensuring that the new global sustainability goals – which the international community aims to have in place by 2015 — are both fair and effective, say experts.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five top tips for charities looking to develop their business arms

Source: The Guardian

Following the news that 92% of charities want to start trading, here are some ideas for voluntary organisations to consider when embracing social enterprise
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — Latin America

How an iPad in a corner store can spell success in Mexico

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On the outskirts of Mexico City, just past the dusty plateau of a defunct landfill, the cinder block houses of Chimalhuacán crowd a hillside. It’s a city beyond a city, made up of nearly 1 million residents including surrounding areas, yet it lacks many of services and stores one might expect of a city ­– like banks.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Partners in Food Solutions announces Fourth Corporate Partner: Bühler

Source: Press Release

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), a nonprofit organization founded by General Mills, is adding a fourth partner, Switzerland-based Bühler, to its consortium of world-class food companies working together to link the technical and business expertise of employee volunteers to small and growing food processors and millers in the developing world. Bühler joins Minneapolis-based General Mills and Cargill, and Royal DSM of the Netherlands as a PFS corporate partner.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook are valuable tools for social enterprises – but there are a number of pitfalls you should avoid
Friday, May 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

How To Be A Social Intrapreneur: Persistence, Resilience, and Patience

Source: Co.Exist

In working to turn her Brazilian bank into a financial resource for micro-entrepreneurs, Aparecida Teixeira de Morais has learned valuable lessons about changing a company from the inside.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 — South Asia

Ramadorai new chairman of NSDC

Source: Live Mint

S. Ramadorai took over the post from M.V. Subbiah, who was heading NSDC since 2008.
Monday, February 25, 2013 — South Asia

What Nepalese Mountaineers Can Teach You About Business

Source: INC

Sherpas are famous for trekking to the summit of Mount Everest. But one entrepreneur says they have much to teach the business world.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why we must talk more about failure in social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Last year, in a live Q&A on planning for success and failure, some of the experts talked about using business failure as a valuable learning experience. One expert even said that in the US you're more likely to get finance if you have the knowledge of failure under your belt.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 — Latin America

New Partnership to Develop Business Models for Providing Basic Services to the BoP in Latin America

Source: IDB Press Release

IDB’s MIF, OMJ to provide grants and technical assistance for businesses seeking to provide health care, education, energy and water for poor and low-income communities
Monday, November 19, 2012 — South Asia

‘We are now treading cautiously on lending’

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Dena Bank Chairperson and Managing Director Nupur Mitra, who is due to retire on December 31 this year, feels that customers at the bottom of the pyramid offer lot of opportunities for banks to expand business.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enablis, ILO, unveil business competition

Source: Business Daily

The Enablis Entrepreneurial Network East Africa and International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday launched the 2012 annual business plan competition aimed at identifying and growing emerging and existing entrepreneurs.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global co-op leader: Co-ops should be fastest growing business model by 2020

Source: The Guardian

The leader of the global co-operative movement today outlined an ambitious vision for making co-operatives the fastest growing business model by the end of the decade.
Monday, October 1, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accenture and VSO Give Entrepreneurship Award to Shoemaker from Sierra Leone

Source: Daily Finance

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2012-- Accenture and VSO today announced that Umaro Kargo, a shoemaker from Makeni, Sierra Leone, is the winner of the Making Markets Work for the Poor: Entrepreneurship Award.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — Latin America

Venture Capital Is Taking Off in Mexico

Source: CNBC

Mexico has a large, stable and growing economy, currently the 14th largest economy in the world and, according to Goldman Sachs, will be the fifth largest economy by 2050.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Does Africa really benefit from foreign investment?

Source: BBC

African economies have grown robustly over the past decade, but that has not solved the continent's economic problems.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Tigo Unveils New Package for Social Entrepreneurs

Source: All Africa

Tigo and "Reach for Change", an international NGO, have launched a new campaign with an aim of supporting social entrepreneurs to enhance the lives of Rwandan youth.
Monday, August 13, 2012 — South Asia

Future Group to pitch Mother Earth chain against retailer Fab India

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: Future Group, the country's largest retailer, will pitch its Mother Earth chain directly against ethnic products retailer Fabindia by expanding rapidly and borrowing its rival's social enterprise-style business model.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 — Latin America

A Look Inside Pipa, Brazil’s First Start-Up Incubator

Source: Fast Company

Pipa (Portuguese for “kite”) is an incubator, or to be more specific an accelerator, focused on supporting entrepreneurs looking to create long-term sustainable value through business. We aim to support these entrepreneurs in their quest to create positive social, environmental and financial impact, something Brazil is engaging with more and more.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

74 Million Served, and Counting: 10th Annual Class of Global Social Entrepreneurs Coming to Silicon Valley

Source: Market Watch

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anuj Sharma's startup company, Sarvajal, has found a way to bring clean water to thousands of households in rural India, who would otherwise have to walk miles or drink disease-causing dirty water. Sarvajal dispenses water from solar-powered, ATM-like machines. Customers pay around $3 a month with their cell phones, and special mobile technology alerts the company if there are problems with any of its 157 franchised machines.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Village Capital seeks to help entrepreneurs with social purpose


Entrepreneurial accelerator programs, where early-stage companies can get advice and sometimes funding, are not uncommon. When 15 startup businesses got together in Atlanta this spring for a 10-week program put on by the nonprofit organization Village Capital, however, it was something different.
Monday, June 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Business fighting poverty

Source: The Guardian

For nearly 100 years, Africa has been a key driver of Anglo American's business success. Almost 40% of our assets remain in South Africa. Three of our seven main business groups (platinum, iron ore and thermal coal) and two of our key associates (diamonds and manganese) operate out of South-ern Africa. These are all globally competitive businesses and we are investing in them: $20bn in capital expenditure in South Africa over the last 10 years, and a future growth pipeline of almost $15bn.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — Latin America

B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Last fall, a small group of social entrepreneurs from South America met to discuss how to foster more social enterprise in the region and create more bang for the buck at existing enterprise. The result was Sistema B, the first effort to adapt the American system of B Corporations—which ease operations for companies that combine profit and social good—to a foreign setting.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 — South Asia

Can SKS Change Its Spots?

Source: Forbes India

After being the bad boy of microfinance, SKS is now trying to pick itself up and transform into a more cost-effective, diversified organization.
Monday, April 9, 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.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 — South Asia

Japanese Professor Shoji Shiba Helping India Inc Breakthrough

Source: The Economic Times

Dhobi Ghat, the washermen's hub in Mumbai, is a dingy neighbourhood of clotheslines, discoloured pools of water and rows upon rows of wash pens. But it presents an array of socio-economic groups among the 10,000-odd washermen who live and work here-from smaller washermen thrashing clothes on flogging stones to better-off cleaners who run Laundromats. It's a thriving ecosystem and a perfect case study for how people at the bottom of the pyramid impact an economy.
Monday, April 2, 2012 — South Asia

Asian Innovation: Frugal Ideas Are Spreading from East to West

Source: The Economist

Multinationals are beginning to take ideas developed in (and for) the emerging world and deploy them in the West.
Friday, March 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

BoP Boom in Japan Part I

Source: CSR Asia

The year 2009 was referred to as “The first year of BoP in Japan”. Not only did the Japanese translation of the late Prof. Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” received much attention, BoP market analyzation that focused on emerging markets in Asia and African countries gained wide recognition too.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 — South Asia

Vikram Gandhi Sets Up Own Investment Bank


It will handle domestic and cross-border deals and advise high networth individuals and global institutional investors such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) which are looking to increase their allocation to India
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever: Winning with Purpose - A message to members of Business Fights Poverty

Source: Business Fights Poverty

Business has been a powerful force in improving the lives of millions of people on our planet – whether through product and service innovation, job creation or new opportunities for suppliers and distributors. Yet, I believe business can do so much more.
Friday, April 3, 2009 — No Region Specified

A New Effort to Boost Small Businesses in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessWeek

Microfinance has improved the quality of life for millions of people at the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid, yet studies have not shown much of an impact on the economies of developing (or declining) nations. Microfinance, whether delivered via Grameen Bank-style rural distribution systems or direct loan operations like Kiva, just isn’t enough of a job creator. That’s why a number of economic development organizations are focusing on the next tier up—small but g...
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