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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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Jovago, Unicef Partner to Enhance Infant Registration in Africa

Source: allAfrica

Jovago.com - an online hotel booking company- and UNICEF have launched a partnership with the aim of ensuring official birth registration of every child born in Africa.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Winner of 2014 Nestlé CSV Prize is…

Source: Business Wire

On October 9th, during the global Creating Shared Value Forum, co-organised by Nestlé and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it was announced that the overall winner of the 2014 Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize is Honey Care Africa (HCA)!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks

Source: NPR

Firestone detected its first Ebola case on March 30, when an employee's wife arrived from northern Liberia. Since then Firestone has done a remarkable job of keeping the virus at bay.
Friday, September 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

At UN General Assembly, global health projects are big business

Source: Global Post

Leaders from 140 countries gathered this week at the UN General Assembly in New York City amid a set of global crises that include war in Iraq and Syria as well as Ebola in Africa.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Walmart Now Offering Low-Cost Mobile Checking Accounts

Source: TechCrunch

Apple Pay what again? Walmart is getting into the mobile banking space, the companyannounced this morning, through a partnership with financial services provider Green Dot Corporation.
Monday, September 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Multinational Companies Court Lower-Income Consumers

Source: The New York Times

For years, multinational companies had little interest in lower-end consumers, figuring no money was to be made. Now, they are increasingly attractive to all types of industries, from consumer product makers to technology businesses.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The MasterCard Foundation: Access to Financial Services in Africa Can Transform Lives

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

“Greater financial inclusion is correlated with higher living standards, better health outcomes, higher education levels, and an overall improvement in well-being,” explained Ann Miles, Director of Financial Inclusion at The MasterCard Foundation.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung partners in good health for Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: IT News Africa

Samsung Electronics has joined GSMA, an organisation that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, to partner in initiatives that will see an improved healthcare system.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Motivating Corporations to Do Good

Source: The New York Times

Is it naïve to expect corporations to assist in addressing the social, economic and environmental challenges of the day?
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPIC: Let’s leverage impact investing to make aid funding sustainable

Source: Devex

Much of the impact investing field has been driven by public sector actors, which have an important role to play both in the way they deploy their capital and the work that they can do to build the industry.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

MIGA and OPIC team to unlock investments in African agriculture

Source: Devex

A new partnership between a U.S. government agency, a World Bank Group member and a private equity fund plans to help about half a million small-scale farmers boost yields and improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
Monday, June 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fighting Financial Exclusion: How To Serve 88 Million Americans Who Have No Bank

Source: Forbes

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor,” the great American author James Baldwin wrote in 1960.More than half a century later, his words ring true to the 46 million Americans who live below the poverty line and to the millions more who are struggling to stay above it.
Monday, June 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

Report: Google Will Spend $1 Billion on Satellites to Expand Internet Access

Source: Mashable

Google's Internet satellite ambitions may be bigger than we thought.
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

J.J. Abrams Teases ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ with UNICEF Charity Initiative Video

Source: Variety

J.J. Abrams is giving fans a first look at “Star Wars: Episode VII” and a chance to win a cameo in the new sci-fi epic — all in the name of charity.
Thursday, May 22, 2014 — No Region Specified

Bill Gates, on why Jeffrey Sachs matters

Source: Economia

Bono calls economist Jeffrey Sachs “the squeaky wheel that roars.” To me, Sachs is the Bono of economics – a guy with impressive intelligence, passion, and powers of persuasion who is devoting his gifts to speaking up for the poorest people on the planet
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.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Corporate Social Responsibility is About Looking at Problems as Opportunities

Source: Live Mint

Eggers says if a firm uses CSR activities to also promote its business, it should be applauded and not frowned upon
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.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM starts rolling out Watson supercomputer in Africa

Source: Reuters

IBM says system will improve farming, e-commerce, health.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 — Latin America

Pfizer’s Adele Gulfo on the benefits of working with women-owned businesses

Source: Devex

As women’s empowerment gains more visibility as a part of the global development agenda, companies are realizing that working with women-owned businesses pays off. Pfizer has discovered that working with women-owned businesses both benefits its business and helps achieve its goals of empowering women, said Adele Gulfo, president of Pfizer Latin America.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Toms sets out to sell a lifestyle, not just shoes

Source: Fast Company

Founder Blake Mycoskie has set out to save the world with his "one-for-one" tagline. His critics say that giving alone doesn't solve a thing.
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Google's Next Cloud Product: Google Blimps To Bring Wireless Internet to Africa

Source: Forbes

Not content with offering super-fast broadband in Austin and Kansas City, Google has plans to use blimps to deliver wide-area wireless internet connectivity in Africa and other emerging markets, according to reports in the the Wall Street Journal and a post on Google’s Africa blog.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

From base of social pyramid, only way is up

Source: The Japan Times

Firms serving Africa's poorest paving way for mutual growth
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.
Friday, December 14, 2012 — South Asia

Will Saral Money reduce corruption?

Source: ZDNet

India's ruling government is making cash transfers an important pillar in its 2014 election strategy, and while others might call it bribery, citizens shouldn't complain if such initiatives help reduce corruption.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Forms Partnership with Vodafone to Help Increase Childhood Vaccination in Mozambique

Source: Equities.com

GSK today announced it has formed a partnership with Vodafone to harness innovative mobile technology to help vaccinate more children against common infectious diseases in Africa. Despite major advances in the funding and availability of vaccines worldwide, it is estimated that up to a fifth of children worldwide still do not receive basic vaccines. The proliferation of mobile phones in Africa offers an opportunity to create innovative and cost-effective ways to address barriers to universal vaccination.
Friday, November 30, 2012 — No Region Specified

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: MasterCard Foundation, CGAP Announce $11.4m Partnership for Branchless Banking, Client Research

Source: Microcapital.org

The MasterCard Foundation, a Canada-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) supporting microfinance and education, and CGAP (Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a US-based nonprofit policy and research center, recently announced a USD 11.4 million partnership to develop low-cost financial products to assist people living in poverty.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

M-Shwari platform set to shake up small loans market

Source: Business Daily Africa

Safaricom subscribers can now operate mobile-based savings accounts, earn interest on their deposits and borrow small loans in a move set to raise competition against banks, saccos and shylocks.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Meet the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Source: National Geographic

Five young men and women who embody the spirit of enterprise, the ideas and will to make the world a better place, were named today the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — South Asia

Student Social Entrepreneurs from India Win the 2012 Intel Global Challenge

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

With a “jugaad” mindset embedded in the culture, India has no shortage of social innovators cooking up solutions to the world’s ills. As a matter of fact, the Greenway Grameen Infra (GGI) team from India has just been announced as the winners of the 2012 Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, receiving $50,000 from the Intel Foundation on their invention of a biomass-based stove that increases fuel efficiency.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

Mastercard Inc : The SEEP Network Partners with MasterCard to Promote Innovative Uses of Technology

Source: 4-Traders

Washington, DC, November 7, 2012 - The SEEP Network's two-day 2012 Annual Conference titled, "Building Inclusive Markets: Impact through Financial and Enterprise Solutions" kicks off on Wednesday, November 7 in Arlington, VA.
Thursday, November 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

RBC announces $1 million donation to MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

Source: Sacramento Bee

TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - RBC today announced a historic, $1 million, five-year commitment to support the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. With this donation, RBC becomes a founding partner of the Centre, launched in late 2011 to increase awareness of social finance and direct new capital and talent to tackle social and environmental problems in Canada.
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.
Friday, November 2, 2012 — Asia Pacific

Businesses urged to take lead in supporting social enterprises

Source: Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE : Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing has said that while the government supports social enterprises, more businesses still need to take the lead in growing the sector.
Monday, October 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

Ron D. Cordes on a Mission to Activate New Change Agents

Source: Forbes

Ron D. Cordes is a man on a mission to change the landscape of impact investing. He is the co-chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management (NYSE:GNW), which is responsible for over $25 billion in assets under management. He is also on the board of Impact Assets, a non-for-profit financial service firm focused on impact investments.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 — Asia Pacific

DBS China launches social enterprise program

Source: China Daily

Development Bank of Singapore (China) announced the launch of a program to support the development of social enterprises in China on Wednesday.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

North Africa: Japan's Unicharm Corp. to Bring Affordable Hygiene Products to 36 Million Low-Income Women

Source: All Africa

New York/Tokyo — Japanese consumer products giant Unicharm Corp. has pledged to bring affordable diapers and sanitary products to 36 million low-income women in the Middle East/North Africa and Asian regions as part of the Business Call to Action (BCTA), a global initiative to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development through the development of inclusive business models.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB, Citi and IFC Enter New Agreement to Support Trade Finance in Africa

Source: Citi Press Release

London - October 4, 2012 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Citi and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have agreed to provide a $175 million thre-year revolving credit facility covering short-term trades for exporters and importers in Africa. This agreement builds on the success of a previous similar program launched in 2010 to help boost economic growth in the region.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Samsung, KWFT pact to boost mobile banking

Source: Capital FM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Samsung has partnered with local microfinance solutions provider, Kenya Women Finance Trust – Deposit Taking Microfinance (KWFT-DTM) to promote the uptake of mobile technology solutions among women.
Monday, October 1, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Habitat for Humanity Canada and The MasterCard Foundation partner to expand access to housing microfinance in Africa

Source: Canada Newswire

ACCRA, Ghana, Oct. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity International (collectively "Habitat") and The MasterCard Foundation today announced the launch of a $6.6 million, five-year partnership to expand microfinance services to maintain and improve homes for disadvantaged families in three African countries.
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.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Fund and Dow Partner to Scale Social Enterprises in East and West Africa

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Commitment announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting brings funding and technical expertise to entrepreneurs providing low-income consumers with energy, agricultural inputs, water and sanitation
Friday, September 21, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

Apply for the Siemens Stiftung Foundation: Empowering People Award

Source:

With the “empowering people. Award”, the Siemens Stiftung would like to identify efficient technical solutions which empower people in developing and emerging countries to independently combat existential problems in basic supply.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Initiative for Global Development teams with Accenture to develop electricity, connectivity in Uganda

Source: Notre Dame News

The University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and Accenture — a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company — are taking the lead to empower disconnected communities in northern Uganda by harnessing solar energy to generate electricity for Internet and communications technologies, education and training centers, and new locally developed ventures.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 — South Asia

Dow Corning Offers Workers Cold Showers With Bugs to Build Sales

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

When Brad Fogg did volunteer work in India, the adventure came with unwelcome insects and other discomforts, as well as a chance to benefit the country and find opportunities for his employer, Dow Corning Corp.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How door-to-door business can empower rather than repress women

Source: The Guardian

It's easy to criticise business for expanding into developing countries. But if it helps poor and isolated women, is it all bad?
Thursday, August 9, 2012 — No Region Specified

More NGOs finding fruitful collaborations with the private sector

Source: The Guardian

The relationship between NGOs and the private sector used to be combative rather than collaborative. However, that is rapidly changing.
Friday, January 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Investing in Impact: Making the Case for Patient Capital

Source: Michigan Ross School of Business

Case study highlights challenges facing the nascent social investing sector and explores ways to face them. ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Social investing. Impact Investing. Patient capital. That the idea itself has more than one name underscores the challenges facing an industry that seeks to invest in and grow companies that measure wealth both by profit and the ability to solve social problems. This relatively new sector in the venture capital world is trying to redefine the ...
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 — No Region Specified

The Case for Patient Capital

Source: BusinessWeek

By Jacqueline Novogratz In 2002, after nearly 10 years of running a nonprofit to help poor farmers in India get the most out of their land, Amitabha Sadangi was frustrated. Government aid to alleviate poverty had largely bypassed individuals earning less than $1 day. Instead it was subsidizing large farms and being inve...
Monday, May 17, 2010 — South Asia

The New Colours Of Venture Capital

Source: Outlook India

The sun sets and a shroud of darkness descends rapidly over Bihar's West Champaran district. Without electricity, much of the population turns to kerosene lanterns. But Tamkuha and 45 other villages in the district are glimmering islands of light, even late into the night. A little company called Husk Power Systems (HPS) has been setting up mini power plants in these villages. As its name suggests, the plants are powered by rice husk-512 kg of it in a d...
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