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Thursday, April 23, 2015 — South Asia

Three focus areas to boost jobs

Source: The Hindu

Micro entrepreneurship, artisanship and agriculture are the three promising areas where huge number of jobs can be created, according to Ravi Venkatesan, former Chairman of Microsoft India and presently Chairman of Senior Venture Partners (SVP) India, a network of philanthropists.
Friday, March 13, 2015 — South Asia

Uber Unveils Plan for Training Women Cabbies

Source: DNA India

Cab aggregator service Uber today announced that it had tied up with a Singapore-based company to train women drivers even as it continues to be under a Delhi government ban after a driver enlisted with it allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman executive inside a taxi.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day

Source: The Washington Post

U.S. Rep. Daniel Kildee (D-Mich.) had just finished voting on highway construction funding before he was rushed to a meeting room and thrust into the anxiety-ridden world of Ann and Albert.
Monday, June 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Reserve Bank of India’s relaxation of know-your-customer norms to boost financial inclusion

Source: Business Standard

Bankers and industry experts believe that this will not only bring migrant workers but also students and people with a transferable job in the banking fold
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Active client base of Islamic microfinance has exceeded two million

Source: CPI Financial

The demand of Islamic microfinance is rapidly increasing in order to serve poverty alleviation and social development, its active client size have exceeded to million million now from which more than 700,000 belong to Sudan and more than 400,000 clients of Islamic Microfinance Institutions are from Pakistan.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SMEs in Developing World Need More Than $2 Trillion, Says International Finance Corporation

Source: allAfrica

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group has estimated this financial needs of small and medium scale enterprises in Africa and other developing countries.
Monday, April 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Jobs at bottom of the pyramid will get automated: Wipro

Source: The Financial Express

Wipro, India?s third-largest IT services exporter, added just 241 people to its total headcount in FY14 with focus on automating mundane processes and hiring individuals with specific, rather than generic, skills. Saurabh Govil, senior VP ? HR, in an interview with Sayan Chakraborty, said that in a fast-changing technology environment, there is a lot of stress on reskilling employees.
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.
Monday, June 17, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

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

Source: AllAfrica

The World Bank group and its partners are investing more than $1.25 million in the Egypt Development Marketplace program that addresses job creation, poverty alleviation and rural development, said a press release issued by the World Bank.
Monday, September 10, 2012 — No Region Specified

34 Places To Find That New Job: Social Innovators Edition

Source: Forbes

Other than the beloved, where can someone looking for an impactful or innovative job begin their search? For all those looking to enter or shift within the social innovation space, however you define it, optimizing communities and networking seem to be predominant. Here’s a list of sites to bookmark or pass on to a friend on the hunt right now.
Thursday, December 22, 2011 — No Region Specified

Case studies: investing in bottom of pyramid

Source: Financial Times

Dfid's role models for its new private sector approach in India include the US-based Acumen Fund, part of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the US Rockefeller Foundation and Mumbai-based Aavishkaar Investment. Samridhi Dfid has chosen the Small Industries Development Bank for India to channel investments to small enterprises, in its first private sector development programme in India. ...
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing and Social Entrepreneurship: A Way Forward

Source: Forbes

Recently, I interviewed Ron D. Cordes, Co-founder of the Cordes Foundation, which he and his wife Marty created in 2006. The primary focus of the Foundation is to utilize social entrepreneurship and impact investing as tools for global poverty alleviation. Ron has enjoyed a 25+ year career in the investment industry, having co-founded and then sold AssetMark Investment Services to Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) in 2006. He is currently Co-Chairman of Genworth Financial Wealth Management,...
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 — No Region Specified

Rockefeller Foundation Sees Social-Change Dividend

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Rockefeller Foundation is banking on paying for social change that works. To that end, the foundation will this week announce a $400,000 gr...
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