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Thursday, September 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

Can This New Trend Change the Way We Access Healthcare?

Source: Forbes

A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that nearly 100 million people are “pushed into poverty” trying to access basic health care services. The crisis has forced 80 countries to ask the WHO for technical assistance to shift toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Since governments are struggling to provide basic health services, and private health care providers remain too expensive to access, citizens in the developing world are caught in a financial trap. However, a new movement in health care innovation is now challenging the status quo.
Thursday, September 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Meet the Non-MD's Solving Systematic Healthcare Problems for Global Health Corps

Source: Fast Company

Global Health Corps just sent its latest cohort of fellows to their yearlong posts developing health and social justice solutions in places like Zambia, Malawi, and Rwanda.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

OPINION: I spent a weekend at Google talking with nerds about charity. I came away … worried.

Source: Vox

In the beginning, "effective altruism" was mostly about fighting global poverty. Now it's becoming more and more about funding computer science research to forestall an artificial intelligence–provoked apocalypse.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Shake It Off: How the Sustainable Development Goals Grew Up and Got Out of Nashville

Source: Development Policy Centre

I love country music. I even went to see Dolly Parton in Sydney a few years ago, when she came to Australia and brought her very own star-spangled retro tour bus.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — Latin America

Mexico’s Anti-Poverty Programmes Are Losing the Battle

Source: Inter Press Service

While most of Latin America has been reducing poverty, Mexico is moving in the other direction: new official figures reflect an increase in the number of poor in the last two years, despite the billions of dollars channeled into a broad range of programmes aimed at combating the problem.
Thursday, August 6, 2015 — No Region Specified

Are we ready for a 'universal' development agenda?

Source: Devex

With so much ambition on the table, the post-2015 agenda could raise some tricky questions about living standards, environmental sustainability, and what exactly rich countries like the United States are agreeing to do over the next 15 years.
Thursday, July 30, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

President Obama Announces Major Progress Through Feed the Future Initiative


On July 28 President Obama announced that Feed the Future, his signature global hunger and food security initiative, is delivering on his promise to reduce hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development. New data demonstrate that, thanks in part to Feed the Future and other U.S. Government efforts, stunting rates have declined in Ethiopia, Ghana, and parts of Kenya by between 9 and 33 percent in recent years, while areas in Uganda have seen a 16 percent drop in poverty.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — South Asia

Smartphones Can Improve Health of Poor Urban Women

Source: The Times of India

With a large majority of poor urban women having access to cellphones, the device can be used to improve the health of those at risk of diabetes and other diseases during their childbearing years, says a new study.
Thursday, July 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Will BRICS Bank Challenge the Bretton Woods System?

Source: IPS News

The formal opening of the BRICS Bank in Shanghai on Jul. 21, following the seventh summit of the world’s five leading emerging economies, demonstrates the speed with which an alternative global financial architecture is emerging.
Friday, July 10, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Greek Debt Crisis: 'Of All the Damage, Healthcare Has Been Hit the Worst'

Source: The Guardian

Above a dark, tatty arcade of wholesale button traders and empty shop fronts in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, one mother was rocking a sick baby and another was carrying a toddler as they waited to see a volunteer paediatrician in the brightly painted clinic run by the Greek branch of the NGO Doctors of the World.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 — North Africa and Near East

Surviving Pakistan's Slums: The Extraordinary Story of Mohammad Sabir

Source: DAWN

Every morning at sunrise, five-year-old Muhammad Sabir stepped out of his house, sagging a garbage bag to his shoulders, filling it with aluminum, plastic, paper scraps or anything he could find to sell. Salvaging trash to survive, he picked up snippets of newspapers and tried to read them.
Friday, June 19, 2015 — Latin America

Prescription for Shoes

Source: Duke Global Health Institute

We walk into the exam room—Jeremy, a fourth year medical student on the cusp of finishing a clinical rotation at the Mayan Medical Aid health post, and me, a global health graduate student eager to learn about healthcare in indigenous communities in Guatemala.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Remedy for a Trillion Dollar Problem?

Source: Devex

Africa is bleeding. But it’s not a physical wound, it’s a financial one, and it’s allowing more to leave in illicit flows — money that is illegally transferred, earned or utilized — than the amount received in development aid. Though the loss is coming out of Africa and other developing regions, the Band-Aid that could stop the bleeding is in the hands of a small group of rich countries.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study: Ebola Virus Didn't Mutate Into More Dangerous Strain

Source: USA Today

The Ebola virus in West Africa that has killed 11,000 is not more virulent than prior strains as had been feared, according to a study published Tuesday.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

This Startup Gives Poor People a Year's Income, No Strings Attached

Source: The Huffington Post

A person whom Teresa had never met showed up at her home one day with a remarkable offer. Teresa and her family would receive what amounted to a year's income, in cash. Nothing was owed in return. She did not have to repay the money, and her family could spend it however they wished.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

A New U.N. Health Goal Targets Folks 69 and Under. Ageism or Realism?

Source: NPR

In September, the U.N. will vote to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (aka SDGs). They cover issues like poverty, health and climate change. The idea is to encourage the 192 U.N. member states to establish policies that will make the world a better place over the next 15 years.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: G7 companies cheat Africa out of billions of dollars, says Oxfam report

Source: Oxfam

G7 based companies and investors cheated Africa out of an estimated US$6 billion in 2010 through just one form of tax dodging, according to a new Oxfam report ‘Money talks: Africa at the G7’, released today.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

What It Takes to Lift Families Out of Poverty

Source: NPR

Eighteen years ago, Dean Karlan was a fresh, bright-eyed graduate student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He wanted to answer what seemed like a simple question:
Friday, April 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Why Water Is Key to Beating Poverty

Source: CNN

Extreme poverty is one of humanity's grave injustices. Across the world, more than 1 billion people live on less than $1.50 a day for all their needs -- food, housing, medicine, water, sanitation, everything. What's more astonishing is that 748 million people around the world do not have access to clean water. And 2.5 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation -- that's one out of every three individuals on the planet. Think about that for a second.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Focus on Poverty: Sharing Genetic Data in Health Crises

Source: Science and Development Network

Genetic information that could help slow disease outbreaks may be kept private by researchers out of fear of violating patients’ rights — that was one of the concerns expressed in a Nature article recently.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunise Another 300 Million Children

Source: Gates Foundation

A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunisation of the world’s poorest children. If we, as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — No Region Specified

Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis

Source: The Upshot

The notion that income inequality has continued to rise over the past decade is part of the conventional wisdom. You’ve no doubt heard versions: The rich just keep getting richer. Inequality is higher than ever. Nearly all of the gains from the economic recovery have gone to the top 1 percent.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — No Region Specified

Unilever Boss Paul Polman Slams Capitalist Obsession with Profit

Source: The Telegraph

Paul Polman has criticised business leaders for putting profit ahead of sustainability, arguing that both can exist 'without compromise'.
Thursday, January 22, 2015 — Europe & Eurasia

Davos 2015: Live Updates From the World Economic Forum

Source: The Huffington Post

Wednesday marks the second day of the 2015 World Economic Forum, also known as the Davos Annual Meeting.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

Report: Richest 1% Will Soon Own More Than the Other 99 Combined

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

The richest 1 percent of the population will own more than half the world's wealth by 2016, Oxfam International said in a report released as the World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland.
Thursday, January 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: No, Climate Change Is Not the Biggest Risk to Global Health

Source: The Conversation

Climate change will cause all sorts of problems for humans in the future. It could cause mass migration and conflict as people flee flooded homes or arid farmland, and fight over ever more scarce resources. It’ll mean economic slowdown as industries are hit and societies cough up the money required to adapt to the new world. Climate change will even affect your health.
Friday, December 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Videos Nominated for the Rusty Radiator Awards 2014

Source: Rusty Radiator Awards

The Rusty Radiator Award goes to the fundraising video with the worst use of stereotypes. This kind of portrayal is not only unfair to the persons portrayed in the campaign, but also hinders long-term development and the fight against poverty.
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

We can’t hope to solve global ills without action against poverty

Source: The Conversation

Poverty is still one of the driving forces behind ill health, a lack of access to healthcare and medicines and consistent underdevelopment.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nike-backed startups put girls first in fight against global poverty

Source: Mashable

For the past two weeks, ten companies have been consulting with mentors, growing their business models and collaborating with one target demographic in mind: girls in impoverished parts of the world, a population that many say is the most marginalized in the world.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

3-D Printed Plastic Could Replace Not-Very-Good Corrugated Iron Roofs In The Developing World

Source: Fast CoExist

The modular system might an ideal alternative for the rusty, non-insulated roofs that are pervasive in poorer countries.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberians have another challenge - marginalization

Source: Catholic News Agency

"How is it that we have again become the marginalized of the earth?" That is what people ask Bishop Anthony Borwah of Gbarnga, in Liberia, the country most affected by the outbreak of Ebola.
Friday, October 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Plagues on the Poor: What Ebola Can Learn From Malaria


If the U.S. spent more money on disease prevention and clinics—and less on vaccines and drugs—everyone in the world would stand to benefit
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Multinational Companies Court Lower-Income Consumers

Source: The New York Times

When General Electric engineers here wanted to develop a more affordable baby warmer for India’s small, private hospitals, they initially replaced the fat, rubberized wheels standard on high-end models with smaller metal ones. They figured it was a quick, easy way to cut costs.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Press Release

Justine Greening has signed a joint letter of intent with Unilever CEO Paul Polman, committing to a new partnership.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE Foundation Expands ImPACT Africa program to Address Critical Shortage of Health Workers in Kenya

Source: Yahoo! Finance

The GE Foundation announced today a new Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to expand the ImPACT (Improving Perioperative & Anesthetic Care Training) Africa program in Kenya.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

For Social Enterprises, The Bottom Line is Impact: Four Lessons About Investing in Social Businesses

Source: Huffington Post

Despite Cambodia's rapid economic growth driven by strong exports, private investment and a growing agricultural industry, nearly one in five Cambodians live below the international poverty line.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: World Bank Group’s billion dollar private sector health initiative in Africa is failing to reach the poor

Source: Oxfam

A billion-dollar flagship scheme to support private sector-led health care in Africa is bypassing poor people and concentrating instead on high-end urban hospitals catering mainly for the rich.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Rwanda: How Energy Can Contribute Towards Poverty Alleviation

Source: AllAfrica

WE LIVE in interesting times when so much is happening in terms of development. However, there are curious contradictions that undermine our journey to the Promised Land; development.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 — South Asia

India's Welcome Reform Of Its Ghastly Food Aid Program

Source: Forbes

India is making essential changes to the way that it operates its food aid program for the poor.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How other countries are scrambling for Africa alongside the U.S.

Source: The Washington Post

This week in Washington, dozens of African heads of state are converging for a landmark series of meetings with U.S. officials and businesses.
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 — Sub-Saharan Africa

WHO: Ebola Spread Outpaces Control Effort

Source: Voice of America News

The head of the World Health Organization has told the presidents of West African nations stricken by Ebola that the outbreak is moving faster than efforts to control it.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial market urged to target youth savings business

Source: Ghana Web

A global poverty alleviation group has come up with suggestions on how financial services providers in developing countries can tap into the huge youth savings market.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: The paradox that is Indian healthcare

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The best and the worst of facilities exist cheek by jowl. This glaring contradiction needs to be addressed
Thursday, July 31, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Pretty Good' Malaria Vaccine Moves Forward

Source: Voice of America News

A “pretty good” malaria vaccine is on track to be the first to market.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

#BBCtrending: Can social media help prevent the spread of Ebola?

Source: BBC News

West Africa is in the grip of the world's deadliest outbreak of Ebola, and many in the region are using social media to educate each other on the symptoms and prevention methods.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'No Market': Scientists Struggle to Make Ebola Vaccines, Treatments

Source: NBC News

At least four vaccines are being developed to protect people against Ebola, including one that protects monkeys completely against the deadly virus. Several groups are also working on treatments, but one of the most promising is stuck in safety testing.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

Source: Reuters

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.
Monday, July 28, 2014 — Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: President Peña Nieto of Mexico Expected to Attend 17th Microcredit Summit

Source: Digital Journal

The Microcredit Summit Campaign announced today that President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to join the delegates of the 17th Microcredit Summit on September 3, 2014, in Merida, Mexico.
Friday, July 25, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Abia, Ford Foundation, Forward Africa partner on youth health and development

Source: The Guardian Nigeria

EXPANSION of integrated programming to improve the reproductive health and general development of young people in Abia state has taken a new turn in the state capital following the inauguration of a 15-member Technical Working Group (TWG).
Friday, July 25, 2014 — South Asia

From food aid to nutritious, locally produced food: A look at fortifying flour in Ethiopia

Source: Devex

Right now in Ethiopia, nearly half of all children under the age of 5 are stunted and anemic.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Solar energy technology for those with no access to electricity

Source: The Guardian

With 1.7 billion people living without access to mains electricity, we look at five solar-powered products that could ease the problems of those 'off the grid'
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

d.light Reaches 500,000th Pay-As-You-Go Customer, Launches Access Initiative

Source: Business Ghana

Company announces strategic focus to scale solar through financing globally
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

The Promise of 100% and Finding Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Source: Forbes

“100%, yes I am telling you…100%. The deal is ours. 100%!”
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — South Asia

World Bank to provide $18 bn aid to India in three years

Source: Odisha Sun Times

The World Bank Wednesday said it will provide financial support of $15-18 billion to India over the next three years to help accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank conducts Zimbabwe consumer-protection review

Source: News Day

A WORLD Bank mission team is in the country to conduct Zimbabwe’s first Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy (CPFL) Diagnostic Review amid revelations that consumers were being prejudiced by financial institutions.
Friday, July 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The virus detective who discovered Ebola in 1976

Source: BBC News

Nearly 40 years ago, a young Belgian scientist travelled to a remote part of the Congolese rainforest - his task was to help find out why so many people were dying from an unknown and terrifying disease.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — South Asia

Lessons from India for Africa’s healthcare entrepreneurs

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

Access to high-quality, low-cost healthcare services is a big challenge in many African countries. There are few public hospitals in most areas and those available are often under-staffed, under-funded and lack basic facilities. Low-income earners and people residing in rural areas face even greater difficulties accessing the most basic care.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — South Asia

RBI spells out draft norms to set up payments banks, small banks in India

Source: FirstBiz

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday spelled out draft norms to set up payments banks and small banks in India that will give a major push for financial inclusion, or the process of spreading banking services in the un-banked segments, in Asia’s third largest economy.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Safaricom move to open up M-pesa agent network seen to aid mobile money services

Source: PC Advisor

Safaricom's move last week to allow agents for its M-pesa mobile money service to work for rival operators is broadly being viewed as having the potential to further fuel the growth of such services.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Bank review shows flaws in social, environment safeguards process

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - The World Bank has systemic defects in its procedures to ensure that people and the environment are not harmed in development projects, according to an internal review obtained by Reuters.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profiting from poverty: Do some companies benefit from twisted images of Africa?

Source: HowWeMadeItInAfrica

In recent years there has been a change in thinking and narrative when it comes to Africa’s representation in western media. A good example of this is The Economist’s special report last year that referred to Africa as the “Hopeful Continent”, a mere 13 years after publishing the front cover that dubbed it the “Hopeless Continent”.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile payments ideal for Africa

Source: ITWeb Africa

In emerging markets, mobile money has the power to transform lives, says Gemalto.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — South Asia

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

Source: Forbes India

Dr Naresh Trehan's vision for his latest venture is to emulate the best-in-class health care facilities in the world
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People's Health

Source: Huffington Post

When the intellectual property (IP) chapter of the U.S.-led Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was leaked late last year, it confirmed everything public health watchers had warned about for years.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearing A Deadline, Is The World Going To Meet The Millennium Development Goals?

Source: Fast CoExist

The latest UN appraisal shows progress, but in some areas, such as child mortality and biodiversity loss, we're falling short.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New Contraceptive Shot Being Released in Africa

Source: The New York Times

An easy-to-use new form of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera was introduced last week in Burkina Faso, the first of four African countries in which it will be rolled out this year.
Friday, July 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

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

Source: Vox Media

As China and India continue their fairly rapid paces of economic growth, a greater and greater share of extreme poverty is going to be concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa. But if we're going to make progress there, we need to have good numbers about how various economies are faring, how income is distributed within them, and so forth.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 — South Asia

Setting a High Bar for Poverty in India

Source: The New York Times

NEW DELHI — It is not uncommon for Indians to stand in a line to receive alms from a politician as he gives away clothes, pots and laptops that would make Apple laugh. This is a custom that has survived from a time when the theater of charity was enough to make the poor feel grateful. But they have since come to regard such alms as political buffoonery and now expect substantial assistance from the government.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

New mobile project to tackle malnutrition in Africa and Asia

Source: ILRI news

A CABI-led consortium has gained GSMA funding to help three million people access nutrition information using mobile technology.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 — South Asia

OPINION: Bank accounts for all won’t bring financial inclusion to India

Source: First Post India

Financial inclusion, the buzzword that Manmohan Singh government used quite freely during his term in office, is likely to be part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lexicon as well. But the question is, how will he implement it?
Monday, July 7, 2014 — South Asia

Adarsh Credit Co-op Reaches India's Rural Poor With Mobile Tech

Source: Forbes

Mobile phones are a key way to expand financial inclusion to rural areas across emerging markets, as M-Pesa has demonstrated in Kenya. In India, Adarsh Credit Co-operative Society reaches one million members through 800 branches and more than 100,000 financial advisors who travel through villages taking deposits or disbursing money by linking to the bank through their mobile phones.
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.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

The U.N. Has Been Undercounting the World's Poor—by 400 Million

Source: The Atlantic

Good news: Economists at Oxford have come up with a better method for measuring global poverty. Bad news: There are way more poor people than previously thought.
Friday, June 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rwanda: Tigo, UN Agency Sign Rwf3.5 Billion Deal to Support ICT Developers

Source: AllAfrica

Tigo and One UN Rwanda have signed a multi-million four-year agreement aimed at promoting youth and women employment through Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

The fashion brands empowering women in developing countries

Source: The Guardian

From providing jobs for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon to offering business training for emerging artisans in Rwanda, fashion has the power to create positive change
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Medtronic Launches $17-Million Program To Improve Heart Disease, Diabetes Care For Underserved Populations

Source: 3BL Media

MINNEAPOLIS, June 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Medtronic today announced the launch of HealthRise, a five-year, $17-million (USD) Medtronic Philanthropy program that supports community-based demonstration projects specifically designed to expand access to care and management of chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease and diabetes.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Grameen America Scales Microlending Model Across the U.S. with Launch of Microfinance Training Institute in Queens

Source: Digital Journal

Grameen America, a nonprofit microfinance organization offering microloans, training and support to help women in poverty build small businesses, today announced the launch of the first U.S. Training Institute for microfinance with the support of longstanding partner Capital One.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

My Day Without Banks

Source: National Journal

Lesson one from navigating the archipelago of check cashers, payday lenders, and discount store money desks: it’s expensive to be poor.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Rwanda: Microsoft Chief Urges Youth, SMEs to Tap Into Online Resources to Drive Productivity

Source: AllAfrica

Increasing youth employment and enhancing small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) development through Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) to boost the continent's productivity and alleviate poverty were some of the key issues at the just-concluded African Development Bank meetings.
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
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Science of Designing Food for the World's Poor

Source: The Atlantic

Enlisting cartoon characters and computer software in the fight against malnutrition
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
Friday, May 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

Why Government Should Help Poor People Get Bank Accounts

Source: Governing

The former head of consumer affairs in New York City explains why helping the poor manage money more wisely would also help government manage their money more wisely.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: MIX Introduces Groundbreaking System For Analyzing Data On Financially Underserved Communities

Source: PR Newswire

First Platform for Coordinated Delivery of Responsible Financial Services to the Unbanked
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

Source: Huffington Post

International development philanthropies have been testing out a simple solution to a complex problem. Can we help the poorest people in the world by just giving them money? If so, how about giving them money with no strings attached? An idea that simple to solve a problem that complex must be met with skepticism, especially from groups that thrive in the existing top-down international development aid structure.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

Housing for the base of the pyramid in Brazil: a future without slums

Source: The Guardian

7 key themes and messages to generate innovative and holistic approaches to making slums in Brazil a thing of the past
Monday, May 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: 'Wanted: inclusive business'


With more severe poverty and inequality to begin with, worsening unemployment and lack of significant improvement in reducing poverty and inequality negate our otherwise impressive economic growth performance of late.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

One Stop Shop Toilet Project for Densely Populated Areas of Africa Launched

Source: Standard Digital Business

Poor sanitation and unhygienic practices in urban slums and rural populations have been cited as the major causes of diseases while young children have been singled out as the most affected.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Latin America

Sustaining Recent Social Progress May Require a Squeeze on the Rich

Source: The Economist

Latin Americans, the past dozen years have been remarkable. The region has seen a magical combination of faster economic growth, falling poverty and declining income inequality. Is this unprecedented period of progress over?
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.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Business Scales Up Action to Combat Global Malnutrition

Source: World Food Programme

Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, forty global companies have now joined together to take global action against malnutrition.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

3 Myths That Block Access to the Poor

Source: The Gates Foundation

Every year The Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, this is 2014 where Bill Gates states "By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world."
Monday, January 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Myths on the World's Poor

Source: The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Three Myths on the World's Poor Bill and Melinda Gates call foreign aid a phenomenal investment that's transforming the world.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Child marriage seen as a girl’s health issue

Source: Humanosphere

The development community is starting to pay closer attention to the problem of child marriages.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

How social enterprises are combatting modern slavery

Source: The Guardian

Rich McEachran explains how social enterprises are a sustainable solution to modern slavery worldwide
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Deshpande's Sandbox to inspire social innovation hubs

Source: Business Standard

Deshpande, advisor to US President Barack Obama and founder of Deshpande Foundation, said, "If we are able to combine the execution excellence of for-profit organisations with the compassion of not-for-profit organisations, we can do magic."
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

PHOTOS: What If The Poor Weren't Marginalized?

Source: Huffington Post

The idea of "financial inclusion" can seem abstract or difficult to comprehend until you put a human face on it.
Monday, October 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Universal Financial Access Vital To Reducing Poverty, Says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Source: Eurasia Review

Leaders at a major World Bank Group forum put forward a vision for achieving universal financial access by 2020.
Friday, October 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Bank chief calls for an end to poverty

Source: China Daily

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim set an interim target on Wednesday to reduce global poverty to 9 percent by 2020. If achieved, it would mark the first time the rate has gone down to single digits. The target was based on a World Bank analysis of global poverty trends toward reaching a goal set in April of ending extreme poverty by 2030, extreme poverty being people who live on $1.25 a day or less.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — Latin America

Unequal Access to Health Care in Latin America No. 1 Killer of Moms & Kids

Source: Hispanically Speaking News

An international delegation recently concluded their meeting on infant and maternal health in Latin America. The conclusion – unequal access to health care is still the number one killer for mothers and their children. While child mortality has more than halved in the region according to the World Bank, children from impoverished homes are five times more likely to die before they turn five years old. The majority of those deaths deemed preventable. Over the past 20 years significant improvements have been made on maternal health and mortality rates have dropped by 40 percent.
Thursday, September 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Comment: Rebranding disease to launch global change

Source: SBS

A little over a year ago, a group of young people – connected by a passion for addressing the leading cause of global deaths – had an idea. Re-brand the way we perceive a group of conditions, and the narrative we collectively conjure when hearing their name – Non-Communicable Diseases. Challenge the current, misguided perception that diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancers are simply the result of poor choices and laziness, and instead use inspiring stories from young health advocates to paint an accurate global and local picture.
Thursday, August 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

For the first time, the combined GDP of poor nations is greater than the rich ones

Source: Quartz

For the first time ever, the combined gross domestic product of emerging and developing markets, adjusted for purchasing price parity, has eclipsed the combined measure of advanced economies. Purchasing price parity—or PPP for short—adjusts for the relative cost of comparable goods in different economic markets.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Latin America

Bringing Solar To Impoverished Towns, With A Model Straight From The Corporate World

Source: Fast Company's Co.Exist

Disillusioned by corporate life, Manuel Aguilar and Juan Rodriguez started Quetsol, an organization that uses business acumen to supply rural Guatemalans with solar power.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Three Text Messages That Are Changing Africa

Source: Huffington Post

Can a text message save a continent?
Thursday, August 1, 2013 — No Region Specified

World Bank changes senior staff to continue anti-poverty agenda

Source: Devex

Two top executives at the World Bank are set to leave the institution this year in a move at a crucial time for the bank’s evolving focus on poverty reduction in the next decade.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

The consensus on raising people out of poverty is surprisingly recent

Source: The Economist

On July 17th India released its latest poverty figures. They tell an encouraging tale: just under 22% of Indians were below the poverty line in 2011-12, down from over 37% in 2004-05. With an election not far off, these statistics will not go unchallenged.
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.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — South Asia

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

Source: Devpolicy Blog

Across Asia countries are rapidly transitioning from low to middle income status. This transition is enormously positive, pulling millions of Asians out of poverty, massively increasing levels of education, and creating new opportunities for employment and wealth accumulation. But the ‘miracle’ of Asian growth is deeply unequal, with many in middle-income Asia continuing to experience extreme poverty, and exclusion from the benefits of the thriving regional economy.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 — No Region Specified

What will happen when the MDGs expire?

Source: New Internationalist

The UN High Level Panel report has a universal focus USAID, under a CC License
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Help end poverty, World Bank tells private sector

Source: The Chronic Herald

The World Bank is undertaking an ambitious goal to end extreme global poverty within a generation by encouraging the involvement of the private sector.
Friday, June 7, 2013 — Latin America

Argentina builds first-ever solar neighborhood to fight energy poverty

Source: Deutsche Welle

A solar power project in Buenos Aires is providing electricity for some of the city's poorest households. Volunteers are hoping to create Argentina's first green community - one rooftop at a time.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

'The case for aid? Poverty can be a catalyst for extremist views'

Source: The Guardian

Philippe Douste-Blazy, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on innovative finance for development and chairman of Unitaid, the global health partnership, talks about his work
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

How did the global poverty rate halve in 20 years?

Source: The Economist

POVERTY is easy to spot but hard to define.
Monday, June 3, 2013 — No Region Specified

Will Hepatitis C Become A New Battleground Between Pharma And Poor Nations?

Source: Forbes

Will the new crop of hepatitis C treatments form the next battleground between the pharmaceutical industry, poor nations and patient advocates?
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Change From the Very, Very Bottom Up

Source: Huffington Post

You may have heard of multinational corporations, such as Unilever, seeking to target the so-called ‘bottom of the pyramid’, providing goods and services to the $5 trillion marketcomprising the poorest 4 billion people in the world. But there are also small business owners from that segment of society targeting that market.
Friday, March 22, 2013 — South Asia

Deepa Gangwani: Fomenting Change for Indian Trash Collectors

Source: PBS Newshour

A shocking incident involving her maid and a trash collector helped set Deepa Gangwani on her quest to help the poor communities near where she lived in India.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World food security and what young Africans can do about it

Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, a region with the world’s fastest-growing and youngest population, seek to create more agriculture jobs.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tackling poverty with social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Despite the promising economic growth exhibited by African nations in the last decade, the spectre of food poverty still looms large.
Monday, March 11, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Democratic Republic of Congo, Women Face Deep-Seated Bias

Source: PBS Newshour

Anonciata, a 30-something mother of four, survived a brutal raid on her town in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but not without injury.
Friday, March 8, 2013 — Latin America

From Andrew Square, taking on the UN for Haiti

Source: The Boston Globe

Fights against entrenched and powerful forces are sometimes waged from highly improbable places. As a case in point: Brian Concannon is taking on the United Nations from the sanctuary of a quiet former convent in Andrew Square.
Friday, March 1, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Growth and Poverty

Source: Inquirer News

The ten years of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave the Philippines a much faster economic growth at around 4.8 percent annually. The only decade-long gross domestic product (GDP) growth higher than this was recorded in the 1950s.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 — Latin America

Brazil's Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated

Source: Reuters

President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday raised the monthly stipend of 2.5 million people living below the poverty line to make good on her promise to eradicate extreme poverty in Brazil, a nation with enormous income gaps between rich and poor.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Scaling up the fight against poverty and hunger in Africa


Agriculture is a powerful tool for reducing poverty and hunger. Events of recent years – such as food price increases, droughts, growing climate change impacts and other emergencies – have put agriculture high on the international agenda. We should be clear that agriculture is the solution. Economic growth generated by agriculture is more than twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors. Agricultural development is also an effective means of assisting developing countries in building capacity and infrastructure as well as introducing innovation and technology.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

How the Poor Cope with Crisis

Source: The Guardian

A study incorporating many grassroots voices examines how poor people in developing countries coped with the recent shock of higher food and fuel prices.
Friday, April 13, 2012 — South Asia

Perspective: Poverty, Health And Forced Eviction In The Slums Of Bangladesh

Source: CommonHealth

On April 4, one of the largest forceful slum evictions in Bangladesh’s history took place in Dhaka’s Korail bustee. Households, schools and shops within twenty meters of the road were bulldozed, with approximately 3,500 individuals affected.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 — South Asia

Villgro Innovation Marketing Raises Seed Capital

Source: Press Release

Chennai based Villgro Innovation Marketing Private (VIM), an innovative rural distribution company, has raised a significant seed series investment from US-based investment firm Unitus Seed Fund and a group of angel investors to further expand its operations in South India.
Friday, March 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

All Wrong On Poverty & Aid


IT is our claim that the debates on poverty and aid have gone off the rails. On poverty, it is too narrow, quibbling about a few percentage points above or below some historical number.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 — South Asia

Growth Busts Poverty

Source: The Times of India

Poverty estimates between 2004-05 and 2009-10 show a sharp reduction in the absolute number of the poor by 52.5 million to 354.7 million.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 — South Asia

Is India Misrepresenting Its Poverty Numbers?

Source: The Washington Post

India’s poverty figures fluctuate wildly, anywhere from 300 million people to 800 million people, depending on whom you ask.
Monday, March 19, 2012 — No Region Specified

Jeff Raikes, CEO, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: A Message to Members of Business Fights Poverty

Source: Business Fights Poverty

We spend a lot of our time trying to convince skeptics that they should care about development. Bill Gates made the case very convincingly in his report to the G20 delivered last November. He argues from the supply side: successfully developing countries can keep the price of key commodities low by boosting production – important in ensuring food security. And he argues from the demand side: successfully developing countries can keep markets humming by boosting consumption. In the U.S., exports to developing countries are growing six times faster than exports to developed countries.
Friday, February 24, 2012 — South Asia

Micro-lender's Own Probe Links It to 200 Suicides

Source: The Seattle Times

First they were stripped of their utensils, furniture, mobile phones, televisions, ration cards and heirloom gold jewelry. Then, some of them drank pesticide. One woman threw herself in a pond. Another jumped into a well with her children.
Thursday, February 23, 2012 — South Asia

Anudip Foundation to Raise Up to Rs 3.21Cr from Omidyar Network

Source: VCCircle

This is Omidyar’s third funding deal in India in as many months after backing Teach For India and Aspiring Minds.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

Source: Slate

Entrepreneurs, businesses, NGOs, and governments exalt mobile technology as a game-changing tool to fight global poverty. But what if our eagerness to connect the world is inadvertently exacerbating the global economic divide? The cost of cellphone-based services is hurting huge swaths of the developing world.
Thursday, March 24, 2011 — South Asia

Consumer Goods to Consumer Centricity: Not Easy to Navigate for HUL

Source: The Economic Times

It's lunchtime at the sprawling campus - the walk through inside the corporate nerve centre of India's largest FMCG Company - the Rs17700 crore turnover (March ended 2010) HUL. The campus is crowded with employees taking their post prandial walk, some using WiFi to work out of their work stations and some milling around the branded food court from the company stable. So there's Swirl Parlour, Bru Cafes and the latest addition Knorr Food Kiosk. It's at the Knorr Fo...
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