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Tuesday, April 01, 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 03, 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.
TAGS:Poverty
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 01, 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 07, 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 06, 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 05, 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 03, 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 08, 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 01, 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

Source:

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

Source: Dawn.com

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.
TAGS:Poverty
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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