Our Staff Writers and Editors offer insights on the latest news, events, interviews and other happenings from the development through enterprise and base of the pyramid universes
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Latin America

The ketchup sachet-shaped drug saving babies from HIV

Source: BBC Mundo

Inside a foil sachet, which looks more at home in a fast-food restaurant, an exact dose of antiretroviral medicine is helping to protect newborn babies against the threat of infection from their HIV-positive mothers.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The shipping containers tackling South Africa's chronic childcare shortages

Source: The Guardian

A social enterprise operating out of repurposed shipping containers is helping to tackle Cape Town’s lack of childcare facilities.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — South Asia

The Little Red Dot Saving Lives in India

Source: Yahoo News

Because nearly every Indian woman wears a bindi – a beauty accessory in the shape of a small dot worn in the center of the forehead – Grey for Good decided to create iodine-coated bindis that could act as a daily supplement if worn for at least four hours.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 — No Region Specified

From condoms to toilets, why good design is essential for improving global health

Source: Vox

The use of human-centered design principles can help people lead better lives.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ten global organizations join MIT D-Lab's Practical Impact Alliance

Source: MIT News

Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and others sign on to the Practical Impact Alliance, a collaborative initiative aiming to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

Asia-Pacific J&J Innovation Center opens with Shanghai HQ

Source: Pharma Times

Johnson & Johnson Innovation has expanded its global network of research partnering hubs with the opening of the Asia Pacific Innovation Center headquartered in Shanghai with satellites in Singapore, Australia and Japan.
Monday, October 20, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

3 Ways Empathy Is Driving Successful Innovations In Health

Source: Forbes

From human-centered design to the lean startup approach, methods to develop innovative products and services emphasize the importance of understanding what customers really need. Here are some lessons in innovation that social entrepreneurs have learned from empathizing with their customers.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 — No Region Specified

Humans give malaria to mosquitoes – we need a vaccine to stop this

Source: The Guardian

On Wednesday, the world marks World Mosquito Day to commemorate the 1897 discovery by British doctor Sir Ronald Ross that malaria in people is transmitted to and from mosquitoes. Ross won a Nobel prize for his discovery, and, since then, mosquitoes have been enemy No 1 when it comes to defeating a disease that takes a life every single minute – most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. But on this day, let’s focus on approaching malaria in a surprising new way: a vaccine to stop humans from giving malaria to mosquitoes.
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, 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.
Monday, February 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health-care innovations to drive down local costs

Source: Business Report

A diagnostic kit that can detect tuberculosis (TB) in 25 minutes, diagnosis of diabetes using a dipstick and a doctor consultation that can be capped at R50. These are just a few of the health-care innovations that South African medical researchers and companies have up their sleeves, and are planning to introduce to the health-care system in their bid to drive down costs.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group to tackle global health

Source: PM Live

Will implement R&D and access strategies to support areas with unmet public health need
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — South Asia

Press Release: Meet the Winning Ideas of Greenpeace Challenge to find renewable irrigation systems for India

Source: Press Release

Greenpeace “A Watershed Moment in India” challenge, which was open from September 3rd, 2013, saw participation from over 1500 people across 58 countries, who created 256 designs for renewable energy powered, portable, affordable irrigation systems for small farmers in Bihar. Participants uploaded their designs to a web platform, where they were viewable by the public (including other competing teams) who commented on all designs and suggested improvements, which the designers took into consideration to iterate and adapt their designs.
Monday, October 21, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur's Inspiration For Solar-Powered Lighting

Source: Forbes

Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as it works to make the company’s management more professional–and able to grow the enterprise even more. A little more background on the issue: Around 1.3 billion of world’s population lacks access to reliable electricity. Most of them use kerosene lamps, which are very very very expensive compared to incandescent lamps, (people spend as much as 30% of their income on kerosene-based fuels, according to Nokero), cause deadly fires (If you live without electricity, you’re seven times more likely to die by fire than someone with electricity, according to Katsaros), and contribute to air pollution. They don’t produce a whole heck of a lot of light, either
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, August 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Five Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs

Source: Good

“Development is being disrupted,” says Raj Kumar, president of DevEx, a site devoted to helping the international development community deliver foreign aid more efficiently and effectively. Beyond the buzz generated by the “social entrepreneurship” and “impact investing” communities, I’ve seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past two years.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Targeting product design for the developing world

Source: MIT News

The key, MIT study finds, is designing products that make money for the microentrepreneur.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — South Asia

Enter India's amazing world of frugal innovation

Source: CNN

In 2001 a huge earthquake shook the state of Gujarat in India. 2,000 people were killed, 400,000 lost their homes, and countless more lost their businesses in the devastation. One young entrepreneur, Mansukhbhai Prajapati, lost everything, but found an innovative way to get back on his feet.
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.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Students develop low-cost water filtering system for African nation

Source: Penn State Live

In an effort to bring fresh water to rural Kenyans, School of International Affairs (SIA) students Kory Hansen and Jin Ju Kim participated in Penn State's Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program to develop a ceramic water filtration system for parts of the sub Saharan African nation.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — South Asia

How the Aakash tablet bounced back

Source: The Washington Post

Internet-connected tablets, as I’ve explained before, have the potential to positively impact billions. Cell phones improved commerce and changed society by allowing, among other things, the poorest villagers in the developing world to connect with one another. The Internet will catalyze the next leap forward by providing those in the developing world access to the same ocean of knowledge as those in wealthier societies. This will transform education and revolutionize commerce.
Friday, February 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

The EzyStove Improves On Man’s Greatest Invention, Fire

Source: FastCo.Design

Can designers build a better fire? For developing countries, they had to.
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