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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Impact Assessments Are Good for Non-Profits but Bad for Business

Source: The Guardian

By Erik Simanis: Impact assessments are a powerful – and necessary – part of a non-profit’s tool kit. Rigorously measuring how and how much a program solves a social ill and betters the lives of the poor ensures continual improvement. Impact assessments also serve as a report card back to the funders of non-profits. They assure donors that grant funds are being maximised and used for the purpose intended.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to focus on rural areas

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Apollo Hospitals plans to ride the next wave of growth with expansion in rural sector, Prathap C Reddy, Chairman, said. The hospital chain plans to add at least 14 Reach Hospitals in rural regions at a cost of ? 1,800 crore by 2016 and plans more in the coming years.
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.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — South Asia

USAID encourages private sector participation in new healthcare program

Source: Tuoi Tre News

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday launched its Healthy Markets program, an initiative to encourage the investment of local private sector and foster growth of a commercial market, in Ho Chi Minh City.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: For-profit health care: Eliminate, tolerate or stimulate?

Source: Devex

Search online for the role of for-profit organizations in health care and you’ll find millions of results, including an abundance of studies, conferences and discussions among providers, advocates and various other actors. It’s an important debate about a complex issue — one that remains largely unresolved in countries around the globe.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Profit motive big hurdle for Ebola drugs, experts say

Source: MedicalXpress

For nearly four decades, mention of the Ebola virus has evoked death and terror, yet a simple factor—money—has stood in the way of erasing the curse, experts say.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Global Innovation Fund Receives $200m from Omidyar Network, Governments of Australia, Sweden, UK, US

Source: MicroCapital

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF), a UK-based nonprofit, recently announced its launch in the US city of New York. GIF plans to fund “social innovations” brought forward by nonprofit entities as well as for-profit organizations and government.
Friday, October 10, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

SC Johnson Rolls Out Bottom-of-the-Pyramid Marketing Strategy in Ghana

Source: Triple Pundit

SC Johnson, the Wisconsin-based company, is selling cleaning and pest control products in Ghana while contributing to local efforts to reduce the risks of contracting malaria.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

ideas42 joining with USAID and CGAP to scale up financial heuristics

Source: Ideas42

Project will scale-up pilots applying behavioral economics to create morecustomer-centric financial services
Monday, October 6, 2014 — South Asia

Over the counter drug market to reach $6.6 billion by 2016

Source: The Economic Times

The over the counter (OTC) drug market in India is expected to grow to $6.6 billion by 2016 with pharma companies and chemists increasing their presence in the rural market.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: ObamaCare's Anti-Innovation Effect

Source: Wall Street Journal

Of the many unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the least noticed is its threat to innovation.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Shares of Companies Testing Ebola Vaccines Rise

Source: ABC News

Shares of some companies that are studying potential vaccines for Ebola climbed after federal officials announced that the first case of the disease has been diagnosed in the U.S.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 smart ways for the private sector and NGOs to tackle chronic diseases together

Source: Devex

It’s no secret that noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma cause an increasing burden of death and disability in rich and poor countries alike. But few people are aware that 35 million people die from chronic diseases globally each year, and that number is expected to grow considerably over time.
Monday, September 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE eyes expansion of healthcare and energy operations in SA

Source: Business Day

General Electric, which is supplying a total of 376 locomotives to Transnet, is looking for opportunities in other sectors in SA, such as healthcare and energy.
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, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?

Source: The Guardian

Providing emergency nutrition in a way that undermines the capacity of local economies to respond to food insecurity and malnutrition themselves seems a clear violation of the 'do-no-harm' principle.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

The Next Stage of Sustainable Investing

Source: Huffington Post

Investing is no longer about style boxes.
Friday, August 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here's How To Give Back AND Make Money

Source: Business Insider Australia

Meet the newest investing buzzword on the block.
Friday, August 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact Investing’s Image Problem

Source: FinancialAdvisor mag

Steve Schueth, president of First Affirmative Financial Network, offered an analogy that made the usual invest-to-make-money-first-and-then-be-philanthropic-later approach sound something like a Viking raid.
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%!”
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 — South Asia

Arun Jaitley says India needs to create productive environment for investors

Source: Business Standard

Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, said here on Saturday thatIndia needs to create such a productive environment for investors, that makes them feel that doing business in India is profitable.
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, 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”.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 — South Asia

Impact investor money chasing very few investible companies in India

Source: Business Today

Venky Natarajan, Managing Partner at impact investment fund Lok Capital, speaks to BUSINESS TODAY about impact investing in India.
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.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

The base of the pyramid: will selling to the poor pay off?

Source: The Guardian

The concept of serving the world's poorest four billion or so people has been popular since CK Prahalad introduced the idea a decade ago. But so far, profits remain elusive
Friday, May 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare Is Focusing On Emerging Markets, R&D And Cost Cuts To Drive Growth

Source: Forbes

Driven by growth from the emerging markets and gains from cost cutbacks, profits from GE‘s healthcare segment have risen strongly in the last few years.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

EU warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty

Source: The Guardian

NGOs concerned that increased involvement of business in aid programmes could compromise development objectives
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Using Ethiopia’s Healthcare Gaps to Do Good and Make a Profit

Source: IPS News

For a while now, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scanners have typically been a luxury that both government and private hospitals in Ethiopia have struggled to afford to purchase for in-house use.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Balancing Profits Against Public Health in the Search for Innovative Vaccines

Source: Deutsche Welle English

There is no cure and no vaccine for the Ebola virus, which has killed about 70 people in Guinea. Vaccine expert Professor Adrian Hill tells DW why some vaccines take time. It's got to do with profit.
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.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 — South Asia

Big pharma firms pushes for US action against India over patent worries

Source: The Economic Times

Global pharmaceutical firms are pressuring the United States to act against India to stop more local companies producing up to a dozen new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on-patent, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

SRL Diagnostics to enter CIS, Africa

Source: Business Standard

SRL Diagnostics, the healthcare arm of Fortis, is eyeing expansion into fast-growing markets of Africa and CIS countries. SRL, which has about 40 per cent share of the organised diagnostic market in India, plans to open labs and collection centres countries such as Congo, Kenya and Nigeria in Africa. It is also looking at tie-ups in CIS countries.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why many in SKS Microfinance Ltd love to hate its founder

Source: Live Mint

Akula believes that microfinance is a core solution to global poverty and yet it could be highly profitable, a balance all microfinance entities are struggling to achieve.
Thursday, October 17, 2013 — South Asia

Low-cost healthcare: US can take cue from India

Source: Hindustan Times

The United States may be good at innovations in medicines, procedures and equipment. But it should learn from India how to keep health care affordable, says a new study. India's private hospitals provided world-class health care at a fraction of US prices using innovative ways to manage costs, personnel, equipment and even real estate.
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.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Developing Healthier Habits

Source: Financial Advisor

Health-care companies facing a host of profit-threatening conditions—such as pricing pressures, patent expirations and sluggish economic growth in mature markets—are beginning to build some immunity by boosting their exposure to the developing world. According to Julia Giguere, a senior analyst who covers the health-care sector for MSCI ESG Research in Boston, developing countries are experiencing stronger economic and population growth than the developed world. They also boast rising middle classes and they increasingly need products that can address shifting disease burdens.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

What you need to know about the Middle East’s new social entrepreneurs

Source: Devex

Many things amazed me in my travels across the growing tech startup ecosystem in the Middle East over the past two tumultuous years.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Secret Social Entrepreneur | It's not just markets; you must meet needs

Source: The Guardian

Our secret social entrepreneur questions why people join the sector. What takes precedence: profitability or social impact?
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Five food issues to watch out for

Source: IRIN

Who or what do you blame when the price of maize seems to keep going through the roof? If you did not mention fuel subsidies, then you need to read this list of emerging food issues in Africa.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — South Asia

It is important to make money in business, but not at the cost of ethics and values: Sam Pitroda

Source: The Economic Times

Sam Pitroda, who led the telecom revolution in India, says the second phase will see a slew of opportunities for startups in areas such as broadband, mobile applications and local content. Pitroda, an advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovation, is helping the government launch a $1-billion fund to invest in bottom-of-the-pyramid innovations. In conversation with ET he retraces a journey that has seen him survive cancer and bypass surgeries. Excerpts:
Monday, August 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Will Crowdfunding Ignite Investing For Profits And Purpose?

Source: Forbes

Can you earn a healthy return on your investment and help change the world at the same time? If you haven’t been paying attention, there are already thousands of entrepreneurs and investors betting that you can, with a multibillion-dollar market to show for it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Using Small Loans to Generate Big Profits

Source: Wall Street Journal

NAIROBI, Kenya—At a recent group-lending meeting in the Kawangware slum, about 10 miles from downtown, Jackson Munyovi sought $350 to build a new shanty for his wife and two children.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 — No Region Specified

Why Companies Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Their Social Responsibilities

Source: TIME

In 1970, the economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman published an article in The New York Times Magazine titled, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.” In the article, he referred to corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs as “hypocritical window-dressing,” and said that businesspeople inclined toward such programs “reveal a suicidal impulse.” Even four decades ago, at a time of growing public concern for the environment, his views represented the general skepticism and contempt with which many in Corporate America viewed CSR.
Monday, February 27, 2012 — No Region Specified

Former Chairman of SKS Microfinance Akula Shares Lessons Learned

Source: Harvard Social Enterprise Conference

Vikram Akula, the former Chairman of SKS Microfinance, broke his silence today about the mistakes he made in his social venture, in a speech at the Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard. Akula acknowledged the legitimacy of the criticism he had received from Mohammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor and Founder of Grameen Bank, who had long taken issue with SKS’s deployment of private capital in microfinance and its profit orientation.
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