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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 — No Region Specified

Health innovations need much more than research

Source: SciDevNet

The Global Forum for Research and Innovation for Health recognised that health care innovations take more than research, but the challenges of "scaling up" and efficient collaboration were largely missed. We need to focus more on the development process following academic studies.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Major donors launch new fund to support innovation

Source: Devex

For some time now, major bilateral donors have been working independently to fund innovations and support startups, but a group of them announced Tuesday a new fund where they will pool capital to spur creative, pioneering interventions to tackle global development challenges.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 — South Asia

Nepal's entrepreneurs healing blindness among poor


Many villagers are not aware of how easily cataract can be treated or cured," said Suraj Shrestha, CEO at Anthropose, a Nepal-based enterprise. "The thing that appalls me the most is how people superstitiously believe that cataract is a curse from God. This needs to change," the entrepreneur told Xinhua on Sunday.
Friday, June 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

World Cup Soccer & Social Enterprise: A Hybrid Financing Model

Source: Real Leaders

The potential of hybrid financing strategies to accelerate the growth of the social business sector was one of the topics at the fourth edition of the Impact Economy Symposium & Retreat in Switzerland on June 13-15, 2014.
Friday, May 2, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Source: Bloomberg News

Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 — No Region Specified

Investing in Nature: New Sources of Capital

Source: HuffPost Green

Two hundred and fifty billion dollars: that's the gap between the estimated need to support global conservation efforts and what's currently devoted to these activities annually, according to a recent study.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Managing Finances Well is Key to Africa’s Success

Source: Business Day South Africa

More than ever, African governments need to make the region attractive to investors to shore up the growth path the continent has embarked upon.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Managing Finances Well is Key to Africa’s Success

Source: Business Day South Africa

More than ever, African governments need to make the region attractive to investors to shore up the growth path the continent has embarked upon.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — No Region Specified

DesignMedix Awarded $3 Million to Develop Low-Cost, Safe Malaria Drug

Source: VentureBeat

DesignMedix, Inc., a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, received a grant for almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue development and manufacture of a new anti-malarial drug.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Indian Social Entrepreneurs Battle Bureaucracy, Need Help to Expand

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Social entrepreneurship in India has seen exponential growth over the last decade, with an increasing number of skilled men and women starting up businesses which provide out-of-the-box ways of improving the lives of the country's 400 million poor.
Monday, April 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Governments need to 'join up and scale up' on health

Source: Devex

World Health Day is a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made since the occasion was first marked in 1950. But it’s also a moment to reflect on the huge challenges that remain. One child dying from preventable causes is one too many — but in reality, 6.6 million die in this way each year.
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Medtronic and partners are using mobile tech to screen thousands in India for ear infections

Source: MedCity News

In collaboration with a mobile health startup, a design firm and local health clinics, Medtronic is orchestrating a program aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of ear infections and hearing loss in India, meanwhile supporting its ENT business there.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

What Is Scale? Hint: Social Enterprises Don't Have To Be Huge To Reach It

Source: Forbes

A couple of years ago, I was working on a strategic planning project for a start-up that got hung up on the idea of “scale.” The founders were thinking globally, but meeting locally – in a windowless conference room, with lousy coffee, a couple of laptops, and no employees. We made of lot of lists, blew through a lot of Powerpoint, did many meetings. The ideas were fantastic, the potential market of those who needed the proposed services were in the tens of millions, and the business plan was sleek. But they couldn’t start small enough to prove the model. It had to be national right away, because the idea was so strong.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — South Asia

Huge Opportunities Await Indian Health Investors in Africa

Source: SME Times

In 2012, Africa accounted for almost a quarter of India's drug exports.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

New ITU standard enables health data exchange

Source: relief web

Following calls for increased global coordination of standards enabling e-health, ITU has offered first stage approval to an important specification enabling an exchange of multimedia health data between a health provider, a controlling function and patient.
Monday, February 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Healthcare on the go

Source: Mumbai Mirror

Most of us have been embarrassingly blind to the fact that so many Indians can't see. Or that so many Indians do not even have access to basic healthcare.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Announcing a New Investment: Miliki Afya

Source: Acumen

Acumen is pleased to announce a $600,000 equity investment in Miliki Afya Ltd., a company that aims to create a chain of clinics that offer high quality, low cost, outpatient care and diagnostics in low income, densely populated areas in Kenya.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

VisionSpring Cofounder Jordan Kassalow On Why Two Million Customers Is Not Enough

Source: Forbes

Jordan Kassalow is cofounder and chairman of VisionSpring, and has more than 20 years of experience providing eye care to the world’s poor.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Light-Bulb Moments for a Nonprofit

Source: New York Times

No baby should die or be disabled because a light bulb can’t be replaced. Yet during visits to hospitals in India and other countries, Krista Donaldson often saw lifesaving phototherapy systems, used to treat infant jaundice, languishing in dusty corners because of burned-out bulbs and other seemingly simple problems.
Monday, January 13, 2014 — No Region Specified

Successful maternal health partnership seeking scale

Source: Devex

A year after former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton launched “Saving Mothers, Giving Life,” U.S. and African health leaders believe the inter-agency public-private partnership has proven that surgical and other interventions once thought to be too difficult and expensive can dramatically reduce maternal and infant death in high-mortality settings.
Friday, January 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Government partnerships essential to scale mhealth projects

Source: Devex

Want to scale your mHealth solution? Mobile health implementers say the key is to engage with the government early and often so that they will eventually take over the project and bring it to scale.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

Slow Ideas

Source: The New Yorker

Some innovations spread fast. How do you speed the ones that don’t?
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 — South Asia

Q&A With Arun Gore Of Gray Ghost Ventures: 'Social Impact Needs Scale'

Source: Forbes

Esha Chhabra (@esh2440) chats with Arun Gore, the president and CEO of Gray Ghost Ventures, about the global impact investing movement.
Monday, April 15, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank: Africa's economic growth to outpace average

Source: BBC

Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa should significantly outpace the global average over the next three years, according to the World Bank.
Friday, December 14, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Need to Scale: Social Enterprises and Community Health

Source: CSRWire

“Community health workers: Now that is a profession that must be compensated.”
Friday, October 19, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Poor Infrastructure may hinder gains of mobile money market

Source: Business Day

Nigeria's mobile money market is worth $7.2 billion according to Accenture, however the prevalence of poor infrastructure is hindering its takeoff.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 — South Asia

Danone plans national launch for its yoghurts next year

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: French dairy major Danone today said its new business unit here which is dedicated for developing products for the masses, will be rolled out to other cities by next year.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Scaling from Small to Large: Endeavor Insight's Research Reveals How Entrepreneurs are Integral to Solving the Job Crisis

Source: MarketWatch Press Release

NEW YORK, Sep 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Entrepreneurship is increasingly viewed as a key solution to chronic unemployment, but when it comes to job creation, not all entrepreneurs are equal. According to a new report and interactive online tool released by Endeavor Insight, high-growth small and medium size enterprises that scale into large businesses have significant potential to drive sustained job creation and employment, especially in emerging markets. Endeavor Insight partnered with Omidyar Network and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to commission and release the report.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Acumen Fund and Dow Partner to Scale Social Enterprises in East and West Africa

Source: Acumen Fund Blog

Commitment announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting brings funding and technical expertise to entrepreneurs providing low-income consumers with energy, agricultural inputs, water and sanitation
Monday, August 13, 2012 — No Region Specified

Is Your Social Venture Really Worth Scaling?

Source: Harvard Business Review

Although scaling is the holy grail for most social entrepreneurs, not everyone should attempt it. In a previous post, I outlined the key capabilities I've found to be present in the social ventures that are able to reach sizeable impact (which can be remembered with the acronym SCALERS—they are Staffing, Communicating, Alliance-Building, Lobbying, Earnings-Generation, Replicating, and Stimulating Market Forces). Before a social entrepreneur gets to work building those capabilities, however, it makes sense to ask the question: Is this venture really ready to scale?
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 — No Region Specified

4 Tips On Scaling From Open-Source Pioneers

Source: Forbes

How do you quickly scale an innovation? The industrial-age strategy is well-understood: A generation ago, when General Motors wanted to sell more cars, it scraped together a few billion dollars in capital; built factories; hired designers, engineers, assemblers and patent attorneys; and pumped new Buicks and Caddies through its captive dealer network.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 — No Region Specified

Unleashing the Power of Social Enterprise

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Can social enterprise be the panacea for the Green Economy? That was the question put to me as I joined a panel at the Fair Ideas summit in Rio as part of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 — South Asia

Tara Thiagarajan Wants the Poor to Get More Out of Their Micro Borrowings

Source: Forbes India

Tara Thiagarajan believes that microfinance institutions (MFIs) have been pursuing the wrong goal. Instead of scale, they should be looking to make loans more effective. That means borrowers should get more out of their borrowings. Along with credit, they should also get the tools and the benefits of a large network to make the most of the credit.
Thursday, March 15, 2012 — No Region Specified

UN: Soaring Demands Will Add More Stress to World Water Supplies

Source: Voice of America

Despite recent good news that millions more people now have access to potable water, a new report finds sharply rising demands for water threaten a myriad of development goals.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 — No Region Specified

The Real Architects of Social Change: Live from Davos

Source: CSRwire

Everybody seemed to agree that the world is now facing some serious problems: Climate change, persistent poverty and inequality, the failure of financial systems, environmental degradation, the impeding exhaustion of cheap minerals and oil and so on. And everybody seemed determine to provide solutions to these problems. Prominent among these proposed solutions: Social entrepreneurship.
Friday, July 29, 2011 — No Region Specified

Disruptive Startups That Don't Get Funded

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Coca-Cola ( KO ) sells millions of bottles of its fizzy sugar water in the poorest villages of the world at 15¢ to 25¢ per bottle-prices locals can barely afford. What would happen to the multinational's business if a well-funded Chinese soft drink startup decided to crash that market with a sweet but relatively nutritious beverage it sold for 5¢ a bottle? Coke would most likely ge...
Friday, July 29, 2011 — South Asia

Working With GE to Develop Products for Rural India: MART

Source: MSN News

New Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) Consultancy firm MART today said it is working with US-based diversified giant GE to develop affordable healthcare products for the Indian rural market. The firm that advises big firms such as HUL, Shell, Colgate, Heinz, Intel and John Deere, said it is currently helping GE in developing a host of products, including baby warmers and products to treat cardiac problems. "We are working with GE to develop very affordable healthcare products for rural India," ...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 — South Asia

GE Remodels Businesses in India

Source: The Wall Street Journal

BANGALORE, India-As General Electric Co. assessed the lingering impact of the global financial crisis, it saw that some emerging markets-chief among them India-had come through the trauma better than the developed world. The Fairfield, Conn., company has been in India for more than a century, but it revamped its operations there only a few years ago to tap into the country's large consumer m...
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