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Wednesday, July 8, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Search for Ever Cheaper Garment Factories Leads to Africa

Source: The Wall Street Journal

At the Radisson Blu hotel here last year, a senior fashion executive met with several of his top Asian apparel suppliers. His plea: Open for business in Africa.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 — South Asia

Fighting poverty by helping find jobs

Source: Business Standard

Dedicated to connecting the right job seeker with the right employer in this unstructured segment, Bengaluru-based start-up uses the internet, mobile apps and a variety of other routes.
Friday, May 1, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Healthy State of Medical Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: The National Law Review

Well-known as a destination for experiencing some of the world’s most breathtaking natural assets, the Sub-Saharan African region is making progress in staking a larger claim to the multibillion dollar medical tourism industry and is the fastest growing region for wellness tourism.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — Latin America

Assured Labor Raises $6.75M, Has Connected Workers With 100K Jobs In Latin America’s Informal Sector

Source: Tech Crunch

Long before LinkedIn went public or before a plethora of on-demand startups began washing the Bay Area and other U.S. cities with services at the click of a button, there was this startup from an MIT grad called Assured Labor.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: MasterCard Foundation and Technoserve Announce New Phase of African Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Source: Globe Newswire

The MasterCard Foundation and TechnoServe are announcing today a five-year, $25.9 million partnership to generate increased income and economic opportunities for 48,000 young people in rural East Africa.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

End in Sight for World Bank's Controversial Reforms

Source: Devex

In an internal email to staff distributed Tuesday, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim set an end date for his reform agenda and announced that the global financial institution will provide more open-ended contracts for its employees — part of a new framework that supports the career development of staff.
Thursday, September 18, 2014 — Latin America

IDB Launches USD $500 Million Education, Youth and Employment Bond

Source: 3BL Media

Citi priced a $500 million four-year Education, Youth and Employment (EYE) bond on behalf of The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB or IADB) on Tuesday – a first-of-its-kind investment vehicle, created with the support of Citi Microfinance.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Microfinance as a panacea to Nigeria’s unemployment challenge

Source: Business Day

As credit plays vital role in start-up and expansion of businesses, microfinance has been treated as an important tool for economic development.
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.
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.
Friday, April 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

African Development Bank’s SME Program: Enhancing Inclusive Growth and Job Creation in Africa

Source: AfDB

The Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) through its private sector window has approved a US $9 million line of credit (LOC) equivalent in Mozambique metica (MZN) to Moza Banco.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Is the Future Role of Social Enterprise to Foster Compassionate Capitalism?

Source: The Guardian

Our expert panel discuss the role of social enterprise in society, and the values of social business.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

West Africa: Breaking the Cycle of Youth Unemployment, Poverty

Source: All Africa

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Shortage of Health Workers

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Health workers are essential for health care. Without health workers there are no health systems, yet there is a critical global shortage of them, and it is the poorest countries that are most affected.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 — No Region Specified

More jobs? Forget IT, look at healthcare instead

Source: Firstpost

Finance and information technology may be the sectors everybody wants to be in. But when it comes to jobs creation in a growing economy like India, these sectors are turning out to be laggards as they are less labour-intensive. Health and construction sectors are the ones that have the potential to create more jobs.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

The Latest Way to Solve Poverty in the Middle East

Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

In the last two years, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has increasingly focused on supporting social entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa region as a way of tackling the region’s socio-economic challenges that cause poverty.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Egypt: Impact Investing Is Key to Inclusive Development in Egypt

Source: All Africa

Demographic pressures and years of under investment in meeting social needs suggest that Egypt will not be able to provide jobs, housing and basic services without adopting a wide strategy for inclusive development. Impact investing should be encouraged as one of the strategy's pillars.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 — South Asia

Justrojgar Joins With Upaya Social Ventures to Create Service Sector Jobs for the Very Poorest

Source: Press Release

Equity Investment Will Create New Corporate, Domestic Employment Opportunities For Those Living At The Base Of The Pyramid
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — South Asia

Bangladesh could be 'next China'

Source: The Daily Star

Bangladesh must act soon to take advantage of its low-cost edge to become the "next China" before Dhaka's competitors take the markets the world's second largest economy is leaving, according to the World Bank.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Observing the Arab Spring, African Bankers Devise Economic Strategies

Source: Knowledge@Wharton

The African Development Bank (AfDB) was established in 1964 to guide the continent onto a path of sustainable pan-African economic growth and reduce poverty. Heading its efforts is Mthuli Ncube, chief economist and vice president at the multilateral bank, which is temporarily headquartered in Tunisia.
Friday, October 26, 2012 — North Africa and Near East

Mideast, North Africa trail behind globe for working women

Source: ANSAmed

(ANSAmed) - Rome, October 26 - Just 22% of those who work in the Middle East and North Africa are women. The average is 27% in Egypt, Jordan, Lybia, Morocco and Tunisia.
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.
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