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Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Africa’s Mobile Money Revolution Take Hold?

Source: AFKInsider

When mobile network operator (MNO) Safaricom launched its M-Pesa mobile payments system in Kenya seven years ago, few business models were as ripe to explode. With extremely high mobile penetration rates, a high proportion of unbanked households, a regulatory system that allowed telecoms companies rather than banks to lead the way, and a migrant population suffering from expensive domestic remittances, it is little wonder that more than two-thirds of Kenyan adults use the service today.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — No Region Specified

Unilever Helps Lead Coalition to Solve the Global Sanitation Crisis

Source: Forbes

2.5 billion in the world have inadequate sanitation. For businesses, that’s 2.5 billion opportunities to increase sales of infrastructure, plumbing, hygiene and cleaning products. Unilever has recognized the magnitude of the global sanitation crisis, the potential for solving it and helped lead the formation of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) to do their part.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 — Latin America

Narayana Health Opens Hi-Tech Hospital in the Caribbean

Source: India West

Famed heart surgeon Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Mother Teresa's personal physician and founder of Narayana Health — an Indian hospital network that is internationally regarded as one of the world's lowest-cost, highest-quality healthcare providers — is bringing his mission of providing affordable, accessible healthcare to America.
Thursday, July 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Impact investing: What’s in it for your nonprofit?

Source: Devex

Are you a nongovernmental organization wondering how to benefit from impact investors?
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

How Mobile Phone Carriers Are Helping Insure The 4 Billion People Who Live Without A Safety Net

Source: Fast CoExist

With this system, every time a customer tops up his SIM card, he gets free insurance coverage. The model helps carriers increase brand loyalty and gets people in poverty comfortable with the emerging concept of micro-insurance.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — No Region Specified

Forget Banks: If Bitcoin Is Going To Change The World, Then This Is The Real Competition

Source: Business Insider

A central conceit of Bitcoin evangelists is that the cryptocurrency could be most useful to "the global unbanked."
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.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenyans transferred US$18.1 billion using mobile money in 2012

Source: HumanIPO

Mobile money transfer services continue to grow in Kenya, with transactions growing by 32.8 per cent to KSh1.538 trillion (US$18.1 billion) from KSh1.169 trillion (US$13.75 billion) in 2011.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — Latin America

Inclusive economic growth and Brazil's protests

Source: Devex

Brazil’s weeklong protests, which have brought hundreds of thousands of people into the streets across the country, have scored their first victory: Officials in the major cities of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro have agreed to rescind the 20 cent bus fare hike that sparked the protests in the first place. But this conciliatory move, far from placating the crowds, seems to have energized their demands.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five top tips for charities looking to develop their business arms

Source: The Guardian

Following the news that 92% of charities want to start trading, here are some ideas for voluntary organisations to consider when embracing social enterprise
Friday, May 31, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Selling Solar Panels on the Installment Plan in Africa

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Some solar startups are addressing the problem with creative financing models.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Exclusive Growth, Identified As Boosting Instability in Africa

Source: AllAfrica

In the recently concluded African Economic Conference (AEC) which was winded in Kigali on November 2nd under the theme "Inclusive and sustainable development in an age of economic uncertainty", it was revealed that continued growth that is not transforming into tangible inclusion of youths in the development process may result into instabilities than economic transformation on the continent.
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