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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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Developing World Healthcare Market, Low-tech is the New Cutting Edge

Source: Rapid Growth Media

The r(Evolve) Centrifuge, developed by CentriCycle, is a manual hand-crank blood centrifuge that can operate without electricity in rural areas, separating blood for quick and accurate diagnostic testing.
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.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Musa, Swiss Partner to Help African SMEs in Healthcare

Source: Business Day South Africa

Private equity company Musa Capital is the partner in an investment fund that plans to develop small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) providing health services to the poor in various African countries.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Health-Technology Deals on the Rise

Source: Destiny Man

Africa's rising middle class may see a rise in Private Equity and Venture Capital investments in the continent's healthcare industry
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Three Recommendations to Foster Development in Africa's Health Markets

Source: Huffington Post Impact

As the CEO of a company that markets portable, power-free medical instrument sterilizers to hospitals and health centers in East Africa, Dr. Bernstein has seen first hand the degree to which people are ready to pay for safe and effective medical care. But at the same time there is a conscious effort to avoid the creation of a completely segmented health system where the quality of care is much higher for those who can afford it from the private sector, and huge portions of the population are unable to participate in the market.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Innovative' Sughavazhvu healthcare gaining popularity in rural India

Source: Yahoo! News

A healthcare system for rural India, dubbed Sughavazhvu, which stands for 'happy life' in Tamil, is gaining popularity thanks to it's use of innovative techniques for providing accessible and appropriate primary healthcare.
Monday, April 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Santa Fe company delivers vaccines to ‘last mile’

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican

A couple of years ago, the head of a management company specializing in high-performance processes and materials met the founder of a nonprofit organization that supports spiritual and medical programs among the Mayan communities of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Ohki S. Forest of Canadian Mohawk descent, who visits Santa Fe periodically, was giving a talk at a conference hosted by the Bioneers, a Santa Fe nonprofit that often serves as a catalyst among social, technological and visionary entrepreneurs.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — South Asia

Philips India Offers 2 Affordable, Pocket-sized Diagnostics for Xardiac & Maternal Emergencies

Source: PharmaBiz

The two products designed and developed at the Phillips Innovation Centre (PIC) in Bengaluru which is one among its key R&D locations of the 59 research centres globally.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Richard Branson on World Health Day

Source: Virgin

This year’s World Health Day is focused on vector-borne diseases.
Friday, April 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

How IBM is Using Nanotechnology to Tackle MRSA and HIV

Source: Fast Company

While giving a talk at a conference in Australia in the mid-2000s, IBM Research's lead scientist for the advanced organic materials group, James Hedrick, had an encounter that would make him rethink his career. At one point, Hedrick--who holds more than 100 patents--took a question from a woman in the audience. It wasn't what he was expecting.
Friday, April 04, 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.
Thursday, April 03, 2014 — South Asia

Dabbawallas to Spread Dengue, Malaria Messages in Mumbai

Source: The Times of India

On Monday, the city's 50,000-odd dabbawallas will tag a health message-'prevent and control vector-borne diseases'-to each of the two lakh tiffin boxes that they carry throughout the day.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 — No Region Specified

UK Drug Firm to Set Up Plant in Rwanda

Source: All Africa

A Renowned British multinational pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, has listed Rwanda as one of the places it considers putting up a production plant as part of its move to form innovative partnerships to transform medicines supply in Africa.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

Mobilium Global builds health Smartphone app for Africa

Source: Nigerian Tribune

Mobilium Global has architected and built the first android “Made For Africa” mobile health and wellness, free and free to use smartphone application for specific use by, for, and of Africans.
Monday, March 31, 2014 — No Region Specified

mHealth startup Telemed secures venture capital from The African Group

Source: ventureburn

Telemed Medical Services is an Ethiopian startup responsible for the country’s popular mobile health and medical consultancy service, Hello Doctor, and has recently announced it’s raised funds from US-based VC group The Africa Group (TAG). The Ethiopian engineering consultancy that, among other things, specialises in mobile health consulting is giving up a 25% stake of Telemed and plans to further address a crucial demand for health-related service delivery.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

More Kenyans To Benefit From New Private Sector Healthcare Initiative

Source: Ventures

Excelsior Group’s Foundation and the Kenya Association of Private Hospitals (KAPH) have reached an agreement to improve healthcare accessibility for 30 percent of Kenya’s population. Private sector networks account for more than 50 percent of Kenya’s healthcare providers serving the needs of Kenyans living on lower incomes.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health app targets African users

Source: IT Web Africa

UK-based mobile strategy company Mobilium Global hopes to capitalise on smartphone penetration in Africa by launching the Smart Health application, to promote health and wellness among users on the continent.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare, CTSI to develop cancer care network

Source: Business Standard

GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric Company, on Tuesday announced a partnership with Cancer Treatment Services International (CTSI) to develop a network of 25 cancer care centres in India. Through five years, the two companies will together invest $120 million (Rs 720 crore) to establish these centres, through a hub-and-spoke model.
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, March 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID's partnership with GE in Kenya will help health facilities buy high-tech equipment

Source: Global Post

Health care providers in Kenya will soon have a much better shot at getting a bank loan to buy high-tech medical equipment — as long as the machines are made by General Electric.
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.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Risky Business - Is China Wavering in Africa?

Source: allAfrica

Last month, officials from the Chinese Development Bank arrived in Ghana to re-negotiate a $3 billion oil-backed infrastructure deal.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Donated Bicycles Are Helping Save Lives in Africa

Source: Care2

Think supporting development means giving hand outs? Think again. Done right, development means giving a hand up. Take for example Aid for Africa member World Bicycle Relief and its recently established Buffalo Bikes Ltd.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — South Asia

U.S. Fears for Patents on Next-Generation Drugs in India

Source: The Chicago Tribune

An Indian committee is reviewing up to a dozen patented drugs to see if so-called compulsory licenses, which in effect break exclusivity rights, can be issued for some of them.
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying the course - Obama's 2015 proposal for US foreign aid

Source: Devex

Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015.
Monday, March 03, 2014 — South Asia

USAID and P&G Kick Off Global Development Alliance to Improve Health in Myanmar

Source: YahooFinance

Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in India.
Monday, March 03, 2014 — No Region Specified

Qualcomm, Vecna Cares, Etisalat, to Promote Maternal, Child Health

Source: This Day Live

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced its partnership with other operators to improve maternal and child health. They include Vecna Cares Charitable Trust, the nonprofit arm of Vecna Technologies; InStrat Global Health Solutions, a turnkey health care solutions provider; Etisalat Nigeria; Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA); and Evidence for Action.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 — No Region Specified

UPMC and TeleChikitsa tie up to bring cutting edge medicine to India

Source: The Health Site

University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences or UPMC is all set to make a foray into Indian healthcare. The leading medical center based out of the US has tied up with India’s TeleChikitsa Ventures, based in Bangalore with an aim to provide leading and cutting edge healthcare to India. As a part of their project UPMC is all set to aid India and Afghanistan with their healthcare needs. With an aim to spread their brand overseas, UPMC will use video equipment to examine patients, second opinions and consultations to patients.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — South Asia

Indian Medical Devices Industry Welcomes Changes in Bill

Source: The Health Site

The bill is significant because it recognises medical devices as distinct from pharmaceuticals for the first time and brings needed clarity to device regulation.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Health concerns and rising prosperity drive packaged water market in Africa

Source: FoodBev

Health concerns towards the lack of safe drinking water across many African countries, combined with rising consumer incomes, has driven the packaged water market in the region to grow faster than that of Europe and the US.
Monday, February 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Finding real wealth in health industry

Source: E China News

It may be the best time ever to be living right now. Over the past four decades, the life expectancy of Asians has increased by more than a decade to more than 70 years, thanks to the development of the healthcare industry. New drugs, medical equipment, therapies, organizations, policies and healthcare systems have emerged one after another, bringing improvements in people's lives and changes in their thinking about health management.
Monday, February 03, 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.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

GE’s Immelt Urges More Private Investment in Africa Health Care

Source: Business Week

General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt urged private investors to provide more funding for health care in African nations, where government-run services are overstretched.
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 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Tony Elumelu's new Africapitalism

Source: Devex

Global development leaders can’t seem to get enough of Tony Elumelu, the soft-spoken Nigerian banker and philanthropist who last year made headlines when he announced a $2.5 billion investment in U.S. President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Health sector needs a paradigm shift to escape morass

Source: Standard Digital

Kenyans mourn for the people who have died in senseless road accidents even as the country celebrates its Golden Jubilee. It is regrettable that a country that was born out of bloodshed in the fight for independence should witness more deaths in hospitals due to the ongoing health workers’ strike.
Monday, December 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Give every health worker in Africa a bike

Source: CNN

When we first met health workers like Kaemba, they told us that when they didn't have a bike -- which was most of the time -- or, when they have a bike and that it had broken down -- almost always -- they couldn't do the job they had been trained for.
Monday, November 04, 2013 — South Asia

Health tourism being made competitive in India

Source: The Hindu Business Line

The Centre is taking all steps to make the Indian health tourism industry globally competitive
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Can Business Solve Poverty?

Source: Fast Company

“Can business solve poverty? If you think it can, raise your hand.” When I asked that question from the podium earlier this week at the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs' (ANDE) annual meeting, nearly every one of the 200 members packed into the room raised a hand.
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, September 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Evidence Aid Wins the Unorthodox Prize

Source: Media Statement

Following those efforts, we are very pleased to announce the winner of our second competition: Evidence Aid. Incubated as a project of The Cochrane Collaboration based in the U.K., Evidence Aid aims to bring rigorous evidence-based practices to the fields of disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
Friday, August 30, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Seacom Opens Up Internet to Kenyan Techies

Source: All Africa

Fibre optic cable provider SEACOM has given 100 MegaBytes per Second (mbps) of internet connectivity to four innovation centers in Kenya to enhance their capacity to generate local content for a global audience.
Friday, August 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Top tips: how to beat mainstream business rivals

Source: The Guardian

Phil Levermore, managing director of energy supplier Ebico, a social enterprise, advises on how to compete with 'non–social enterprises'
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

When Does Being Socially Responsible Hurt Your Business?

Source: Entrepreneur

Should entrepreneurs focus solely on growing their business or also be concerned about social causes such as sustainability, women's empowerment, equality or the local economy?
Thursday, August 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Small traders can track sales and customer trends

Source: Daily Nation

THE PRINCIPAL salesman of any enterprise is the business owner. This is simply the hard lesson that many small and micro enterprise (SME) owners learn over time.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 — South Asia

Bottom of the Pyramid and Beyond

Source: Forbes India

Stuart Hart on the idea that revolutionized management thinking
Monday, July 22, 2013 — Latin America

Entrepreneurship a way out of poverty in Guatemala

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

Javier Villatoro grew up without a mom and dad in Guatemala City. He dropped out of school in his late teens to learn to cut Guatemalan jade and other precious stones and to work silver with Argentinean jewelers. He used his earnings to buy drugs, alcohol and snuff. He struggled with thoughts of suicide.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

14 Scalable Social Enterprises

Source: Trend Hunter

Depending on who you ask and what their specific definition of social enterprise is, they may say that "scalable social enterprises" are redundant because all social enterprises should be able to scale.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 — No Region Specified

Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good - Elumelu

Source: All Africa

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa' initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

To Help the World's Poor, Give Them Real Jobs

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

The latest U.S. jobs numbers showed a U.S. unemployment rate still at 7.6 percent. The official global unemployment rate, compiled by the International Labor Organization (ILO), is around 6 percent—which suggests American workers are worse off than their counterparts worldwide. But that statistic is deeply misleading. Unemployment is, by and large, a luxury of rich countries. Billions of people across the world are stuck working long hours in subsistence farming, hawking, or other informal occupations, desperate for a job that provides a weekly wage packet.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Beijing’s Great Leap Forward

Source: MIT Technology Review

One man, Kai-Fu Lee, did more than anyone else to turn the Chinese capital into a technology powerhouse.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aid for Trade — can it really reduce poverty?

Source: Devex

Developing countries are increasingly opening up more to crucial trade routes, which connect them to world value chains.
Monday, July 08, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania: Luca Neghesti, a Serial Entrepreneur in Media, ICT and Logistics Industries

Source: All Africa

LUCA Neghesti is a serial entrepreneur with vast experience in the Media, ICT and Logistics industries in Tanzania. In 2006, he founded Bongo5 Media Group, the first digital media outfit in Tanzania targeting youth development through entertainment and social media engagement. In this interview, he spoke to ORTON KIISHWEKO on entrepreneurship, the youth and mothers.
Monday, July 08, 2013 — No Region Specified

How To Profit From Neglected Markets Around The Globe

Source: Forbes

Neglected markets are potential customers for a company’s existing products which managers and marketers routinely overlook or write off altogether, as these markets are either too small in terms of revenue potential or too costly in terms of the operation expenses required to tap to them. Or at least, so it was thought at the time the decision to write off these customers was made.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — Latin America

Telling a very happy story: enterprise from Brazil's point of view

Source: The Guardian

Social enterprise is becoming a part of the norm in Brazil, a valid option for starting or growing a business.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is building a strong economic reputation

Source: The Telegraph

Ask any expat about Rwanda and its bloody genocide is likely to feature strongly, rather than the fact it has one of the world’s best performing economies.
Monday, July 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Five reasons social enterprises fail: from obsessive founders to 'perfect' plans

Source: The Guardian

After the collapse of his own social enterprise, Matthew Cain wanted to know what makes a social business a success.
Monday, July 01, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

'Africapitalism' Promises New Model of African Self-Empowerment

Source: All Africa

For investors seeking profits, Africa is impossible to ignore. Sub-Saharan Africa has six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies over the past decade; glossy conferences, heads of state, and private funds all tout the huge returns possible for investing money on the continent.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — No Region Specified

What SMEs Do (and Don't Do) for Jobs

Source: Huffington Post

Across the political spectrum, any leader worth their salt will express support for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - remember the "job-creator" debate during last year's U.S. presidential elections? Globally, the G20 has prominently made SME support a priority of their development agenda, citing that SMEs account for 45 percent of employment and 33 percent of GDP in developing countries.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 — South Asia

'The next 10 years will make or break India'

Source: Business Today

Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US speaks to N. Madhavan about how Indian companies can promote innovation.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana Celebrates Innovation Week 2013, June 25-29

Source: Business Ghana

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) will host Ghana's annual Innovation Week from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 June, 2013. The Innovation Week is West Africa's premier Innovation event, showcasing the work of Ghana's talented and agile technology application developers.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

World’s Poorest Nations Can Lead Development Agenda

Source: Biz Day

The least developed countries (LDCs) can play a critical role in ensuring that the new global sustainability goals – which the international community aims to have in place by 2015 — are both fair and effective, say experts.
Wednesday, June 05, 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
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 — Latin America

How an iPad in a corner store can spell success in Mexico

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On the outskirts of Mexico City, just past the dusty plateau of a defunct landfill, the cinder block houses of Chimalhuacán crowd a hillside. It’s a city beyond a city, made up of nearly 1 million residents including surrounding areas, yet it lacks many of services and stores one might expect of a city ­– like banks.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Partners in Food Solutions announces Fourth Corporate Partner: Bühler

Source: Press Release

Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), a nonprofit organization founded by General Mills, is adding a fourth partner, Switzerland-based Bühler, to its consortium of world-class food companies working together to link the technical and business expertise of employee volunteers to small and growing food processors and millers in the developing world. Bühler joins Minneapolis-based General Mills and Cargill, and Royal DSM of the Netherlands as a PFS corporate partner.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 — No Region Specified

Social media: five lessons for social entrepreneurs

Source: The Guardian

Twitter and Facebook are valuable tools for social enterprises – but there are a number of pitfalls you should avoid
Friday, May 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

How To Be A Social Intrapreneur: Persistence, Resilience, and Patience

Source: Co.Exist

In working to turn her Brazilian bank into a financial resource for micro-entrepreneurs, Aparecida Teixeira de Morais has learned valuable lessons about changing a company from the inside.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 — South Asia

Ramadorai new chairman of NSDC

Source: Live Mint

S. Ramadorai took over the post from M.V. Subbiah, who was heading NSDC since 2008.
Monday, February 25, 2013 — South Asia

What Nepalese Mountaineers Can Teach You About Business

Source: INC

Sherpas are famous for trekking to the summit of Mount Everest. But one entrepreneur says they have much to teach the business world.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 — No Region Specified

Why we must talk more about failure in social enterprise

Source: The Guardian

Last year, in a live Q&A on planning for success and failure, some of the experts talked about using business failure as a valuable learning experience. One expert even said that in the US you're more likely to get finance if you have the knowledge of failure under your belt.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 — Latin America

New Partnership to Develop Business Models for Providing Basic Services to the BoP in Latin America

Source: IDB Press Release

IDB’s MIF, OMJ to provide grants and technical assistance for businesses seeking to provide health care, education, energy and water for poor and low-income communities
Monday, November 19, 2012 — South Asia

‘We are now treading cautiously on lending’

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Dena Bank Chairperson and Managing Director Nupur Mitra, who is due to retire on December 31 this year, feels that customers at the bottom of the pyramid offer lot of opportunities for banks to expand business.
Thursday, November 08, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Enablis, ILO, unveil business competition

Source: Business Daily

The Enablis Entrepreneurial Network East Africa and International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Thursday launched the 2012 annual business plan competition aimed at identifying and growing emerging and existing entrepreneurs.
Thursday, November 01, 2012 — No Region Specified

Global co-op leader: Co-ops should be fastest growing business model by 2020

Source: The Guardian

The leader of the global co-operative movement today outlined an ambitious vision for making co-operatives the fastest growing business model by the end of the decade.
Monday, October 01, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Accenture and VSO Give Entrepreneurship Award to Shoemaker from Sierra Leone

Source: Daily Finance

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 2012-- Accenture and VSO today announced that Umaro Kargo, a shoemaker from Makeni, Sierra Leone, is the winner of the Making Markets Work for the Poor: Entrepreneurship Award.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 — Latin America

Venture Capital Is Taking Off in Mexico

Source: CNBC

Mexico has a large, stable and growing economy, currently the 14th largest economy in the world and, according to Goldman Sachs, will be the fifth largest economy by 2050.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Does Africa really benefit from foreign investment?

Source: BBC

African economies have grown robustly over the past decade, but that has not solved the continent's economic problems.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Tigo Unveils New Package for Social Entrepreneurs

Source: All Africa

Tigo and "Reach for Change", an international NGO, have launched a new campaign with an aim of supporting social entrepreneurs to enhance the lives of Rwandan youth.
Monday, August 13, 2012 — South Asia

Future Group to pitch Mother Earth chain against retailer Fab India

Source: The Economic Times

MUMBAI: Future Group, the country's largest retailer, will pitch its Mother Earth chain directly against ethnic products retailer Fabindia by expanding rapidly and borrowing its rival's social enterprise-style business model.
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 — Latin America

A Look Inside Pipa, Brazil’s First Start-Up Incubator

Source: Fast Company

Pipa (Portuguese for “kite”) is an incubator, or to be more specific an accelerator, focused on supporting entrepreneurs looking to create long-term sustainable value through business. We aim to support these entrepreneurs in their quest to create positive social, environmental and financial impact, something Brazil is engaging with more and more.
Thursday, August 02, 2012 — No Region Specified

74 Million Served, and Counting: 10th Annual Class of Global Social Entrepreneurs Coming to Silicon Valley

Source: Market Watch

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anuj Sharma's startup company, Sarvajal, has found a way to bring clean water to thousands of households in rural India, who would otherwise have to walk miles or drink disease-causing dirty water. Sarvajal dispenses water from solar-powered, ATM-like machines. Customers pay around $3 a month with their cell phones, and special mobile technology alerts the company if there are problems with any of its 157 franchised machines.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 — No Region Specified

Village Capital seeks to help entrepreneurs with social purpose

Source: AJC.com

Entrepreneurial accelerator programs, where early-stage companies can get advice and sometimes funding, are not uncommon. When 15 startup businesses got together in Atlanta this spring for a 10-week program put on by the nonprofit organization Village Capital, however, it was something different.
Monday, June 18, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Business fighting poverty

Source: The Guardian

For nearly 100 years, Africa has been a key driver of Anglo American's business success. Almost 40% of our assets remain in South Africa. Three of our seven main business groups (platinum, iron ore and thermal coal) and two of our key associates (diamonds and manganese) operate out of South-ern Africa. These are all globally competitive businesses and we are investing in them: $20bn in capital expenditure in South Africa over the last 10 years, and a future growth pipeline of almost $15bn.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 — Latin America

B Corps Go Global: Sistema B Certifies South American Social Enterprise

Source: GOOD

Last fall, a small group of social entrepreneurs from South America met to discuss how to foster more social enterprise in the region and create more bang for the buck at existing enterprise. The result was Sistema B, the first effort to adapt the American system of B Corporations—which ease operations for companies that combine profit and social good—to a foreign setting.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 — South Asia

Can SKS Change Its Spots?

Source: Forbes India

After being the bad boy of microfinance, SKS is now trying to pick itself up and transform into a more cost-effective, diversified organization.
Monday, April 09, 2012 — No Region Specified

Business Lessons From A Baby Elephant

Source: Fast Company

Vijay Govindarajan is the co-author, with Chris Trimble, of Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, which hits bookshelves on April 10. A professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, Govindarajan chatted with Fast Company about $2,000 heart surgery, elephant prostheses, and the need for American businesses to, in essence, study abroad.
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 — South Asia

Japanese Professor Shoji Shiba Helping India Inc Breakthrough

Source: The Economic Times

Dhobi Ghat, the washermen's hub in Mumbai, is a dingy neighbourhood of clotheslines, discoloured pools of water and rows upon rows of wash pens. But it presents an array of socio-economic groups among the 10,000-odd washermen who live and work here-from smaller washermen thrashing clothes on flogging stones to better-off cleaners who run Laundromats. It's a thriving ecosystem and a perfect case study for how people at the bottom of the pyramid impact an economy.
Monday, April 02, 2012 — South Asia

Asian Innovation: Frugal Ideas Are Spreading from East to West

Source: The Economist

Multinationals are beginning to take ideas developed in (and for) the emerging world and deploy them in the West.
Friday, March 30, 2012 — Asia Pacific

BoP Boom in Japan Part I

Source: CSR Asia

The year 2009 was referred to as “The first year of BoP in Japan”. Not only did the Japanese translation of the late Prof. Prahalad’s “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” received much attention, BoP market analyzation that focused on emerging markets in Asia and African countries gained wide recognition too.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 — South Asia

Vikram Gandhi Sets Up Own Investment Bank

Source: livemint.com

It will handle domestic and cross-border deals and advise high networth individuals and global institutional investors such as pension funds and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) which are looking to increase their allocation to India
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever: Winning with Purpose - A message to members of Business Fights Poverty

Source: Business Fights Poverty

Business has been a powerful force in improving the lives of millions of people on our planet – whether through product and service innovation, job creation or new opportunities for suppliers and distributors. Yet, I believe business can do so much more.
Friday, April 03, 2009 — No Region Specified

A New Effort to Boost Small Businesses in Emerging Markets

Source: BusinessWeek

Microfinance has improved the quality of life for millions of people at the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid, yet studies have not shown much of an impact on the economies of developing (or declining) nations. Microfinance, whether delivered via Grameen Bank-style rural distribution systems or direct loan operations like Kiva, just isn’t enough of a job creator. That’s why a number of economic development organizations are focusing on the next tier up—small but g...
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