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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 — No Region Specified

British Firms Launch Regional Computerization Plan for African Schools

Source: crienglish.com

(from http://en.chinabroadcast.cn/706/2006/02/28/167@55882.htm) The Barclays Bank and a British- based computer firm, Digital Link Monday unveiled plans to boost the ongoing New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) electronic learning in secondary schools in East Africa. The new initiative launched in Nairobi, will spearhead the rollout of computer laboratories in school...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

How mobile telecommunications in the MENA region are creating jobs and improving everyday life

Source: Mobile Africa

The mobile phone industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs inside and outside the industry, boosting economic growth and fostering social harmony and security, according to a new report released today. MTC, the fastest growing mobile operator in the region, published the results of a first-of-its-kind detailed survey of the industry, ?Mobility for One Language, Diverse Cultures? at the 3GSM World Congress at Barcelona. ...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

Macedonia's Wi-fi Dream

Source: Red Herring

(editor's note: In 2005, Macedonia was ranked 107th by GDP-per-capita, according to the CIA World Factbook ) ?The Internet is like the sea?it?s the only way for Macedonia to work with the rest of the world,? says Mr. Cemerikic, who envisions a new economy built on information services, software, and Internet-based companies. Landlocked Mace...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

Low-tech garment holds promise in preventing maternal death related to childbirth

Source: EurekAlert

A simple, low-tech garment has the potential to prevent a major cause of death among women who give birth in many Third World countries, according to a new study by maternal health researchers. Study findings show the use of a neoprene suit can save the lives of women suffering from obstetrical hemorrhaging due to childbirth. Hemorrhaging accounts for about 30 percent of the mor...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

The tin-can antenna: A boon for third world

Source: International Herald Tribune

A physics research institute here is using a low-cost but effective tool to bolster communications in developing countries: the tin-can antenna. Made from a can (the best are those used for seed oil, their creators say), a screw-on connector and a short brass wire, the cantenna is promoted by researchers as a cheap and efficient tool to amplify access to information and communication technologies in some of the world's poorest and often most remote areas. Canten...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

Capacity building, empowerment and participation of rural people emphasised to ensure rural develop

Source: Financial Express

The Asia-Pacific region, with a total population of over 2.02 billion (in 2003), has been achieving an unprecedented economic growth over the past decades. However, there has been an acute failure to ensure equitable distribution of income among indigenous communities, disadvantageous groups and those living in the remotest territories. Institutional capacity building and empowerment and participation of rural people are key to ensuring rural development, experts said at a discuss...
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Monday, February 27, 2006 — No Region Specified

New Report on M-Commerce

Source: InfoDev News

Excerpts: ...the proliferation of mobile communications in developing countries has the potential to bring a wide range of financial services to an entirely new customer base,according to a new report commissioned by the Information for Development Program (infoDev) in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the GSM Association.The infoDev report,which focuses on the use of mobiles for micro-payments in the Philippines,found that mobile-enabled commerce,or m-C...
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Friday, February 24, 2006 — No Region Specified

Keya Sarkar: Micro finance awards tell a story

Source: Business Standard (India)

Keya Sarkar (excerpt) To me, these efforts by a small fund like Aavishkaar or a similar micro entrepreneur award set up by a large bank like Citigroup are all pointers to the fact that micro entrepreneurs are going to be increasingly in focus. And if funding is available it is bound to spawn a whole variety of service providers which will enable these na?ve, rural, micro entrepreneurs to get ready for funding. (...)All services that are required for the mainstream ve...
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Friday, February 24, 2006 — No Region Specified

Philanthropy is flourishing , but new donors are becoming much more business-like about the way thei

Source: Economist.com

Excerpt from article ... But the problem lies far deeper. ?Foundation scandals tend to be about pay and perks, but the real scandal is how much money is pissed away on activities that have no impact. Billions are wasted on ineffective philanthropy,? says Michael Porter, a management guru at the Harvard Business School. ?Philanthropy is decades behind business in applying rigorous thinking to the use of money.? Mr Porter believes that the world of giving can be transformed ...
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Friday, February 24, 2006 — No Region Specified

Health Tips On Your Cellphone

Source: African Woman and Child Feature Service (Nairobi), Arthur Okwemba

While the youth are said to be keeping away from unfriendly HIV testing centres, an innovative local marketer has put these information literally on their fingertips - in mobile phones. A service started two months ago - Interactive Healthcare Solutions - and which has already won a prestigious British award is proving popular especially with teenagers enquiring on issues to do with venereal diseases, smoking, drinking, and drug abuse. Initial statistics make interesting ...
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Thursday, February 23, 2006 — No Region Specified

Segway creator unveils his next act

Source: cnn.com

I thought this news article was worth highlighting - an excellent example of a successful entrepreneur using his talents to design products specifically to meet the needs of people living at the base of the pyramid. The article originally appeared here .
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006 — No Region Specified

Remittances Dwarf Aid, Investment in Kenya

Source: The East African (Nairobi), Philip Ngunjiri

Kenyans in the diaspora are contributing an equivalent of 3.8 per cent of national income through remittances. In the year 2004, for instance, Kenyans living and working abroad remitted about Ksh35 billion ($464 million), which overshadows the net foreign direct investment (FDI) of Ksh3.6 billion ($50.4 million), which accounted for 0.41 per cent of the country's gross domestic product. Migration is an important issue in Kenya, with the country both a significant destin...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: Dow Jones Newswire

BARCELONA (Dow Jones) -- The phenomenal growth of mobile phone subscriptions in countries like India and Sudan is putting pressure on infrastructure and handset providers to start tailoring some of their products to these emerging markets. Of course, demand for mobile phones in India, China, Eastern Europe and Africa is not a new phenomenon. But until recently, the likes of Motorola and Nokia were more focused on producing fancier phones in their battle for market share in...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 — No Region Specified

Mobile phone industry targets the Third World

Source: 52rd.com

With a saturated market in Western Europe and North America and a user base adopting costly new third-generation features at a seemingly glacial pace, the mobile phone industry is turning to the Third World and asking the heads of developing countries to lift regulatory barriers. According to Motorola CEO Ed Zander, addressing a forum at the 3GSM World Congress here Wednesday (Feb. 15), mobile phone penetration is a powerful engine for economic growth. He said, ?Every time you have ten ...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 — No Region Specified

Fancy Phones to Clash with Low-Cost PCs

Source: Financial Express

New research shows that in India, the future high-volume groups are in two ranges ? the sub-$40 and $60-100 sets Pragya Singh Here is something the bottom of India?s mobile user pyramid can cheer about. If 2005 was the year of the cheap PC, 2006 will see the dawn of entry-level smart phones in rural parts. While the low cost PC can still put you down Rs 10,000 ($200), new intelligent phones in the $45 range will be out by Q4 2006. Vendors making the Silicon chips tha...
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Friday, February 17, 2006 — No Region Specified

The world's largest chip manufacturer is hiring, but the resumes it wants might surprise you.

Source: Technology Review

Why is Intel, the giant chip maker, in the process of hiring more than 100 anthropologists and other social scientists to work side by side with its engineers? While the success of this strategy will become clearer over the next 12 to 18 months, it's obvious Intel is betting that sales will rise and new markets will emerge because of this nonintuitive pairing. .... Intel has already released several products shaped by anthropological research. In February 2005, it worked wit...
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Friday, February 17, 2006 — No Region Specified

Free HIV Tests Bring Dramatic Results in Tanzania

Source: The East African (Nairobi), Kevin J. Kelley, Special Correspondent

Eliminating even modest fees for HIV testing can greatly increase the number of those tested in Tanzania and thereby enhance Aids-prevention efforts, US researchers have said. In a two-week pilot programme, the daily average of people tested for HIV at a clinic in Moshi jumped from four to 15 when the standard test fee of Tsh1,000 ($0.95) was waived, according to a study by Duke University Medical Centre. It's amazing to me that the numbers are so high, said Dr Jo...
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Thursday, February 16, 2006 — No Region Specified

China Announces Major Plan to Combat Pollution, Revive Battered Environment

Source: Associated Press Financial Wire

China announced a plan Wednesday to combat widespread pollution and leave a better environment for future generations, citing the need to stave off possible social instability. The plan, approved by the State Council, or Cabinet, focuses on pollution controls and calls for the country to clean up heavily polluted regions and reverse degradation of water, air and land by 2010. The move is aimed at protecting the long-term interests of the Chinese nation and le...
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Thursday, February 16, 2006 — No Region Specified

Shs 350 Million Up For Grabs in Business Plan Competition

Source: The Monitor (Kampala)

Dorothy Nakaweesi, Kampala Companies have been invited to submit business plans in a competition to earn the winner euro 150,000 (Shs350 million). The competition is organised by Business in Development (BiD), an international agency attached to the Royal Dutch embassy. The competition targets Small and Medium Scale businesses, which have a bias in poverty reduction. A three-page business plan can be submitted through the www.bidchallenge.org website ...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 — No Region Specified

Ethiopian development raises birth rate

Source: Eureka Alert

Development projects designed to improve maternal and child welfare in Africa may incur unexpected costs associated with increases in family size if they do not include a component of family planning, according to new research from the University of Bristol into rural communities in Ethiopia. The research, published today in Public Library of Science: Medicine, is the first study to demonstrate a link between a single technological development intervention (in this case, a tapped water...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006 — No Region Specified

Q&A: C.K. Prahalad

Source: Red Herring

The University of Michigan business school professor thinks the West can learn a lot from Indian companies. Known as dubbawallas, Mumbai's army of lunch deliverymen tote pails of hot lentils and bread to the city's office workers. Without centralized management, they reliably deliver 175,000 lunches a day in the rainy season and in the heat. They comprise a kind of human Internet with a classification, coding, and routing system designed to convey soups and salads instead of ...
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Monday, February 13, 2006 — No Region Specified

A home-grown solution to African hunger

Source: Christian Science Monitor

Abraham McLaughlin DOWA, MALAWI ? Imagine a modern-day Eden - tended by a cheerful garden gnome - sprouting in the Sahara Desert. That's the feeling you get, walking onto a 50-acre farm bursting with rows of healthy corn, thick sugar-cane stalks, and plump mangoes - all at the epicenter of Africa's growing food crisis, with its 18 million hungry people. It's tended by a sprightly grandfather named Glyvyns Chinkhuntha, a man with no formal agricultural training, but ...
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Monday, February 13, 2006 — No Region Specified

Business & Economy: Competing in the Foreign Market

Source: The Reporter (Ethiopia)

Filagot Sileshi Zewdu, having secured his patent right from the Science and Technology Commission four years ago, has now become one of the leading technology inventors in the industry and, in this regard, he has shown a tremendous improvement since then. The machines that he makes are different from those imported. According to Zewdu, electric baking with one oven consumes a power of 3kw compared to the imported ones of 5.7kw. Moreover, the electric baking machines which have tw...
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Monday, February 13, 2006 — No Region Specified

IDB SUPPORTS PROJECT TO EXPAND ACCESS TO IRRIGATION FOR SMALL FARMERS IN GUATEMALA

Source: IADB News

Innovative financing mechanism with affiliate of international leader in corporate social responsibility. The Inter-American Development Bank will provide $910,000 for a project to expand access to irrigation for small farmers in Guatemala in a joint effort with AMANCO Tubosistemas, an affiliate of the Grupo Nueva business group, an international leader in corporate social responsibility. The project, which will be sponsored under the IDB?s Social Entrepreneurship P...
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Friday, February 10, 2006 — No Region Specified

Access to capital, business development and collective bargaining capacity are critical to rural liv

Source: The Lusaka Post

There is need for us as a nation to start paying a lot of direct attention to the crisis of rural poverty. As Archbishop James Spaita of Kasama Diocese has correctly observed, the economic situation in most of the rural areas of Zambia is very bad. And whatever the claims we may have today of economic progress or signs of recovery, there is nothing of this that can be seen in our rural areas. The situation in our rural areas has been one of continued deterioration. This may not seem ...
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

AFP, 7 February 2006 - Beggars in impoverished Bangladesh are to receive interest-free loans from US banking giant Citigroup to help them become self-employed, the bank said in a statement Tuesday. The bank has donated 250,000 dollars to expand a four-year-old project run by micro-finance pioneer Grameen Bank. Grameen is credited with developing a unique microcredit system that has been used by some five million people in Bangladesh and replicated worldwide over the last 30 year...
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

Capturing the BRICS Markets

Source: Financial Times

Aggregate spending power may be immense but the average Russian, Chinese, Brazilian or Indian consumer will hardly be flush with cash. The world?s biggest economies will no longer be the richest. Luxury goods companies will doubtless continue to find a ready market among brand-conscious elites. But companies hoping to capture the emerging mass market will need to develop products (and business models) tailored not only to local taste but also to local spending power... ...partnering ...
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

GFUSA Designs ?Poverty Progress Index? to Measure Social Performance of MFIs

Source: microfinance gateway

Innovative Tool to Determine Client Needs, Program Effectiveness, Factors to Overcome Poverty? Through the UN Millennium Development Goals, the global community has challenged itself to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. To adequately respond to the scale of global poverty, however, microfinance institutions (MFIs) must operate more efficiently, provide products and services that meet the changing needs of their communities, and show results.
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

Citigroup to give loans to Bangladeshi beggars

Source: Yahoo! News

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AFP) - Beggars in impoverished Bangladesh are to receive interest-free loans from US banking giant Citigroup to help them become self-employed, the bank said in a statement.? The bank has donated 250,000 dollars to expand a four-year-old project run by micro-finance pioneer Grameen Bank. Grameen is credited with developing a unique microcredit system that has been used by some five million people in Bangladesh and replicated worldwide over the last 30 years. Pr...
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

Moto Debuts Credit Card Phone

Source: Red Herring

Motorola added a new feature on Wednesday to the already versatile cell phone: credit card capability. The world?s second-largest cell phone maker unwrapped M-Wallet, a technology that allows users to pay bills, purchase products, or transfer money using their cell phones. M-Wallet, a software application that consumers and merchants alike can download from the Internet, also allows retailers to market goods and services directly to customers? cell phones. M-W...
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Thursday, February 09, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: MENAFM.com

GENEVA, Feb 7 (KUNA) -- The International Organizatioon for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday that migrants now number between an estimated 185-192 million people who last year officially sent an estimated USD 232 billion in remittances, USD167 billion to developing countries. IOM spokesperson Jemini Pandya noted that sending remittances through informal channels is estimated to be at least 50 per cent of recorded flows, implying that the true size of remittances reaching development coun...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — South Asia

Rural artisans and SSI better, proves Bangladesh

Source: Oneworld South Asia

Can farm mechanisation lead to greater employment generation and poverty alleviation? The answer is ?yes?, provided the mechanisation is on a small-scale and equipment are manufactured by rural artisans and small-scale industry. A case in point is Bangladesh, which has been experimenting with this concept for sometime now (...) Bangladesh, Dr Kabir said, had gone for small-scale farm mechanisation, wherein tillage operations are mechanised and most of the farm equipment are manufacture...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — No Region Specified

C K Prahlad shares his views on how Indian companies can take centrestage in the global economy

Source: Financial Express

He believes in ?fortune at the bottom of the pyramid?. Management guru C K Prahlad?s message for Indian companies has always been to concentrate on the economic needs of the society they operate in. At the just concluded Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organised by Teri, the world renowned expert spoke about corporates? increasing role in fulfilling the needs of the poor. So, how do we wed together a commercial approach and needs of the poor for utilities like water and energy? ...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: Financial Express

The perception of corporate social responsibility, once and for long, as an extra effort made by a company, is now undergoing a sea change. The realisation came up prominently at the recent World Economic Forum at Davos. All those present at the forum realised their responsibility towards core basic universal problems like water, air, climate change and health issues like HIV/AIDS. These problems don?t see borders. The progress all over the world ? whether we talk about poverty, healt...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — No Region Specified

DSDS 2006 focussed on innovative partnerships and governance to achieve MDGs

Source: Financial Express

The recently culminated Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2006 (DSDS 2006) organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) focussed on ?Linking across MDGs: towards innovative partnerships and governance.? The three-day summit interlinked economy and environment on topics like poverty and hunger, agriculture, water, sanitation, health, environmental threats and climate change and energy. The summit was attended by eminent thinkers on the subjects, besides heads of state, min...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: Vangaurd Online

OGA, I?ve heard of micro- credit,? said this sugar-cane seller in Hausa, on a recent NTA Channel 10 programme on MICRO-CREDIT and Poverty Alleviation, ?but I don?t really know anything about it. Now, this sugar cane that I sell; I buy a bundle of it at between N550.00, and N600.00 from the wholesale seller on credit. Then I cut it up and begin to sell. After selling half of the lot, I go pay something out of what I owe, and I pay the rest when I?ve sold the entire bundle. This way, the who...
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 — No Region Specified

Source: PaGaLGuY.com

FMS , Delhi organized a seminar on the concept pioneered by Prof C K Prahlad - The Bottom of the Pyramid- on ?Local Entrepreneurship and Global Markets: Corporate Outreach to the Small Entrepreneur.? in association with the Centre for Civil Society. The panel comprised of Mr. Pradeep Kashyap, Managing Director, Marketing And Research Team (MART) Architect of 'Project Shakti' of HLL; Mr. Arjun Uppal, Consultant ICICI (Ex-MD, Mother Dairy); Mr. William Bissell, CEO, FabIndia and Mr. Shara...
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Monday, February 06, 2006 — No Region Specified

Metro Water Board goes all out to deliver at the doorstep

Source: The Hindu

Child and Police Project and Heritage Livelihood Services Provider are the partners Community free to manage distribution Water board's revenue too will go up Programme to be implemented in slums. HYDERABAD: Brand new water tanks, one each for two streets, a community enterprise comprising households that decides on individual timings and equitable distribution of drinking water among themselves and the Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) reaching out to an area...
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Monday, February 06, 2006 — No Region Specified

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Pro-Poor Innovation Challenge Award Recipient Workshop February 7-9, 2006, Rome, Italy CGAP and IFAD will co-sponsor a three-day workshop for a select group of former Pro-Poor Innovation Challenge (PPIC) grant winners in Rome, February 7-9, 2006. The PPIC program funds smaller institutions (those that fall below the donor radar screen) that demonstrate effective models and methodologies for deepening outreach and impact, while working toward sustainability. The ...
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Friday, February 03, 2006 — No Region Specified

Inventors innovate to meet the need's of the world's poorest.

Source: International Herald Tribune

David Hume wrote in 1742 that legislators and founders of states had to be ranked as superior to inventors in terms of their benefit to humanity; the inventor's work might increase the commodities and enjoyments of life, but without sound government this would mean little. Hume might have wished to reconsider had he lived to see some modern-day legislatures - or certain of today's inventors, particularly those who apply brilliant pragmatism to improvin...
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Friday, February 03, 2006 — No Region Specified

Market for solar-derived hot water heats up in Brazil.

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency (IPS)

IPS, 1 February 2006 - Turning sunshine into electricity is still too costly for it to become widespread, but using it to heat water is a viable option that is expanding in many countries, and could make great strides in Brazil. Two initiatives by environmentalists and interested companies are giving a boost to solar water heaters in Brazil. In Sao Paulo, only a final decision by Mayor Jos?? Serra is needed for legislation to go into effect that would make installing sola...
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Thursday, February 02, 2006 — No Region Specified

Next Cleantech Star: Water?

Source: Red Herring

Solar power might be the star of the cleantech industry right now, but water technologies are the prot??g??s eagerly awaiting their turn in the spotlight, industry watchers said Wednesday at the Clean-Tech Investor Summit in Rancho Mirage, California. One in five people around the globe lack access to safe drinking water, said Ira Ehrenpreis, a general partner at Technology Partners, a Palo Alto, California-based venture capital firm that invests in new water technologie...
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Thursday, February 02, 2006 — No Region Specified

Uganda Saccos Reach 2000

Source: The East African

Esther Nakkazi Uganda's savings and credit co-operatives (saccos) have grown by 40 per cent since the year 2000. The Commissioner for Co-operative Development in the Ministry of Trade, Fred Mwesigye, said the increase of saccos is a sign that Ugandans are adopting a saving culture. Already, the advent of microcredit institutions has changed the face of banking by forcing large banks to create new credit lines for small savers. According to the ...
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Thursday, February 02, 2006 — No Region Specified

Business Training edge curricula in Yemen

Source: Yemen Observer

Adnan Hizam SANA?A - A training program for small and micro enterprises on ?Business Edge? curriculums was launched last Sunday by the Small and Micro Enterprises Promotion Services (SMEPS), supported by the Dutch embassy in Sana?a. In a ceremony held in Sana?a, the Dutch ambassador Johan F.I Blankenberg said that his country has initiated a program that is focused on removing obstacles for private sector development, and for promoting sustainable private sector investment....
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006 — No Region Specified

Red Hat joins $100 laptop project

Source: CNET News.com, Alorie Gilbert

Red Hat has joined a closely watched industry initiative aimed at building low-cost notebook computers for children in developing countries. The open-source software company plans to lead the development of an operating system for the $100 machines, the firm said Tuesday. Some big names in computing are participating in the One Laptop Per Child, project, lead by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The companies include Google, Advanced Micro Device...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006 — No Region Specified

Local Firm Invents Groundnut Sheller

Source: New Vision (Kampala), John Kasozi

TONNET Enterprise, a local agro-processing firm, has come up with an improved manually-operated groundnut sheller. The sheller removes pods and is cost-effective for farmers who produce groundnuts in large quantities. It is capable of shelling between 300 to 400 kilogrammes of groundnuts per hour depending on the number of operators, says Robert Mugenyi, a Tonnet technician. The company is located at Kalerwe, Gayaza Road. The sheller is made f...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006 — No Region Specified

The Global Economy's Immune System

Source: Value

JE: ...First, you had some pretty challenging things to say about the concept behind this magazine. PH: This is a wonderfully ambitious project, and you have a great team to do it with. But let me raise a provocative question around the title, Value. The magazine is wrapped around a concept of ?inclusive capitalism.? Does this mean a variant of capitalism? And if so, I?m curious to know what the ?keepers? are and what is being put aside. I?m also more than a little concerned about th...
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