Sub-Saharan Africa.

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  • The fatal cost of illness in Africa

    When friends carried Jennifer Uduma, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head, to a government hospital in Lagos, staff turned her away because she could not afford to pay. She ended up at the private R-Jolad clinic in the gritty Gbagada neighbourhood, where doctors removed the bullet without asking for cash up front. Two years later, she returned to give birth to a baby girl. R-Jolad saved my life, says Ms Uduma, a 24-year-old student, nursing her day-old d...

    Source
    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Fortuitous pairing has been life-transforming

    The concept of microfinance - small loans to the entrepreneurial poor - is not a new one on US business school campuses. Indeed, as they expand their globally minded curricula, many business schools have devoted more time and money, and sometimes even entire courses, to the subject. Other schools have gone a step further: the UCLA Anderson School of Management in California helps young female entrepreneurs in Kenya transform their poverty-stricken lives by starting homegrown busine...

    Source
    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • They’re behind you

    WE STARTED out abroad as ?accidental tourists?,? says Anand Mahindra, managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra, an Indian maker of tractors and off-road vehicles. Owed money by a Greek manufacturing plant, it took an equity stake instead, and so Mahindra Hellenic was born in 1984. Mahindra & Mahindra is now one of 100 companies from the developing world that Boston Consulting Group (BCG) thinks have the clout and ambition to upset the world’s multinationals. The cons...

    Source
    The Economist (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Acumen Fund Honored with Social Capitalist Award by Fast Company & Monitor Group

    Acumen Fund , a leading catalyst for sustainable, scalable solutions addressing poverty in South Asia and East Africa, announced today that it has been honored with the 2008 Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award . The award recognizes outstanding organizations whose social impact and organizational effectiveness make them unrivaled leaders of social entrepreneu...

    Source
    PRWeb (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • African Aid Projects That Work: Partnerships on the Ground, Not Donations from a Distance

    Not long ago, an unnamed global corporation decided that it wanted to help children in the southern African nation of Namibia -- and so it spent millions to donate scores of new computers and television sets for the classrooms in a particular region of this poverty-plagued, mostly rural nation. They should have talked to someone like Jonathan Johnnidis first. Currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania w...

    Source
    Knowledge@Wharton (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Unilever looks to clean up in Africa

    The residents of Muko stand transfixed yet suspicious, arms crossed and frowning, as the strangers who arrived that morning dance on a stage they have erected from the back of a truck. With the aid of a sound system - rare enough in south-west Uganda to draw a crowd of 150 - three easygoing young visitors pump out music and try to strike up casual conversations with the villagers. How many people ate breakfast this morning? one asks the audience, composed of women in kaleidos...

    Source
    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Technology Giants Push to Alleviate African Poverty

    Some of the world’s leading information technology corporations are in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for what organizers are calling a historic summit focusing on Africa’s growing IT sector. Representatives of tech giants are calling for business solutions to alleviate poverty. Noel King has this report from Kigali. Industry leaders say chronic poverty in Africa will be alleviated by investment in information technology, rather...

    Source
    Voa News (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Connecting Africans to Web potential

    Today, technology experts are meeting with leaders of 10 African countries in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. It’s the Connect Africa Summit . The goal is to increase the continent’s access to the Internet, and attract investment opportunities for economic growth. Gretchen Wilson reports from rural South Africa. On the side of the road, 20-year-old Esther Tlou sells plastic gas c...

    Source
    Marketplace (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa