Startups can fail for many reasons, but research shows that having the wrong team is a leading cause of failure. And while finding talented managers is a critical challenge for entrepreneurs everywhere, it is especially difficult in emerging markets. Mark Horoszowski, the co-founder and CEO at MovingWorlds.org, shares nine essential lessons to help social enterprises build effective management teams that will take their great ideas to scale.
The Tech Revolution in Financial Inclusion is Excluding Last-Mile Customers: Here are Four Ways to Reach Them
The world is experiencing a surge in internet access, with almost 300 million new users in 2019 – and this growth is happening especially in developing countries. But in many communities, this access is unreliable and unevenly distributed, say Rodrigo de Reyes and Mauricio Romero at Fundación Capital – and this has serious repercussions for digital and financial inclusion. They explore four key ways to deal with this challenge when serving last-mile customers.
Bringing the Private Sector to Public Health: How Business Innovation Can Improve Health Care Access
Engaging the private sector is an increasingly critical theme in global health, because there is no clear way to achieve universal health coverage without it. Perhaps that's why four of the five winners of the first-ever USAID Inclusive Health Access Prize are for-profit companies. Marian W. Wentworth, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health, discusses the prize, and the movement toward private solutions to provide scalable innovation in global health.
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Thirty years after their introduction, digital remittances have failed to take off. Some 90% of remittances still begin as cash and end as cash - even when banks are the intermediary. Lack of trust, access and interoperability - to name just a few challenges - are keeping lower-income people tied to costlier cash transfers. However, remittance providers and related fintech entities are exploring many new avenues to encourage recipients to keep remittances in the digital ecosystem and possibly use them for other financial products, writes Steven Davidson with Mondato.
In her much-discussed NextBillion article about avoiding “the Africa investment frenzy,” impact investor Lauren Cochran urged entrepreneurs to forego the “growth-at-all-costs” approach to scaling and “the ego-boost of big rounds and press releases.” But Zoona co-founder Mike Quinn argues that her advice ignores a reality that many investors don’t recognize. Quinn pushes back on Cochran's argument from an entrepreneur's perspective in this compelling counterpoint.