NextBillion is an open forum for the development through enterprise sector. Based at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, the site is a community of business leaders, social entrepreneurs, NGO managers, policy makers, academics and others exploring the connection between development and for-profit business.

We publish guest-written content from entrepreneurs, researchers and others working on the ground in emerging markets, along with regular interviews with the thought-leaders who are shaping the sector. Most of our coverage focuses on low- and middle-income countries, though we also cover businesses and initiatives serving low-income communities in more developed markets. Our goal is to provide a platform for discussion of business ideas and innovations that address poverty-related challenges and reshape entire economies. We publish articles from authors with many different viewpoints, and guest writers are welcome to share their opinions freely. But publication on the site doesn’t imply any endorsement of their views by NextBillion or our parent organization, WDI.

NextBillion also offers an editor-curated news feed, a calendar of important events, and a jobs board with continuously updated employment opportunities across the development through enterprise sector.

Most of our content is published free of charge, with the goal of advancing knowledge and promoting discussion. But we also offer content partnerships to organizations that want additional coverage on the site.


Now in its second decade of publishing, NextBillion’s goal is to stimulate discussion, raise awareness and provide a platform for sharing ideas that improve the lives of the poor and reshape entire economies.


NextBillion launched in May 2005 as an initiative of the World Resources Institute’s Markets and Enterprise Program. What began as a blog forum to facilitate early discussions around “base of the pyramid” research and business models has evolved into a comprehensive platform exploring the growing spectrum of market-based solutions to poverty.

The William Davidson Institute (WDI) at the University of Michigan joined the World Resources Institute in the NextBillion partnership in 2010. Since 2012, NextBillion has been an initiative of WDI, an independent, non-profit research and educational organization focused on providing private-sector solutions in emerging markets. The site is also supported by sponsorships with like-minded partners, which are listed below.

Parent Organization

The William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan


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