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David Lehr
Mercy Corps

David Lehr has over fifteen years of experience in international business and development focused primarily on information communication technologies and job creation and is currently Senior Advisor, Social Innovations at Mercy Corps. He has consulted for several non-profits, including Acumen Fund and Gates Foundation on issues related to technology and poverty alleviation.

David recently returned from a year in India as an Acumen Fund Fellow, working with Drishtee, to assist the management team in their expansion efforts. Earlier, David was co-founder of an early-stage initiative under the auspices of Reuters that delivers customized market data via mobile phones to farmers in the developing world. Previously, he held management positions with key Silicon Valley companies, including launching Adobe Systems in China.

He has lived and worked in several countries in Asia and speaks Mandarin Chinese. David was a Fellow at Stanford University, holds a Masters from the University of California, San Diego, and a BA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Posts by David Lehr

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    Making Better Investments at the Base of the Pyramid: A Framework for Impact Assessment

    In "Making Better Investments at the Base of the Pyramid," Ted London of the University of Michigan points out that even though most ventures serving the world’s poor have feel-good stories and data on milestones, most of them lack a systematic way to assess how well they’re reaching the people they set out to serve.

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    Revisiting the Avon Lady Poverty Reduction Debate

    Oxford business professor Linda Scott is trying to verify something that many BoP business models are based on: the idea that becoming an Avon lady could help poor women in developing nations get out poverty. Her research in South Africa, which is not yet complete, indicates the Avon model might be what some need to get out of poverty...

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    Mobile Health for Development: Challenges and Opportunities

    The Rockefeller Foundation, UN Foundation and Vodafone Foundation recently announced the formation of the mHealth Alliance to facilitate innovation and maximize impact in the field of mobile health (mHealth), which has drawn attention to this area. The Alliance will expand the mHealth initiatives of multiple organizations around the world.

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    Agora Partnerships and Heroes of Development

    As I learn more about entrepreneurship and job creation efforts I am increasingly convinced that we need a broader range of tools than either microcredit or social venture funding typically offer.? Recently Agora Partnerships caught my eye when they and their founder Ben Powell were awarded a Draper Richards Fellowship.

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    Job: Grameen Technology Center, Ghana Project Manager

    Position: Project ManagerLocation: Ghana ?? AccraTime frame: Full Time, Starting January 25, 2009 Organization: Grameen Technology Center.? The Grameen Technology Center, an initiative of the Grameen Foundation, focuses on technology that makes microfinance operations more efficient,...

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    Sustainable Cooking Stoves

    Energy poverty in the developing world is a complex and ongoing problem with serious impacts on health, economic growth, and the overall environment.? The impact on the poor is particularly felt in their day to day needs for cooking fuel ? much of it coming from either oil or gas - or from...

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    Roberts Enterprise Development Fund: Creating Jobs for Communities Facing Significant Barriers to E

    "If people don’t have a job, they don’t have hope. And if you don’t have hope, what do you really have?” (George Roberts of Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., the founder of REDF)Recently Jocelyn Wyatt and I were fortunate to have Carla Javits, the President of REDF...

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    Learning about Market-Based Approaches for Reducing Poverty

    This fall,?Jocelyn Wyatt and I?taught a seven week course at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, which?spanned the worlds of philanthropy, business and many of the way points in between. We were both Acumen Fund Fellows (class of 2007) and as?part of our post-Fellowship goals each...

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