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Ethan Arpi
World Resources Institute

I recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Latin American Literature and Social Thought. I am currently a contributor at Nextbillion, posting blogs, news, and events.

Articles by Ethan Arpi

  • Ethan Arpi

    A Call to Journalists: Stop Writing about Microfinance

    Everyone agrees that microfinance is the coolest thing since sliced bread.? That?s why in the last two months we?ve seen it covered by the Financial Times, Reuters, The Globalist, The New York Times, The Economist, The LA Times, Business Week, CNN, and The Times of London.? And in all...

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    Leap Frog: Cell Phones are Wallets in Mexico

    El Universal, a Mexican newspaper, reported yesterday that by next October Mexicans will be using their mobile phones to buy everything from fast food to newspapers. The program is called Pago-Movil?or Mobile Payment in English?and will be available from six of Mexico?s largest banks and...

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    Selling to the Poor

    Today, the Financial Times covers Casas Bahia, a BOP favorite from Brazil which has also been discussed in CK Prahalad?s book, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.? Although the FT adds little to the debate about extending credit to low-income consumers, it still provides important...

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  • Ethan Arpi

    Fighting Poverty with Organic Agriculture

    Today, the Asia Times published an interesting piece on Nazmi Ilicali, a farmer in Eastern Turkey who has made organic agriculture the centerpiece in the fight against rural poverty. Mr. Ilicali?s efforts have gained him international attention and just last year he was honored by the...

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    Enterprises on the Move

    If I?m not scouring obscure newspapers for BOP related stories, staring aimlessly off into space, clipping my toe nails, or thinking about integrating a word like phallogocentrism into a blog about microfinance, then chances are I?m adding new activities to Nextbillion?s activity...

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    Education, Entrepreneurship
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  • Ethan Arpi

    India’s Amul Dairy Cooperative

    Earlier this week the Los Angeles Times reported that over 100,000 cooperatives have been formed in Venezuela in the last year, forming ?the centerpiece of President Hugo Chavez’s new socialist model to create jobs and redistribute this oil-rich country’s wealth.? By providing tax...

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  • Ethan Arpi

    The Birth of the Microfinance Fund

    Next year microfinance celebrates its 30th birthday (Of course, that depends on who you ask). Beginning when Dr. Muhammad Yunus, an American trained economist from Bangladesh, experimented by lending money to 42 women so that they could buy bamboo for making and selling stools, microfinance...

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    Using Business to Fight Malaria

    Over a month ago, we covered a New York Times article on Billiton and its six year effort fighting malaria in Mozambique.? Now it has come to my attention that The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Harvard?s School of Public Health, has released a paper, Business and Malaria: A...

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