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John Paul
World Resources Institute

John is a Research Analyst with Development through Enterprise, a project of WRI’s Sustainable Growth in Emerging Economies objective. His reseach centers on quantifying how businesses can serve basic human needs in low-income communities.

As a developer and moderator of Nextbillion.net, John writes extensively on private sector strategies for poverty alleviation. He also consults for USAID’s Last Mile Initiative, and has spent a year living in India working for n-Logue Communications, an IIT-incubated business that is setting up wirelessly connected franchised Internet kiosks throughout the country.

John graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy.

Articles by John Paul

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    A Note of Caution on Microfinance

    With the Year of Microcredit behind us, and investments in the sector accelerating, rarely do you hear criticisms of the much lauded poverty alleviation tool. One notable exception is a recent piece by Thomas Dichter, long-time practitioner in the international development industry and author...

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    NextBillion Needs You!

    You may have noticed a new look to Nextbillion this week. Our crack design team has updated the fonts and colors a bit to make our content more readable. We’ve also added a few new blog topics - water, housing, and marketing - making it easier for you to find the specific information you’re...

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    Water Wars

    1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and more than 2 million children die from dirty water and unhygienic sanitation each year. This was the bleak picture painted this week in Mexico City during the 4th World Water Forum. But is privatization the answer? The...

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    Designing for the BOP

    As readers of this page are now well familiar, companies worldwide are rapidly becoming aware of and pursuing markets at the base of the pyramid (BOP). I’m often dismayed, however, by how many of these efforts are essentially just scaled-down or lower-cost versions of existing products or...

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    The Impact of Low-cost Handsets

    A number of articles appeared this week that trumpeted both the success and growth of mobile telephony in emerging economies. The first gives an update from the Emerging Market Handset Programme (EMHP), highlighting GSMA’s six month extension of its endorsement of Motorola as the program’s...

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    Reminder: BiD Challenge Deadline

    Just a reminder, the deadline to submit your business plan for the BiD Challenge is this Monday, March 20th.The Bid Challenge is offering ?150.000 in start-up finance for plans thatcombine income generating business with poverty reduction in a feasible way. Both new ideas and plans to...

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    Interview with George C. Lodge, the man behind the World Development Corporation

    In January, I wrote about the proposed creation of the World Development Corporation (WDC), a new institution which would harness the capabilities of MNCs to confront global poverty while at the same time reviving their legitimacy and maintaining shareholder value. The for-profit entity would...

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    Microsoft Redeems Itself!

    My post last Thursday criticized Microsoft’s potential release of a stripped down version of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system for emerging markets. I thought this was the wrong approach; rather than strip features out, Microsoft should be figuring out which applications to add...

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