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Manuel Bueno
Grassroots Business Fund

Manuel Bueno is a staff writer for NextBillion.net. He is currently working in the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) as an Investment Analyst for the Latin American portfolio and as a Knowledge Management Specialist. He earned a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and an M.Phil in Organization and Strategy from Tilburg University (Netherlands). As an Analyst, his work includes screening new projects, conducting due diligence, building client relationships and supervising active projects. His Knowledge Management role entails the research and compilation of knowledge generated throughout GBF’s entire portfolio and the dissemination of lessons learned both internally and externally.

Prior to joining GBF, he was employed as a consultant in financial services strategy and transactions at the Deloitte office in Madrid. He has also worked at a microfinance institution in India and at the Opportunities for the Majority in the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Recently, he co-authored a book with Profs. Juan Luis Martinez and Maria Carbonell (Instituto de Empresa Business School) about the Latin American Base of the Pyramid.

He can be contacted at mbuenovera@gmail.com.

Articles by Manuel Bueno

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    Financial Access for the BoP: Expanding Inclusion in India

    Which banking models could be used to enable access to the BoP? A recent BCG publication, entitled “A Roadmap for Expanding Financial Inclusion in India,” tries to answer just that question for the Indian market.India has the second highest number of financially excluded households...

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    Financial Access for the BoP: Recent Advances and Business Models

    In “The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid,” the authors analyzed several markets. However, only one market - financial services - was not estimated in terms of exact size and scope. Financial services can be a fiendishly hard thing to...

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    BCG publication: Top Companies from Emerging Markets

    Julia Tran mentioned in a previous post some Boston Consulting Group (BCG) publications related with the ?Next Billion?. Two more studies were published in November ??Decoding Next Billion Consumers? and ?A Road Map to expanding Financial Inclusion in India? (this second one looks...

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    New Finance Development Magazine: Upsides

    Last week, while checking out some regular blogs, I bumped into a short note about a magazine called “Upsides” in the CGAP Blog.Upsides is an FMO (the Netherlands Finance Development Company) initiative, supported by other likeminded financial institutions such as Standard Bank,...

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    The Codensa Case: Electricity and Related Services for the BOP in Colombia

    Codensa is a very successful utility company that serves 2.2 million customers in Colombia. It is controlled by Endesa, the largest electric utility company in Spain, which in 1997 took control of Codensa and Emgesa (this second company accounts for 21% of the generated electric capacity in...

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    The Tradeoff Between Growth and Innovation Part 2

    This post is the continuation of my previous one last Monday. Just as it was posted, Robert Katz sent me an email with the following question:"That BOP firms, to be competitive, don’t have to be innovative in the same way that Western firms do makes sense. But what about Western firms...

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    The Tradeoff Between Growth and Innovation at the BOP

    Businesspeople tend to prefer predictable business environments to work in. However, in developing countries, business environments tend to be more unstable than in Western markets because of various unpredictable social, economic and political changes. Since business plans depend on...

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    The Business Model of Hope and Dreams

    It is often the case that business models touch but rarely elaborate on the aspirational value of many products offered for the first time at the BOP level and the subconscious consequences they have on BOP consumers. I recently read, with a touch of sadness, a short article published in the...

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