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Nathan Wyeth
FrontlineSMS:Credit

Nathan Wyeth was the Project Director for FrontlineSMS:Creditthrough December 2011, building mobile money management software tools for enterprises working at the base of the pyramid, operating out of Nairobi, Kenya.

He is a staff writer for NextBillion.net and was previously an Editor, managing news, research, and jobs resources. He combines an academic background in international development with experience in environmental and energy policymaking. He previously led the creation and implementation of impact investing and venture philanthropy strategies on behalf of organizations operating in the U.S., China and Israel, including the Schoenfeld Foundation and the Israel Strategic Alternative Energy Foundation.

Prior to this he coordinated national and international advocacy campaigns on renewable energy, trade policy, and international financial institutions with the Sierra Club and currently serves on the Sierra Club’s Board of Directors. He grew up in Washington, DC and received a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University.

Articles by Nathan Wyeth

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    Weekly Roundup: Stand with Haiti

    Even for a blog that concerns itself with the everyday struggles of people in often desperate poverty, the situation in Port-au-Prince makes summarizing this week’s new research reports and events seem trivial. So: how to connect immediate humanitarian needs with the inclusive development Haiti has needed for so long?

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    The Customer is Always Right – Especially at the Base of the Pyramid

    GiveWell, a charity-rating organization, has raised questions about whether providing microcredit or selling a good product to the poor is enough to demonstrate social impact. But GiveWell’s methodology is hard-pressed to evaluate market-oriented development approaches and it illustrates what patient capital can do that "charity" does not.

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    Weekly Roundup: Trickle-Up Innovation, and More

    When innovation happens at the base of the pyramid and then moves to more wealthy markets - is that moving up? Going in reverse? Or is there a better way to look at it. On the same note, sometimes what is at the periphery of the global economy assumes central importance - like microfinance in Afghanistan. Plus, new events and opportunities.

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    Copenhagen Climate Summit: Shaping Adaptation Finance

    I want to pick up where Rishabh left off in his post yesterday on adaptation to climate change. Assuming that the tens and then hundreds of billions of dollars in "climate financing" for the least developed countries materializes, of which half might be earmarked for adaptation, a robust discussion is needed on how best to use those dollars.

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    Copenhagen Climate Summit: The Missing Billions

    This week and next, I and then Rishabh Kaul will be at the U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen to cover any relevant news and events. Except when discussed as victims of climate change, the people at the base of the economic pyramid are largely invisible in the negotiations. This is a huge problem for both the poor and for the negotiations.

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    Weekly Roundup: Ripples Across the Arabian Sea

    Water innovation spreads from India to East Africa, MFI’s contemplate housing finance, and January deadlines for upcoming opportunities cloud MBA holiday plans.

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    Weekly Roundup: $500k for Clean Energy in India, and More

    I’ll add to Francisco’s Thanksgiving post to say thank you to NextBillion’s readers. Also, give thanks for challenges, prizes, and some links to good thinking and good works.

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    Weekly Roundup: Nokia Releases New Phones, Nobody Sleeps Overnight on 5th Avenue to Get Them

    In the past two weeks, Nokia announced a new line of inexpensive phones, expansion of its Life Tools service from India to Indonesia, and the upcoming rollout of Nokia Money. The development community should be treating its product releases more like the wealthy public treats the release of a new iPhone.

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