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Oscar Abello
BRAC USA

Oscar is a marketing and communications associate at BRAC USA, providing communications support, mobilizing resources, and raising awareness of BRAC’s innovative anti-poverty solutions around the world.

 

Oscar has a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies from Villanova University, where he was a St. Martin de Porres Scholar, and also shared the inaugural Solidarity Award from Villanova’s Center for Peace and Justice Education. Oscar is a huge fan of writing, branding, undermining injustice, NPR’s This American Life and The Moth, Malcolm Gladwell, the Philadelphia Phillies, endogenous processes and Villanova basketball. You can follow Oscar on Twitter@oabello or reach him via email atoscar@bracusa.org.

 

Oscar’s posts reflect his views and not necessarily those of BRAC or its subsidiaries and affiliates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles by Oscar Abello

  • Oscar Abello

    Civilizing the ’Wild West’ of Microfinance

    Every emerging industry that has survived to transform the world has had to emerge from its "Wild West" phase ? a sort of testing period where ideas are thrown against the wall to see what sticks and what ends up bouncing right back in its face. After a few decades, perhaps microfinance has reached that defining moment.

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    The “Gandhi Approach” to Better Governance

    Microcredit, formal and informal loans from friends or family can get a social enterprise only so far. Larger equity investments can help a micro-enterprises over the hump and into real SME scale. This article summarizes some governance principles indispensable at this stage.

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    Base of the Pyramid, governance, small and medium enterprises, social enterprise
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    In the Business of ’Doing Business’

    When it comes to mobilizing the BoP’s $10 trillion in hidden capital and creating an enabling environment to get the most out of it, there is no magic reform recipe - but local knowledge is always a vital ingredient. International exposure and competition through the World Bank’s Doing Business Reports have pressured governments into seeking...

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    Not a Formality: The Productivity of Capital

    In a previous post, I described why the BoP can’t yet mobilize the $10 trillion of assets they already own. If they ever get the chance to do so, alongside other fresh and creative channels for mobilizing capital, the productivity of capital comes to mind as the next challenge for growing BoP businesses. Here’s a thought experiment to illustrate...

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    Getting Assets on the Grid

    It’s easy to see how the shimmering success of individual entrepreneurs can distract from surrounding structures that have long kept them from effecting change. Microfinance and the social enterprise movement have mobilized so much human capital among the BOP. Changing surrounding structures could unlock even more capital that the BOP could...

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