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Rob Katz

After co-founding NextBillion.net and spending 8-plus years working at the intersection of business and international development, Rob Katz is currently pursuing a MBA at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

Prior to Stanford, Rob was Acumen Fund’s Knowledge Manager, leading Acumen’s efforts to understand where markets work –and where they don’t – in terms of solving the problems of poverty. Most recently, he co-authored From Blueprint to Scale: The Case for Philanthropy in Impact Investing(Monitor Group and Acumen Fund, 2012.) In addition to writing reports, he was responsible for applied research and writing efforts across the firm; he also oversaw Acumen’s knowledge management systems.Rob joined Acumen Fund in 2008, managing online communications as well as knowledge before shifting full time into applied research work.

 

Before Acumen Fund, Rob worked with the Markets and Enterprise Program of the World Resources Institute, where he began his career researching, writing and speaking about “base of the pyramid” business approaches to poverty alleviation. At WRI, he co-founded www.NextBillion.net, a web site and blog about enterprise and development, and co-authored The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid (IFC and WRI, 2007).

 

Here at NextBillion, Rob is both a member of our Advisory Board and a contributor to the blog.

 

Rob earned his B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

 

Follow Rob on Twitter @robertkatz.

 

Articles by Rob Katz

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    PBS releases new microfinance documentary TONIGHT

    Tonight, many PBS affiliates will feature the premiere of Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty, an hour-long documentary exploring issues of poverty and microcredit. The program?s web site includes an easy-to-use station finder that allows viewers to find out when it will...

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    “Sad study” highlights aid’s ineffectiveness

    What is the impact of development aid on economic growth?This critical question has been the topic of debate among development experts, economists, policymakers, civil society, and business ? especially here on NextBillion.net. Some answers may be emerging, and they point out that...

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    At Home and “Kozi” in a Dome

    In August, mainstream media attention focused on the plightof thousands of Americans living in domes - most notably New Orleans’ Superdomeand the Houston Astrodome - after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. For those looking to read a vastly more positivestory about...

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    How to leapfrog? Look to the black market

    Regular NextBillion readers won’t be shocked by a recent AP news article about cell phone use in Africa. It’s even been noted as a “worldchanging” leapfrog technology - and rightly so. However, this article sticks out from the rest when it analyzes why cell phones came from nowhere...

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    Taxes and the Digital Divide – Serious Problems

    As an economist and self-styled BOP researcher, I’ve always been interested in the effect of technology on efficiency, price competition, and cost-of-living at the BOP. WRI, through its now-sunset Digital Dividend project, studied the effect of technology on low-income communities for years,...

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    The Myth of CSR

    A controversial title, to be sure. The Myth of CSR (PDF), published in thismonth’s issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, identifies a keytruth about corporate social responsibility while failing to take the next step. Deborah Doane hits quickly on CSR’s underlyingfallacy:...

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    An Enabling Environment for Doing Business?

    The World Bank’s annual Doing Business report carries the subtitle “Creating Jobs” this year (free overview available - PDF). Its indicators - using data comparable across a remarkable 155 countries - can be used to analyze how governments encourage or inhibit investment,...

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    Al Hammond: The BOP is WorldChanging

    At last week’s Clinton Global Initiative in New York, NextBillion.net’s Al Hammond had the chance to sit down with Emily Gertz of WorldChanging. They discussed some of the “tools, models and ideas for building a better future” - and how they relate to the BOP - in an extended...

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