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William Kramer
Global Challenge Network

William Kramer is the Founder and President of the Global Challenge Network.

During six years at WRI, Mr. Kramer also served as a Senior Fellow, and as Deputy Director of the Development Through Enterprise Program. He was director of a groundbreaking conference on business engagement with low-income populations, Eradicating Poverty Through Profit: Making Business Work for the Poor, in San Francisco, December 2004, which drew 1200 participants from 70 countries, and defined the nascent field of “base of the pyramid” (BOP) studies. He was instrumental in establishing www.nextbillion.net, the leading blog focusing on issues of business engagement with low-income populations, where he was a frequent contributor.

In his 30 years in the private sector, Mr. Kramer built numerous businesses in bookselling, book distribution, and publishing. He invented the modern bookstore/café, opening Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington in 1976, laying the foundation for the still-dominant business model in the industry. He also established the firm which became Daedalus Books, a leading purveyor of high-quality sale books and remainders.

Bill is a principal author of The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid, the first data-based study of business engagement with the poor, published in 2007 by WRI and the International Finance Corporation.

He is the author of numerous articles for popular and academic audiences, including recent articles for the MIT journal, Innovations, Vodafone’s Corporate Responsibility Dialogues, and the Kennedy School of Government. He has delivered lectures to many corporate and association meetings, and given lectures at leading business schools around the world.

Articles by William Kramer

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    Reporting Back from the Business in Development Challenge

    I am just back from the BiD Challenge, described by Rob in his post from last week. Several programs from WRI participated in the Challenge event - ourselves and New Ventures. The day of events included a number of well-produced and well thought-out interchanges, including conversations with a...

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    Hacking the Hundred Dollar Laptop

    Whatever you think about Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop per Child from the policy and practicality perspectives, you can’t help but applaud what the project is doing on the technical side. The new issue of Technology Review has a fascinating article on the computer, and its innovative...

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    Measuring Change: Doing Business 07 Released

    You can only change what you measure. Doing Business 2007, just released, offers good evidence of the wisdom of this epigram. Whatever issues you might have with the way the World Bank Group does its work, it would be hard to quarrel with the value they are bringing to business climate...

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    Jeff Sachs and the End of Poverty

    Jeff Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York City, spoke Tuesday, March 14 at the Center for Global Development here in Washington. Professor Sachs has long been identified as a strong proponent of a publicly-led drive against global poverty. As Director of...

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    The Tipping Point in India

    "With the private sector booming, industry and services have overtaken farming to account for 54 percent of rural income.” This amazing factoid comes from an article that Rob Katz just posted from the International Herald Tribune: Poor rural India? It’s a richer place by Anand...

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    More from Tallberg

    The Conference ended this afternoon, and I just returned from a gala concert held in an old quarry about 30 minutes bus ride from here.? Quite a spectacular setting.? The Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra, two large singers, with a finale of Handel’s Water Music with fireworks.? Nice.Being too tired...

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    Report from the Tallberg Forum

    Tallberg, Sweden. Monday August 1, 7:10 pmYour intrepid correspondent is pulling tough duty by a lake three hours northwest of Stockholm, attending a conference (badly) titled “How on earth can we live together?” The conference, organized by the Tallberg Forum...

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    Live from Edinburgh 3

    We just finished a “Breakfast Business Discussion” at the Raising Living Standards Conference in Edinburgh.? What struck me most was the consensus set of conclusions and suggestions which characterized seven separate table discussions.? At each table were senior business execs,...

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