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  • Rob Katz

    “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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  • John Paul

    The Collaboration Challenge

    Rama Bijapurkar of the Times News Network just wrote an interesting piece on what may be the most difficult aspect of successfully engaging the market at the BOP ? the creation and maintenance of cross-sector partnerships. He writes:"One of the key ideas of the book (Fortune at...

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  • Rob Katz

    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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  • Houses for the Poor in Mexico?

    This Stanford Social Innovation Review reports on SOFOLES --a Mexican microlending program (read more about it in a 2000 Harvard report) that has succeeded in making home ownership more affordable for low-income residents. It’s not the newest idea, but the report has interesting sidenotes;...

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  • Microfinance meets Match.com

    Kiva is an organization that empowers individuals to make charitable, microfinance loans. Anyone can look at the profiles of businesses (all rural entrepreneurs, currently all in Uganda), make a loan of as little as $25 through PayPal, and stay in contact with their sponsored business for the...

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  • John Paul

    More Innovations at the Edge

    Al Hammond recently finished posting his series on ?Technology Innovations at the Edge.? The full series is now available as a downloadable PDF file here. One of the premises of the report is that technologies created for developed countries may actually be more useful and...

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  • William Kramer

    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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  • Rob Katz

    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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