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  • Rob Katz

    Credit Access Expanding in African Communities

    According to Business Day, South Africa’s plastic revolution is putting credit card firms in the pink. Cheeky title, but the subject matter is serious business - signaling that the formal economy is growing rapidly in southern Africa. Visa and Mastercard, the industry leaders, report annual...

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  • Rob Katz

    Business Week Features Indian BOP Success Stories

    BusinessWeek dedicates this week’s issue to China and India, and, not surprisingly, did an excellent feature on some Indian BOP success stories - namely Bharti (telecom), Tata (autos), ITC (agriculture), and ICICI (finance).? Those of us following BOP trends over the past months and years will...

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  • Rob Katz

    MTN VillagePhone

    In Uganda, incumbent telecom MTN has now registered its 2000th entrepreneur in the Village Phone project. MTN’s partnership with the Grameen Foundation and local microfinance institutions gives entrepreneurs access to start-up capital ($230) which includes a car battery or solar power panel,...

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  • Rob Katz

    GroFin East Africa Fund

    For-profit equity funds supporting SME development seem to be in the news lately. The GroFin East Africa Fund provides $22M in SME financing, supported by business mentoring programs. From the GroFin web site:"As in other developing regions, many East African SMEs are unable toenter...

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  • Rob Katz

    The Business of Development

    Aid organizations sometimes face a catch-22: donatemuch-needed medical or food supplies, addressing today?s need ? but by doing so,aid poisons the market for future sales (people won?t pay for what they?vereceived free in the past). TheWashington Post recently published a...

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  • Rob Katz

    Scaling Microfinance With The Remote Transaction System

    Innovations in microfinance have been ongoing since itsinception in the mid-seventies. Recently,however, a group of microfinance institutions worked with Hewlett-Packard and developed an innovative technology, then piloted it using 3 uniquemicrofinance business models. ...

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  • Rob Katz

    Guide to low-income markets: Solutions Mosaic

    Changemakers? Solutions Mosaic provides us with a usefulvisual when it comes to business models that work in low-income markets. The mosaic (it probably ought to be called a matrix instead, but oh well) hasboth X and Y axes; they list distinguishing features of low-income markets and...

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  • John Paul

    Can Public and Private Sectors Work Together for the Poor?

    Whilediscussing examples specific to GMOs and other agriculture technology, this paper addresses the broader question: are public-private partnerships (PPPs) simply a new development fad or apromising approach to achieving advances for the poor?Thearticle points out that while...

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