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  • Rob Katz

    No Electricity, No Problem: Wind-Powered Phones

    I first read about these wind-powered, off-grid cell phone chargers on WorldChanging, which cites Gizmodo as a reference. The product, designed by students at the Indian Institute of Technology, is a small (fits in your pocket) wind-powered turbine that can quickly and easily recharge a cell...

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  • Rob Katz

    Corporate Watch: Bringing the G8 Home

    Corporate Watch recently released a provocative report on the upcoming G8 summit to be held in Scotland this July. The G8 has had some important things to say about development and the role of private enterprise, especially in Africa under the UK’s presidency. The report, Bringing the G8...

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  • Rob Katz

    Africa: The Impact of Mobile Phones

    Last night, I attended a panel session co-organized by the UN Foundation and Vodafone, the huge multinational telco based in the UK but active worldwide. The session highlighted a report recently released by Vodafone entitled, Africa: The Impact of Mobile Phones. At the session, the report’s...

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  • John Paul

    E-commerce in Kathmandu

    I’m currently in Kathmandu researching an innovative e-commerce company called Thamel.com.? The business allows the Nepalese diaspora to purchase gifts online that are produced and delivered locally to their relatives back home.? By doing so, all the money spent is kept in the local economy,...

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  • SeanG

    All the News that Fits

    I? wanted to draw people’s attention to one of the more excting areas of this new site - the NewsRoom. When we were designing the site?- we searched for appropriate RSS feeds that?could be featured on the sidebars.? What we found was that there?is no single good source of news on this...

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  • John Paul

    Understanding BOP Market Needs

    One of the strongest themes to come out of the ’Eradicating Poverty Through Profit’ conference was the need for companies to?develop a?deeper?understanding of their target market’s needs before developing products and services that intend to fulfill them.? This report addresses some of the...

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  • Al Hammond

    Summing Up the Show in San Francisco

    The conference left a powerful impression?of huge companies and NGOs more or less on the same page, of governments and aid agencies endorsing business approaches to poverty, of entrepreneurs and visionary CEOs from enterprises in developing countries being recognized as pioneers in new...

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  • Al Hammond

    Davos, Bednets, and Movie Stars

    Inspired by this Time Europe article.Many commentators have noted how movie stars turned heads at the World Economic Forum meeting at Davos, in their efforts to drum up support for dealing with poverty. They also shifted attention away from?and may have undercut?perhaps the most promising...

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