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  • John Paul

    IDB Refines Its Private Sector Strategy

    The Inter-American Development Bank?s (IDB) annual meeting opened this week in Brazil amidst violent protests against the agency?s lending practices. Critics contend that the bank’s loans typically help big business, and do little for the masses of Latin American and Caribbean citizens...

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  • John Paul

    A Note of Caution on Microfinance

    With the Year of Microcredit behind us, and investments in the sector accelerating, rarely do you hear criticisms of the much lauded poverty alleviation tool. One notable exception is a recent piece by Thomas Dichter, long-time practitioner in the international development industry and author...

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  • Rob Katz

    NextBillion Now Recruiting Interns

    Editor’s note: We encourage anyone holding a bachelor’s degree or who will be earning their B.A. or B.S. in the next few months to apply. The application period for NextBillion.net’s internship will end soon! (Updated 12 April 2006)Interested in working in the BOP realm but not sure how to...

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  • John Paul

    NextBillion Needs You!

    You may have noticed a new look to Nextbillion this week. Our crack design team has updated the fonts and colors a bit to make our content more readable. We’ve also added a few new blog topics - water, housing, and marketing - making it easier for you to find the specific information you’re...

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  • Derek Newberry

    New Ventures announcing launch of featured site on NextBillion

    The fact that poverty alleviation and environmentally conscious policies go hand in hand is nothing new, yet much work is needed to support the development of sustainable entrepreneurs at the Base of the Pyramid. WRI?s New Ventures works with these socially responsible entrepreneurs to...

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  • Rob Katz

    Innovations: From Base to Top, A Must-Read

    From the Base (of the Pyramid) to the Top (of the Ivory Tower)Rarely do I get excited about academic journals. They conjure up memories of researching my undergrad political economy thesis (on political conditionality and microfinance). So when the inaugural issue of Innovations crossed my...

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  • A Mouseclick a Day

    John Paul and Julia have both posted information about efficient and low-cost modes of healthcare delivery, such as microfranchising and low-cost BOP products. Microfranchising has built-in incentives to keep costs low and services accountable, making it ideal for delivering service to rural...

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  • John Paul

    Water Wars

    1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and more than 2 million children die from dirty water and unhygienic sanitation each year. This was the bleak picture painted this week in Mexico City during the 4th World Water Forum. But is privatization the answer? The...

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