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  • Rob Katz

    Who Said It? A New Manifesto for Sustainable Business

    Let?s play a game of name-that-quote. I?ll reproduce a quote below, and you guess who said it. Ready? No cheating...Business does good by doing businessDid anyone guess Milton Friedman? Heck, how about Adam Smith? Maybe Martin Feldstein? Wrong. Here?s another excerpt from the...

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  • John Paul

    Cellular Growth and Poverty Alleviation

    Hardly a day goes by where I don?t read something about the rapid expansion of mobile phone services in emerging markets. According to one recent article, ?industry analysts forecast that 80% of the next billion mobile phone customers will come from emerging markets. Africa, for example,...

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  • Rob Katz

    Greening the Base of the Pyramid? SustainAbility Weighs In.

    What does green look like at the base of the economic pyramid? SustainAbility?s John Elkington and Mark Lee take that question on in a recent article, Fatigue of Nations, published by Grist. Elkington and Lee write in the engaging, tongue-in-cheek style embraced by Grist, and the result is...

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  • Rob Katz

    EarthTrends Announces Environmental Essay Competition

    Here at NextBillion, we know the importance of good data to good research, which is why we have nothing but the deepest respect for our WRI cousins working on EarthTrends: The Environmental Information Portal. Now, they?ve gone and upped the ante ? literally. EarthTrends has opened up an...

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  • Julia Tran

    Redoubling billions, yet why can’t the West save Africa?

    William Easterly’s Monday column in the Washington Post, “The West Can’t Save Africa,” was unreservedly caustic toward all the big talk and promises in 2005 about ending poverty. Easterly pinpoints a most fundamental error in Western aid’s orientation toward poverty alleviation--its...

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  • John Paul

    Google’s Big BOP Bet? Bringing Wi-Fi to Africa

    Google announced this week that it has selected Abuja, Nigeria as one of about seven African cities the company will fully connect with a wireless network. Although described as one of Google’s “social responsibility projects", the announcement follows the company’s proposal last...

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  • John Paul

    Jhai’s take on ICT and development – a Social View

    The following was written by Lee Thorn of the Jhai Foundation, originally sent to us via the Foundation’s newsletter.I think it might be useful to look at rural ICT and development from a social perspective. What works from this perspective? What doesn’t?What Jhai does is consulting...

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  • Davos Blurb

    Unlike Pablo, I haven’t gotten explicit permission from Katherine Marshall of the World Bank to post an excerpt from her Davos notes, but I point you to PSDblog for her interesting summary of the last days’ discussions. Highlights: questions on why Africa isn’t higher on the agenda;...

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