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  • John Paul

    One Cellphone per Child?

    The New York Times posted an interesting article today talking about the politics of open-source software, and its consequences to the much vaunted One Laptop Per Child program. According to the article, Dr. Negroponte?s decision to furnish his program?s inexpensive laptops with...

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  • John Paul

    IFC Sees Greater Role in BOP Investment & Development

    The International Finance Corporation turns 50 this year. To mark the occasion, the group released an article that talks about the IFC?s investments ? past, present, and future. Its prognosis for 2006? Emerging markets are headed for a banner year. Lars Thunell, executive vice...

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  • Rob Katz

    BOP Job Announcements ? Solae and GFUSA Are Hiring

    DuPont?s food division, Solae, is working with the BOP Protocol team at Cornell University to set up a pilot project in Hyderabad, India. The project is looking to hire four dedicated, paid interns. An excerpt of the description, which can be found at Zoo Station, mentions that n terms...

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  • Rob Katz

    Malaria – From A to Z, at Long Last

    Another ?in case you missed it? entry, this time about Tanzanian A to Z?s long-lasting malaria net enterprise mentioned in blog posts and activity capsules past. The nets ? as well as the underlying for-profit business model ? are featured in a nice column by the Guardian?s Jon...

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  • Unilever Chairman addresses MDGs

    Antony Burgmans of Unilever gives an excellent speech on the role of private investment, businesses and governments towards meeting the MDGs. His beef: broad taxes ( a la French air passenger tax to alleviate African poverty) with little impact. His hopes: the current WTO Doha round will...

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  • Rob Katz

    Show Me the Money – A Remittance Review

    On the topic of ?in case you missed it?, Ethan Zuckerman of wonder-blog WorldChanging wrote a great piece on remittances back on January 12. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of remittance income to most African nations and many developing nations. Nworah cites a figure of...

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  • towards “woman-centric” poverty alleviation

    MDG Goal #3 is “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.” The explanation is clear and concise: “Gender inequality starts early and keeps women at a disadvantage throughout their lives.” But why have a gendered focus in poverty alleviation? Why not simply target...

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  • Julia Tran

    Microfranchise modes of healthcare delivery

    Along with John and Cory, I had attended BYU?s Microfranchise Learning Lab in Washington DC this past Friday. Two of the four microfranchises featured, HealthStore Kenya and Scojo, operate in the health industry. Granted, microfranchises are flourishing in many industries (see Kirk...

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