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  • Courtland Walker

    Following Remittances Around the World

    With international remittance flows to the developing world set to top $167bn this year, a newly released report by the United Nations shows that remittanceflows to the African continent, averaging US$17bn per annumbetween 2000 and 2003, havesurpassed Foreign Direct Investment during...

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  • John Paul

    Case Study Released – Thamel.com: Diaspora-enabled Development

    WRI’s latest What Works case study, Thamel.com: Diaspora-enabled Development, is now available through the NextBillion.net Case Studies page. The report documents a Nepal-based marketing and development company that has tapped the resources of the diaspora to create new opportunities for...

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  • Islamic Banking, tools of the trade

    This is my second posting about Islamic banking. I hope to share some information about practices that few people hear about, but are pertinent to doing business in the Muslim world--especially regarding microcredit. For a loan to conform to Islamic law, it must be riba-free;...

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  • John Paul

    Harvard’s Global Poverty Conference – Abstracts Posted

    Last week, Harvard Business School brought together committed scholars and corporate, non-profit and government leaders to discuss the role of business in poverty alleviation. The 3-day conference, Global Poverty: Business Solutions and Approaches, featured case studies on and empirical...

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  • 2005 Milken “Capital Access Index”

    The Milken Institute has just published its 2005 Capital Access Index entitled"Best Markets for Entrepreneurial Finance.” This index ranks 121countries by how easily new and existing firms can access capital. As PSD blogger Pablo Halykard points out,17 of the lowest-ranking 20...

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  • John Paul

    Using mobile technology to fight poverty

    The latest issue of Developments, the international development magazine published by DFID, features two good stories about how mobile technology is reducing poverty throughout the developing world. The first points to a new study by the London Business School that researched the effects of...

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  • Heard of Islamic micro-banking? Us neither.

    Having worked for Nextbillion and scoured news sources every day for two months, I’ve been surprised at how seldom any Middle-Eastern, BOP-activity makes the news, compared to, say, Bangladesh or Uganda. (Perhaps I am looking in the wrong places? If you know good SME/BOP-related news sites...

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  • Al Hammond

    HBS conference on Global Poverty

    "The question is not whether business has a role to play in alleviating poverty. We know that. The question is how.” With that statement, Harvard Business School Professor Kash Rangan opened a gathering of academics, business leaders from around the world, and development officials to...

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