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  • John Paul

    Housing for the Poor

    A fewinnovative examples of initiatives providing low-cost housing made their wayacross my desk in the last 24 hours, which I took as a sign that I should sharethem with the NB.net community. Somehave been shared before, but are worth mentioning again.The firstis a South African...

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  • Greater Social Role for Business than Just Selling to the Poor

    BOP-oriented businesses have the potential to become a powerfultransformative force in low-income countries, but businesses have other rolesto perform that could both solve social problems and serve their self-interest.Consider this article from The Economist, ?Business and...

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  • John Paul

    Can MNCs succeed at the BOP? Thoughts from the BELL Conference

    I’m at the BELL Conference at Cornell University, and just came out of the Sustainable Innovation for Incumbents discussion, which addressed the challenges MNCs face when creating sustainable global enterprises, including those that tackle the BOP market.? The two main obstacles identified...

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  • Business Plan Competition for BOP Business Models

    NCDO, a Dutch civil society organization, has launched The Business in Development Challenge, a business plan competition for profitable ideas that fight poverty. Although the first competition ended last June, the website claims that the NCDO Director has committed to relaunching the...

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  • Who Should “Control” the Internet?

    Controversy is brewing over U.S. “control” of the internet.? Essentially, the Internet Corportation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), created by the Clinton Administration, allocates most internet addresses and top-level domains.? While its body is made up of members from...

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  • Al Hammond

    Africa’s private sector strategy for alleviating poverty

    In a short cover story in the International edition of Newsweek, dated July 11, the magazine contrasts the promises at the G-8 summit with the entrepreneurial revolution already taking place on the ground in Africa. It’s not planned, rather much more spontaneous and bottom-up. But the evidence...

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  • Online Discussion on the G8 Summit and International Aid, Hosted by The Washington Post

    World leaders gathered in Scotland this week for the G-8 summit arediscussing an increase in international aid as a means of reducingpoverty and disease in Africa. British Prime Minister Tony Blairhas been encouraging other G-8 nations to double monetary aid to thecontinent by 2010,...

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  • William Kramer

    Live from Edinburgh 3

    We just finished a “Breakfast Business Discussion” at the Raising Living Standards Conference in Edinburgh.? What struck me most was the consensus set of conclusions and suggestions which characterized seven separate table discussions.? At each table were senior business execs,...

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