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  • Rob Katz

    The Business of Development

    Aid organizations sometimes face a catch-22: donatemuch-needed medical or food supplies, addressing today?s need ? but by doing so,aid poisons the market for future sales (people won?t pay for what they?vereceived free in the past). TheWashington Post recently published a...

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  • Rob Katz

    Scaling Microfinance With The Remote Transaction System

    Innovations in microfinance have been ongoing since itsinception in the mid-seventies. Recently,however, a group of microfinance institutions worked with Hewlett-Packard and developed an innovative technology, then piloted it using 3 uniquemicrofinance business models. ...

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  • Rob Katz

    Guide to low-income markets: Solutions Mosaic

    Changemakers? Solutions Mosaic provides us with a usefulvisual when it comes to business models that work in low-income markets. The mosaic (it probably ought to be called a matrix instead, but oh well) hasboth X and Y axes; they list distinguishing features of low-income markets and...

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  • John Paul

    Can Public and Private Sectors Work Together for the Poor?

    Whilediscussing examples specific to GMOs and other agriculture technology, this paper addresses the broader question: are public-private partnerships (PPPs) simply a new development fad or apromising approach to achieving advances for the poor?Thearticle points out that while...

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  • William Kramer

    More from Tallberg

    The Conference ended this afternoon, and I just returned from a gala concert held in an old quarry about 30 minutes bus ride from here.? Quite a spectacular setting.? The Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra, two large singers, with a finale of Handel’s Water Music with fireworks.? Nice.Being too tired...

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  • William Kramer

    Report from the Tallberg Forum

    Tallberg, Sweden. Monday August 1, 7:10 pmYour intrepid correspondent is pulling tough duty by a lake three hours northwest of Stockholm, attending a conference (badly) titled “How on earth can we live together?” The conference, organized by the Tallberg Forum...

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  • Helping Immigrants Better Help those they Left Behind

    "The motive of immigrants is to come here, get a job and to work hard and send money back home to support their family"- Atsumasa Tochisako, the chief executive of Microfinance International CorporationThe New York Times quoted Mr. Tochisako in the article “Entrepreneurs Cater...

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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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