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  • Investor Forum Highlights Entrepreneurship in India

    New Ventures India is wrapping up its annual Investor Forum, linking some of the country’s most outstanding small, sustainable enterprises with the capital and managerial training they need to grow and expand. ?Some initial highlights from the event include rousing discussions from Michael...

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  • Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group

    It is a familiar story: post-college volunteer (Peace Corps, etc.) returns from the developing world with a desire to help the community in which he or she has been staying.? The subsequent projects are also familiar ? they often involve selling local handicrafts to first-world markets, or...

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  • Rwandan coffee to Vegetable oil to Bug repellant?activities of all shapes, sizes, tastes and smell

    So much to read, so little time?but these activities are definitely worth a look-over.Berni Labs - Distributing “Bug Balancer” Pest repellant for farmersJorge Berni, a longtime resident of the agriculture-dependent community in Los Mochis, Mexico, was convinced that farmers needed...

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  • Check out what’s new in the activity database…

    I’ve recently been reading through some past blogs, keeping a keen and curious eye out for activities to add to NextBillion’s activity database...care to see what I found? Some very interesting, and of course worthwhile projects...ZENUFA Laboratories - TanzaniaZenufa, a pharmaceutical...

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  • Pakistan Journal: Reaching Rural Households With Technology

    I was in Karachi this past weekend, where I addressed a packed seminar, Improving Access to Financial Services: Mobile Money Transfer and Beyond, convened by the Asian Development Bank and the State Bank of Pakistan. If audience enthusiasm is any indication, financial service provision over...

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  • Private Sector Finance and SME Development

    Thanks to a commenter?s suggestion from Munyaradzi Musamba, I checked out a new report from InfoDev about the role of private sector finance in small- and medium-sized enterprise development. The report, Scaling Up Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: The Role of Private...

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  • The Role of IT in International Development – Upcoming E-Conference

    What role do information technologies play in economic development? We?ve been trying to answer that question ever since the Digital Dividends conference way back in 2002, first as an IT-focused research team and now as Development through Enterprise and NextBillion.net. There are no simple...

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  • StartingBloc: Inside Edition

    Q. What do young social innovators do for fun? A. Hang out at StartingBloc?s fall seminar, of course. About two months ago, while I was waiting for a phenomenally delayed plane at the Dulles Airport, I picked up a copy of the summer edition of Fast Company. Beyond the excellent article...

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