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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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  • Reporting Back from the Business in Development Challenge

    I am just back from the BiD Challenge, described by Rob in his post from last week. Several programs from WRI participated in the Challenge event - ourselves and New Ventures. The day of events included a number of well-produced and well thought-out interchanges, including conversations with a...

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  • The Business in Development Challenge

    The Business in Development Challenge, the world?s first international business plan competition for poverty reduction and profit, is taking place this week in Amsterdam. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, NGOs, and government representatives have gathered on the eve of tomorrow?s award...

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  • Rising Ventures: Oxil Turns Waste Into Opportunity

    Waste is an issue that tends to fly under the radar these days, but should receive more attention- in Sao Paulo alone, 10 tons of garbage is dumped in surrounding landfills every day. In 1999 two entrepreneurs saw a new challenge amidst the piles of used materials in their hometown, and founded...

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  • Record VC Investment In India Good for BOP/Clean Tech Sectors

    Just as a report comes out confirming the obvious- that SMEs in India have a hard time performing because they don?t have the funding they need- Business Today declares (subscription required) that the private sector is picking up the slack, with record venture capital flooding the country....

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  • Filling the Finance Gap With Angels

    The equity gap is growing- small businesses worldwide are finding it harder to obtain needed financing, as has been well documented. For some companies, especially those in emerging economies with few resources, the only alternative is to seek funding from wealthy individual ?angel...

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