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December 21
2013

Scott Anderson

Yearly Roundup: VOTE for the Most Influential Post of 2013

Here’s a number for you: 585.

That’s how many blog posts (including this one) that NextBillion.net published in 2013. It’s about 130 posts more than we served up in 2012. This isn’t just a volume game. We launched two new theme-focused blogs in the last 13 months, NextBillion Health Care and NextBillion Financial Innovation, deftly managed by my esteemed colleagues James Militzer and Kyle Poplin, respectively.

As a result of these new and focused blogs, we reached out to and welcomed new types of writers along with new ideas that challenged our assumptions, questioned the status quo and tipped more than a couple of sacred cows. This makes selecting a list of the most influential posts of the year a very daunting task.

We thought that the most democratic way to run this contest for The Most-Influential NextBillion Post of 2013, was to simply pick the 12 posts (one per month) that attracted the most views in calendar year 2013. The rest is up to you. We hope you will vote early and often for your favorite(s) among the twelve contenders. You may vote one time per day and you may vote for several posts over the course of the voting period (through Jan. 4).

We also will be re-publishing each of these articles (one per day) starting Monday. But you may skip ahead and check out the full list below, and then please take a moment to cast your vote and share this link with other NB readers, or others who might find it interesting.

Speaking of shares, I also wanted to recognize the most popular NB posts via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Some of these articles are included in the 12 contenders, some aren’t. Scroll down below the poll to check out those posts as well.

As always, I hope this contest introduces you to new perspectives. And thank you to our contributors who offered these perspectives in the first place.

The Nominees for Most-Influential NextBillion Post of 2013:

January

Put Down the Champagne, Pick Up the Computer Mouse: For solar power to reach poor consumers, the focus must be on results By Yotam Ariel

February

What’s Next for Impact Investing?: The value of a formal fund structure to maximize impact By Bob Webster

March

What’s Next for Impact Investing : How to bridge the ’Pioneer Gap’ and support entrepreneurs in the earliest stages By Sachi Shenoy and Brian Arbogast

April

Bridging the Gap with Early Capital for BoP Models: An impact evaluation of VisionSpring in El Salvador By Carlued Leon

May

Do the 4 P’s of Marketing work for BoP Businesses?: Solutions, Access, Value, Education (SAVE) might be a better guide By Elsa del Castillo

June

Geeks vs. Quacks: How Swasth Health Centers is out-competing informal providers By Rose Reis

July

Measure for Measure: Eight tips to optimize your data collection and maximize your impact By Heather Esper
August

8 Defining Milestones in India’s Social Enterprise Landscape By Perzen Patel

September

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Mobile money as a retail payment system By Ignacio Mas

October

Product Development for the Poor: A crash course in human-centered design By Lisa Kienzle

November

NextThought Monday: Opening the Curtain on the New 2.0 Era of Impact Investing By Ben Thornley

December

What’s Game-Changing in Latin America?: How new financial technologies and business models are powering financial inclusion in the region By Alina Kogan

 

Most Popular on Twitter

First Place:

What’s Next for Impact Investing : How to bridge the ’Pioneer Gap’ and support entrepreneurs in the earliest stages By Sachi Shenoy and Brian Arbogast

 

Second Place:

The Power of Choices: Applying behavioral economics to financial services – part 1 of our interview with Alexandra Fiorillo, VP at ideas42 By James Militzer

Third place:

Shaping a Market for Nutrient Economies – Part 1: The zinc conundrum By Lisa Smith

 

Most Popular on Facebook

First place:

Geeks vs. Quacks: How Swasth Health Centers is out-competing informal providers By Rose Reis

Second place:

The Profit vs. Nonprofit Tug of War: From investors to employees, why my social business did a 180 By Saba Gul

Third place:

What’s Next for Impact Investing : How to bridge the ’Pioneer Gap’ and support entrepreneurs in the earliest stages By Sachi Shenoy and Brian Arbogast

 

Most Popular on LinkedIn

First place:

Cash Cows: Why making bank accounts function like livestock will help the poor By Isaac Otto

Second place:

Put Down the Champagne, Pick Up the Computer Mouse: For solar power to reach poor consumers, the focus must be on results By Yotam Ariel

Third place:

People-Centered Finance: How behavioral economics can improve financial products – part 2 of our Q&A with Alexandra Fiorillo, VP at ideas42 By James Militzer

 

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