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  • Africa has one of the most highly developed mobile workforces in the world, even in the poorer and least developed countries on the continent, says Eric Anderbjork, Nokia enterprise solutions head for Middle East and Africa. Anderbjork says a limited and unreliable fixed-line infrastructure has led to the rapid adoption of wireless technology by African countries, led by South Africa, which is one of the biggest users of mobile data in the world. Click ...

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  • Nestl?: Corporate Citizenship and the Value Chain

    Nestl? is traveling its own road with a proposed new corporate social responsibility model. By Ken Stier Nestl?’s recently unveiled Latin America corporate social responsibility report is the food giant’s bear-hug attempt to understand its operational impacts across a vast sourcing, production and distribution chain. It is also a stab at defining a new corporate responsibility model, one that sits more comfortably with the firm’s defiantly unap...

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    Latin America
  • Entrepreneur gets big banks to back very small loans

    Microlending-for-Profit Effort In India Draws Business From Citigroup, HSBC By ERIC BELLMAN SHIVNOOR, India? Vikram Akula runs a company that doles out loans of $100 or less to desperately poor villagers so they can buy a water buffalo or a bicycle. But he’s hardly a typical do-gooder. Mr. Akula, the 37-year-old founder of SKS Microfinance Pvt. Ltd., is at the forefront of the latest trend in microlending, or making tiny loans that ...

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  • Applying the ?shampoo sachet? paradigm to affordable housing, rather than evictions and demoliti

    Professor C K Prahalad’s much celebrated book entitled The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid was launched on the Independence Day two years ago. The book is about how to eradicate poverty through profits. For more than a decade, Prahalad has urged business leaders and leading capitalists to see the poor as individuals and consumers. The poor represent a huge market waiting to be tapped. If you sell products and services in small portions, at affordable prices, your business c...

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  • MUMBAI: The bugle was sounded for a fresh battle on Thursday in the booming Indian telecom market. ?Don?t stop Mobile?, a new scheme unveiled by Tata Indicom across 20 circles that allows customers to make free outgoing calls for a period of 2 years to any Tata Indicom Mobile or Tata Indicom fixed phone. It allows a maximum outgoing talktime of 3,600 minutes (60 hours) to another Tata Indicom phone. It was only in October last year that Tata Indicom had coined a new free i...

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  • Mobile phone boom spurs economic growth in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh’s booming mobile phone industry has emerged as a key driver of the cash-strapped nation’s economy, creating nearly 240,000 jobs and adding 650 million dollars to gross domestic product (GDP). The mobile phone industry in Bangladesh employs 237,900 people directly and indirectly. These are well-paid jobs with salaries many times the national average, said the study by the international consultancy firm Ovum. Bangladesh is one of the world&#...

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  • Get Paid for Planting Your Own Trees

    Via PSD Blog , rural Kenyan farmers have joined the global carbon trade: A group of farmers in Nanyuki have now joined the global carbon trade. They are being urged to plant trees, not for firewood, timber or electricity poles, but for absorbing excess carbon from the environment - and they are being paid for it. Through this new concept, 45 members of Rongai Development Programme have each ...

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  • The case for ICT-led development

    Information technology (IT) is fundamental in driving productivity and economic growth. A McKinsey study found that IT-producing sectors of the US economy generated 36 per cent of its productivity growth in 1993-2000, in spite of accounting for just 8.0 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP). A similar study, by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, recently found that 27 per cent of GDP growth in the Group of Seven (G-7) leading industrial...

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