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  • In many emerging countries it is easier to roll out a modern mobile network than the miles of copper required for a fixed line network. Mobile offers low income subscribers more affordable prepay mobile telecommunications combined with a degree of cost control not possible with fixed line. These factors help explain the phenomenal growth of mobile subscriber numbers in emerging markets such as Africa. where according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) mobile subscribers have jump...

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    This Day Online (link opens in a new window)
  • A new report examines the challenges and opportunities facing ultra-low-cost segment of the handset

    A new report examines the challenges and opportunities facing ultra-low-cost segment of the handset market. ’The Emerging Market Handset Programme (EMHP) has achieved a lot since its inception in October 2004’. ’However, this year will prove crucial to the development of the ultra-low-cost handset (ULCH) segment, a factor that may have encouraged the GSMA to extend its endorsement of Motorola as the Emerging Market Handset vendor for six months from 1st July’, says Gavin Byrne, l...

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    Electronics Talk (link opens in a new window)
  • While the value of poverty-reduction strategies designed to help the poor help themselves is now well-known, private sector investment in microfinance is still low. Microfinance - or the provision of credit to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans - has been a tool for poverty-reduction now for three decades. But just 5% of microcredit demand is currently fulfilled. Moreover, 95% of people in developing countries lack access to financial services, com...

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    Ethical Corporation (link opens in a new window)
  • Charity needs to start to resemble a capitalist economy in which benefactors become consumers of soc

    The problem is not in the spirit of the people; it is in the nature of the charity. Philanthropy needs to become philanthrocapitalism. Charity needs to start to resemble a capitalist economy in which benefactors become consumers of social investment. The fact is that Americans, and people in general, are not greedy. Many wealthy Americans are looking for ways to make a difference in the world. It’s time for charitable organizations to start to compete for their money. Firs...

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    The Bard Observer (link opens in a new window)
  • The role of the bicycle in alleviating poverty.

    A kitchen blender attached to a bicycle sounds like the sort of device an inventor might dream up in a particularly eccentric moment, and never bother to build. But it really exists, and is one of a number of pedal-powered machines that are making a real difference to the lives of people in poverty-stricken Guatemala. The biciliquidora consists of a blender jug mounted above the frame of what is essentially half a bicycle, which a person sits on and pedals to get the blend...

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    iAfrica.com (link opens in a new window)
  • BAGUIO CITY-Business Circles have been talking about them for months now. But few took serious note of talks that a group of retired bankers and accountants has set up a call center to finance philanthropic work in the poorest communities of this city. Nam-ay Ti Umili Inc. (NTU), a foundation that provides business consultancy and micro-finance support for Baguio’s urban poor, formed a non-stock, non-profit call center inside the Baguio City Economic Zone on Oct. 3, 2005 for under...

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    Philippine Daily Inquirer (link opens in a new window)
  • In Rural India, a Sales Force in Saris Delivers Soap, Social Change

    CHOLLERU, India -- With its open sewers and mud-walled homes, this impoverished farming village of 2,200 in southern India did not look like fertile territory for an entrepreneur. But Srilatha Kadem was undeterred. Oblivious to the midday heat, she marched briskly along the unpaved streets, her cloth bag filled with soaps and shampoos and her heart with vaulting ambition. She stopped at a tile-roofed house, where a gray-haired woman in a green sari lounged in the shade of the small ve...

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    Washington Post (link opens in a new window)
  • The tricky balance between provision and profit

    UK water company Biwater is finding that making profits from water in poorer nations is a tough business. Biwater has just been awarded a contract to construct a new water purification plant on the banks of the Nile. The aim is to supply clean drinking water to an estimated 2.5 million residents of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. The plant will become operational in 2008. The contract is worth $108 million and half of this amount will be donated by the Dutch government th...

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    Ethical Corporation (link opens in a new window)
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