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  • KYRGYZSTAN: Micro-credit promotes rural business culture

    The programme In Kyrgyzstan began in 1998, in a small group of villages participating in a pilot scheme. When that proved successful it spread throughout Kyrgyzstan and today operates in 130 villages. It works by organising low income communities into self-help groups that then blossom into rural cooperatives and micro-credit agencies. The programme is based on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that aims to boost rural livelihoods, among other things and the National Poverty Reduc...

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    IRIN
  • Mobile penetration will boost African business, by Arun Sarin

    The capability of state institutions is just as important for the development of a competitive business sector and economic growth, and this is where the developed nations can make a huge contribution. However, rather than transferring off-the-shelf solutions, the developed nations must transfer skills and competencies that allow the African authorities gradually to build their own practices based on their own experiences. As the Commission for Africa has noted, this takes time and commitment. T...

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    Financial Times
  • Straw improves water quality

    A Danish company has developed a drinking straw with an inbuilt water cleansing system. The straw is meant to fight diseases from polluted drinking water in Third World countries A Danish company has invented a drinking straw to fight cholera, typhus, and other dangerous diseases spread with polluted drinking water in Third World countries. The straw, which looks more like a flute than a conventional drinking straw, contains a built in water cleansing system, daily newspa...

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    The Copenhagen Post
  • Microsoft expands low-cost Windows to Mexico, by By Ina Fried

    Microsoft said Tuesday that it is expanding its Windows XP Starter Edition to include Mexico, with plans to eventually offer the low-cost operating system throughout Latin America. The software maker said that the Spanish-language Windows XP Starter Edition will be made available on new PCs starting immediately in Mexico and Argentina, with a goal of offering the OS throughout Latin America in the coming months. XP Starter Edition is similar to other flavors of Windows XP...

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    CNET News.com
  • India’s Renaissance: The $100 computer is key to India’s tech fortunes, by Michael Kanellos

    One of the critical ingredients for the $100 computer is probably in your garage. In about three months, a little-known company called Novatium plans to offer a stripped-down home computer for about $70 or $75. That is about half the price of the standard thin clients of this kind now sold in India, made possible in part by some novel engineering choices. Adding a monitor doubles the price to $150, but the company will offer used displays to keep the cost down...

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    CNET News.com
  • Spreading into rural India, by Nelson Vinod Moses

    BPOs are moving to villages Kizhanur is like any other village in Tamil Nadu?s Thiruvallur district, surrounded by paddy fields and grazing cows. But look closely at No:1 Sivan Koil street which is awash with a new phenomenon ? a business process outsourcing (BPO) version of ITC?s e-choupal. Chida Soft is a village BPO, doing coding on legal paper for an US client. It is run by entrepreneur Sharmila , 25, who supervises the Kizhanur franchisee of Lason India, ...

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    Business Standard
  • Booming cell phone sector rare Africa success story, by Rebecca Harrison

    Ask the head of leading African mobile phone operator Vodacom why last year’s profits were so huge, and he points to the long lines of South Africans snaking from the company’s flagship store in Johannesburg. Just look at all these people signing up for phones, marvels Alan Knott-Craig. They can’t seem to get enough of them and these are ordinary folk, not white executives. Vodacom and its main rivals MTN and Celtel -- now part of Kuwait...

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    Reuters UK
  • Ground reality, by Prerna Raturi And Gouri Shukla

    Lessons that companies have picked up from the bottom of the pyramid Management thinker C K Prahalad strongly believes that focusing on the poor represents an opportunity rather than a problem. In India, companies that subscribe to this view, from ITC to HLL, have been constantly trying to cater to rural India, spread across 6,27,000 villages, which is home to 70 per cent of India?s population. What?s more, 90 per cent of the rural population is concentrated in villages w...

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    Business Standard
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