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  • Business & Development 2004

    Mark Malloch Brown and Robert Davies argue that Engaging the poor in markets as consumers, employees or entrepreneurs and providing them with services are valid business opportunities - and are increasingly attractive ones as many of the less populous western markets mature and reach saturation point for many goods and services. ...

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    Financial Times
  • Microsoft plans Asian XP starter

    Microsoft plans to offer a new version of the Windows operating system for beginning computer users in Thailand and Malaysia starting this September, as part of government-sponsored programs aimed at providing more affordable personal computers in those countries. Read full article here. ...

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    CNN
  • Renewal fund seeks private capital for loans market

    Afghanistan’s economy grew 20 per cent last year and sectors such as construction, communications and retail are booming. But the country’s financial sector is barely emerging from the dark ages and middle-sized businesses that fall outside the micro-credit market are hard pressed to get loans or attract investors. The fund aims to address a gap in the finance market for companies requiring initial investments of $500,000 to $10m, a finance official familiar with the plan said.&quo...

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    Financial Times
  • Microcredit is reducing poverty, one loan at a time

    Today, microcredit has reached more than 67 million poor people around the world. At any moment, as much as $6 billion in microcredit loans may be in circulation, with huge diversification and minimal loss. These loans, made at market rates, prove conclusively that the poor are not only creditworthy but have a real need to access credit. Read full article here. ...

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    Pugent Sound Business Jounral
  • Kyrgyzstan: “Business incubators” help to reduce poverty

    Promoting small businesses is one of the most effective ways of reducing poverty in a poor country like Kyrgyzstan, where government figures suggest at least 40 percent of the population of five million live below the poverty line. The country’s President Askar Akaev subscribes to this view and he has been busy pushing ’business incubators’ as one way of assisting small business enterprises. ...

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    IRIN News
  • The Future: Tech-savvy shanty towns

    Why should businesses think of the poor as a market at all? These are people, thanks to participation in underground economies or aggregate buying, who have some disposable income; who are poorly served today; and who have tremendous potential as a future market. Read full article here. ...

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    Red Herring
  • The Future: The meek shall inherit the tech, part 1

    [T]here’s one more group of people technology companies have long ignored, who have the potential to be a major new market, and who, if tapped, could help shape technologies for decades to come. Who is this? The world’s poor: the 4 billion-plus people who live on less that $20,000 a year. Read full article here. ...

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    Red Herring
  • Selling to the Poor

    Allen L. Hammond and C.K. Prahalad write about the largest untapped consumer market on Earth: the world’s four billion poor people. The market for goods and services among the world’s poor?families with an annual household income of less than $6,000?is enormous. The 18 largest emerging and transition countries include 680 million such households, with a total annual income of $1.7 trillion?roughly equal to Germany’s annual gross domestic product. ...

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    Foreign Policy
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