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  • Kozhikode to introduce e-literary programme

    After the successful implementation of the ’Akshaya’ programme in the neighbouring Malappuram, the administration on Friday decided to introduce the e-literary centres in Kozhikode as well, aimed at addressing the socio-economic inequities in the society by bridging the digital divide. As part of the Kerala Government’s ambitious plan to introduce the programme in other districts, the administration would set up 176 computer learning centres in various parts of the distric...

  • International Prizes Awarded to the Best Start-Ups, Out of 700 Poverty Entrepreneurs in Business

    Seven top Dutch CEOs and the Dutch minister of Development Cooperation, Ms. Agnes van Ardenne, presented this afternoon the awards to the winning entries of the Business in Development (BiD) Challenge at the Rabobank headquarters in Utrecht in The Netherlands. The BiD Challenge is the first international business plan competition ever to combine small entrepreneurial ideas with poverty reduction. 700 plans were submitted from all over t...

  • Traditional medicine ’important for neglected diseases’, by Priya Shetty

    Research into traditional medicine is vital for to tackling diseases that affect the world’s poor, according to intellectual property and health specialists who met this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The closed discussion of stakeholders from academia, industry and non-governmental organisations took place at a meeting organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health on 30-31 May. An open forum was held on 1 ...

  • Developing a Household Energy Generating Plant, by Isaiah Esipisu

    With only three dairy cows, David Kanyutu, has not paid a cent for domestic fuel in the last 35 years because his animals have been able to provide him and a neighbour with the required energy. The cows are able to service a heavy duty domestic biogas plant which serves the family of ten living in a six-roomed house for cooking, lighting television and radio facilities and providing warmth to chicken incubators. David Kanyutu explaining how his biogas plant in Gitamayu, Ki...

    The Nation (Nairobi)
    South Asia
  • Minister Inaugurates Information Centres in UER

    Government is to establish Community Information Centres (CIC) in all the 230 constituencies to help create awareness on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the rural communities. It will also bridge the ICT gap between rural and urban centres and expose the people to the relevant information needed to combat poverty. Mr Albert Kan Dapaah, Minister of Communications, made this known at the inauguration of two Community Information Centres at Bawku and Bolgatanga in the U...

  • Trickle-Up Economics, by David Armstrong with Naazneen Karmali

    How low-tech, low-cost designs are helping the poorest farmers on Earth grow their way out of poverty. The famed economist Jeffrey Sachs prescribes classic foreign aid in his recent book, The End of Poverty : hundreds of billions of dollars, overseen by the United Nations and the World Bank, for health clinics, schools, bridges, roads and water supplies. Then there’s Paul Polak, the 71-year-old founder of a nonprofit group that takes a minimalist app...

  • Designs On Poverty, by David Armstrong

    Village Internet kiosks, rural wireless networks and solar-powered electricity generation all have been touted as high-tech salvation for those living in poverty. But for the poorest of the poor, getting online market quotes or wireless access takes a backseat to simply increasing income from daily labor. A growing cadre of designers is creating smart, cheap, low-tech devices that can often provide a more immediate boost out of the poverty trap. XACCESS BICYCLES Many bicycles in...

  • Spreading services in rural areas ? RBI proposes two business models

    Banks may soon be allowed to use business correspondents for disbursal of credit and collection of interest, in the rural sector. This is one of the recommendations of the Reserve Bank of India’s Internal Group on Rural Credit and Micro Finance. The group has suggested the business facilitator model for providing non-financial services and the business correspondent model for providing financial support services to rural and farm sectors. Banks can use the business fac...

    The Hindu Business Line
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