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  • Innovative Base Of The Pyramid (BOP) Approach Highlighted In Newly Released Report

    SC Johnson profiles stories of innovation and leadership around the world What do a Kenyan farmer earning less than $1 a day and a multinational corporation have in common? Thanks to a novel program initiated by SC Johnson , many Kenyan farmers who grow pyrethrum may look forward to increased crop yields, additional household income and improved quality of life. In exchange, the company helps develop a sus...

  • Designing for Change in the Developing World, by Francis Raven

    ?Engineering doesn?t normally address challenges in the developing world, says Denise Kulawik, director of program development for Design that Matters (DtM), a nonprofit in Cambridge, MA. For a product to be successful in the developing world it has to be inexpensive, robust, and withstand harsh physical conditions. In addition, in rural communities, there are issues with the power system.? Design that Matter...

    Digital Divide Network
  • The Social Entrepreneur, By Ahmed Namatalla

    Most recently, Mansour has agreed to serve as chairman of the committee that will select Egypt?s social entrepreneur of the year. The competition, sponsored by the Schwab Foundation and Business Today Egypt, will offer the winner the chance to participate in the Schwab Foundation?s Global Social Entrepreneurship Summit this fall as well as next year?s World Economic Forum, among other incentives. Mansour says he accepted the chairmanship of the Egyptian search because ?it is important...

    Business Today Egypt
  • 10 Big Thinkers for Big Business, by Karen Breslau

    P ierre Omidyar Omidyar has made his largest investments so far in the field of microfinance, which empowers the poor around the world by granting tiny loans (often as small as $50) to poor people who want to become entrepreneurs. By helping a woman buy a sewing machine so she can start a clothing business or buy chickens to sell eggs, lenders not only profit from interest payments on the original loans, but also build a base of small-business owners who will continue to ...

  • $25 cellular handset achievable within two years

    Within two years, and possibly within 12 months, the wireless handset industry is on track to design and manufacture low-end cellular handsets that cost US$25 or less to make, according to results of a recent survey conducted by Portelligent among the company’s customers in the wireless and electronics industries. Among respondents to the survey, 80% reported a belief that a low-end GSM handset with a total bill-of-materials cost of US$25 can be achieved within two years or less,...

  • Peace Through Entrepreneurship, by Stacy Perman

    A talk with Bpeace’s Toni Maloney on her group’s efforts to mentor small-business women from war-torn areas like Afghanistan When women have an economic stake in their communities, they’ll have a stronger hand in shaping their communities and ultimately in promoting peace. That’s the main contention of the nonprofit group Business Council for Peace . It was formed in 2002, when a handful of American businesswom...

  • Innovative technologies win development awards, by Zablon Odhiambo

    A solar-powered oven, a cheap, eco-friendly pesticide, and a clean-burning charcoal briquette are among the innovations honoured last month by the 2005 World Bank Development Marketplace Awards . The awards, announced on 24 May, carry funding of up to US$150,000 to support the continuation of innovative pro...

  • Speak Shop Wins Top Honors in Business Plan Competition for Socially Responsible Tech Companies

    Speak Shop , a pioneer in online face-to-face Spanish tutoring, was awarded ?Best Social Return on Investment? in the Social and Environmental Technology (SET) Inventors Challenge, tying with Differential Dynamics. The SET business plan competition challenges technology companies to save the world and investors to fund profitable solutions to global problems. The SET Challenge...

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