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  • GENEVA , May 29 (IPS) - The World Health Assembly concluded its annual session over the weekend with the adoption of a resolution that could change the concept of drug R&D, and open the door to a system that gives the world’s poor greater access to medicines. The resolution approved by the Assembly, the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), urges the 192 member states to make the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals a strategic sector, thus committin...

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  • Tools for Poor Farmers

    To Martin Fisher, 48, and Nick Moon, 51, a simple pump could be the solution to poverty for millions of Africans. They’re the co-founders of KickStart, a San Francisco--based nonprofit that encourages rural entrepreneurship by providing tools that Africa’s poor can afford. Since the group was founded in Nairobi in 1991 under the name ApproTEC, it has developed a machine to make building blocks, a press that extracts cooking oil from seeds, a hay baler and a series of hand-operated micro-...

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  • Using the Same Tape Measure: MicroRate To Launch Tool for Rating Microfinance Funds

    by Bill Baue The rating tool, a project supported by Gray Ghost Microfinance Fund, Omidyar Network, and Gates Foundation, is yet another step toward establishing microfinance as a distinct asset class. Microfinance, which provides tiny loans to help people bootstrap out of poverty by running small (often one-person) businesses, took another step toward becoming a distinct asset class with the advent of a mechanism for objectively rating microfinance fu...

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  • Acumen Fund Initiative Will Develop ’Entrepreneurial Bench’ in Fight against Global Poverty

    Inaugural Fellows Class Selected From Global Applicant Pool Will Bring Private Sector Solutions to Developing World NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 24, 2006--Acumen Fund, a leading innovator in the creation of sustainable, scalable solutions addressing poverty in the developing world, announced the inaugural class of Acumen Fund Fellow...

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  • Bangladesh’s banking sector has been going through massive development due to favourable policy of the government. They already have a significant number of private sector banks and these banks now offer short to long term packages for their respective clients. For their successful performance, not necessarily only the businessmen but also housewives and potential entrepreneurs nowadays have access to banking services. There are many women who have got success in small bu...

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  • Kenya’s small and medium-sized businesses can tap into a Sh1.7 billion regional fund launched by a group of local and international companies.It will be made available in loans and business development assistance through managerial training.Dubbed ’Aspire Kenya’, the initiative has been jointly established by GroFin, an African specialist business developer and financier, and Shell Foundation. Small Ugandan and Tanzanian firms will also benefit. GroFin will co-ordinate ...

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  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have played an important role in the development of China’

    Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have played an important role in the development of China’s economy. As of the end of 2004, SMEs accounted for 58.5 percent of the country’s GDP (gross domestic product), 66 percent of patent rights and 74 percent of technology innovation, according to Li Jun, vice-president of the Export-Import Bank of China. They developed 82 percent of the country’s new products and made up 68.3 and 69 percent of total exports and imports respectively.

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  • SINCE 1994, the South African government has invested significant political capital in the support of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This is because SMEs are recognised as key contributors to both growth and employment, contributing 30% of the country?s gross domestic product and almost 70% of private-sector employment. Government intervention in this sector has included the provision of wholesale finance and nonfinancial support services. The 2005 and 2006 budgets have also given su...

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