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  • Allanblackia to the Rescue of the Rural Poor?, by Domfe George

    Allanblackia oil made out of the seed of the tree, is a new commodity with the ability to substitute palm oil for some applications, he noted. Dr. Cobbinah said the project initiative builds on public-private partnership between Unilever, the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Technoserve and a number of Ghanaian governmental and non-governmental organizations. Unilever wants to secure a sustainable supply of the seeds, while the other parties promote a socially acceptable and environm...

    Public Agenda (Accra)
  • Ethiopia: Prime Minister Promises Internet Access for All

    Ethiopia, one of the poorest nations on earth, will expand Internet coverage from a handful of users to the entire country in three years, the prime minister said Tuesday. Premier Meles Zenawi said information technology lay at the heart of transforming the impoverished country where millions are dependent on foreign aid. The government is working with U.S. technology giant Cisco Systems to boost its coverage. We are fully committed to ensuring that as many of our poor as po...

  • Motorola breaks ?poor? price barrier

    The phone Motorola is designing has immense potential. The company is in line to sell 6 million immediately to carriers in poor countries, with the additional potential to reach 100 million per year in shipments. Nokia is also in the game. In January, the company said it plans to start selling a low-cost GSM phone using a Texas Instruments chip. And not to be outdone, Qualcomm, in February, said it has designed low-cost chips for CDMA phones for Latin America, India, and China. ...

    Red Herring
  • Cheap computers for emerging markets. How is that going to evolve?

    This year, there is a big push to make cheap computers for emerging markets. How is that going to have to evolve? A $300 computer is still going to be too expensive for many, probably, in Russia, India and other places. Well, that’s not really true. The expensive thing is the connectivity. Getting Internet connectivity is expensive. If all they had to do was pay for the computer--$300--and the communications were free, then we’d see that PC usage would be very, very big. Iron...

  • Selling to the Poor

    It?s becoming a familiar strategy. Emerging economies like Africa, Latin America, and China are offering fertile ground to startups and major companies?including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and DuPont?which face saturated markets in the richest industrial countries. These poorer regions are wielding another power: dictating products that are cheaper, and sometimes better, than their Western counterparts. ...

    Red Herring
  • Now Private Firms Eye State Hospitals, by Luke Mulunda

    Yesterday, the Kenya Health Federation said given the chance, the private sector could put up a basic structure that would avail quality healthcare to all Kenyans. The government should at least contract out badly run and managed facilities to us, said Maliti, who also doubles as the executive director of the Kenya Private Sector Foundation. This will be consistent with its commitment to a market-driven economy where private enterprise plays a major role in developing goo...

    The East African Standard (Nairobi)
  • Group Puts $100 Laptops in Poor Countries

    The laptops would be mass-produced in orders of no smaller than 1 million units and bought by governments, which would distribute them. Ambitious projects to bridge the digital divide in the developing world at low cost have had a shaky track record. Perhaps the best example is the Simputer, a $220 handheld device developed by Indian scientists in 2001 that only last year became available and isn’t selling well. But Negroponte and MIT colleagues Joe Jacobson and Seymour Papert aren...

    Associated Press
  • Rebuilding Tsunami-Ravaged South Asia through Sustainable Means , by Stuart Hart

    Indeed, with the South Asia coastline in ruins, there is an opportunity to drive the reconstruction process through an enterprise-based model organized around a vision of sustainable development. For visionary companies, this offers the chance to leapfrog directly to clean technology, wireless telecommunications, distributed generation of renewable energy, point of use water purification, sustainable agriculture, and environmentally-sound building techniques. For the financial sector, the...

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