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  • Microcredit a ’Practical’ Way to Fight Poverty, by Mar?a Vega

    Of the wide range of strategies identified for combating world poverty, the promotion of microcredits -- and other forms of financing for people with limited resources in developing countries -- has proven to be a highly effective tool, say experts from international agencies. In fact, the success of these initiatives has led the United Nations to designate 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit. Full articl...

  • World’s Fastest Growing Wireless Market Provides Lessons about ARPU for Developing Countries

    India’s wireless market is a test bed for alternative infrastructure, handsets, billing systems, business models and marketing strategies that will likely prove applicable to other developing countries. Full news release available here. ...

  • Micro-Credit: Small can be quite big

    If there is one common intersection between financial sector reforms, the pro-poor orientation of the Common Minimum Programme, guruspeak on finding gold at the bottom of the pyramid and plain economic sense, it is micro-finance. Full article available here. ...

    The Economist
  • Wal-Mart venture to expand in China

    World’s No. 1 retailer and Beijing-backed CITIC Pacific to open hundreds of stores over 5 years Foreign retailers looking to expand in China, including France’s Carrefour, Germany’s Metro AG and Britain’s Tesco Plc., have been hampered by restrictions that finally lapsed last month under China’s commitments to the World Trade Organization. Now, overseas players can own 100 percent of their stores and set up shop anywhere in the country, although winning ...

  • Three sectors to watch: Technologies that are helping nations jump ahead, by Tyler Hamilton

    Carmanah Technologies of Victoria, B.C., mentioned in a Clean Break column last November, gets around this by combining solar, battery and LED technology. The result is a variety of lighting products that are self-contained, last for five years or more without maintenance, and are continually powered by sunlight, making them energy self-sufficient. ...

    Toronto Star
  • Focus on Technology, by Dorian Bryan

    The mission identified by Ambassador Applewaite include among other proposals, the effort to create a Caribbean Information Society. Others include the adoption of a culture which information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for development and the creation of an awareness of the importance of ICTs in our daily lives; in national planning, services, human resource development and poverty alleviation. ...

    The Barbados Advocate
  • Kenya, Uganda Look to Exploit Business Potential, by Kimathi Njoka

    An export manager of a Kenya based multinational said: ’For an area like Southern Sudan that has been ravaged by war for more than two decades, I am confident that with the newly signed peace pact, there is bound to be a great demand for industrial goods and building materials once people start resettling. I can tell you most manufacturers in the region have eyes set on the Sudanese market.’ Full article av...

    The East African (Nairobi)
  • Suzuki goes off the beaten path to rev up sales, by Tokiko Oba

    Nevertheless, the automaker’s willingness to explore new markets in developing countries and in regional areas of Japan--for many years an unconventional policy compared with its domestic rivals--has led to sales rising from 170 billion yen in fiscal 1978 to 2.2 trillion yen last fiscal year. Full article available here. ...

    The Daily Yomiuri Online
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