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  • Alianza WBCSD-SNV Present? su Trabajo en Negocios Inclusivos en el Marco de la Reuni?n Anual del B

    Publicado por WBCSD-SNV Alliance Ministros de finanzas, empresarios, banqueros, dirigentes de la sociedad civil, acad?micos, periodistas y destacados artistas latinoamericanos y caribe?os participaron en la reuni?n anual del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), que en esta ocasi?n se celebr? en Miami del 4 al 8 de abril. La Reuni?n Anual en Miami ofreci? una ...

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  • The Crushing Burden of Microcredit

    By FRANCE 24 Microcredit changed Shobi Rani’s life. An impoverished yoghurt seller, Rani travels across her region in northern Bangladesh on a cycle rickshaw, selling her dairy produce. She is a beneficiary of microcredit, the much touted development scheme to help eradicate poverty. Three months ago, Rani received a loan for 500 euros from the Grameen Bank to start her little dairy enterprise. Every week, a bank official carefully chec...

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  • Your $25 can Start a Business, Change a Life

    By Jen Haley Lovisa Asinde is a Ugandan widow who supports herself and her five children selling food. She started the small business eight years ago, and planned to open a larger restaurant in the center of her town. But when one of her children fell ill she was unable to work, and she lacked the $500 needed to buy saucepans, plates and food staples. So, strange as it may seem, Asinde went looking for international investors. She found s...

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  • Design for the Next Billion Customers

    Niti Bhan and Dave Tait, having just returned from exploratory research in Africa to understand the mindset and consumer behavior at the bottom of the pyramid, share their insights for designers hoping to serve this population. This research was part of a larger study conducted by Experientia, an Italy-based international experience design consultancy. Design has a social function and its true purpose is to improve people’s lives. --Nokia Design Manifesto

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  • Microfinance?s Success Sets Off a Debate in Mexico

    By Elizabeth Malkin VILLA DE V?ZQUEZ, Mexico - Carlos Danel and Carlos Labarthe turned a nonprofit that lent money to Mexico’s poor into one of the country’s most profitable banks. But not all of their colleagues in the world of microlending - so named for the tiny loans it grants - are heaping praise on the co-executives of Compartamos. Some are vilifying them as pawnbrokers and money lenders. They are the ce...

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  • Acumen Fund’s Big Ambition

    By Joel Dreyfuss The Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund with a mission, celebrated its seventh anniversary this week. A relative newcomer to the world of philanthropy, Acumen has drawn a lot of attention for its entrepreneurial approach to doing good: investing in new companies in developing countries that use technology to make a difference in the lives the people at the bottom of the pyramid. Acumen?s web site ( bluntly decla...

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  • Reuters Ploughs into Indian Farming

    PUNE, India, is one of the world’s most techie cities. Wireless internet pumps out across the city, students from its top-ranked universities jam the streets on motorbikes and on graduation vie for jobs at many of the West’s biggest high-tech companies. The city is a model of the tech-led renaissance of the subconti-nent’s economy - and is also, as chance would have it, home to Tata Motors, the new owner of Jaguar and Land Rover, two of Britain’s most famous car comp...

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  • Nokia Reaps Benefits of Emerging Markets

    By Andrew Parker Nokia said on Wednesday it had seen no evidence that the global economic downturn was affecting demand for mobile phones in emerging markets, as it outlined plans for new handsets for developing countries. Alex Lambeek, a Nokia vice-president responsible for the Finnish company’s strategy in emerging markets, said 2008 should be the first year in which the number of handsets sold in developing countries to customers replacing their ex...

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