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  • Mobile Banking for the Poor

    At a press conference this morning in Mumbai, mobile-banking company Obopay announced an alliance with Grameen Solutions -- an alliance with an extraordinarily ambitious goal. In ten years’ time, the companies said, they would like to see 1 billion of the world’s poor -- people living on less than $2 a day -- receiving banking services via their mobile phones. It probably won’t happen, but it would be amazing if it did. Mobile banking is not new, of course, although it is ...

    Conde Nast Portfolio (link opens in a new window)
  • One Laptop per Child Lands in India

    The Indian government wasn’t interested, so OLPC partners with Reliance ADA Group to bring computers to India’s primary school kids. By Nandini Lakshman Nicholas Negroponte has found it tough going in India. For years as the head of MIT’s Media Lab, the famed computer scientist promoted radical ways to use technology to transform society. His best-known idea is the

    Business Week Online (link opens in a new window)
  • Spreading the Gospel

    EARLIER this year Mario Chady faced a crucial decision. Having built up Spoleto, his chain of casual Italian restaurants, to 150 outlets in Brazil, and opened in Mexico and Spain, the time had come for Mr Chady, based in Rio de Janeiro, to choose between expanding into America or putting the idea on hold for at least 18 months. To help make up his mind, he asked for help from an organisation called Endeavor, which had chosen him as a potential ?high-impact entrepreneur? in 2003. Endea...

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  • Bank on Them

    Ideas have the power to change history. When new ideas emerge, they challenge established ways of thinking and acting, and suggest alternative approaches to resolve problems confronting the world. Yet ideas can turn out to be birds without wings. Without visionary and committed individuals who can actualise them, new ideas will hardly make any difference to the lives of people. They will remain as wishful thinking and disappear without trace. Many social entrepreneurs across the w...

    Frontline (link opens in a new window)
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done – WBCSD Launches Measuring Impact Framework

    Business knows that what gets measured gets done. In this spirit, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launches the Measuring Impact Framework to help companies measure and assess the impact of their business activities on economic and broader development goals wherever they operate. The Framework includes 3 compone...

    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (link opens in a new window)
  • MBAs lift non-profit sector

    When discussing the social sector, Bill Drayton, founder and chief executive of Ashoka, a non-profit organisation that promotes social entrepreneurs, remembers the sector 25 years ago. Salaries were pathetic, smart people would avoid it, it was disorganised, he says. That’s all gone. We’ve been catching up and once you go from non-competitive to competitive, organisations have to join in the party or they’ll be eaten alive. As many no...

    Financial TImes (link opens in a new window)
  • Asiapro: A thriving self-help enterprise

    Self-help or self-reliance continues to be the basic philosophy underlying the country’s social reform and poverty alleviation efforts. Self-sustaining businesses and livelihood ventures are encouraged, which led to the development of groups with self-help programs that require little (to no) assistance from the government. Asiapro Multi-purpose Cooperative is a notable sample. Asiapro empowers what was previously an unorganized sector in RP: informal/ non-regular workers. Base...

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  • Woman’s nonprofit brings power, hope to Africans

    When someone switches on a light in Banco, Mali, it’s most likely connected to a photovoltaic solar power system in the village. But its original source can be traced to an unassuming house in James City County . That’s where Mary Graham, who grew up in Northern ...

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