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  • Business with the poor

    In the race to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, it is critical to examine all tools at our disposal to alleviate poverty. The greatest untapped resource is the enormous potential, in the form of investment and innovation, of the private sector. And the success of any private enterprise with the poor depends on a dialogue and often collaboration with governments. United Nations Development Programme’s new report Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business wi...

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  • Rwanda: The Starving Bottom Billion

    This week Trade Ministers assemble in Geneva to try and make progress at the World Trade Organisation on the Doha Development trade round. The global economy needs the boost that further trade liberalisation has always delivered. However, it’s true of generals, leaders, and bureaucrats, that we fight the next war, or address the next problem based on the evidence of our last battle when things have moved on. My experience of the 1970’s prepared me for the needs o...

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  • Rural graduates turn a new leaf

    Salma Sultana’s rural and orthodox background hardly came in her way of becoming a processor in a BPO. Hailing from Muthukuru mandal of Nellore district, K. Sudheer, her peer, shouldered the job responsibilities with a great flourish. It’s a metamorphosis for the likes of Salma and Sudheer from BOP (bottom of the pyramid) to BPO (business process outsourcing), when HDFC Bank picked them up for the challenging assignments, thanks to the customised training imparted by the Empl...

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  • Exports of Eco-friendly Shopping Bags Give Livelihood Opportunities to Disabled in Indonesia

    Export Service Centre Connects Small-Scale Producers in Indonesia with Import Buyers in Europe to Create Sustainable Jobs and Advance Skills Development Hong Kong, July 22, 2008 -- People in Europe who buy the eco-friendly shopping bags made of recycled materials are doing more than just helping the environment -- they are also giving meaningful employment and self-sufficiency to 37 physically disabled people in Indonesia. This is made possible through the work of the non-profit Ex...

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  • Development Aid – Help or Hindrance?

    Celebrities have made foreign aid cool. With their themed wristbands, tireless campaigning and regular trips to Africa, people such as Bono are among the world’s most prominent activists. ?Washington, D.C. - Scripps Howard Foundation Wire - infoZine - The face of development aid has changed since Congress passed the Foreign Assistance Act in 1961. More and more famous people are signing up to make poverty history and save Africa from war, corruption and HIV/AIDS, and t...

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  • Japan, ADB help ethnic minorities

    Japan and the Asian Development Bank are helping poor and ethnic minorities in Vietnam develop skills and run small business operations. The Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction granted an additional US$1.3 million to a project to be managed by the bank that will pilot a new approach to skills-training for some 4,000 people in Tra Vinh and Soc Trang, the two poorest provinces in the Mekong Delta. The region has 13 provinces with a population of 19 million or 22 percent of t...

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  • Fundraisers wolfing down new challenge

    FORRES people who are hungry for an exciting charity challenge and don’t want to venture too far from home can sign up for the very first WildHearts Wolf Charity Trek, which will include part of the Dava Way. The event, which is taking place on the weekend of August 9-10, traversing parts of Moray and the Highlands, aims to raise cash for WildHearts a Nairn-based charity dedicated to helping people living in poverty around the world to help themselves.

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  • Travel-Blogue Day 6: Muhammad Yunus? Next Big Thing

    The way Noble Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus sees it, the micro-credit revolution is running its course in his home country of Bangladesh. Between his Grameen Bank and other NGOs, which together make Bangladesh the most heavily micro-credit-enabled place on earth, he estimates that about 80% of the poor families that might want to participate are being served already. His goal is for Grameen to help finish the job by 2012. What’s next? Health care. This is the biggest ...

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