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  • Bioenergy Touted to ’’Green’’ Cities and Aid Farmers, by Stephen Leahy

    A pellet of dried grass. Not much to look at, but the tiny ball symbolises a technology that experts say can help meet our surging demand for energy while curbing poverty and global warming especially in developing countries where vast rural populations with no access to electricity and rapidly-expanding mega cities vie for material resources. Pelletised grass is just one form of bioenergy, which includes, biogas, bioethanol and biodiesel from crops such as sugar cane and beet, maize...

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    IPS
  • ZABG Set to Upgrade E-Banking

    The Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (ZABG) is working towards upgrading its e-banking technology into a fully-fledged internet and phone banking system which it expects to be in full swing by the end of this month. In an interview with the Herald Business, an official from the banking group said: E-banking is already in operation. However, we are now working towards selecting the appropriate software for the system before implementing it. E-banking, an electronic...

  • e-choupal to cast the rural Net wide

    The ITC e-choupal network aims to cover over 100,000 Indian villages, representing a sixth of rural India and linking up more than 10 million farmers, over the next decade. ITC today won the ?Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2004? from The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) for its e-choupal initiative. The award is designed to encourage social responsibility processes within the corporate sector. ITC e-choupal, an information technology-based interventi...

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    Business Standard
  • Prescription for combating global diseases, by Jean-Pierre Garnier

    Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation published its World Malaria Report providing an update on the battle to fight the silent killer of the developing world - malaria. In spite of some progress, the report makes bleak reading, as yet another goal - to halve the deaths caused by malaria by 2010 - looks unlikely to be achieved. Globally, malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/Aids are killing about 20,000 people every day, the vast majority in the developing world. The ...

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    Financial Times
  • Nokia Launches Phones For Emerging Market Growth, By Magnus Hansson

    Nokia Corp. (NOK) Thursday unveiled two new low-priced mobile phones to help it bolster its position in emerging markets, which are fueling growth in the global handset industry. The two new phones will be very high volume, vice president Juha Pinomaa, who is responsible for so-called entry-level phones, said in a telephone interview with Dow Jones Newswires. The likes of Nokia are trying to exploit strong growth in developing regions like Africa, China and In...

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    Dow Jones Newswires
  • Argentina: First-Ever Permit for Indigenous Community Radio, by Marcela Valente

    The first operating licence ever granted by the Argentine government to an indigenous community radio station is being hailed as a major step forward in giving a voice to this sector of the population, while posing formidable challenges. The FM radio station, which has been operating without a licence for six years and has yet to be given a name, is run by the Mapuche Indian community of Linares, made up of around 700 members and located in the municipality of Aucap?n, in the southern...

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    IPS
  • Microfinance gets the ’big’ idea, by Saswati Chakravarty and J Padmapriya

    The movement may well have started two decades ago as a small measure to help the poor. But Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs) have today outgrown their shoes. They are looking at new structures and fresh funds to scale up in a market where demand outpaces supply by miles. Leading MFIs will tell you that there is a full-blown business opportunity waiting to be tapped. Don’t be surprised if many of these organisations, working at grass-root levels, have drawn up blueprints th...

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    The Economic Times
  • MFIs turn ’profitable’ for capital market access, by Saswati Chakravarty and J Padmapriya

    Ramesh Ramanathan, vicechairman of Sanghamitra, says: ?There is no conflict between the objective of reaching the poor and the institutional structure you adopt.? Vijay Mahajan, MD of Basix India, a bellwether MFI, says there are about 3,000 micro-finance bodies in India, of which seven have become NBFCs structured with investors, around 20 have registered as not-for-profit organisations while 980 are still societies and 2,000 are mutually-aided societies. Though there are 3,000 playe...

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    The Economic Times
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