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  • Ebay Founder Plans to be India’s Biggest Social Investor

    The philanthropic fund started by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of Ebay Inc, plans to be the biggest investor in projects targeting India’s 900 million poor, living on less than $2 a day. "The rate at which we’re investing, we will probably be the leading firm in that space at the bottom of the pyramid," said Jayant Sinha, managing director of Omidyar Network’s India operations. Ranked second on Barron’s list of the world’s 25 best philanthropists last month, the...

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    Business Standard (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Region
    South Asia
    Tags
    agribusiness
  • 16 Tycoons Agree to Give Away Fortunes

    The billionaire founder of social network Facebook Inc. has agreed to give the majority of his wealth to charity, part of a broader group of rich entrepreneurs committing to philanthropy earlier in their lives. Mark Zuckerberg has signed onto the "Giving Pledge," which asks its signatories to commit publicly to give away the majority of their wealth. The 26-year-old is one of 16 billionaires new to the p...

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    The Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Tags
    agribusiness
  • Inside the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    The headquarters of probably the most powerful charity in the world, and one of the most quietly influential international organisations of any sort, currently stand between a derelict restaurant and a row of elderly car repair businesses. Gentrification has yet to fully colonise this section of the Seattle waterfront, and even the actual premises of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which, appropriately perhaps, used to be a cheque-processing plant,...

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    The Guardian (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Tags
    agribusiness
  • Maximum Impact: How Top Philanthropists Would Spend $10 Billion

    At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates , the chairman of Microsoft Corp., committed $10 billion over the next decade to help develop vaccines and distribute them to children in the developing world. By anyone’s estimation, this is a lot of money and a worthy cause. But could it be spent even more wisely? It is now ...

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    Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Tags
    agribusiness
  • Reserve Bank of India to MFIs: Shape Up or Face Music

    HYDERABAD: India’s booming microfinance segment is under the scanner, with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issuing a veiled warning that it could be taken off the priority sector lending list of banks if the industry fails to improve its governance standards. This was spelt out at a meeting in late January between senior RBI officials, representatives of Sa-Dhan-the association of Indian microfinance institutions (MFIs)-and some senior MFI managers from Karnata...

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    Economic Times (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Region
    South Asia
    Tags
    farmers
  • Is Aid Working?

    It is hard to argue with the lofty ambition to end once and for all the scourge that is global poverty. How the world should go about this, however, is much more vexed. If poor countries do not have sufficient capital, aid advocates argue that there is a moral imperative for rich ones to help. Since 1970 hundreds of billions of dollars in bilateral and multilateral aid has been sent to Africa from the developed world. G20 leaders agreed at last month’s summit London that an extra $50bn ...

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    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture, Investing
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
    Tags
    agribusiness, ANDE
  • Time for a New Kind of Capitalism?

    The global financial crisis has led to serious questions, about the state of world capitalism. Anger is still running hot and strong against what’s perceived as the selfishness and greed of those in big Western banks and corporations. But there are some entrepreneurs who believe now is the time for another kind of capitalism to grow and flourish - a more kind and compassionate form which has social good as its goal, the betterment of the lives of the world’s poorest people, and ...

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    BBC News (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Agriculture
    Tags
    agribusiness
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