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  • October Focus Topic: Impact Investing

    In the month of October, NextBillion is dedicating special attention to the impact investing sector, with posts on the innovations, research, major players, and significant trends that are shaping this fast-growing industry.

  • Financial Frontiers

    This series, sponsored by BFA, covers the frontiers of customer research, business strategy, technology and enabling environments that are bringing meaningful financial solutions to the underserved.

  • OPTIX: Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell

    BFA and MetLife Foundation created OPTIX (Optimizing Performance Through Improved Cross(X)-Sell) to support financial institutions in building better portfolios of products for their low-income customers. This series, sponsored by BFA, discusses key learnings from the project.

  • September Focus Topic: Agriculture

    With over 450 million smallholder farmers supporting about 2 billion people worldwide, initiatives and enterprises serving the sector can make an outsized impact. But like farmers themselves, they also face significant challenges, from the unpredictability of the weather, to difficulties reaching communities in remote rural areas. This series explores the innovations and enterprises that are addressing these challenges head-on.

  • August Focus Topic: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

    Water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) is an often-overlooked need in emerging markets communities – and it represents a growing opportunity for the social enterprises that serve them. In the month of August, we cover businesses, innovations and initiatives that are making an impact in WASH, in markets around the world.

  • Graduation Innovation: New Directions in a Proven Anti-Poverty Approach

    The "graduation approach" to extreme poverty alleviation has demonstrated remarkable success in making meaningful and lasting gains among participants – but it's difficult to scale. The posts in this series explore some intriguing variations on the graduation model, discussing promising avenues for scale, new approaches for serving the poorest of the poor, and innovative ways to foster entrepreneurship – even among participants who aren't entrepreneurial by nature.

  • July Focus Topic: Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurship is a central focus of NextBillion's coverage, and in the month of July 2017, we're covering the challenges, opportunities, trends and debates that are driving discussion among entrepreneurs working in emerging markets.

  • June Focus Topic: Financial Inclusion

    Financial inclusion is one of NextBillion's core topic areas, and we're dedicating special coverage this month to the many innovations, opportunities – and challenges – that are shaping the sector.

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