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  • 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.

  • May Focus Topic: Technology

    Technology is the driving force behind many of the most exciting enterprises and initiatives working in emerging markets. NextBillion's Technology Month features posts on some of the most intriguing innovations we've come across.

  • Too Much, Too Soon? The Debate over Impact Investing and Growth in Off-Grid Energy

    A post by the impact investing firm Ceniarth, explaining why it's reducing its investment in venture-backed, solar home systems, sparked critical responses from both the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association and the impact investing firm Persistent Energy Capital. Authors at the IFC also added insights and data to the discussion. We've gathered the posts in this surprisingly heated debate into a brief series.

  • April Focus Topic: Health Care

    NextBillion's Health Care Month has featured posts from a diverse group of writers. Topics range from the ways to improve public-private health care collaboration in India, to the value of splitting the health care market into "luxury" and "economy" segments, to some potentially effective models for scaling care in low-resource settings.

  • March Focus Topic: Environment

    NextBillion's Environment Month featured posts on topics like: the challenges and solutions in providing affordable energy, the environmental impact of solar power and water conservation efforts, and the ways impact investing and microfinance can improve water and sanitation access.

  • February Focus Topic: Education

    In February 2017, NextBillion dedicated special coverage to the discussions and innovations that are shaping education in emerging markets. The posts in this series run the gamut from the opportunities and risks of offering for-profit public education to children (and helping their parents pay for it), to how to optimize entrepreneurship training and financial education for adults.

  • January Focus Topic: Microfinance

    In January 2017, NextBillion dedicated special coverage to the challenges, debates and innovative approaches that are shaping the microfinance sector. The diverse posts in this series discuss new business, technology and policy approaches to making microfinance more effective, more accessible and more sustainable.