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  • Lean Research: A New Way

    When used as a guiding framework, the principles of lean research have the potential to improve the quality and accuracy of the data gathered by social enterprises and other organizations, increase the usefulness of the data and enable the research process to generate benefits for communities, including improved relationships with local stakeholders and greater access to data for decision-making. This series explores the emerging discipline and how social enterprises, funders, nonprofits and most importantly - the people affected - may benefit from it.

  • Sanitation Q&As

    As the world works toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 – ensuring access to water and sanitation for all – we here at NextBillion have been asking questions of organizations working to help the 1.8 billion people globally who use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated. So many questions, in fact, that we've turned them, and the answers we've received, into a series.

  • Economic Empowerment in Action

    Over 15 months, Nathan Rauh-Bieri of the William Davidson Institute followed five women participating in the year-long Vital Voices GROW Fellowship as they progressed through their training, reflected on the program’s approach and evaluated its usefulness to their businesses and their leadership development.

  • SOCAP 2015 – Complete Coverage

    At the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP), thousands of investors, entrepreneurs, academics and others gathered to discuss the latest in impact investing. The excitement about this growing field was palpable, as evidence accumulates that it is moving from the margins to the mainstream. Check out NextBillion's complete coverage, including the key discussions, quotes, tweets and video interviews.

  • ‘Going Off Grid’

    "Going Off Grid" explores new business models, investment strategies and public-private partnerships to bring services to the "energy poor."

  • Microfinance Goes Digital

    In this series, Grameen Foundation shares lessons on what it takes for an MFI to go digital, from technology considerations and market strategies, to how to align human resources, create new digital products - and measure their social impact.

  • Understanding Failure in Social Enterprise

    In this series, published in collaboration with F*ckUp Nights, social entrepreneurs discuss their failures, and what they've learned.

  • Market Dynamics

    ​Even as the planet, overall, grows healthier, too many people in developing countries are still dying of preventable, curable diseases​. The problem often boils down to medicine ​not getting into the hands of those who need it. ​In this special NextBillion initiative, we look at role of market dynamics in health care, including supply, demand and pricing.