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  • The Path From Charity to Profit

    By Tina Rosenberg On Tuesday I wrote about Kedai Balitaku , a for-profit company started last year by the development group Mercy Corps in Indonesia. Mercy Corps took...

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    The New York Times (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • In ?Food Deserts,? Oases of Nutrition

    Poor urban neighborhoods in America are often food deserts - places where it is difficult to find fresh food. There are few grocery stores; people may do all their shopping at bodegas, where the only available produce and meat are canned peaches and Spam. If they want fruits and vegetables and chicken and fish, they have to take a bus to a grocery store. The lack of fresh food creates a vicious cycle; children grow up never seeing it or acquiring a taste for it.&...

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    The New York Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • IDB Providing $3.3b to Help Indonesia Hit Growth Target

    The Islamic Development Bank on Wednesday agreed to provide as much as $3.3 billion of financing through 2014 to speed Indonesia’s economic growth. "We are focusing on poverty, health and infrastructure. In line with IDB’s strategic priorities, we are committing to provide soft loans for its member, including Indonesia," bank president Ahmad Mohammed Ali said. The Saudi Arabia-based bank’s Member Countries Partnership Strategy program helps its 56...

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    The Jakarta Globe (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Foundation commits $2.2 mill for efforts at Hopkins-Nanjing

    The Hassenfeld Family Foundation has committed $2.2 million to the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies to establish a social enterprise competition and fellowships at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in China. The Hassenfeld Social Enterprise Fund will enable Chinese, American and other international graduate students to work together to develop real-world outcomes through innovative projects, while the Hassenfeld Fe...

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    The JHU Gazette (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Avon Budgets RM100m Micro Credit Loans

    Avon Cosmetics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, the largest direct selling cosmetics company in Malaysia, allocates micro credit loans of RM100 million annually to provide business opportunities, especially for women. "Through the Avon micro credit loans financing, we provide loans of between RM1,000 to RM70,000 to distributors without a deposit or interest," said Avon president Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, Mansoor Wan Abdullah. He was speaking to reporters after ...

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    Business Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Amid Japan?s Earthquake, Entrepreneurship

    By Elmira Bayrasli 700 times. That’s how much stronger, the U.S. Geological Survey says , Friday’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake in northern Japan was than the one that hit Haiti at 7.0 last year. Luckily the damage and the loss of life in Japan, though in the hundreds of thousands, was not 700 times larger. ...

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    Forbes (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Wen Jiabao Vows To Eradicate Chinese Poverty By 2020

    Chinese authorities have released a series of announcements indicating that they might be beginning to correct their share of the so-called "global imbalances" by channeling domestic spending and revving up imports. While Premier Wen Jiabao announced on Saturday that his administration would look to "actively boost consumer demand," the government-approved China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) announced a record number of Chinese trade delegations would make the...

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    Forbes (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Behind the Seams: The Disadvantaged Women Creating Hong Kong Fashion

    The founders of Dialog Worldbutik, Malaysian Dong Shing Chiu and New Generation Award winner Cassandra Postema, started their social business after the 2004 tsunami. They sold " Hope Tee " T-shirts for tsunami relief fundraising and expanded into women’s handbags and accessories using recycled materials by 2007. "Eco-friendly and fair trade is our trademark and the stories behind our designs are important. But the design...

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    CNN Go (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
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