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  • In a “wise” move Timorese women venture into business after decades of conflict

    When Timor-Leste descended into a political crisis in April/May 2006, just five years after the restoration of independence from Indonesia, Mrs. Joaquina Da Silva, a 33 year-old mother of four was among the first group of women displaced from the capital, Dili. She then fled to the safe havens of Baucau which is her ancestral homeland. ’When our house was destroyed in Dili, I came here with my displaced family and just nothing else,’ she says, her voice chocking with emotion....

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    UNDP (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Reliance in fresh approach to MTN

    India’s Reliance Communications has made a fresh approach to acquire MTN, reviving its earlier interest in joining up with the South African mobile carrier to create an emerging markets telecommunications giant. News of the move follows the sudden collapse at the weekend of talks between MTN and Bharti Airtel, India’s biggest cellular operator by subscriber numbers and Reliance’s arch-rival. The talks with Bharti broke down amid differences over how to structure a proposed...

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    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Reliance takes over wooing elusive target MTN

    For India’s Reliance Communications, the breakdown of talks between its arch-rival Bharti Airtel and MTN must be a relief. A combination of Bharti, India’s number one mobile operator by subscribers, and South Africa’s MTN would have created a formidable competitor with 130m subscribers across 22 fast-growing markets in south Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Now, as Reliance pursues its own deal with the South African operator, Bharti’s experiences may ho...

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    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • ICT has huge role in attracting children: Azim Premji

    Azim Premji shared this thoughts on ICT in education in The Economic Times. An excerpt: One of the few things on which there is consensus across the entire ideological spectrum in economics and politics is that literacy and education are perhaps the most significant drivers of development and democracy. For societies to improve their literacy levels and the quality of their education, multiple complex factors must be worked upon. Information and communication technology (ICT)...

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    The Economic Times (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • Hope and despair in micro-finance

    These last few months have been marked by deals in the microfinance industry never witnessed before. With $12.5m into Spandana (of which $10m came from JM Financial), $11.5m in SKS Microfinance (majority from Silicon Valley-based Sequoia Capital) and a whopping $27m in Share (of which $25 m came from Dubai based Legatum Capital), suddenly all MFI CEOs seem to be talking about raising capital and doing it quick lest they miss the bus. But in a nascent industry MFIs large enough (with ...

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    Business Standard, India (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Smart money for India?s rural poor

    India?s Finance Ministry and Planning Commission are looking into ways of using electronic smart cards to transform the distribution of relatively small amounts of government money to India?s 220 million people who live below the poverty line, and maybe to 200-300 million more who are only marginally better off. This would make it much more difficult for bureaucrats, politicians and middlemen to siphon off the funds as they move down the distribution chain. ?We alr...

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    Fortune (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • PM: Find Ways to Tackle Poverty

    Enough talk, let?s find real solutions to poverty in the world. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said immediate action must be taken to resolve the problem of the poor. Let us, therefore, in the next two days, concentrate on finding solutions to this problem, he told some 400 participants at the opening of the Eighth Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) 2007 here last night. LANGKAWI: Enough talk, let?s find real solutions to poverty in the world.

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    NST Online (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Innovate for India’s Poor

    When the Korean steelmaker Posco decided to invest $11 billion in the bleak hinterland of eastern India, it might have expected to be greeted with flowers. Instead, two Posco executives were recently kidnapped, but later released unharmed, in a protest over government policies to transfer land from struggling farmers to the mega-corporations driving India’s modernization. It is only the latest evidence of gathering rage among the hundreds of millions who remain mute spectators to ...

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    Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
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