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  • When Communities Identify Their Own Poor, Aid Has the Most Effect

    When governments and NGOs plan on giving assistance to the most needy, how do they know who needs the most assistance? It’s a question people are at great pains to answer, yet social welfare programs around the world are still plagued by error and abuse. That has not deterred the development of programs to help people escape extreme poverty. But because the poor--especially those earning less than $2 or $3 per day--typically hold informal jobs with no official records about their earnings...

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    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
  • East Asia Invests in Basic Sanitation

    A series of reports by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program highlights that households that invest in basic sanitation have a better standard of living and thus could increase up to seven fold the return on investment in economic benefits in East Asia. The reports are a follow up to the Economics of Sanitation Initiative (ESI) launched in East Asian countries in 2007. The new reports contain a case study analysis on the costs and benefits of investing in basic improvements ...

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    Microfinance Focus (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Rags2Riches Empowers Impoverished Women to Turn Recycled Scrap into Haute Couture

    Reese Fernandez-Ruiz was teaching children math, science, and reading skills in Payatas--one of the Philippines’ biggest dump sites--when she noticed something: local mothers were making foot rugs out of scrap cloth that was furnished to them by a group of middlemen, who got the cloth directly from a factory and retrieved the finished products to sell. The mothers made a total of 20 cents per day. Before the middlemen came along, the mothers took the scrap cloth directly from the local du...

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    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
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    consumer products
  • Rural Chinese Shake Off Poverty Through Self-Development

    BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- On a muggy summer day in Xiuning County of central Anhui Province, Wu Fengfeng still chops wood with a five-kilogram carpenter axe in a workshop of the non-profit Desheng Carpentry School. The 18-year-old boy, who is from a poor rural family in Xiuning, said his only task now is to master the techniques of making the four-sided "immortal eight" table and palace chair -- two types of traditional Chinese furniture -- so that he can "graduate soon and make mone...

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    Xinhua (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Bringing Light to the Poor, One Liter at a Time [Video]

    A bottled liter of water with a few teaspoons of bleach is proving to be a successful recipe for dwellers in the light-deprived slums of the Philippines. The simple technology is spreading sunlight in places where it has never been, and saving residents money at the same time. Gemma Haines reports. ...

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    Reuters (link opens in a new window)
    Categories
    Education
    Region
    Asia Pacific
    Tags
    business case
  • Nestl? to Continue (BoP) Expansion in Philippines

    Consumer goods giant Nestlé Philippines Inc. will be investing more in the country in the coming years, in a bid to offer new products to more markets, particularly consumers on the extreme top and bottom of the economic pyramid. In an interview with the Inquirer on Thursday, Nestlé Philippines chairman and chief executive John Martin Miller said the company, while already serving a wide spectrum of Filipino consumers, still had markets that were largely untapped. "W...

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    Inquirer.net (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Roads and Rice: How Innovation and Infrastructure Can Feed the World

    As a new diplomat in 1968, I was assigned not to the chandeliered ballrooms of Europe (as I had hoped) but to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam , as a rural development adviser. The green revolution was just beginning to spread around the world, and a new "miracle rice", known as IR-8, developed at the International Ric...

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    Guardian.co.uk (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Asia Pacific
  • Closing the Loop between Sanitation and Food Security for the ?Base of the Pyramid?

    If consumers in the advanced Western economies have a hard time swallowing the idea of drinking water recycled from sewage, that may be nothing compared with what those in the Philippines have to go through when they consider eating foods raised from fertilizer recycled from human wastes. But that´s exactly what a local foundation based in the boondocks of Mindanao has been advocating, and is now actively looking for "technology off-takers" who are willing to partner with t...

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    American Chronicle (link opens in a new window)
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    Asia Pacific
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