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  • The Base of the Latin American Pyramid

    By Otaviano Canuto Thomas Trebat was right when he remarked here yesterday an enormous share of the Latin American wealth generated in recent years has piled up in the hands of a privileged few that may or may not be playing a useful role in turning the present boom into self-sustained econ...

    Source
    RGE Monitor (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • Business-friendly Reforms Best Way to Advance Latin America Economies

    What irony! When it comes to cutting government red tape and creating a pro-business atmosphere, communist-ruled China, Vietnam and former Soviet-bloc countries in Eastern Europe are moving much faster than most of Latin America. A new World Bank report - Doing Business 2008 - which looks at the ease of doing business in 178 countries around the world, says countries such as Croatia, Georgia, Estonia, China, India and Egypt were the most aggressive last year in adopting pro-business ref...

    Source
    San Jose Mercury News (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • ?No es fascinante?

    LA pobreza es, para algunos agudos analistas socioecon?micos, la riqueza del futuro y empieza a transformarse de problema en oportunidad. Ha empezado a surgir un creciente inter?s alrededor de un tema trascendente para la humanidad: la posibilidad de crear masivamente modelos de negocios rentables que permiten a la vez, generar utilidades y lograr la superaci?n de las comunidades m?s pobres. Lo que es m?s, crear oportunidades de negocio con y para la poblaci?n m?s pobre no ...

    Source
    El Universal (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • P&G’s Global Target: Shelves of Tiny Stores

    Every day, Martina P?rez D?az spends about five hours sewing 70 pairs of black loafers by hand for a wage of 120 pesos, or about $11. When she wants to wash her hair, she walks to her local tiendita, or small store, to buy a 0.34 ounce, single-use packet of Procter & Gamble Co.’s Head & Shoulders shampoo. The price: two pesos, or about 19 cents. That I usually can afford, she says. [Martina Perez Diaz] Shoppers like Ms. D?az factor heavily i...

    Source
    Wall Street Journal (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • How Magazine Luiza Courts the Poor

    Inspiration for a new case can strike at any time. For Harvard Business School professor Frances X. Frei, the time and place was one morning at home while reading The New York Times. An article on the front page of the Business section about an innovative Brazilian retailer prompted an immediate e-mail to Gustavo Herrero (HBS MBA ’76), executive director of the School’s Latin America Research Center (LARC). Herrero responded promptly, and with the assistance of LARC senior researcher Ric...

    Source
    HBS Working Knowledge (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • Clinton Speaks on Poverty and Politics in Latin America

    A highlight of the IDB?s ?Building Opportunities for the Majority? conference in June was a conversation between Luis Alberto Moreno, the Bank?s president, and Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. Clinton participated in the conference because the IDB?s new initiative dovetails with many of the activities of the William J. Clinton Foundation. Moreno and Clinton discussed a wide range of topics, including inequality, trade, alternative energy, AIDS and the rewards of public serv...

    Source
    IDB America (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • New business in new markets

    Excerpt: Despite some progress, the Millennium Development Goals remain elusive. The role of the private sector in helping to deliver these goals is increasingly being recognized, and many are urging the business community to mobilize and strengthen its contribution to poverty-reduction strategies. A partnership between the Netherlands’ development organization SNV and the WBCSD aims at helping companies in Central America and the Andean regions do more pro-poor business, especia...

    Source
    World Business Council for Sustainable Development (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
  • Peso power brings hope to poor

    Excerpt: E very weekend Hilario Amador makes the short journey to the city centre of Zacatecas where he deposits 120 pesos with Patrimonio Hoy, a self-help building scheme run by Cemex, Mexico’s largest cement company. The money is equal to about 20 per cent of his weekly wage at a local abattoir and it has allowed the 38-year-old to receive regular supplies of the materials he needs to tile the floor, repair the roof and build two extra rooms...

    Source
    Financial Times (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Latin America
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