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  • Rural Women Banking by Mobile Phone

    PLUMTREE, Zimbabwe, Nov 14, 2011 (IPS) - Collecting the monthly subscriptions for her co-operative has always been a headache for Thelma Nare, 41. This is because Nare lives in Tshitshi, Plumtree in rural Zimbabwe, about 60 kilometres away from the humdrum of the nearest town centre where banks are located. "We meet after a long time as here in the rural areas our homesteads can be very far from each other. So members of our club do not meet or contribute regularly...

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    IPS (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Embrace ICT for Development, Minister Urges SMEs

    Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) operators have been urged to leverage the power of the Internet in transforming their businesses. Speaking at the Google Business Summit in Lagos, the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, said research supports the concept of putting businesses online. "Today, Nigeria has an estimated 33 million Internet users and we have targets to double this number in the next three to four years. Getting your business o...

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    The Nation (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A Maintenance-Free Bike to Give Africans Some Mobility

    The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami left thousands of people stranded, with ruined infrastructure putting basic needs-health care, school, building materials--out of reach. So bicycle-components manufacturer SRAM Corporation founded World Bicycle Relief , and, through partnerships with aid organizations, brought more than 24,000 bicycles to people in Sri Lanka. The organization has since expanded its bike-givin...

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    Fast Company (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • LinkedIn Connects Chilean Social Entrepreneur with Kenya

    Sebastian Salinas Claro, a young social entrepreneur from Chile is headed to Kenya to help launch a social entrepreneurship program. This event came about through the leading social networking website for professionals, LinkedIn. Sebastian, who founded a small social enterprise called Emprediem earlier this year. The company conducts workshops in entrepreneurship and social innovation. Sebastian’s Kenya endeavor began when a friend informed him that he was connected with Alex...

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    Justmeans (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Gates Foundation Unveils New Agricultural Policy

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the world’s largest donors to international agricultural research for development, has announced tighter priorities for its funding for Africa and South Asia, concentrating on key target countries and crops. In Africa the focus will be on Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. These countries will benefit from significant investment "to...

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    SciDev.net (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Andy Lieberman: Social Entrepreneurs, Not Charities, Will Help the Next Billion Out of Poverty

    This week the world hits 7 billion in population, just 12 years after we reached 6 billion. Virtually all of these new billion live at the so-called Base of the Pyramid -- that segment of humanity that, by virtue of economic and political circumstance, struggles to meet basic food, water and energy needs on incomes of around $2 a day. Here at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, we are confronting this problem every day and have come to the conclusion that the old ways...

    Source
    MercuryNews.com (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ivory Coast to Raise Profits for Cocoa Farmers

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - A major restructuring of the cocoa sector is under way in Ivory Coast, officials announced Thursday in reforms they say will give a boost to the country’s growers by guaranteeing them a minim price. Agriculture Minister Sangafowa Coulibaly said the government will create a state-controlled company in Ivory Coast, the world’s largest cocoa producer, which will guarantee farmers 60 percent of the international cocoa price. At a news conference where he...

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    The Washington Post (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Should We Be Focused on Rural Areas in the Developing World?

    Microfinance -- the practice of personal small loans to spur creativity in developing nations -- has well-known rural roots . Of late, I had assumed that the practice had become a city-based endeavor, in concert with other programs, targeting the world’s burgeoning urban populations. Time spent in Africa earlier in the year did not change that perception. However, after following up with community economi...

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    The Atlantic (link opens in a new window)
    Region
    Sub-Saharan Africa
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