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Making Microfinance More Effective

Harvard Business Review

The Grameen model of microfinance gained a great deal of attention in the international development field after early data showed that it was associated with high repayment and low default. Micro-insurance is not at scale anywhere except when heavily subsidized by government, a market we hope technology may change in the future.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Social enterprise Technologymillion users.

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Social enterprise Technology ICTmillion users.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

As a college student in this technological era, I’ve felt the constant burden of having to pursue a “practical” degree.

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Guest Post: An Entrepreneur's Thoughts on Market Incentives & Foreign Aid

Mills Scofield

I think that microfinance is one of those rare game changing social initiatives that manages to use market forces to drive social change.

How One Startup Developed a Sales Model That Works in Emerging Markets

Harvard Business Review

Where a solar light can simply be turned on to show its value, a stove demo requires 30 minutes of time and extensive training about the technology. Experiment #5: Microfinance Institutions. Prem, a BioLite Burner on our West India team, gives a HomeStove demonstration to a group of customers at a microfinance branch in Rajasthan.

Scaling Up Without Losing Your Edge

Harvard Business Review

Forty years ago, British economist E.F. The retort from mainstream economists was swift and scathing: "Small is stupid." It moves.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Harvard Business Review

Or consider Kwabena Darko of Ghana, who helped found that country’s microfinance sector by forging a collaboration between global NGO Opportunity International , his national startup Sinapi Aba , and a myriad of village- and town-based trust groups. Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement. In the broader U.S.

Transforming Rural India Through Agricultural Innovation

Harvard Business Review

A large part of NAF’s effort with farmers is to help break their initial emotional barriers to new technologies. The success of these measures has had a demonstrative impact on the farmers’ willingness to adopt and internalize new technologies. The disparity between the urban and rural incomes is also on the rise.

Servant Leadership Observer ? November 2010

Modern Servant Leader

The Modern Servant Leader Servant Leadership & Technology. Technology. Technology. Why Technology Managers Make Great Leaders.

Making Sense of the Many Kinds of Impact Investing

Harvard Business Review

Everyone agrees that impact investing is on the rise. Faced with this uncertainty, most investors have chosen one of three options. Type of impact.

Why CEOs have Liberal Arts Degrees

Mills Scofield

As a college student in this technological era, I’ve felt the constant burden of having to pursue a “practical” degree.

How to Create Youth Jobs After Conflicts

Harvard Business Review

Upon graduation, the governments, nonprofits, or (more recently) microfinance companies give them loans to buy tools and opens shops. Ndubuisi Ekekwe is a founder of the non-profit African Institution of Technology. In these countries, youth unemployment is staggering. This represents a threat to peace and stability.