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Banyan Green raises Rs 1 crore from I3N, other angels

Source: Economic Times


Banyan Green Fuels, a startup that develops customised biofuels for clients, has raised Rs 1 crore
from Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) and other angel investors.
TAGS:energy, impact investing, investment fund, renewable energy
Friday, December 19, 2014 No Region Specified

Videos Nominated for the Rusty Radiator Awards 2014


Source: Rusty Radiator Awards
The Rusty Radiator Award goes to the fundraising video with the worst use of stereotypes. This
kind of portrayal is not only unfair to the persons portrayed in the campaign, but also hinders
long-term development and the fight against poverty.
TAGS:global health, Poverty
Friday, December 19, 2014 South Asia

Triotech Raises $3 Million From Singapore VC Firm


Bluehill
Source: The Economic Times
Mobile payment services company Triotech Solutions has raised $3 million (nearly Rs 19 crore)
from Singaporebased venture-capital firm Bluehill in its first round of funding.
TAGS:impact investing, Microfinance, mobile banking, mobile money
Friday, December 19, 2014 No Region Specified

Incentive Program May Alter the Economics of Ebola


Vaccines
Source: CP24
Earlier this week, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law a little piece of legislation that
may significantly change the economics of making drugs or vaccines to protect against Ebola
and other viruses in its deadly family.
TAGS:drugs, global health, pharmaceutical industry, vaccinations
Friday, December 19, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile Banking is Not Taking Off as Expected, Banker


Warns
Source: BD Live
Mobile phones have been touted as the solution to banking for the poor in Africa, given that
phone penetration is so high. However, some bankers warn it is not that simple.
TAGS:banking, mobile money, mobile phones
Friday, December 19, 2014 No Region Specified

Are Impact Accelerators/Incubators Targeting Emerging


Markets Any Good?
Source: Forbes
Seems every time you turn around, theres a new impact incubator or accelerator aimed at social
enterprises in developing countries. But that doesnt mean theyre any good.
TAGS:business development, social entrepreneur, social impact
Thursday, December 18, 2014 South Asia

World Bank commits over $1 billion to Bangladesh


Source: Dhaka Tribune
The fund would benefit almost 36 million people by improving the quality of primary education,
building coastal communities resilience to natural disaster, and increasing the nutrition and
cognitive development of children.
TAGS:Aid agencies, cash transfers, poverty alleviation, social impact
Thursday, December 18, 2014 No Region Specified

Seven Breakthroughs That Will Transform Global Health


Source: The Guardian
Which major breakthroughs in technology have had a transformative effect on the lives of the
worlds poorest? Vaccines for polio and other serious diseases; HIV anti-retrovirals; mosquito
bed-nets with powerful insecticide infused into its fabric. All have transformed lives by
dramatically reducing disease.
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, solar
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Zimbabwe Government Moves to Lower Money Transfer


Charges and Broadband Prices
Source: Techzim
It looks like we are headed towards cheaper mobile money services and lower broadband prices
if the States word is anything to go by.
TAGS:government, mobile money, public policy
Thursday, December 18, 2014 South Asia

Is India approaching a perfect storm in digital financial


services?
Source: Live Mint
In the use of digital technologies, financial services in India lag behind other sectors. But a
perfect storm may soon come and enable technology-led disruption at a far greater scale.
TAGS:digital payments, mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Thursday, December 18, 2014 No Region Specified

Q&A with Ashokas Maria Escorcia: Boosting


Entrepreneurship for Social Change
Source: Miami Hearald
Changemakers can come from anywhere, including the corporate world. Just look at Maria
Escorcia, director of the South Florida chapter of Ashoka, a nonprofit that supports a network of
3,000 social entrepreneurs around the world.
TAGS:Ashoka, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social impact
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Home vs. Mobile Clinic-Based HIV Testing and Counseling


in Rural Africa
Source: Medical Xpress
Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high
participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and
should be provided depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research
published in this week's PLOS Medicine by Niklaus Labhardt from the Swiss Tropical and

Public Health Institute, and colleagues from SolidarMed, a Swiss non-governmental


Organization for Health in Africa.
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, rural healthcare delivery
Thursday, December 18, 2014 No Region Specified

Can Innovation Help the Poor Escape from Payday


Lenders? Ford Thinks So
Source: Inside Philanthropy
The Ford Foundation has been working to close the racial wealth gap for over two decades, a gap
much in the news these days, and one part of that effort has been to help "unbanked" low-income
people escape from the shady world of payday lending and worse, and access the financial
services that middle-class people take for granted. To that end, Ford recently gave $1 million
dollars to the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) to continue its work on building
financial tools for the underserved.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial innovation, Philanthropy
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Simple but Impactful: Transforming Nigerias Vaccine


Supply Chain
Source: Impatient Optimists
Vaccine supplies and logistics are a fundamental component of any immunization system. In
Nigeria, any hope of achieving the goal of 87 percent vaccine coverage by 2015 will remain out
of reach unless vaccines and devices reach heath facilities on time and in the right quantity. The
greatest difficultly lies in reaching the last milegetting vaccines to those in the hardest-to-reach
corners of Nigeria.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global health, social impact, vaccinations
Thursday, December 18, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Will Africas Mobile Money Revolution Take Hold?


Source: AFKInsider
When mobile network operator (MNO) Safaricom launched its M-Pesa mobile payments system
in Kenya seven years ago, few business models were as ripe to explode. With extremely high
mobile penetration rates, a high proportion of unbanked households, a regulatory system that
allowed telecoms companies rather than banks to lead the way, and a migrant population
suffering from expensive domestic remittances, it is little wonder that more than two-thirds of
Kenyan adults use the service today.

TAGS:financial innovation, inclusive business, mobile banking, mobile money


Thursday, December 18, 2014 South Asia

Myanmar anticipating a leap-frog in development through


financial inclusion
Source: OECD Insights
An overview of the Financial Access Landscape and the usage of financial services by
consumers in Myanmar.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, poverty alleviation
Thursday, December 18, 2014 South Asia

Nestle-NGO Tie-Up to Provide Adolescent Health Education


Source: India Gazette
In order to inform adolescents about the benefits of proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy
lifestyle, Nestle India signed an agreement Wednesday with Magic Bus India Foundation, an
NGO, a company statement said here.
TAGS:education, global health, NGO, Public private partnerships
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 No Region Specified

Heres How Much the Next Ebola Will Cost Us


Source: TIME
The global community cannot withstand another Ebola outbreak: The World Bank estimates the
two-year financial burden price tag of the current epidemic at $32.6 billion. Unfortunately, the
virus has revealed gaping holes in our preparedness for major infectious disease epidemics.
Because of these, plus the urbanization of rural communities and globalization of travel and
trade, more of these epidemics are expected.
TAGS:global health, health care
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 South Asia

State Bank of India to Provide Mobile Financial Services to


Underserved
Source: Mobile Payments Today

Amdocs, a provider of customer experience products, today announced the selection of its
mobile financial services product in association with Triotech's product, which will enable State
Bank of India to offer mobile financial services to India's unbanked and underbanked population,
using the mobile network of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. The solution will be delivered
under a five-year services contract, according to a press release.
TAGS:financial inclusion, mobile banking, mobile money
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Ebola: UN Says Health Workers in Sierra Leone to Receive


Hazard Pay Using Mobile Money
Source: UN News Centre
Response workers battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa will receive hazard pay for the
first time in Sierra Leone using mobile money because unless there is a certain element of
incentives, or danger pay, its very difficult to attract and retain people, the United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) announced today.
TAGS:global health, mobile money
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 No Region Specified

Q&A: Creating a Mobile Health Platform That Just


Works for All
Source: PSI Impact
When something just works, theres usually a mini-universe of people, technology and ideas
behind it that the rest of us take for granted. Take bar codes for example; theyre ubiquitous, and
serve multiple uses for every stage of a products manufacture and eventual sale. The tale behind
them is an astounding story of vision, foresight, technological progress and, perhaps most
importantly, the appropriate wrangling of partners that started with grocers and eventually cut
across every industry.
TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, mobile phones
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Corporate Commitment to Impact


Investing Will Reach Record Heights in 2015
Source: PR Newswire
Madeira Global, a premier New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified
investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing, today released its 2015 Impact Outlook

for the marketplace. The firm asserts that corporate commitment to impact investing is set to
reach record heights in 2015 due to the combination of heightened corporate social responsibility
programs and a return to the laws of fundamental investing into companies with strong
environmental, social and governance practices. The milestones seen in 2014, such as Prudential
committing to build a $1 billion impact investment portfolio by 2020, will serve as precursors to
the 2015 impact investment landscape.
TAGS:impact investing, social enterprise, social impact
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: More Nations to Receive Tuberculosis-Fighting Drug


Source: allAfrica
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) with Janssen Therapeutics December 11 that aims to accelerate progress
in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, specifically multidrug-resistant tuberculosis
(MDR-TB).
TAGS:drugs, global health, tuberculosis
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 No Region Specified

USAID head to step down


Source: USA Today
The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development says he will step down in
mid-February. Rajiv Shah, who has led USAID for five years, said in a statement that the agency
is answering President Obama's call to end extreme poverty across the globe.
TAGS:Aid agencies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 No Region Specified

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath


Source: The Huffington Post
Impact investing reached and surpassed the tipping point in 2014, ceasing to be an insiders'
game.
TAGS:impact investing, Philanthropy, social business, social enterprise, social impact
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Latin America

SunEdison, IFC, OFID, and CABEI Close $146M Financing


for Solar PV Projects in Honduras Totaling 81.7 MW

Source: Solar Server


SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, CA, US) on December 15th, 2014 announced the closing of an
approximately USD 146 million non-recourse debt financing arrangement with the International
Finance Corporation (IFC), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and
the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
TAGS:energy, renewable energy, solar
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 South Asia

Cabs for Women, by Women: Could Ola Succeed Where


Others Have Failed?
Source: Firstpost
G-cabs, one of the taxi companies operating in Gurgaon lists the following as a perk of availing
their services: "A Panic button, at both the passenger's and chauffeur's end- assuring a safe
journey." In the aftermath of the Uber rape case, this seems like an extremely helpful feature for
a taxi service to have. However, what it also points out is that some of the solutions women are
looking for in terms of safe travel are already available - at least on paper. There are at least four
cab operators in the NCR region which offer women-only services - Vira, Priyadarshini, G-cabs,
Sakha - however, people still tend to resort to services like Ola and Uber. A report on The Times
of India today points out that Ola cabs now plan to make their services more women-friendly by
launching a line of 'by women, for women' cabs. The move comes after threats of banning cab
aggregating services like those of Uber and Ola.
TAGS:social enterprise, transportation, Women
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Survey: 36.9m Nigerians Excluded From Financial System


Source: Thisday Live
Findings from the EFInA access to financial services in Nigeria 2014 survey has revealed that
36.9 million adults, representing 39.5 per cent of the population are financially excluded.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, mobile money
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Survey: In Nigeria, 2.6 Million Adults Have Microfinance


Bank Accounts
Source: allAfrica

A survey carried out by Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) Access to Financial
Services in Nigeria in 2014 revealed that 2.6 million Nigerian adults representing 2.8 percent,
currently have a microfinance bank account.
TAGS:banking, financial innovation, financial services, Microfinance
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No Region Specified

5 Reasons Today's Leaders Are Focused on Using Wealth


and Power to Create Impact
Source: Business Insider
Leaders are migrating from figureheads to action figures. From bureaucrats to disrupters. From
managing the established to creating and sponsoring more social impact.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, impact investing, Philanthropy, social impact
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No Region Specified

A Copper Bedrail Could Cut Back on Infections for Hospital


Patients
Source: NPR
Checking into a hospital can boost your chances of infection. That's a disturbing paradox of
modern medical care. And it doesn't matter where in the world you're hospitalized. From the
finest to the most rudimentary medical facilities, patients are vulnerable to new infections that
have nothing to do with their original medical problem. These are referred to as healthcareacquired infections, healthcare-associated infections or hospital-acquired infections. Many of
them, like pneumonia or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can be deadly.
TAGS:global health, health care, infectious diseases
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 South Asia

Khosla Labs & Unitus Seed Fund to Incubate and Back Up


to Six Aadhaar-Based Startups
Source: VCCircle
Bangalore-based startup incubator Khosla Labs has partnered with seed-stage impact investor
Unitus Seed Fund to incubate and fund four-six startups working on the Unique Identification
Authority of India (Aadhaar) project.
TAGS:financial inclusion, impact investing, startup
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: A New Direction for Global Health


Source: Council on Foreign Relations
It is easy to be discouraged about the state of international cooperation today, but global health
remains an area in which the world has come together to do significant good. Over the last dozen
years, international initiatives have delivered HIV/AIDS treatment to millions, expanded
childhood immunization, and spurred a dramatic increase in global support for addressing other
health challenges, from malaria to maternal health.
TAGS:global health, impact investing, infectious diseases
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Asia Pacific

Indonesian Telco Indosat Launches ATM Card to Go with EWallet


Source: Tech in Asia
Indonesian telco company Indosat, in collaboration with Qatar National Bank (QNB), launched a
mobile money ATM card this week, CNN Indonesia reports. The card is integrated with Indosats
ewallet feature Dompetku, which now claims to be the first mobile money provider in Indonesia
with a parallel ATM service feature.
TAGS:mobile money, technology, telecommunications
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Global Banking Alliance for Women


Announces Partnership to Close Gender Data Gap in
Finance
Source: PR Newswire
The Global Banking Alliance for Women (GBA) is proud to announce a partnership with the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Data2X to expand the collection and use of
financial data on women in economies around the world. The commitment was announced this
morning at an event in New York headlined by speakers Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and
Michael R. Bloomberg, during a panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton. The initiative aims to
close the gender data gap in the banking sector, leading to greater financial inclusion and
empowerment of women.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, Women
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 South Asia

Canadian Funding Supports Creation of Mobile Blood Lab


in India
Source: Toronto Star
Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the federal government, is providing $1 million
toward the development of a smartphone device that will test for diabetes and other conditions.
TAGS:global health, impact investing, mobile phones
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Cameroon Government, Mobile Operators Launch Service


Allowing Tax Payments Through Mobile Money
Source: BiztechAfrica
The Cameroonian government has launched a new tax service called Mobile Tax, in association
with mobile operators MTN and Orange.
TAGS:government, mobile money, public policy
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 No Region Specified

Underserved Markets Ripe for Insurance Innovation, Swiss


Re Americas CEO Says
Source: Insurance Journal
Underserved populations and market niches are ripe with potential for insurance innovators who
are willing to take on the challenge of creating opportunities in areas that may seem unprofitable
at first glance, says the chief executive of the Americas unit for one of the worlds largest
reinsurance companies. And the ability to reach those markets digitally is key.
TAGS:financial inclusion, Microfinance, microinsurance
Monday, December 15, 2014 No Region Specified

American Express Serve Announces Research Pilot to


Encourage Consumer Saving
Source: Market Watch
American Express AXP, -0.91% today announced that it is kicking off a research pilot to study
consumer savings behaviors using the Serve software platform. This research pilot can help
identify new ways to promote saving and explore whether certain behavioral interventions are

effective in increasing consumer savings. This program will also help inform research at the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the U.S. government agency charged with
making financial markets work for American consumers, to better understand how to promote
saving among consumers.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial innovation, financial services
Monday, December 15, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard Sees Opportunity with Nigerian E-ID Cards


Source: Pymnts.com
Theres a lot of untapped potential in the Nigerian commerce market which is growing and
MasterCard has discovered a marketing niche with the countrys national high-tech e-ID card
pilot project.
TAGS:digital payments, financial inclusion, mobile finance, mobile money
Monday, December 15, 2014 South Asia

OPINION: Building India's growth by promoting MSMEs


Source: Money Life
The real drivers of employment and growth in India are not the exalted corporates, but MSMEs,
its time to stop giving them a raw deal
TAGS:business development, investment fund, SME
Monday, December 15, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: Phone Charging Made Simple


Source: allAfrica
Rwanda's Henri Nyakarundi founded African Renewable Energy Distributor (ARED) to give
renewable energy solutions to the public and private sectors in his home country Rwanda after
failing to find a place to charge his phone from. However, he never imagined that his idea would
ever cross the border.
TAGS:mobile phones, renewable energy, social enterprise, solar
Monday, December 15, 2014 No Region Specified

Johns Hopkins Team Wins Award for Improved Suit to Fight


Ebola
Source: Daily Herald

For health-care workers taking care of Ebola patients in West Africa, one of the biggest logistical
problems has been the "moon suits" they must wear to protect against being infected by the
deadly virus. The suits are hot. Taking them off is a meticulous, multistep process that can leave
no room for error.
TAGS:community health workers, global health, rural healthcare delivery, social impact
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

An Atomic Physicist's Plan to Bring Adjustable Eyeglasses to


Developing World Classrooms
Source: Co.Exist
Think about what life would be like if you needed glasses and you didn't have them. You would
struggle to study in school, you would be hampered in your work, and much else besides.
TAGS:financial inclusion, global health, health care, healthcare technology
Friday, December 12, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

E-Kwanza Mobile Payment Service Launched in Angola


Source: HumanIPO
Angolan Investment Bank (BAI) has launched e-Kwanza a mobile money service that allows
users to make transfers and payments for goods and services across the country.
TAGS:financial inclusion, mobile banking, mobile money
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

Off-Grid Solar Companies Closed $64M in 2014: The Start


of a Bigger Trend?
Source: Greentech Media
Early-stage investments in off-grid solar companies operating in developing countries reached
$63.9 million in 2014, according to a tally from Greentech Media.
TAGS:impact investing, renewable energy, social impact, solar
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: New Approach on Buying HIV Drugs


Will Save $100 Million
Source: The Global Fund

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is putting into place a new agreement
for purchasing HIV medication that will save close to US$100 million over two years, money
that can be reinvested in lifesaving drugs and programs all over the world.
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, impact investing
Friday, December 12, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Vodacom has big M-Pesa plans in South Africa


Source: IT Web
Vodacom aims to push the envelope with its revamped M-Pesa in 2015, a year in which it hopes
it will emerge as the most disruptive player in the local mobile money space.
TAGS:digital payments, mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: OPIC Board of Directors Approves New


Financing Commitments
Source: Fox News
The Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) today held a
quarterly meeting considering new projects for approval.
TAGS:impact investing, investment fund
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

Viewpoint from Justin Rattner: Five Ways Social


Entrepreneurs Use Technology to Increase Their Impact
Source: Forbes
Technology for the sake of technology is a waste of precious resources. Social entrepreneurs
need to understand the deep value that ICT can bring to social change when it is offered in
context, with appropriate training, and with the intent of empowering the user. We hope this
report inspires many others to take up this challenge in ways we havent even begun to imagine.
Justin Rattner, President, Intel INTC -1.2% Foundation.
TAGS:social entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship, social impact, technology
Friday, December 12, 2014 South Asia

Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being a Life Saver

Source: NPR
It's traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of
good health and good fortune, but Vikram's got a high-tech version. The round pendant on the
string is a wearable device called Khushi Baby that carries his vaccination history inside a
computerized chip about the size of a dime.
TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, vaccinations
Friday, December 12, 2014 No Region Specified

Impact Investments Show Strong Returns, Survey Says


Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy
An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit
goals, according to a survey released Thursday.
TAGS:impact investing, investment fund, Philanthropy, social capital, social impact
Friday, December 12, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Econet jumps back into insurance. Whats their play here?


Source: Tech Zim
Its no longer called EcoLife, but Econet is back in the insurance game.
TAGS:Microfinance, microinsurance, mobile finance
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Orange, USAID announce mHealth initiative for Africa


Source: Telecom Lead
Telecom services provider Orange announced its mobile health (mHealth) development initiative
with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) targeting Africa.
TAGS:global health, health care, mobile applications, Public private partnerships, telemedicine
Thursday, December 11, 2014 No Region Specified

How Selfies Could Detect a Common Deadly Disease


Source: Huffington Post
People might take selfies someday to detect a deadly yet treatable medical condition, according
to an award-winning team of medical inventors.

TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, mobile applications, rural healthcare delivery,


telemedicine
Thursday, December 11, 2014 No Region Specified

We cant hope to solve global ills without action against


poverty
Source: The Conversation
Poverty is still one of the driving forces behind ill health, a lack of access to healthcare and
medicines and consistent underdevelopment.
TAGS:global health, health care, Non-communicable diseases, Poverty
Thursday, December 11, 2014 South Asia

Invest Early in Social Enterprises and Dream Big:


Jacqueline Novogratz
Source: PR Newswire
Acumen Founder, Jacqueline Novogratz, discusses the need for 'Patient Capital' and 'leaders who
reject the status quo' at UnconventioniL Chennai, organised by Villgro and Tie Chennai.
TAGS:Public private partnerships, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, social impact
Thursday, December 11, 2014 South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Inaugural Inclusive Finance India


Global Summit Promotes Financial Inclusion
Source: Business Wire
The first Inclusive Finance India Global Summit in Delhi, organized by ACCESS, a national
think tank, was inaugurated on Monday (December 8) by Shri HR Khan, deputy governor of
Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The two days of deliberations at the Summit covered issues related
to Financial Inclusion, Financial Education and Financial Stability, and built a Financial
Inclusion Vision 2020. MetLife Foundation is proud to be one of the two principal partners in the
Inclusive Finance Summit.
TAGS:financial education, financial inclusion, public policy
Thursday, December 11, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Why Mobile Wallets Will Be Offered to 120,000 Zambian


Farmers
Source: Ericsson
MTN Chief Sales and Distribution Officer Amos Jere told journalists at the Zambia Agriculture
Show that MTN Zambia plans to work with 120,000 farmers in the next farming season through
the Ericsson Wallet Platform. Quoted by the Lusaka Times, he said that the company is in the
process of rolling out our mobile money platform to integrate MTN Mobile Money with all
banks in the country and added that some 4,000 subsistence farmers in the country have already
been successfully paid through the platform for their cotton sales in Eastern Province.
TAGS:farmers, financial services, mobile money, rural
Thursday, December 11, 2014 South Asia

Micro Insurance: A Tool for Financial Inclusion


Source: Financial Chronicle
Financial inclusion is now one of the most talked about agendas towards holistic development of
the country. With the thrust towards financial inclusion by the Narendra Modi government to
achieve all round growth of society, micro insurance is poised to play an important role in it.
TAGS:financial inclusion, Microfinance, microinsurance
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 No Region Specified

The Coming Global Boom in Private Healthcare


Source: Forbes
To many Americans, whose multi-trillion dollar government has just executed a hostile takeover
of the healthcare industry, the future of care looks like lawyer-laden socialized medicine in
General Motors GM -1.68%-style hospital factories.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, global health, health care
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 South Asia

Xerox Eyes Financial Inclusion, Caters to Banking Sector


Source: Deccan Chronicle
Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI) is a high-priority vertical for Xerox in India.
Vishal Awal, Executive Director, Xerox South Asia spoke about how Xerox India is addressing
technology requirements of the banking sector.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, technology

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 No Region Specified

MBA's Start-Up Ventures Make a Social Impact in


Emerging Markets
Source: BusinessBecause
MBA students prove that entrepreneurs can create a great social impact and develop profitable
business models at the same time.
TAGS:education, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, social impact
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Telemedicine Africa Rolls Out Virtual eHealth Centers in


South Africa
Source: eHealth News
Telemedicine Africa has collaborated with Dimension Data and the IDC to set up private
telehealth centres in South Africa.
TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, telemedicine
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigerias NDIC advocates Pass-Through Insurance to


mobile money subscribers
Source: Business Day
One of the issues discussed at the just concluded Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC)
three-day workshop for business editors and members of the Finance Correspondents
Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Katsina State is extension of deposit insurance to mobile
money subscribers via Pass-Through Insurance (PTI).
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial innovation, mobile money
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

How MasterCard Aims to Bring Financial Services to East


Africa
Source: PYMNTS.com

There is no shortage of efforts to bring financial inclusion to those in developing economies who
lack access to basic financial services. Most have failed for one very important reason theyve
been unable to scale. The announcement last week of MasterCards partnership with The Gates
Foundation will address that problem, starting with the launch of an Innovation Lab in the
birthplace of the regions most successful mobile money scheme Kenya.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, financial inclusion, financial services, mobile money
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

A Magic Wand for Nutrition and Incomes in Mozambique?


Source: Science and Development Network
Smallholder farmers in Mozambique are growing nutritious and lucrative varieties of orangefleshed sweet potato.
TAGS:agribusiness, farmers, global health, Women
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 No Region Specified

Financial Inclusion: From Margins To Mainstream


Source: Forbes
Hundreds of millions of the worlds citizens today lack opportunities to join the financial
services mainstream. Meanwhile, global financial institutions are missing out on a corresponding
number of opportunities to refresh and grow their customer base, create prolific new markets,
and develop sustainable demand for a new generation of products and services.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 South Asia

What Happens to Money in E-Wallets in India?


Source: Live Mint
Electronic and in-app wallets have emerged as another payment option. Many companies,
especially those in e-commerce and telecom services, offer wallets where consumers can preload
money and use to pay for services. Heres a look at the treatment of money stored in various
kinds of wallets.
TAGS:financial innovation, mobile banking, mobile money
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 No Region Specified

Unilever Helps Lead Coalition to Solve the Global Sanitation


Crisis

Source: Forbes
2.5 billion in the world have inadequate sanitation. For businesses, thats 2.5 billion opportunities
to increase sales of infrastructure, plumbing, hygiene and cleaning products. Unilever has
recognized the magnitude of the global sanitation crisis, the potential for solving it and helped
lead the formation of the Toilet Board Coalition (TBC) to do their part.
TAGS:global health, inclusive business, sanitation
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 No Region Specified

Merck's $9.5 Billion Cubist Deal is Really About the Global


War on Drug-Resistant Bacteria
Source: International Business Times
Merck & Co. is paying $8.4 billion in cash and assume $1.1 billion in net debt to acquire Cubist
Pharmaceuticals Inc. and join the fight against drug-resistant bacteria a growing global threat
that's slowly fueling a lucrative pharma business.
TAGS:drugs, global health, pharmaceutical industry
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: TriLinc Global Impact Fund Makes


Impact Investments in South Africa and Argentina
Source: Business Wire
TriLinc Global Impact Fund announced today that it has approved a total of $11.9 million in
trade finance facilities to two companies in South Africa and one company in Argentina, bringing
total financing commitments as of November 30, 2014 to $57.9 million for business expansion
and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Africa and Latin America.
TAGS:impact investing, social enterprise, social impact
Monday, December 8, 2014 No Region Specified

Tricking People Into Being Healthy


Source: Yahoo! News
As though it heard the Christmas wishes of policy nerds everywhere, the World Bank Group
made behavioral economics the theme of its 2015 World Development report.
TAGS:global health, health care, public policy
Monday, December 8, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Better Healthcare for Low Income Kenyans


Source: GOV.UK
The Business Call to Action and Private Sector Innovation Programme for Health (PSP4H) on
December 4, 2014 co- hosted an event focused on innovative private sector approaches to
delivering better healthcare to low income Kenyans. The event brought together chief executives,
senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the United Nations.
TAGS:financial inclusion, global health, health care
Monday, December 8, 2014 No Region Specified

Beyond Profits: Millennials Embrace Investing for Social


Good
Source: Los Angeles Times
Once she gets her MBA degree from UC Berkeley in May, Leigh Madeira's dream is to help find
funding for young companies devoted to improving the lives of the world's poor.
TAGS:impact investing, social business, social enterprise, social impact
Monday, December 8, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: Cryptocurrencies Can Transform Financial


Services
Source: Live Mint
Can an open protocol-based network technology transform a cartelized, oligopolistic and highly
regulated industry by transferring power from large corporations to individuals?
TAGS:bitcoin, digital currency, financial inclusion, financial services
Monday, December 8, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN Unveils $1m HIC to Address Nigerias Suboptimal


Health Outcomes
Source: Business Day
As low application of innovation and technology in the healthcare sector remains the biggest
drawback in transforming delivery in Nigeria, the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria
(PHN), a private sector-led coalition, has unveiled $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC)
to address suboptimal health care.
TAGS:global health, health care, impact investing, social impact

Monday, December 8, 2014 South Asia

Gift-a-Pension Initiative Helps Maids, Drivers, Cooks


Save for Their Retirement in India
Source: The Economic Times
This September, A Mary, 47, got something she never thought she ever could not a car or a
home but a pension. A house help and a mother of two whose husband is a driver, Delhi-based
Mary always viewed a pension as something only the affluent could afford until her employer
Kurt Strasser, a senior sector specialist at German development bank KfW, brought it within her
reach.
TAGS:financial inclusion, microsavings, social impact
Monday, December 8, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Insurance for Ethiopian Herders Aims to Combat Drought,


Conflict
Source: Reuters
Nomadic livestock herders in Ethiopia have received their first payout from an insurance scheme
that tracks poor pasture conditions with satellite technology.
TAGS:agribusiness, farmers, financial innovation, financial services
Monday, December 8, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania to Get Second Floating Clinic


Source: East African Business Week
The Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic/WAVE non-governmental organization is
introducing a floating health clinic on Lake Tanganyika.
TAGS:global health, health care, rural healthcare delivery
Monday, December 8, 2014 No Region Specified

Investing for Good, Not Just Return, Grows to $6.57 Trillion


Since 2012
Source: Washington Business Journal
Sustainable and responsible investing assets have grown 76 percent in the last two years, from
$3.74 trillion in 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of this year.

TAGS:impact investing, social enterprise, social impact


Friday, December 5, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

The AIDS-Fighting Tampon


Source: The Atlantic
An electrically charged fabric makes for a quick-dissolving delivery vessel for drugs that kill
HIV.
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, Women
Friday, December 5, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Omidyar Network, Pershing Square


Foundation Grant Social Finance, Inc. $4 Million for Payfor-Success Financing
Source: SYS-CON Media
Social Finance announced today, at a White House Pay for Success Summit in Chicago, grant
awards totaling $4.0 million from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation to
support its operations over the next three years. The flexible funds will be used to expand Social
Finance's transaction and advisory teams, as well as accelerate the flow of Pay-for-Success (PFS)
financing (or Social Impact Bond) transactions in the United States. The grants represent funding
renewals from Omidyar Network and The Pershing Square Foundation, which were founding
supporters of Social Finance.
TAGS:impact investing, social enterprise, social impact
Friday, December 5, 2014 No Region Specified

Timor Lestes First Mobile Money Pilot Launched to


Expand Access to Financial Services
Source: National Journal
BNU, in partnership with Timor Telecom, and with support from the Inclusive Finance for the
Under-Served Economy (INFUSE) Programme and MicroSave, launched Timor-Leste's first
mobile wallet product called BNU Mobile.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Friday, December 5, 2014 South Asia

India 'Too Reliant' on Chinese Drug Imports, Worries Delhi

Source: BBC
There's loud chatter in Mandarin, Hindi and English - all thrown in a heady mix of business, big
numbers, and of course money converted in at least two currencies.
TAGS:drugs, global health, pharmaceutical industry
Friday, December 5, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

GSK Opens 4 Million Research Grant on NonCommunicable Diseases


Source: allAfrica
Apparently to find scientific answers to why Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are rising on
the African continent, GlaxoSmitheKline (GSK) has opened a 4m grant initiative to researchers
in the region.
TAGS:global health, health care, research
Thursday, December 4, 2014 South Asia

In healthcare starved Assam, Dholmara health centre sets


example of super-effective functioning
Source: The Indian Express
The primary health centre (PHC) in Dholmara village in Kokrajhar is run by Dr Atawor Rehman,
who doesn't have an MBBS degree, yet is known for being among the best in the district on the
scale of management and service delivery.
TAGS:global health, health care, Management, rural healthcare delivery, sustainability
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

Kenya Court to Rule on Thin SIM Case in January


Source: Capital FM
The High Court will determine in January whether a mobile operator associated with Equity
Bank should roll out the thin SIM technology. Judge Isaac Lenaola on Thursday said he will
deliver his verdict next year after parties in the case made their final submissions.
TAGS:digital currency, mobile finance, mobile money
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis


Epidemic in Papua New Guinea
Source: Vice News
Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontires (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease
that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.
TAGS:global health, rural healthcare delivery, tuberculosis
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

Trends in Mobile and Cloud Technology: Redefining


Medicine Around the World
Source: Devex
Around the world, shifting demographics are putting more pressure on health systems that are
struggling to catch up to changing expectations.
TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, mobile phones
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

United Bank of Africa, Airtel to Launch Mobile Financial


Services Across Africa
Source: Ghana Web
United Bank for Africa (UBA) is partnering with telecoms firm, Bharti Airtel to provide mobilebased financial services across Africa through Airtel Money.
TAGS:banking, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

How One Investor Is Finding Profit in Social Change


Source: Entrepreneur
Ron Cordes used to get patronizing pats on the head from the traditional financial advisors he
once worked with. Now, many of his former colleagues are asking him to help them get smarter
about impact investing.
TAGS:impact investing, social business, social enterprise, social impact
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Asia Pacific

Firms, Aid Groups Help Filipinos Borrow From Banks


Instead of Sharks
Source: Reuters
Housewife Jenny Orquiza, whose home was damaged by super typhoon Haiyan, did not imagine
that the Philippines' biggest natural disaster would lead to her getting something she never had a bank account.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, mobile banking, mobile finance
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Technology to Support HIV Prevention


Source: PSI Impact
Trymore Chikwiriro is 29 years old, and his wife gave birth to their first child just this past
October. Just like they expected, all of their nights were focused on their new baby so the time
seemed right for Trymore to undergo voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).
TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, HIV/AIDS
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

MasterCard Teams With Gates Foundation to Expand


Digital Financial Services in East Africa
Source: IT News Africa
MasterCard has unveiled the launch of MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion, a new initiative
seeking to impact more than 100 million people globally by developing practical and costeffective financial tools that expand access and help build stable futures over the long term.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, financial inclusion, financial services, mobile money
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

WEF Offers Impact Investing Road Map for Wealthy


Families
Source: Bloomberg
The World Economic Forum has a message for wealthy families thinking about impact investing:
dont just buy on the buzz, do your homework.
TAGS:impact investing, social business, social entrepreneur, social impact

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Latin America

PRESS RELEASE: Roundtable on Aging and Financial


Inclusion in Latin America
Source: 3BL Media
Over 40 leaders from across Latin America, including the banking, microfinance, academic, and
aging advocacy sectors, joined together in Bogota, Colombia for a roundtable on the topic of
Aging and Financial Inclusion. This meeting focused specifically on aging demographics in
Latin America and the increasing need for access to quality financial servicesincluding
pensions, savings, insurance, loans, and payments.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services, Microfinance
Thursday, December 4, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Citi Announces Top Innovations from


Global Financial Technology Challenge
Source: BWW Geeks World
Today Citi announced the top innovations from the Citi Mobile Challenge U.S., a
groundbreaking global initiative that invites technology developers to reimagine digital banking
and fuel innovation in the financial industry.
TAGS:mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Are Smartphones the Right Gift for West Africas Ebola


Fight?
Source: Politico
Smartphones may not be the smartest solution to fighting Ebola in West Africa. Technology
giants including Google, Amazon and Ericsson, and techie charities such as the Paul G. Allen
Family Foundation have donated thousands of smartphones for use across the region, where
better communication is key to stopping the epidemic.
TAGS:global health, health care, mobile phones
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

In Nigeria Mobile Banking Transactions Hit N430 Billion


Source: allAfrica

Mobile payments system, also known as mobile banking in the country has recorded a total of 15
million transactions since the inception of the scheme in 2012 with 58 million subscribers while
the total value of the transactions till date is N430 billion.
TAGS:banking, digital currency, mobile banking, mobile finance
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 No Region Specified

Delivering Twice As Many Pharmaceuticals At Half The


Cost Is Now A Reality
Source: Digital Journal
Eulysis UK Limited's mission is to revolutionise pharmaceutical delivery globally. The Single
Vial System (SVS), their unique storage and reconstitution technology for lyophilized (freezedried) pharmaceuticals is just 9 months away from becoming commercially viable.
TAGS:global health, health care, healthcare technology, pharmaceutical industry
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Automated Medical Equipment Could Save Many Lives


Source: The Observer
Christine Nabbanja is a 22-year-old, fourth year, biomedical engineering student at Makerere
University. She is also part of a group of five innovative students, teamed up to offer global
health solutions to the world. Their innovation is an automatic switch for an electrical suction
pump. Suctions are used to clear the airway of blood, saliva, vomit or other secretions so that a
patient can breathe during respiratory failure or surgery.
TAGS:global health, health care, healthcare technology
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Latin America

Narayana Health Opens Hi-Tech Hospital in the Caribbean


Source: India West
Famed heart surgeon Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Mother Teresa's personal physician and founder of
Narayana Health an Indian hospital network that is internationally regarded as one of the
world's lowest-cost, highest-quality healthcare providers is bringing his mission of providing
affordable, accessible healthcare to America.
TAGS:financial inclusion, global health, health care, inclusive business
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 South Asia

Only 48% of Indian Adults Have Access to Bank Accounts

Source: The Economic Times


Only 48 per cent of Indian adults have bank accounts and nearly half of them lie dormant, says a
report. According to a nation-wide survey on financial behaviour, India has the highest account
dormancy rate even more than countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Pakistan and
Bangladesh.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 South Asia

India's Orissa Halts 'Bicycle Pump Sterilisation Surgery'


Source: CNN
An Indian state has halted mass sterilisations at health camps after a doctor was found using a
bicycle pump to inflate women's abdomens.
TAGS:global health, health care, Women
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Impact Assessments Are Good for NonProfits but Bad for Business
Source: The Guardian
By Erik Simanis: Impact assessments are a powerful and necessary part of a non-profits tool
kit. Rigorously measuring how and how much a program solves a social ill and betters the lives
of the poor ensures continual improvement. Impact assessments also serve as a report card back
to the funders of non-profits. They assure donors that grant funds are being maximised and used
for the purpose intended.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, Impact Assessment, nonprofit, profits
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Grameen China and JD.com Launch


Crowdfunding Microfinance Project
Source: PR Newswire
JD.com, Inc. ("JD.com" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: JD), China's largest online direct sales
company, and Grameen China, the China-based entity of Grameen Trust ("GT"), a non-profit and
non-government organization committed to the cause of poverty alleviation, today announced
that they have reached an agreement on a strategic partnership in China.
TAGS:crowdfunding, microcredit, Microfinance

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 South Asia

OPINION: Modis Financial Inclusion Scheme Is Not As


Inclusive As You Might Have Thought
Source: Scroll.in
The governments ambitious financial inclusion programme is about to get bigger. Last week,
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the target for new bank accounts under the
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana had been revised from 7.5 crore to 10 crore by January 26,
2015.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, government
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

A New Milk Can for The Developing World, Funded by Bill


Gates
Source: Co.Exist
When you buy milk in America, it generally comes from farmers with hundreds of cows. They
do their own milking with mechanized equipment, and, generally, their own pasteurization and
bottling. In Kenya, it's different. About 80% of the country's milk comes from small-scale
farmers with a few cows, who milk by-hand. They don't do bottling and, instead of trucks to get
to market, they go by bike or foot.
TAGS:farmers, rural, sanitation, social enterprise
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

UNITAID And PSI Partner to Expand Access to HIV SelfTesting


Source: PSI Impact
Globally, there are an estimated 19 million people who do not know they are living with HIV.
Without knowledge of their status, individuals cannot access life-saving HIV care and treatment.
To close this gap, UNITAID is investing $23 million to accelerate access to HIV testing through
simple HIV self-tests in three high-burden African countries over the next two years. PSI and its
partners will lead this initiative to dramatically shift the paradigm of HIV testing in Africa.
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, impact investing, social impact
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

PHN in $1m Health Innovation Push to Save 1m Lives

Source: Business Day


Nigerias healthcare space is set to witness a landmark investment as the Private Sector Health
Alliance of Nigeria, a public-private coalition aimed at mobilising Nigeria s private sector to
improve health outcomes, unveils a $1 million Health Innovation Challenge (HIC).
TAGS:global health, health care, impact investing
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

MTN Launches Mobile Money Cross-Border Remittance


Service Between Ivory Coast and Benin
Source: HumanIPO
Telecoms company MTN today launched mobile money cross-border remittance service between
Ivory Coast and Benin. It said the service will further enable cheaper and easy movement of
money in the West Africa region.
TAGS:banking, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 South Asia

Banks in India Charging 22% to 26% on Microloans to Poor


Borrowers
Source: The Economic Times
When it comes to lending to the poor, it is not just the micro finance institutions that charge high
interest rates, but even bulgebracket banks such as Axis Bank to YES Bank charge as much as
22% to 26% a year.
TAGS:banking, microcredit, Microfinance
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 No Region Specified

Are We On the Road to an HIV Vaccine?


Source: CNN
"It only takes one virus to get through for a person to be infected," explained Dr. John Mascola.
This is true of any viral infection, but in this instance, Mascola is referring to HIV and his
ongoing efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus. "It's been so difficult to make an
HIV/AIDS vaccine."
TAGS:global health, HIV/AIDS, vaccines
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Latin America

Mercario Partnering With Mimetic Markets to Launch First


Bitcoin Exchange in Honduras
Source: CoinTelegraph
Honduran Mercario partners up with American Mimetic Markets to launch the first Bitcoin
exchange in Honduras. Hosted by Mimetic Markets, freshly announced trading platform
Mercario will allow users to trade Honduran lempiras, Brazilian reals and bitcoins on a robust
and scalable system. In a company's announcement, Mimetic Markets CEO Sameer Parekh
Brenn stated:
TAGS:bitcoin, digital currency, financial services
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Asia Pacific

PRESS RELEASE: Bima Receives $5 Million Investment to


Bring Microinsurance to Asia Pacific, Caribbean
Source: Business Wire
Bima, the leading global microinsurance provider, announced a 5 million USD investment from
Digicel Group, the leading total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean,
Central America and Asia Pacific regions. This investment and the resulting partnership will help
Bima to deliver access to affordable insurance on a scale never seen before in those regions.
TAGS:impact investing, microcredit, Microfinance, microinsurance
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana Teams Up With Better Than Cash Alliance In Move


Towards Cashless Economy
Source: UN News Centre
The Government of Ghana today took steps towards enhancing fiscal transparency and
promoting the financial inclusion of its citizens by committing to a United Nations-backed
initiative that supports countries transitions to electronic payments.
TAGS:digital currency, digital payments, financial inclusion
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

OPINION: Africa: The Economics of Pro-Poor Health Policy


Source: allAfrica

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) can learn from the difficulties faced by
the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in curtailing the spread of Ebola.
TAGS:global health, health care, pharmaceutical industry
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 South Asia

Uber Terms Reserve Bank of India Rules 'unfriendly', but


Says Will Comply
Source: The Times of India
Taxi hailing service Uber sharply criticized Indian rules that require two-step authentication of
credit card transactions and sought 45 more days to comply with the central bank's directive on
the issue.
TAGS:mobile money, regulations, transportation
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: African Policymakers Pledge to


Financially Include Kids
Source: Daily Exchange
Amsterdam, The Netherlands On 4-5 December 2014 the Third Child and Youth Finance
Regional Meeting for Africa will be held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. The Meeting will bring together Africas finest policy makers, educators, research and
academic institutions, financial service providers, as well as representatives from various
government ministries to develop a common African position on the advancement of a unified
financial education and inclusion plan of action for children and youth across the continent.
TAGS:education, financial inclusion, government, public policy
Monday, December 1, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Needling Questions On China In Africa


Source: Caixin Online
In a recent agreement, the China-Africa Development Fund and Wuhan-based Humanwell
Healthcare (Group) Co. inked a deal to open a pharmaceutical factory in Bamako, Mali, as part
of a series of healthcare sector investments in Africa.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, global health, health care, pharmaceutical industry
Monday, December 1, 2014 South Asia

MNCs Deprive India Of Vital Drugs Despite Getting


Monopoly Rights
Source: The Economic Times
Some multinational companies (MNCs) have been delaying the launch of life-saving drugs in
India years after getting monopoly rights, while cheaper generic versions of exorbitantly-priced
medicines are going off the shelves under the product patenting law.
TAGS:global health, health care, pharmaceutical industry
Monday, December 1, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria To Invest $1m In


Nigerias Health Sector
Source: The Guardian
Nigeria's health care sector is to get a major push courtesy of a $1million public-private coalition
investment to save one million lives of women and children from preventable diseases such as
malaria, malnutrition, lack of access to life-saving commodities and suboptimal supply chain
systems, among others.
TAGS:global health, health care, impact investing
Monday, December 1, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Savings Groups: An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With


Africa in the Lead
Source: The New York Times
At a time when news about Africa has been dominated by Ebola, its worth observing that a
highly encouraging change has been quietly spreading across the continent. Over the past five
years, the number of Africans mainly women who have joined village-based savings and
loan associations has soared to more than nine million. These groups are now operating in 40
countries in Africa. Globally, its estimated that 10.5 million people are members of formally
trained savings groups in about 65 countries. (PDF) The big story about these groups, including
their surprising success and emerging importance in development, comes from Africa.
TAGS:financial services, Microfinance, rural development, Women
Monday, December 1, 2014 South Asia

Reserve Bank of India Prohibits Airtel, Vodafone & Idea


From Using Existing Channels for Payments Banks Business

Source: The Economic Times


The Reserve Bank of India's final rules on payments banks prohibit telecom operators from
leveraging their nationwide retailer networks and channels if they enter the new business, but
analysts say this is a good opportunity for mobile phone companies to add another revenue
stream given their existing consumer connect.
TAGS:financial inclusion, mobile banking, mobile money
Monday, December 1, 2014 South Asia

Global Health Looks To BRAC and Gates Foundation for


Mobile Money
Source: Forbes
Bangladesh is going digital. Not in smart watches, sensor-based clothing or electronic health
records, but in money. Mobile money. Money, that according to BRAC and the Gates Foundation
could improve the economic and health outcomes of the country, especially of women and
children. With a healthy appreciation of the complexities in scaling digitally, faith in innovation
at the grassroots level and years of planning, these organizations just might make mobile money
the future of finance.
TAGS:financial inclusion, mobile finance, mobile money, rural
Monday, December 1, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Pledges $1.6b for Infrastructure Projects in


East Africa
Source: Asia One Business
The World Bank said on Saturday it will loan East African nations $1.2 billion (S$1.56 billion) to
improve inland waterways and ports in Kenya and Tanzania, as part of efforts to boost
integration in the region.
TAGS:impact investing, infrastructure
Monday, December 1, 2014 No Region Specified

Impact Investing Goes Mainstream


Source: Upstart Business Journal
The idea of doing good while making a healthy profit is rapidly gaining ground, particularly
among wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs but also among foundations and pension funds.
Social impact investing for-profit investing for social good has crossed into the
mainstream and is driving investment decisions.

TAGS:entrepreneurship, impact investing, social enterprise, social impact


Monday, December 1, 2014 South Asia

Indias New Payment Banks Expected to Spur Innovation


Source: Live Mint
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday released the final guidelines for licensing of
payments and small banks. These banks are intended to cover the unbanked and underbanked
areas and increase banking penetration in the country, stated the circular. Lets take a look at the
changes that these banks are likely to bring in financial services.
TAGS:banking, Lending, microcredit, Microfinance
Monday, December 1, 2014 No Region Specified

Vodacom Looking to Expand Use of M-pesa


Source: Business Day
Vodacom is in talks with small and big companies with the aim of getting them to use its mobile
payment platform, m-pesa, to pay salaries to employees and allow customers to pay for goods
using the system.
TAGS:financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 South Asia

Banks Get Better Access To Tap Micro Segment


Source: The Jakarta Post
The newly launched branchless banking regulation will enable banks to expand their financial
services to disadvantaged and low-income segments at affordable costs, a senior official of the
Financial Services Authority (OJK) has said.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, microcredit, Microfinance
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 South Asia

NBFCs say Reserve Bank of India's new rules will work


against financial inclusion, drive towards unscrupulous
moneylenders
Source: The Economic Times

On a typical day, Rohit Bokhare makes about Rs 800 taking passengers in his Mahindra Xylo
between Saki Naka in Andheri and Adlabs Imagica on the Mumbai-Pune expressway in Raigad
district. The 51-year-old defaulted on repayment of the loan he took to purchase the utility
vehicle for four months, which led his financier to come inquiring. Shriram Transport Finance,
the non-bank finance company that financed the vehicle, last week found his Xylo lying in a
garage for repair for 20-25 days, blocking his regular cash flow. To top it up, Bokhare had a
repair bill of Rs 20,000-25,000. He couldn't pay the EMIs in the previous months because of
family exigencies.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, Lending
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 North Africa and Near East

Roadmap: Microfinance Industry Eyes 10m Customers By


2018
Source: The Express Tribune
Perhaps this is the reason why Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) Chairman Nadeem
Hussain believes that an impressive growth of 20-25% per annum for the past many years has
still not made the countrys microfinance industry relevant in the fight against poverty.
TAGS:financial inclusion, microcredit, Microfinance
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 South Asia

Finance Minister Will Have A Golden Moment To End


Financial Repression
Source: Live Mint
As I sit down to write this, a letter comes to my desk. Handwritten by a 90-year-old man, the
letter seeks help from Mints insurance expert in resolving a fraud carried out by an insurance
company agent who sold a policy for his grand-daughter, changing her status from a US citizen
to a non-resident Indian and promising returns in dollars.
TAGS:government, public policy, regulations
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: Equity's SIM Technology to Go Live By March James Mwangi


Source: allAfrica

EQUITY Bank plans to officially launch its mobile money platform Equitel - the trading brand
of its telecoms subsidiary Finserve Africa - next quarter, chief executive James Mwangi said
yesterday.
TAGS:mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No Region Specified

Microloans Help Latinas Become Entrepreneurs In Los


Angeles
Source: Fox News Latino
As if it were a sacred ritual, every week Gloria Snchez meets to talk business with four other
Hispanic women who are on their way to entrepreneurship thanks to the system of microloans.
TAGS:microcredit, Microfinance, Women
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 North Africa and Near East

Finance: Egypt's Small Borrowers Have Big Potential


Source: The Africa Report
A new law permitting non-bank for-profit lending institutions may unleash a revolution in
microfinance by allowing more actors and innovators to get involved.
TAGS:banking, microcredit, Microfinance
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 South Asia

Indian M-Wallet Market To Cross Rs 1,200 Crore By 2019:


Study
Source: The Times of India
The infant mobile wallet market in India is estimated to grow over threefold to Rs 1,210 crore in
the next five years, buoyed by rising smartphone users and entry of newer players into the sector.
TAGS:mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 North Africa and Near East

UAE Fund To Provide $200 Million In Loans To


Microfinance Projects In Egypt
Source: Ahram Online

A United Arab Emirates state investment fund announced on Monday it would provide $200
million in loans for microfinance projects in Egypt, a move it said would create more than
120,000 jobs by 2020.
TAGS:microcredit, Microfinance, rural development
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No Region Specified

Bank On Poor Women And Phones To Drive Growth In


Africa, Experts Say
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
Mobile phone technology can help to bring financial services to the 80 percent of African women
who do not have a bank account and bolster the growth of the world's poorest continent,
Nigeria's finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said on Monday.
TAGS:mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money, Women
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No Region Specified

Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On


Ebola Vaccine
Source: NPR
It's now Goliath versus Goliath in the quest for an Ebola vaccine. Until now, the two leading
candidates for a vaccine to protect against the Ebola virus were being led by global
pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on the one hand, and a tiny company in Ames, Iowa, that
was virtually unknown, on the other.
TAGS:global health, health care, vaccinations
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No Region Specified

New Policy Could Unlock the Gates Foundation, Bring


Transparency to Research
Source: Puget Sound Business Journal
One of the biggest private foundations in the world just took a step toward becoming more open
with the research it funds.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global health, research
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 South Asia

China's War On Malaria: A Tiny Nation Pushed Into A TestTube


Source: Forbes
Artepharm, a Cantonese medical drugs laboratory, has been engaged for the past few years in a
remarkable venture against malaria, a health scourge that has long plagued humanity and has
been responsible for every second human death since the Middle Ages.
TAGS:global health, health care, malaria, rural healthcare delivery
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Latin America

Tunnel Lab: A Social Enterprise that Equips Impoverished


Brazilian Youths With Technological and Entrepreneurial
Knowledge
Source: Digital Journal
Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth most populous in the world, but it
provides only a minor fraction of the technological innovation that drives economic growth in
other countries. A new social enterprise called Tunnel Lab is trying to change this dynamic by
introducing a love for technology in many of the countrys poorest favelas.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, education, skill development, social enterprise
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No Region Specified

USAID Seeks Help From Maker Movement in Ebola


Outbreak
Source: The Washington Post
On a recent Friday, several inventors gathered in downtown Washington with suitcases and
coolers full of prototypes designed to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
TAGS:global health, health care, healthcare technology
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No Region Specified

Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust Sign the United Nations


Principles for Responsible Investment
Source: Market Watch

Bank of Americas Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) division today
announced that it has signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment
(PRI) on behalf of its discretionary asset management businesses. The unit (GWIM) is comprised
primarily of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and U.S. Trust.
TAGS:impact investing, social business, social enterprise, social impact
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 North Africa and Near East

Dubai-Based Social Enterprise Shines Bright For Africa


Source: The National
It started with a plea to help 60,000 orphans in the companys care. The children, who were
being looked after in Zimbabwean orphanages set up by the telecoms operator Econet Wireless,
could not study at night because there was no power and lighting, and many were getting sick
from breathing in the chemicals emitted from candles.
TAGS:energy, financial inclusion, social enterprise, solar
Monday, November 24, 2014 No Region Specified

Impact Investors Shifting Gears to Accommodate Specific


Goals
Source: Pensions & Investments
The trend of impact investing into companies, organizations and funds with the aim of
investing for social and environmental good, as well as a financial gain is becoming more
specific.
TAGS:impact investing, social business, social enterprise, social impact
Monday, November 24, 2014 No Region Specified

The Rise of the Young Social Entrepreneur


Source: CNBC
Entrepreneurship is about solving a problem, not starting a company. While this isn't a new idea,
today's young entrepreneurs have the advantage of the Internet, which has collapsed time and
distance barriers. This means problems solved locally can have immediate impacts globally
and that's good for both people and business. A new generation of entrepreneurs is creating a new
generation of technologies that are, quite literally, changing the world overnight.
TAGS:social enterprise, social entrepreneurship
Monday, November 24, 2014 No Region Specified

Barbara Bush: How Corporate America Can Mold Global


Health Leaders
Source: Fortune
The Global Health Corps co-founder argues that the nonprofit health care world needs workers
with expertise in business, engineering, and communications.
TAGS:global health, health care, social enterprise
Monday, November 24, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Financial Inclusion and SMEs Set to Soar in Ghana


Source: The Worldfolio
Financial and insurance activities are expanding at roughly twice the pace of the overall
economy and just 30 per cent of the population are formally banked, so industry leaders have
good reason to be optimistic about the countrys financial services future.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services
Monday, November 24, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE Bank of America Partners with Global


Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Source: Market Watch
Bank of America today announced a partnership with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
(GACC) to raise $100 million to help provide clean cooking solutions to millions of households
in the developing world.
TAGS:energy, impact investing, social enterprise
Monday, November 24, 2014 No Region Specified

Behind 700% Loans, Profits Flow Through Indian


Reservations to Wall Street
Source: Bloomberg
Joshua Wrenn needed money to make the January payment for his Jeep Cherokee. The truck
driver and aspiring country singer in Madison, North Carolina, got $800 within minutes from a
website he found on his phone. When he called to check his balance a few weeks later, he was
told he had electronically signed a contract to pay back $3,920 to a company owned by an
American Indian tribe.

TAGS:cash lenders, Lending, mobile finance


Monday, November 24, 2014 South Asia

Mobile Banking Will Soon Be Possible in India With a Basic


Handset and Without Accessing the Internet
Source: The Economic Times
Banking will have a new look with some of the jigsaw pieces slowly falling into place. Almost
all dealings between a customer and her bank will be possible with a basic handset and without
accessing the Internet.
TAGS:mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Monday, November 24, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Investment in Nigerias Pharmaceutical Sector Hits N70


Billion
Source: Business Day
Investment in Nigerias pharmaceutical sector has hit N70 billion in the last four years, the
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (PMG-MAN)
revealed to BusinessDay.
TAGS:global health, impact investing, pharmaceutical industry
Monday, November 24, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

10 Apps That Are Reshaping Healthcare In Africa


Source: Ventures Africa
As mobile penetration and smartphone proliferation continues its unprecedented surge in Africa,
its beneficiaries are spreading beyond the confines of social interactions and brand development.
The number of health solutions, exploiting this growth, are also on the rise.
TAGS:health care, healthcare technology, mobile applications
Monday, November 24, 2014 South Asia

Micro-insurance On the Up Among Insurers and Public


Source: The Jakarta Post

While insurance penetration in general remains low, micro-insurance has seen significant growth
as more banks partner with insurance firms to offer micro-insurance products to low-income
earners.
TAGS:financial inclusion, Microfinance, microinsurance
Friday, November 21, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Access Bank, Airtel Team Up To Launch Nigerias Newest


Mobile Money Service
Source: Ventures Africa
Nigerias fourth largest bank, Access Bank Plc, has signed a deal with Airtel Nigeria that will see
its mobile money service run on the network of the mobile operator. The collaboration is aimed
at boosting financial inclusion in the country.
TAGS:banking
Friday, November 21, 2014 No Region Specified

Explaining pneumonias big global decline on a tiny budget


Source: Humanosphere
There appears to be a disconnect between the global burden of pneumonia and how much money
is spent on attempting to reduce this burden, which Humanosphere recently summed up as:
Pneumonia leads in killing children, but not in global health financing.
TAGS:global health, government, Non-communicable diseases, public health
Friday, November 21, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

LeapFrog Set To Acquire East African Health Insurance


Firm For $18m
Source: Ventures
LeapFrog Investments and Resolution Insurance announced today, that LeapFrog intends to
invest $18.7 million for a majority stake in Resolution Insurance,through its holding company,
Resolution Health East Africa Limited.
TAGS:business development, financial inclusion, global health, health care, health insurance
Friday, November 21, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Agora Fund Will Bring Rigor of


Investing to Philanthropy

Source: Agora Fund


Innovative new social enterprise will work with donors and nonprofits to apply the rigor,
transparency and ease of a for-profit investment platform to the world of charitable giving.
TAGS:impact investing, investment fund, Philanthropy, social impact
Friday, November 21, 2014 Europe & Eurasia

Africa's Mobile Money Makes its Way to Europe with MPesa


Source: CNN
Snapchat may be the latest application with a new mobile payment feature launched this week,
but the idea that made Snapcash possible was spawned more than seven years ago in Africa.
TAGS:financial innovation, mobile money
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

Philips and SNV collaborate to increase access to clean,


efficient cooking solutions for communities in Africa
Source: Press Release
Royal Philips and the SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (http://www.snvworld.org),
will be working together to improve access to clean cooking solutions in Africa by introducing
clean and efficient household cook stoves to rural communities across the continent. The
partnership aims to improve the health and well-being and income of rural populations while
having a direct positive impact on the environment and will include research, community
education and access to financing for adopting clean cooking technologies.
TAGS:consumer products
Thursday, November 20, 2014 South Asia

Indian MFIs gross loan portfolio rose 47% in Q2 FY15


Source: VC Circle
The loan portfolio in south comprise a third of total.
TAGS:financial capability, Lending, Microfinance
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

U.S. managed assets with socially responsible criteria rise

Source: Reuters
The share of U.S. managed assets invested with environmental, social or similar criteria rose 50
percent over the past two years, a foundation that tracks the field said, because of new disclosure
standards and client concern about areas like climate change.
TAGS:corporate social responsibility, impact investing, social business, social development,
social entrepreneurship
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

500 Startups $10M fund will invest in mobile health in


India, China, Africa
Source: MedCity News
A $10 million micro fund that will make investments in early and growth stage mobile startups,
including mobile health, got started this week.
TAGS:health care, healthcare technology, impact investing, mobile applications, startup
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

Wish Foundation plans to raise $100 mn for health


innovators
Source: Business Standard
Foundation seeks to reach 10 mn under-served people, ties up with Rajasthan govt to offer 11
low-cost health innovations
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, health care, rural healthcare delivery
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

How China is reshaping global development finance


Source: DW
The BRICS Development Bank, the AIIB and the Silk Road Fund recent initiatives
spearheaded by China that symbolize its growing influence in development funding and potential
new sources of financing, says Rajiv Biswas.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, financial capability, governance, impact investing
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

10 Things You Need To Know About Social And


Environmental Investing
Source: Malaysian Digest
Responsible investing has undergone a radical shift, investors are demanding more of their
financial advisors, and regulators are struggling to keep up, say experts.
TAGS:energy, impact investing, social impact, sustainability
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

MTN Uganda, Ericsson team up on mobile money service


Source: ITWeb Africa
Ericsson has announced that MTN Uganda has deployed the Ericsson Converged Wallet
platform, enabling the operator to quickly introduce relevant, new and differentiated mobile
financial services offerings for seven million MTN Uganda mobile wallet users and 50,000
agents
TAGS:banking, Base of the Pyramid, mobile applications, mobile money
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125


Million
Source: NPR
How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try
$125 million.
TAGS:drugs, health care, pharmaceutical industry
Thursday, November 20, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Tanzania Leads Africa in Financial Inclusion


Source: AllAfrica
TANZANIA is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa and ninth globally for demonstrating most
conducive environments for financial inclusion, according to the new Global Microscope 2014
by The Economist Intelligence Unit.
TAGS:banking, Base of the Pyramid, financial inclusion, financial services
Thursday, November 20, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: Dj Rule: The Health Damaging Consequences


of Reinstating the Global Gag Rule in 2015
Source: The Huffington Post
This year, the Foreign Operations Bill proposed by the House of Representatives includes the
restoration of $300 million in funding for the successful President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief (PEPFAR), which has been chronically underfunded in recent years.
TAGS:global health, health care, pharmaceutical industry
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

The Guy Who Delivers HIV Medicine On His Bicycle


Source: NPR
Sizwe Nzima was sitting in a clinic waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine four years ago
when he had an idea: Why not start an HIV medicine delivery service?
TAGS:entrepreneurship, global health, health care, HIV/AIDS, rural healthcare delivery
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Telemedicine trend continues with new Nigerian mobile


initiative
Source: Business Monitor
A joint telemedicine initiative between Apollo Hospitals and African telecoms company Airtel
will expand access to health services for many Nigerian mobile subscribers.
TAGS:business development, global health, health care, rural healthcare delivery, telemedicine
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 South Asia

This Indian start-up could disrupt health care with its


powerful and affordable diagnostic machine
Source: The Washington Post
Frustrated at the lack of interest by the medical establishment in reducing the costs of diagnostic
testing, Kanav Kahol returned home to New Delhi in 2011 and built a prototype of a device
called the Swasthya Slate (which translates to Health Tablet) in less than three months, for a
cost of $11,000.
TAGS:health care, healthcare technology, rural healthcare delivery, startup, technology

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 South Asia

Pakistan turns to biometrics for banking


Source: Planet Biometrics
Pakistans central bank has revealed it will implement biometric technology for identity
verification developed by the countrys National Database and Registration Authority.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, government
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: CFSI Identifies Household Cash Flow as


the Focus for its First Innovation Challenge
Source: Business Wire
The Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) today
announced that household liquidity, the management and alignment of income and expenses, will
be the focus of its first innovation challenge.
TAGS:cash, Center for Financial Services Innovation, financial inclusion
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Upaya, Artha Initiative to Co-Invest,


Expand Management Resources for Small Businesses in
India
Source: Upaya
Upaya Social Ventures and the Artha Initiative are proud to announce that they have formalized a
collaboration through which they will work together to develop a pipeline of and co-invest in
Indias Small and Growing Business (SGB) sector.
TAGS:impact investing, SME, SME finance, social capital
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 No Region Specified

Cashless payment hopes pinned on developing nations


Source: Euractiv
Business and civil interests representing the mobile payments markets are developing global
principles, standards and codes of conduct for digital finance, as cashless payments move to the
fore in the developing world.

TAGS:cash, digital payments, mobile money


Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Bitcoin exchange debuts mobile wallet


Source: Tech Central
South Africas largest Bitcoin exchange, BitX, has launched a Bitcoin mobile wallet that makes
storing and using the cryptocurrency easier and safer for consumers in emerging markets.
TAGS:bitcoin, digital payments, mobile finance, mobile money
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 No Region Specified

S.E.C.s Delay on Crowdfunding May Just Save It


Source: New York Times
While the Securities and Exchange Commission dawdles, states are rushing to adopt their own
crowdfunding rules. Ironically, it may just be the thing that rescues crowdfunding from a
regulatory death grip.
TAGS:crowdfunding, government, public policy, regulations
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: The Shift From Promotion to Pragmatism in


Impact Investing
Source: Huffington Post
Gone are the heady headlines proclaiming the birth of a trillion dollar asset class. Instead, we are
seeing substantive attempts to overcome challenges to sector growth.
TAGS:impact investing, social impact
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 No Region Specified

To end preventable maternal mortality, lets explore


'business as unusual'
Source: Devex
When you think of efforts to reduce maternal mortality, its natural to look to governments,
theUnited Nations, the World Health Organization and other national and international bodies
charged with responding to global health challenges.

TAGS:global health, healthcare technology, reproductive health, Women


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 No Region Specified

G20 vows to reduce cost of transferring remittances to 5%


Source: Economic Times
Taking concerns of India and other developing countries on board, the G20 today vowed to take
"strong practical" measures to reduce the global average cost of transferring remittances to five
per cent.
TAGS:banking, cash transfers, financial services, remittances
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 South Asia

OPINION: Why India, not China, is a better investment


partner for Africa
Source: Quartz
Did you read the story on Chinese investment in Africa? Theyre being published in droves,
usually with a vaguely racist headline, like Booming African lion economies gear up to emulate
Asians.
TAGS:governance, impact investing, social enterprise
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 South Asia

Mobile payment startup taps into Indian villages


Source: PYMNTs
Ezetap, a mobile payment startup, wants to connect small Indian villages with business and is
using its mPoS to do so, Business Standard reported.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, mobile money, startup
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 North Africa and Near East

DFID, Gates Foundation to set up digital financial services


unit in Pakistan
Source: Daily Times

The United Kingdom (UK) governments Department for International Development (DFID) on
Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation to set up a digital financial services (DFS) unit in Pakistan.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, financial services, impact
investing
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 No Region Specified

How Rogue Microfinance Lenders Overburden Poor South


Africans
Source: AFKInsider
Microfinance, or lending small sums to low-income borrowers or entrepreneurs, was supposed to
be a source of development and income growth for the poor in Africa. Has it worked?
TAGS:impact investing, Microfinance, social development, social entrepreneurship
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 No Region Specified

Villgro Innovations invests in seven social enterprises


Source: Techcircle.in
Social enterprise incubator Villgro Innovations has picked seven new companies operating in the
healthcare, energy, agriculture and education sectors for its second set of incubation and funding
programme.
TAGS:financial services, impact investing, social enterprise, social impact
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 South Asia

Jan Dhan may win Guinness record for Modi, but duplicate
accounts can burden banks
Source: FirstBiz
he Narendra Modi government is in dialogues with the Guinness World Records team to bag a
record for the government for opening maximum number of bank accounts in minimum number
of days, according to persons familiar with the development.
TAGS:banking, Base of the Pyramid, financial inclusion, governance
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 South Asia

How technology is checking health corruption in India

Source: BBC News


In 2011 Amarendra Kumar learned that a doctor at one of Delhi's biggest hospitals was pushing
for his baby niece to have a heart operation she didn't need.
TAGS:global health, health care, healthcare technology
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 No Region Specified

The one dollar contraceptive set to make family planning


easier
Source: BBC News
An agreement has been signed which will make contraceptive injections available to women in
69 of the world's poorest countries.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, reproductive health, Women
Monday, November 17, 2014 No Region Specified

Breaking the R&D deadlock: could Open Labs be the key to


cracking the worlds toughest health problems?
Source: The Lancet
In January, 2010, an unprecedented step was taken to progress research into diseases of the
developing world when global pharmaceutical company GSK announced it was creating the
worlds first Open Lab. ... Four years since its creation, the Open Lab model is emerging as a
success story.
TAGS:health care, healthcare technology, Non-communicable diseases, pharmaceutical industry,
research
Monday, November 17, 2014 No Region Specified

Intel unveils new chip for mobility healthcare delivery


Source: Business Standard
World's largest chip maker Intel Corporation has unveiled a new sensing platform for enabling
mobile-based healthcare delivery to masses.
TAGS:global health, mobile phones, rural healthcare delivery, technology, telemedicine
Monday, November 17, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Race to Make Ebola Vaccine Pits Crazy Timeline Against


Maddening Obstacles
Source: Bloomberg
Refrigeration is just one of the myriad challenges for GlaxoSmithKline Plc and other companies
racing to create vaccines to fight Ebola. Theyre facing issues ranging from packaging the drug
in tiny glass vials for distribution, to assembling fleets of trucks and motorbikes to transport it
along potholed roads, to monitoring subjects in a Swiss lakeside city to test the vaccine
ultimately destined for villages in the African jungle.
TAGS:health care, infectious diseases, infrastructure, rural healthcare delivery, vaccines
Monday, November 17, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Viewpoint: The Entrepreneurial Mind at the Bottom of


Africa's Pyramid
Source: AFK Insider
Africa is a young continent with a large so-called bottom of the pyramid population. There has
been growing interest in the continent from investors and multinationals alike, with many South
African firms in particular aggressively expanding into new markets and heightened mergers and
acquisitions interest from abroad.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid
Monday, November 17, 2014 South Asia

PRESS RELEASE: Unitus Seed Fund adds more prominent


investors
Source: Unitus Seed Fund
November 16, 2014. Bangalore: Unitus Seed Fund announced that it has now raised over USD
$4 million from 16 high net income Indian investors in its Indian rupee fund, and Seattle area
tech executives, including Steve Singh, Diego Piacentini, and Bill Gates have invested in Unitus
Seed Funds affiliated offshore venture fund.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, impact investing, investment fund
Friday, November 14, 2014 No Region Specified

Pfizer and Aid Groups Team Up on Depo-Provera


Contraceptive for Developing World

Source: The New York Times


Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive given once every three months, is already a popular
choice of women in developing countries, who value the convenience and discretion of not
having to take a daily birth control pill. But the injections are out of reach for many more
women.
TAGS:health care, pharmaceutical industry, reproductive health, rural healthcare delivery,
Women
Friday, November 14, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Combatting Health Risks and Promoting Better


Hand Washing and Hygiene
Source: All Africa
Saraya Co. Ltd, a Japanese manufacturer of hygiene and sanitation products, joined the Business
Call to Action (BCtA) with an initiative to decrease healthcare associated infections in Uganda.
TAGS:business development, health care, Public private partnerships, rural healthcare delivery,
sanitation
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Injections could be a thing of the past with scientists


developing a way to inhale vaccines
Source: Daily Mail
Fear of a trip to the doctors and a jab of a needle could be a thing of the past, with scientists
developing a world-first needless injection to dispense vaccines.
TAGS:global health, infectious diseases, public health, research, vaccinations
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Trillion-Sensor Vision, Results Shared


Source: EE Times
UCSD researchers show latest efforts
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, poverty alleviation, research, social enterprise, sustainability
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: Financial inclusion is key to addressing


Americas two-speed economic recovery
Source: Quartz
Ive had the opportunity over the last few months to meet bankers and regulators from around the
world to discuss their economic growth plans, the impact of rising inequality in wealth and
incomes, and in some cases, extending the reach of their financial systems.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

SunFunder Completes New Round Of Funding


Source: CleanTechnica
SunFunder, the US crowdfunding company dedicated to funding off-grid solar projects in
developing countries, announced Wednesday that it had completed its Series A equity round of
funding, raising $2.5 million. The announcement came following investments from Schneider
Electric, Better Ventures, and a private family foundation based in Palo Alto. This latest
announcement follows on from an original Series A investment made by Khosla Impact and a
group of existing angel investors.
TAGS:crowdfunding, solar, venture capital
Thursday, November 13, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

PRESS RELEASE: Accion and MasterCard Foundation


Partner to Strengthen Board Governance in Africa
Source: PR Newswire
The Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion today announced a $6.1 millionpartnership with
The MasterCard Foundation to launch the Accion Africa Board Fellowship program.
TAGS:banking, Base of the Pyramid, financial inclusion, financial services, poverty alleviation
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 South Asia

Taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber to launch mobile wallet


in India
Source: Times of India

The taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber will launch a mobile wallet in India after its payment
mechanism came under the RBI scanner for flouting the mandatory two-step verification on card
transactions earlier this year.
TAGS:cash transfers, financial inclusion, financial services, mobile applications, mobile money
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Nike-backed startups put girls first in fight against global


poverty
Source: Mashable
For the past two weeks, ten companies have been consulting with mentors, growing their
business models and collaborating with one target demographic in mind: girls in impoverished
parts of the world, a population that many say is the most marginalized in the world.
TAGS:Poverty, social impact, startup, Women
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

UCLA gets $10 million for center to spur socially conscious


projects
Source: LA Times
Former EBay Inc. President Jeff Skoll has donated $10 million to UCLA for a center that will
encourage students to create socially conscious entertainment projects.
TAGS:education, social development, social impact
Thursday, November 13, 2014 South Asia

75% of Jan Dhan accounts empty: Indian financial inclusion


scheme may be missing its objective
Source: First Biz
Initial indications from the data on Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) are that the
grand financial inclusion scheme of the Narendra Modi government has failed to achieve its
original objective - to encourage the country's vast unbanked poor population to use bank
accounts for cash transactions.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, poverty alleviation
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Can innovation help stop children dying from pneumonia?

Source: Unicef
Pneumonia is the worlds number one cause of preventable death among children under five
years old. Every year, pneumonia kills nearly one million children more than AIDS, malaria
and tuberculosis combined. What makes this number of pneumonia deaths so unfathomable is
that its cure is well-known, inexpensive and widely available.
TAGS:global health, health care, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, Non-communicable diseases
Thursday, November 13, 2014 South Asia

India Post keen to become a universal bank


Source: Economic Times
India Post is interested in turning itself into a universal bank like many of its peers across the
world and a committee under former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian is looking into the
matter, a senior department official said today.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services, poverty alleviation
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Woman Care Global to Market Signos RT Innovative


Handheld Ultrasound Technology in Africa and Latin
America
Source: Globe Newswire
Woman Care Global (WCG) has announced that it will market, Signos RT, an innovative
handheld ultrasound technology, in Africa and Latin America.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, global health, reproductive health, Women
Thursday, November 13, 2014 No Region Specified

Turning the tap on: Water as a business model


Source: Al Arabiya English
Too many people in the world dont have access to safe drinking water in their homes. This
months meeting of theWorld Economic Forums Global Agenda Council in Dubai could be the
first step to changing that.
TAGS:global health, public health, sanitation, water
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 South Asia

India takes action on spurious and sub-standard drugs


Source: The Pharma Letter
An American pharmacist and an Indian pharmacologist charged with smuggling four million
fake pharmaceuticals into the country earlier this month may have been the last straw for the
Indian government battling counterfeit drugs.
TAGS:drugs, government, health care, medical supply chains, pharmaceutical industry
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile technology reduces maternal mortality


Source: All Ghana News
Abdul-Rashid Imoro, Project Officer of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of Savana
Signatures, a Tamale NGO, has said some health facilities in the Northern Region had recorded
zero maternal mortality due to mobile phone technology the NGO had introduced in the area
TAGS:health care, healthcare technology, mobile phones, reproductive health, telemedicine
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 South Asia

OPINION: Sterlisation deaths: A rotten healthcare system


continues to play havoc in Chhattisgarh
Source: FirstPost
The sterilization camp that left 13 women dead and many battling for life has exposed the rotten
healthcare system in Chhattisgarh, yet again.
TAGS:drugs, government, health care, medical supply chains, Women
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 No Region Specified

Credit for all: Increasing women's access to finance


Source: Trust.org
Womens need for financial services may actually exceed that of men because they tend to live
longer, have lower levels of formal employment, own fewer assets, and have less control over
household finances.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, Lending, unbanked, Women
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 South Asia

Bangladesh installs 3 million residential solar systems


Source: PV Magazine
Bangladeshs Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (Idcol) last week marked the installation
of 3 million residential solar systems in the country. According to Bangladeshi newspaper The
Daily Star, the 3 million systems installed under the Idcol program in off-grid areas have a
combined capacity of 135 MW.
TAGS:solar
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 South Asia

OPINION: Financial inclusion in India needs another model


Source: Hindu Business Line
Priority sector targets are met by means fair and foul. Competition in providing credit to the
unbanked will work better
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, government, unbanked
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Mahindra Comviva builds interoperability between


Tanzanian telcos for mobile money exchange
Source: Finextra
Mahindra Comviva has announced that it has enabled the worlds first domestic interoperable
mobile financial service between Airtel Money and Tigo Pesa in Tanzania.
TAGS:mobile finance, mobile money
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 No Region Specified

U.S. Lags Behind G-7 in Bank Accounts as Poor Cant Build


Assets
Source: Bloomberg
The worlds largest economy lags behind other developed nations in banking participation.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, unbanked
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 No Region Specified

OPINION: Start a Business - Not a Social Enterprise

Source: Huffington Post


If do-gooder entrepreneurs and innovators aim to have a lasting impact, they should consider
skipping over the strict "social" in social enterprise.
TAGS:business development, entrepreneurship, social business, social enterprise
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

Why mobile money is so tough to crack in South Africa


Source: TechCentral
Mobile Money is proving to be a tough nut to crack. Here is why.
TAGS:cash transfers, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

Q&A: West African Bitcoin Transfer Firm Joins Fight


Against Ebola
Source: AFKInsider
Bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency according to the U.S. Treasury, is the first
cryptocurrency to be rolled out in its entirety. In addition when considering market value
Bitcoin is largest cryptocurrency.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 South Asia

3 tech phenomena you only encounter in the emerging


markets
Source: MemeBurn
Theres a stage when, after travelling too much, or meeting too many people from the emerging
markets, your perception of the world shifts.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, financial inclusion, financial services, mobile finance
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Pre-plan for ebola-style crises


Source: Biz Tech Africa

African operators have been advised to pre-plan for a crisis such as the one faced by West
African countries in the form of the ebola outbreak, by ensuring people are signed up to
information dissemination services in advance.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, global health, infectious diseases, public health
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

A Smartphone Gadget Pumps Up Breast-Milk Banks


Source: NPR
TAGS:global health, health care, reproductive health, Women
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

96% of mobile payment agents in Bangladesh are profitable,


says MicroSave study
Source: The Daily Star
Ninety-six percent of mobile payment agents in Bangladesh are making profits, thanks to low
operational costs, a testament to how popular the service has become in just a few years,
according to a study.
TAGS:cash transfers, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

3 ways the public sector can work with business to fight


chronic diseases
Source: Devex
More than three out of every five people who die today will do so because of a chronic, noncommunicable disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer or lung disease.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, global health, health care, Non-communicable diseases, public
health
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

Ten global organizations join MIT D-Lab's Practical Impact


Alliance
Source: MIT News

Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and others sign on to the Practical Impact Alliance, a collaborative
initiative aiming to scale poverty solutions worldwide.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, impact investing, poverty alleviation, product design, social
entrepreneurship
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

PRESS RELEASE: Citi Convenes Developers from around


the Globe to Unveil Innovative Digital Banking Solutions
Source: MarketWatch
More than 60 Teams Chosen from More than 700 Submissions across 62 Countries to Present
Innovations at Events in Silicon Valley, New York and MiamiCiti Mobile Challenge Developer
Survey: 88 Percent of Developers See Potential for Financial Innovation in Wearables, but Many
Say Banks Are Not Doing Enough to Innovate and Keep Up with Other Industries
TAGS:financial inclusion, social enterprise, technology
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

3-D Printed Plastic Could Replace Not-Very-Good


Corrugated Iron Roofs In The Developing World
Source: Fast CoExist
The modular system might an ideal alternative for the rusty, non-insulated roofs that are
pervasive in poorer countries.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, Poverty, poverty alleviation, technology
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 No Region Specified

Zombies, Colin Farrell Uncover a Trillion Dollar Scandal


Source: ONE
Ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, The ONE Campaign released a new video
today highlighting the fact that at least a trillion dollars is siphoned out of developing and
emerging countries through corrupt activity every year. Were talking about shady natural
resource deals, phantom firms, money laundering, and illegal tax evasion.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, business development, financial inclusion, impact investing
Monday, November 10, 2014 South Asia

Sanofi launches paediatric vaccine Shan5 in India

Source: Business Standard


With the launch of Shan 5 in India, 27 million babies born annually will have access to
vaccination.
TAGS:drugs, health care, pharmaceutical industry, reproductive health, vaccinations
Monday, November 10, 2014 South Asia

Indian hospital shows how mobility can improve healthcare


in rural areas
Source: Information Week
By using telemedicine application for mobile devices, Balabhai Nanavati Hospital is
demonstrating how mobility can truly transform the way healthcare services are delivered to
rural communities.
TAGS:business development, health care, mobile applications, rural healthcare delivery,
telemedicine
Monday, November 10, 2014 South Asia

Healthcare providers in India to spend $1.1 billion on IT in


2014: Gartner
Source: Hindu Business Line
Healthcare providers in India are expected to spend $1.1 billion on IT products and services in
2014, a 5 per cent rise over 2013.
TAGS:business development, health care, healthcare technology, infrastructure, telemedicine
Monday, November 10, 2014 No Region Specified

Five products that help the world's poorest people


Source: The Guardian / Business Call to Action
Giving to charity, not shopping for stuff, is the way most of us think about supporting
international development. OK, so theres fair trade, but what else besides? From small social
enterprises to big labels, we look at five examples of consumer brands trying to harness the
power of High Street to benefit low-income communities around the world.
TAGS:consumer products, social business
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Monday, November 10, 2014 No Region Specified

Inflatable Incubator for Premature Babies Wins Dysons


$45K Prize
Source: Wired
In developing countries, childbirth is a high-risk affairparticularly if the babys born
premature. In countries like the United States, we often put these babies in incubators until
theyre able to make it on their own. But access to sophisticated equipment isnt a given
everywhere in the world. Incubators in particular are expensive, require constant electricity, and
they can be complicated to operate and maintain. I just thought, there has to be a better way of
doing this, says James Roberts.
TAGS:health care, medical devices
Monday, November 10, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Gates and World Bank Back Tech-Aided Access for the


Underbanked
Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
A partnership between the World Bank and the Gates Foundation is encouraging the creation of a
digital payment system.
TAGS:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, financial inclusion, mobile finance, mobile money,
unbanked
Monday, November 10, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

ACCION Microfinance Bank receives N50 million fund from


Central Bank of Nigeria
Source: The Guardian - Nigeria
ACCION Microfinance Bank, Nigerias leading microfinance bank, has received N50 million
from the Central Bank of Nigeria microfinance intervention - the Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF).
TAGS:Accion, microcredit, Microfinance
Friday, November 7, 2014 South Asia

US to partner India in Swachch Bharat campaign


Source: Times of India

Taking the US-India joint statement forward, USAID chief Rajiv Shah announced three
partnership projects with India on areas close to PM Narendra Modi's heart "strengthen water
and sanitation, expand access to clean energy and increase access to banking services for poor
Indians".
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, impact investing, social business, social entrepreneur, social impact
Friday, November 7, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Can We Rely on the Private Sector to Halt Malaria in


Africa?
Source: Newsweek
Aid organizations are selling discount drugs directly to shopkeepers in hopes of quelling the
parasitic disease
TAGS:global health, health care, infectious diseases, malaria, pharmaceutical industry
Friday, November 7, 2014 South Asia

India to lose over $4.58 trillion to non-communicable


diseases
Source: Economic Times India
India stands to lose $4.58 trillion due to non-communicable diseases and mental disorders
between 2012 and 2030, an amount more than double India's annualGDP, according to a report.
TAGS:global health, health care, infectious diseases, Non-communicable diseases
Friday, November 7, 2014 No Region Specified

Heres how one green group got its investments out of dirty
energy
Source: Grist
The Oregon Environmental Council had a problem. It was late last year, and the nonprofits
board finance committee was reviewing the performance of its endowment fund, which was
invested in various stocks and bonds and mutual funds.
TAGS:impact investing, nonprofit, sustainability
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Friday, November 7, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Econet Wireless partners with Western Union in Zimbabwe

Source: New Zimbabwe


ZIMBABWES largest mobile telecoms company by earnings and subscribers Econet Wireless
and Western Union Company, a leader in global payment services, have teamed up to offer
consumers fast and reliable international money transfers.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, mobile banking, mobile finance, mobile money
Friday, November 7, 2014 No Region Specified

Pharmaceuticals industry facing fundamental change


Source: BBC News
Pharmaceuticals is an extraordinarily profitable business.
TAGS:impact investing, pharmaceutical industry
Friday, November 7, 2014 South Asia

Philippines Leads 12 Asian Nations in Giving Access to


Finance
Source: Bloomberg
The Philippines provides the best access to financial services to people among 12 countries in
Asia, reflecting the central banks efforts to boost inclusion and tackle poverty, an Economist
Intelligence Unit study shows.
TAGS:banking, financial inclusion, financial services
Friday, November 7, 2014 Latin America

WorldRemit expands mobile money transfer services to


Latin America
Source: Mobile Payments Today
WorldRemit, an online and mobile money transfer company, has announced a partnership with
Bancomer Transfer Services Inc. to offer money transfers to Latin America.
TAGS:financial inclusion, financial services, mobile banking, mobile money
Friday, November 7, 2014 South Asia

Hivos-Triodos Fund (HTF) Loans $3.1m to Indias


IntelleGrow for Loans to Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

Source: MicroCapital
The Hivos-Triodos Fund (HTF), a Netherlands-based microfinance investment vehicle, recently
loaned EUR 2.5 million (USD 3.1 million) to IntelleGrow, an Indian nonbank financial company
that specializes in making loans to small and medium-sized social enterprises in the
agriculture, clean energy, education, financial, healthcare, sanitation and water sectors.
TAGS:Base of the Pyramid, impact investing, Lending, social entrepreneurship
Friday, November 7, 2014 South Asia

Dr. H. Sudarshan of Karuna Trust Wins India Social


Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014
Source: Schwab Foundation
The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia
Foundation announced Dr. H. Sudarshan, founder of Karuna Trust, as the winner of the India
Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014 Award. The awards were conferred in New Delhi, at a
well-attended gala, by Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence,
Government of India. The other finalists included Matthew Spacie of Magic Bus and Yogendra
Bhushan of Bodh Shiksha Samiti.
TAGS:Aid agencies, Base of the Pyramid, impact investing, social entrepreneurship
Friday, November 7, 2014 No Region Specified

Facebook adds button designed to make it easier for users to


donate to charities battling Ebola
Source: The Daily Mail
Facebook is stepping up its efforts to fight Ebola by adding a button designed to make it easier
for its users to donate to charities battling the disease.
TAGS:global health, Philanthropy, social business, social impact
Friday, November 7, 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa needs Africa: MasterCard & Bank of Tanzania


push for local solutions
Source: Mobile World Live
Zahir Khoja, VP, global channels at MasterCard, said Africa is attractive as an untapped
opportunity and warned many companies think they can implement a plug and play solution

without realising that sometimes there is no socket to do this. Instead they need to understand
that an African-specific solution is needed.
TAGS:business development, financial inclusion, financial services
Thursday, November 6, 2014 South Asia

Apollo Hospitals to focus on rural areas


Source: The Hindu Business Line
Apollo Hospitals plans to ride the next wave of growth with expansion in rural sector, Prathap C
Reddy, Chairman, said. The hospital chain plans to add at least 14 Reach Hospitals in rural
regions at a cost of ? 1,800 crore by 2016 and plans more in the coming years.
TAGS:business development, global health, health care, profits, rural healthcare delivery
Thursday, November 6, 2014 No Region Specified

World's 1st dengue vaccine likely by 2015: Sanofi


Source: The Economic Times
As India deals with increasing number of dengue fever, pharma major Sanofi today said the
world's first vaccine against the mosquito-borne viral disease may be available by the second half
of 2015.