Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
Social enterprise is so new that many aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know where to begin. They can now find their way thanks to a new guide stocked with advice from the field.
As China and India boast drastically reduced poverty rates and a rising middle class, countries once considered their counterparts in underdevelopment still lag behind.
Elizabeth Berthe, Mercy Corps’ newest social innovations team member, has been creating businesses with her dad since she was eight years old. "You know how some people flip houses? We flipped businesses.”
When many youth and NGOs protested the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Seattle in 1999, Global Envision’s founder Bill Early saw an opportunity to create a dialogue about how globalization and capitalism could help lift people out of poverty. This idea eventually became Global Envision.
Impact investing just got a boost from the San Francisco Fed after the Community Development Investment Review dedicated its latest issue to exploring the recent hype over social impact bonds.
The global poor already prefer savings to loans, but add in an additional monetary incentive to save and piggy banks begin to fill even faster.
What does it take to build and sustain a successful social enterprise? NextBillion’s Case Writing Contest explores and rewards the best business strategies aimed at alleviating poverty. Find out more about the three winning ideas.
Social franchising is a big deal, recently called the future of social enterprise and even "the solution for U.K. unemployment." Here's a look at our five favorites.
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Tom Friedman talks with Tony Wagner, Harvard education specialist, about the problems associated with throwing graduates from an outdated education system into an evolved job market.
Social enterprises often takes their cues from venture capital, but a recent article at Co.Exist claims there is a lot to learn from the big, bad transnational corporations as well.
Direct micro-lending is all the rage, but while it has many advantages for the poor, not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur. Most people just want a job.
Global remittances are on the rise. Now, coupled with mobile technology, cross-border payments are even more effective at spurring poverty alleviation, but women may lag behind.
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