Global Envision: exploring market-driven solutions to poverty
Nearly 700 million poor people in the world need eyeglasses. Why don't we just give them away? Turn's out that's not a scheme that can be scaled up to reach more than a tiny fraction of the people who need them. Here's a model that can.
“We thought if you design a good product, it will scale on its own,” Ms. Donaldson said. “That works in efficient markets, but most developing communities don’t have efficient markets.”
"Accelerate Women Now" supports women social entrepreneurs in Latin America with consulting support, mentorships and connections with investors.
The startup accelerator phenomenon that has taken root in Portland isn’t limited to the U.S., and with the help of Portland-based Mercy Corps the idea is being taken to the Gaza Strip.
While the Middle East and North Africa struggle with the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, youth are also using their skills to create small businesses that address the social issues plaguing the region.
Many social enterprises are incorporating mobile technology into their businesses, making products more accessible to consumers around the world.
After a natural disaster, social enterprises can help rebuild economies by stimulating entrepreneurial activity.
Onion prices have reached record highs in India. But an unlikely savior stepped into the crisis: Groupon, offering a kilogram of onions per person at a fraction of the market rate.
EcoZoom is bringing safer, cleaner cookstoves to relief, development, and commercial markets in Somalia, Rwanda, and Kenya.
Paul Polak has a plan to move 500 million people living on $2 a day or less into the middle class. Here's how.
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