“Why didn’t I think of this?”

When Cynthia Koenig, an innovative young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people …

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Mobile money at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Since M-PESA was introduced in Kenya seven years ago, blogs and conference sessions have devoted more and more space to the potential of mobile money as an enabling technology for development. Suddenly, making banking services available to the unbanked no longer …

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The Guardian reports on SunWater

In an article entitled “Cleantech in the developing world: from solar power to refrigeration” in theguardian.com, Kristine A. Wong refers to the new technology at the core of Paul Polak’s company, SunWater, as a dramatically cheaper alternative to diesel engines and …

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What is a social enterprise?

By Mal Warwick In a study of 430 ventures in India financed by the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Finance Corporation (an arm of the World Bank), Intellecap defined a social enterprise using the following criteria: 1. For-profit: They operate …

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“Technology can fix India’s problems”

By Vivek Wadhwa The following article was first published on May 12, 2014, in the Washington Post. Though we don’t share the author’s unalloyed optimism about the potential of technology, we’re reprinting the piece here as it represents an important emerging …

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Where are impact investors putting their money?

Farmers seeking credit to install solar power systems and “even innovators in education, with fairly tried-and-tested models, have had to trudge difficult paths” to obtain credit in India, according to an article today in India’s Economic Times by Naren Karunakaran.  Why? Because …

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Who are the innovators?

By Mal Warwick Innovation is alive and well among entrepreneurs – but not so much where you’d expect. Take Silicon Valley, for example – a place long considered virtually synonymous with innovation. Twelve companies originating from that hotbed of invention …

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