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What Emerging Market Start-ups Need Most Is Mentorship

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM

Upon my return from the Skoll World Forum earlier this month, I started thinking about the mentorship gap in emerging markets. How could the inspiration I experienced at Skoll be shared in a more direct way?

In my capacity as executive director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, I...

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Moving Impact Investing to the Mainstream

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Hats off to the World Economic Forum. Their recent report From the Margins to the Mainstream -- Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors is hot off the digital press, and, I think, makes a significant contribution to the global effort to promote...

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What About the Demand Side of Impact Investing?

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Over the past several years we have seen an exciting growth in the Impact Investing sector. Several of my colleagues have written recently about the growth in the supply side of the Impact Investing sector -- and the catalytic potential of this type of capital.

But one might ask, what...

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The Real Stars of Oxford

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 6:34 PM

I saw Annie Lennox play a surprise performance last week in Oxford. Under other circumstances, I would have been blown away, but at this event she was strictly second billing. Don't get me wrong, she put on a great show, demonstrating impressive range and a commanding voice as she moved...

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Africa's Entrepreneurial Hot-Spot

(4) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 4:39 PM

I'm writing from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. I've just spent the last two days participating in events related to Global Entrepreneurship Week hosted by ANDE members Pan-African University-Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Alitheia Capital, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  

Now, the first thing many Westerners...

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Building Prosperity Through Small Business Entrepreneurs: An Update

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2011 | 1:39 PM

As many as 2.5 billion people in the world -- 1 in 3 -- do not have access to functioning sanitation systems. Not surprisingly, a host of maladies arise for families faced with this situation, ranging from malodorous living conditions to major diseases. Throughout the developing world, diarrheal disease is...

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Dharavi, India: The Most Entrepreneurial Slum In The World?

(6) Comments | Posted March 11, 2011 | 1:45 PM

If you've watched the opening scenes of Slumdog Millionaire, you've seen Dharavi, a teeming slum of nearly a million people in the heart of Mumbai. I'm just back from India, including a visit to Dharavi. And, let me assure you, the film was shot on location.

Walking into the slum...

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Entrepreneurs Are Transforming The Developing World

(3) Comments | Posted February 18, 2011 | 11:05 AM

At least once a day at work (and all too often at cocktail parties), I have the opportunity to explain to a newcomer in my field why I think small and growing businesses (SGBs) are key to long-term poverty eradication in developing countries.

"If you look at the economic...

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