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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Ventures Ditch the Product Invention Lab, Target Distribution Instead: The 12 D-Prize Competition winners are all about sharing proven tech, innovations – not inventing them

By Nicholas Fusso

Some 500 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs pitched their idea for a new poverty-fighting venture as part of the D-Prize competition. This is no doubt impressive. But what is truly remarkable is that not one single team sought to invent a new technology or poverty intervention. Instead of spending resources inventing a new product, these ventures will distribute solutions that already exist.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Filling In the Gaps: Ethiopian entrepreneur launches phone-based medical consultation service

By Montana Stevenson

Dr. Yohans Emiru Wodaje Wodaje wanted to launch a website that would provide information on medical topics in different local languages in Ethiopia. Recognizing that more people had access to mobile phones than the Internet, Wodaje decided to switch lines to a phone-based medical consultation service.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

NexThought Monday: Who will grab the fortune at the base of the pyramid?

By Paul Polak and Mal Warwick

In a recent post on NextBillion, Stuart Hart, who co-authored The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid with C. K. Prahalad, wrote with concern about the potential of creating disruptive innovations for poor customers that can trickle up to Western markets. We don’t believe Professor Hart has anything to worry about — because major corporations have demonstrated no meaningful interest in the bottom-of-the-pyramid market. And we don’t think they’re likely to do so in the future, either.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

What It Will Take to Feed the 842 Million Chronically Hungry People Worldwide?: (Hint: It's not just about growing more food)

By Emily Wanderer — Mercy Corps

Alleviating poverty isn’t just handing out food - it’s tackling the barriers to market channels of food to those who aren’t receiving it. An interview with Cathy Bergman, deputy director of the Food Health and Nutrition Technical Support Unit at Mercy Corps.

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