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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Weekly Roundup - 9/20/14: An awkward moment, new momentum and a brewing battle highlight recent developments in finance

By James Militzer — WDI

Muhammad Yunus has issued some pointed criticisms of microfinance's turn toward profit. But is the sector he pioneered listening to him - and are his ideals even realistic in the first place? We discuss these questions - along with signs of momentum in impact investing and new developments in a Kenyan mobile money battle - in this Roundup.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

An interview with Muhammad Yunus: The godfather of microcredit shares his views – and concerns – about the sector

By James Militzer — WDI

Though he's a tireless promoter of microcredit's potential to help the poor, Muhammad Yunus hasn't been shy in voicing his criticisms of its embrace of commercialism. In a video Q&A with NextBillion Financial Innovation – the first in a series of conversations with microfinance thought leaders – Yunus discusses his concerns about the industry's direction, and points to ways it could improve.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Price Discrimination is Good for Global Health (Part 1): Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School discusses differential pricing in pharmaceuticals

By Kyle Poplin — WDI

Professor Patricia Danzon of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, discusses differential pricing -- sometimes called price discrimination -- which she maintains increases utilization of medicines and, therefore, overall social welfare.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

NexThought Monday - Between the CEO and the BoP: Root Capital report focuses on the often overlooked role of women as "middle managers"

By Willy Foote

Root Capital CEO Willy Foote says the impact investment firm realized that most approaches to women’s economic empowerment have focused on the opposite ends of the economic spectrum: business leaders and entrepreneurs on one side, and women workers at the BoP on the other. But what about women who are not CEOs or entrepreneurs but who hold positions critical to the success of the enterprise?

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