Africa

The Hottest Trend in Microfinance: Village Savings and Loan Associations

"Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), based in the community, are complementary to MFIs, tending to serve the very poor whose income is irregular and less reliable and who may not be full-time business people." -- Hugh Allen, founder, VSL Associates, and Mark Staehle, enterprise advisor, Chars Livelihoods Programme

Cheryl Heller: An Exclusive Justmeans Q&A

Cheryl Heller is the chair of a new MFA program launching in the fall of 2012 at the School of Visual Arts in New York called Design for Social Innovation, which views social innovation as "the application of new strategies and models to solving the challenges the world faces and to strengtheni

SEED Awards 2011: The UN Honors Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations

"The SEED Award winners are true examples of what a greener economy can look like." -- Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN){1}

Why Honey is a South African start-up that has developed an innovative initiative that effectively tackles several issues in a single business plan.

Cash-Lite: Mobile Money Expands in Nigeria

Who needs a bank when you have a mobile phone?

Sugar and Spice and Everything Necessary for Driving Economic Growth: Rural Adolescent Girls

"If you want to change the world, invest in an adolescent girl." -- Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies, 2011

Smart Money: Connecting Sustainable Investments and Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

"African entrepreneurs are the key to solving Africa’s development problems." — Iqbal Z. Quadir, founder and executive director, Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship{1}

Linking Africa’s Farmers to the Food Crisis: A Challenge to the World’s Mobile App Developers

"We need to focus on the links among hunger, water and energy, so that solutions to one can become solutions to all." -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, August 10 , Seoul

Ghana Fishin’: Sustainable Aquaculture in Sub-Saharan Africa’s Fastest-Growing Economy

"Foreign direct investment is relatively low for an economy of Ghana's potential." -- World Bank, June 17, 2011

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