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Social Performance Bonds: Who succeeds gets paid – The Economist

Feb 17th 2011 | NEW YORK | from the print edition Barack Obama imports a big idea from Britain BURIED in the detail of Barack Obama’s proposed 2012 budget is a rule change that could have a big impact on how America tackles its thorniest social problems. The new rule would allow various government agencies …
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Mexico’s Compartamos 4Q Net Profit Flat As Expenses Rise

close window Close FEBRUARY 23, 2011, 9:18 A.M. ET By Anthony Harrup Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)–Mexican microfinance lender Banco Compartamos said its net profit was practically flat in the fourth quarter as the company increased hiring to support growth in its customer base and loan portfolio. Compartamos, which specializes in small …
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For-Profit Microfinance Debate With Matthew Bishop of The Economist

Matthew Bishop of the Economist schools Felix Salmon on the benefits of for-profit microfinance. You should also read Matthew’s post defending for-profit microfinance. While Matthew may not succeeded in changing everyone’s mind, he does give the best argument against my position that we’ve heard.
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Retail investors embrace ‘ethical funds’

Published Tuesday February 15th, 2011 By DEREK SANKEY CALGARY – When Torontonian Gray Taylor decided to invest in a “microfinance bond” several years ago, it was a move that satisfied both his need to do good in the world and to make money in the process. “The return on investment was adequate and the side …
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How to Build Markets in Poor Countries

The View from Harvard Business By Sean Silverthorne | February 7, 2011 Undeveloped nations need products, too. People living on a few dollars a day still require shelter, food and services. There are three ways to attack this problem: 1. Give them money and other aid, 2. Teach them to develop their own products and …