Is Business The New Aid?

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Great article on why business is central to development, how business models can evolve to meet the need sustainably, and how can we measure the impact the private sector has and engage business at scale.

Is the Bottom of the Pyramid Really for You?

Harvard Business Review - Is the bottom of the pyramid really for you?

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The market for products and services aimed at the bottom of the pyramid—people living in poverty in developing economies—is vast. This article in the March issue of Harvard Business Review discusses the challenges typically encountered when entering this market.

The Missing Middle Opportunity in Africa

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The Summit Development Group (SDG) was recently featured in the African Banker Magazine in an article discussing the Missing Middle Opportunity in Africa. You can read the article here.

Sources of grants & funding


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DFID opens the second funding round of the GPAFund, a demand-led fund supporting projects focused on service delivery in support of poverty reduction. Second 2011 tender for the PSInvestment Programme opens soon. Read more details inside.

Making Markets Work training programme

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‘Making Markets Work’ – a two-week training programme: 17th – 29th July 2011, Glasgow, UK Closing date for applications: 11th May 2011 This unique programme, run by The Springfield Centre, focuses directly on a key challenge facing governments and development agencies: how to make markets function more effectively for business and for poor people. It is clear

Guide to Rural Economic and Enterprise Development

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The Guide to Rural Economic and Enterprise Development, edited by GTZ. This approach aims at diversification and innovation of the rural economy, increasing its market orientation, and fostering value addition to rural products.

Global Monitoring Report on Millennium Development Goals

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The Global Monitoring Report on Millennium Development Goals