Poverty Solutions
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Can Technology Make Green, Sustainable Cities?

Can making city smarter reduce poverty, hunger and inequality? And if it can, how can we ensure that it will, and not just enrich those few who have their hands on the controls? These are questions that I believe will loom large in the years and decades to come.

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Shampoo Manufacturers Sued for Use of Toxic Substance Without Label Warning

Earlier this week, California’s Center for Environmental Health filed lawsuits against 98 personal care product manufacturers after it found products containing cocamide DEA in shampoos, soaps and lotions did not carry warnings that are now required under California’s Prop 65.

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The Business Case for Strategic Philanthropy

SAP’s work around the world is an example of making the business case for strategic philanthropy as part of a firm’s program of CSR in emerging markets.

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Chinese Investors Set Their Sights on Detroit

Can a cash infusion from China help save Detroit? Investors from China are keen on buying houses, but whether such spending could revive Detroit is questionable.

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The Future of the BoP Domain: Where is our Missing Community?

The base of the pyramid field is ready for the next major step forward. There have been successful enterprise developments that are playing an important role in alleviating poverty, to be sure. But there also is a lack of humility – few are openly discussing the lessons learned and the challenges ahead.

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How Waste Management Got Proactive on Environmental Justice

Waste Management’s Sue Briggum talks about how important understanding and discussing environmental justice issues with communities and companies has been for developing their best practices and innovating in the areas of recycling and waste reduction.

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New Study Furthers Debate Over Obamacare’s Calorie Labeling Law

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that when participants were given calorie guidance, before eating at McDonald’s where calorie labeling is already available, they consumed no fewer calories than if they were given no calorie advice at all. But is this really the case? Does menu labeling really have no impact on consumer behavior?

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Power Africa Aims to Light Up the Dark Continent

President Obama announced his pledge on his recent African visit, to develop 10 GW of electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. The move would bring power to 20 million households and businesses for the first time. The development would be of the all-of-the-above variety including everything from oil and gas, to hydro, wind, geothermal and solar. Both on and off-grid would be included as well as transmission infrastructure. Initial investments will be in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Uganda and Mozambique will also receive assistance in developing their oil and gas reserves responsibly.

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Mainstreaming Innovations for Low-Income Markets in India

Innovations aimed at improving life for the low-income population in India could have a big impact, however, they need help with funding, industry knowledge and increasing scale. Mentors and incubators are helpful, but part of a weak mentorship system in India. That’s where innovation accelerators come in.