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Aceh Diary: newsletter

Our Aceh diarist, David Lawrence, sends greetings and the promise of a new post coming soon. To tide you over until then, here's the latest newsletter from his office. Read up on aquaculture projects in Aceh and look for the photo of fellow PSD blogger Laurence Carter.

THE key to poverty reduction, or not

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Does having a good business environment help reduce poverty? The Donor Committee for Enterprise Development - a group of aid agencies which support private sector development - recently hosted a debate in Bangkok on the motion: "Business Environment Reform is the Key Element in the Reduction of Poverty". There were around 200 participants from donor agencies, Asian governments, the private sector, and civil society.

Getting poor customers to bundle themselves

The McKinsey Quarterly's recent article, A Grassroots Approach to Emerging-Market Customers, introduced me to the Manila Water story. This public-private partnership has taken the brave, and often necessary, step in serving low-income consumers: changing their existing business model.

The silent majority in a globalized world

Are women as globalized as men? Daniel Altman provoked some gender-balanced debate by noting that 95% of the comments on his Managing Globalization blog are from men. The same is true on the PSD blog. Commenters write that women sometimes post as men in hopes of being taken more seriously. They also quibble about his implied definition of globalization. Those points aside, Dan raises an interesting question. A few of my unscientific reflections on "women's globalization" after the jump...

Beijing gussies up for South-South trade

All eyes are on China today as dozens of African heads of state descend on Beijing for the China-Africa summit. As always, the BBC has excellent coverage, including a photo spread of Beijing rolling out the red carpet. Podcast fans will enjoy NPR's Morning Report on the conference.

What is that wireless worth?

Casting a wide net, McKinsey estimates that the economic impact of wireless is up to 8% of a country's GDP. To unlock this value, they encourage wireless providers and/or regulators to lower the minimum (but not average) cost of owning a cell phone and push coverage into rural areas. This is from a recent whitepaper, Wireless Unbound, which they were kind enough to send me. Check here to find your way behind the firewall and read the whole thing.


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