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Vaccines and credibility

Good to see the wise fellows at EconLog and Vaccines for Development drawing inspiration from, well, me. Here's what worries all of us: that truly valuable medical advances, especially those with emergency uses, will not be appealing investments for private sector firms because they are afraid that governments will refuse to respect the patent (it looks like 'price gouging').

Microcredit Q&A

Alex Counts, founder and president of Grameen USA, Evelyn Stark, USAID Microenterprise Development advisor, and Sam Daley-Harris, director of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, where all recently on the excellent DC-based Kojo Nnamdi show. 50+ minutes of Q&A.

Announcement: Africa PSD event

This Thursday at 12:30 the WB’s Africa Department will be hosting a discussion on ‘The Challenges of the Private Sector, Finance and Human Development in Africa.’ The main speaker will be Nkosana Moyo, managing partner of ACTIS, and the session will be chaired by Yaw Ansu, World Bank sector director for Human Development in Africa. For more information, or if you would like to attend, please contact Nana Konadu Afram-M’Bow, 202-473-3352.

Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship

The Reuters Digital Vision Program (RDVP) at Stanford University is now accepting applications for the 2006-07 academic year. The deadline is April 3. The Digital Vision Program generates some great projects and ideas on technology for social enterprise – and of course also a blog.