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The Business Solution to Poverty by Paul Polak , Mal Warwick

The Business Solution to Poverty by Paul Polak , Mal Warwick :

Hey folks, I just learned of this new book, “The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers.

There is a brief intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YvH2PCbjza0

How might your talent and skill in design help provide solutions to poverty? 

Here is the book description:
The nearly three billion people living on $2 a day are not just the world’s greatest challenge—they represent an extraordinary market opportunity. The key is what Paul Polak and Mal Warwick call Zero-Based Design: starting from scratch to create innovative products and services tailored for the very poor, armed with a thorough understanding of what they really want and need and driven by what Polak and Warwick call “the ruthless pursuit of affordability.” Polak has been doing this work for years, and Warwick has extensive experience in both business and philanthropy. Together, they show how their design principles and vision can enable unapologetic capitalists to supply the very poor with clean drinking water, electricity, irrigation, housing, education, health care, and other necessities at a fraction of the usual cost and at profit margins comparable to those of businesses in the developed world. Promising governmental and philanthropic efforts to end poverty have not reached scale because they lack the incentives of the market to attract massive resources. This book opens an extraordinary opportunity for nimble entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives that will result not only in vibrant, growing businesses but also a better life for the world’s poorest people.
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Webinar on http://taroworks.org/ and Video from KIVA on Mobile Apps

Webinar on http://taroworks.org/ and Video from KIVA on Mobile Apps:

A lot of interesting tidbits come across my screen every day about designs that support innovation in international development. I wanted to share a couple this morning. First is a free webinar coming up on mobile and cloud tools which may have some relevance to the Solidaridad work. (Less about fundraising). note the time is in US Eastern Daylight time, which is 6 hours behind you in the Netherlands! The second is just a quick link to a video on agricultural loans and mobile applications from KIVA

Subject: Webinar: TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Connecting the Information Dots

TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis

Tues, September 24th @ 11:30AM - 12:45PM EDT

This Tuesday’s webinar focuses on TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection & Data Analysis:

TaroWorks enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data, and use that data to make business decisions.

TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.

TaroWorks is a product of the Grameen Foundation. Building on over 10 years of experience working with poverty-focused organizations, the Foundation developed TaroWorks as a data tool to provide greater understanding and transparency, no matter how remote your clients, partners, and operations.

The presenters will include:

Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa

You’ll find registration information below for this webinar and the others in the series. We hope you can join us.
 

Connecting the Information Dots, a Webinar Series for International Not-for-Profit Organizations.

NPOKI & n-Village, in partnership with InsideNGO, will present a webinar series for international not-for-profit organizations (INFP) seeking solutions to address and integrate knowledge management, content management/publishing, monitoring and evaluation, use of ICTs, workflow, project management, financial management, and grant/partner management.

This webinar series offers presentations (1 - 1½ hour) demonstrating the possibilities available when we ‘connect the information dots’ - defining, collecting, managing and sharing information inside and outside the organization. We will look at specific solutions implemented by our member organizations, and demonstrate interesting products from various vendors and implementation consultants. Knowing that it is not possible to highlight every available solution, we have chosen to focus on those that may provide new value to the INFP sector and/or that may work in low resource areas. William Lester, Executive Director, NPOKI, and Igal Rabinovich, CEO, n-Village, moderate the series.

For more information about previous/future presentations, visit:  http://www.npoki.org/connecting-the-information-dots/

Topic,  Date/Time
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Presenter(s)
TaroWorks: Mobile & Cloud Tools to Manage Field Operations, Data Collection and Data Analysis

Tues, Sep 24th @ 11:30AM � 12:45PM EDT
TaroWorks (www.taroworks.org) enables any organization to manage their field staff, collect data and use that data to make business decisions. TaroWorks is built for Android devices, providing robust offline access in the field. The Androids sync with the Force.com Platform for data reporting and administrative tasks like user and survey management. TaroWorks also includes access to the Progress out of Poverty Index which enables any TaroWorks to understand the extent to which they are reaching and serving the poor.

TaroWorks has been in the market for about a year. The product is in use around the globe in at least 10 different countries, with customers who vary from small to medium social enterprises to large multinational organizations both public and private.
Emily Tucker, Executive Director, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Elaine Chang, Product Manager, Global Market Development, TaroWorks, Grameen Foundation

Alexei Bezborodov, Head of Field Operations, Care Africa
 
Registration

There is no fee for the webinars, but attendance is limited, so register early.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3061023130245139200

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We anticipate quite an interest in the topics included, and suggest that you promote the webinar series to key colleagues within your organization with a direct interest in these topics, including Knowledge Management, Communication, M & E, Grants & Contracts, Finance, Program, and IT staff.

If you have questions or comments, please contact info@npoki.org

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