Policy

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Simpler and cheaper Weddings, Really?

Weddings in India are usually an extravagant affair. Even among the poor, many households save years of income to prepare for a marriage in the family. The problem also reinforces the gender discrimination already prevalent in the country since it is traditionally expected that the girl’s family pay for the wedding. Any movement that can help make [...]

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So hungry you could eat your spoon, too?

Today, Startup Dunia featured a neat new ecofriendly social enterprise – BK Environmental Innovations.  Based in Hyderabad, they have created “bakeys,” which is edible cutlery.  In addition to producing a good that is environmentally friendly (they claim the spoon can degrade in a day, if you don’t choose to eat it), the company also has [...]

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[TC-I Call to Action]: UnLtd Communications Coordinator

UnLtd India, the organization that helped develop the Social Entrepreneurship conference that we covered extensively before, is hiring a Communications Coordinator.   If you’re savvy with media, writing, and marketing, see below. JOB TITLE : COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR (PART TIME TBA) ORGANISATION: UnLtd India LOCATION: Bandra West, Mumbai PURPOSE: To design, develop and effectively implement UnLtd India’s [...]

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Announcing the Launch of the GreenMicrofinance University Forum

User Post GreenMicrofinance Celebrates EARTH DAY 2009 – Launches Online University Forum edit GreenMicrofinance™, a cutting-edge Pennsylvania-based triple bottom line company, has set Earth Day, April 22, 2009, at 5:00 PM EDT, for the launch of its online climate change and microfinance university network, the GMf University Forum™. The GMf University Forum, its own social [...]

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Recap of AIF’s Banquet for Apna Clinic

We had featured American India Foundation New York Young Professionals Chapter’s annual benefit in the past. Here is a recap from AIF itself of the event. For the 2008-2009 fiscal year, our second since forming in summer 2007, the New York Young Professional Chapter of AIF has dedicated our fundraising efforts to help finance the [...]

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[TC-I Call to Action]: Indicorps Young Professional Initiative

Indicorps, known for its one-year fellowship program, is now launching a new Young Professional Initiative program that allows young Indian professionals to apply their time and skills to a short-term project.  The five-month program includes a one-week orientation, a mid-term workshop, an immersion component, and regular reflections.  If you are ready to get your feet [...]

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Sa-Dhan to Host Microfinance Conference in New Delhi

Sa-Dhan, an association of community development finance institutions in India will host a National Microfinance Conference in New Delhi on March 31, 2009. The conference is centered on the theme, ‘Microfinance Ecosystem: Equilibrium Between Growth & Effectiveness’. One of the goals for this event is for Sa-Dhan member organization to come together with academicians, practioners [...]

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[TC-I Call to Action]: Total Immersion Programme in Finance and Development Summer Internships

The Centre for Development Finance (CDF) announces some very exciting internship opportunities for this summer.  If you’re looking for something more long term, word has it that CDF will likely be releasing postings for BoP related full time positions in the coming weeks… check back for more information! Total Immersion Programme in Finance and Development [...]

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Another failed development policy in the works?

A few headlines regarding the World Bank recently caught my eye, mostly because they are not the usual development headlines I am used to reading.  In the Business Standard‘s “Migration to urban areas is good, says World Bank,” and domain-b.com‘s “India’s rural job schemes are barriers to development: World Bank news,” the focus is on [...]

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Three (yes, 3!) Exciting Upcoming Conferences!

Looking for interesting conferences to attend over the course of the next two months? Well, look no further! Below are three upcoming conferences that we recommend you attend – The Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Conference (March 1, 2009), The Harvard Business School India Business Conference (March 15, 2009), and the Harvard Kennedy School International [...]