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Mobilizing Banking For Indonesia's Poor
In this article published in MIT Innovations journal, Michael Mori and Trevor Zimmer assess the demand for mobile financial services and branchless banking among poor Indonesians and suggests how businesses should design and market financial products to incentivize adoption
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Fishermen First: Protecting the People Behind What We Eat
In this post on The Huffington Post, Robert Fabricant and John B. Thomas discuss the violations of human rights inherent to the fishing industry today, and offer some promising ideas to create a more sustainable food system and improve the lives of fisherfolk.
What if Global Development was Funded by Developing Countries' Money?
Increasing bank deposits and investing pension funds differently could reduce developing countries’ reliance on international donors
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Empowering Women to Use the Mobile Internet
This groundbreaking report, based on user research that we conducted in Kenya, India and Indonesia, analyzes the challenges women face when accessing mobile internet.
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Protecting People Through Nature
This Dalberg and WWF report shows that natural World Heritage sites support livelihoods for communities, and provide communities with vital protection against the impacts of climate change.
When it Comes to Blended Finance, Canada Leads by Example
Blended investments, when executed with care and intent, can create jobs and promote social and environmental leadership in local economies.
The Landscape for Impact Investing in South Asia: Announcing the launch of a new report by Dalberg and the GIIN
Until now, the scope of the impact investing sector in South Asian countries has not been well defined beyond India. A new report from Dalberg and GIIN analyzes the current state of the market to identify opportunities for deploying impact capital and growing the industry.
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Great Barrier Reef Under Threat from Planned Port Expansions to Export Fossil Fuels
The Great Barrier Reef is disappearing at an alarming rate. Over the past 30 years, more than half of the Reef’s coral cover has been lost as a result of both natural and human factors such as tropical cyclones, water pollution, and climate change.
The Rapidly Disappearing Business of Design
In this opinion piece on Wired, Robert Fabricant makes the case for a healthy, independent design practice to tackle broader social issues that do not fit within a single corporate mandate.
When Will Design Get Serious About Impact?
To achieve sustained impact, designers should strive to shift the fundamental dynamics of development.