Category Archives: Philipines

Mobile phones and China: Two concurrent factors of global urbanization of rural African market towns.

Do we need to play guess the country or will you take my word for it that three of these photographs are from the Visayas islands in The Philippines and other 3, that match, are from all over Kenya. This post was written by niti bhan and rss originates from www.nitibhan.com

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Published! Pathways Out of Poverty by iBoPAsia Project

Innovating with the BoP in Southeast Asia. The iBoP Asia Project has published the complete set of small grants funding innovation projects for those at the Bottom of the Pyramid in the ASEAN region. One of the first projects to win the Small Grants competition in 2008 was The Prepaid Economy Project: Understanding BoP household […]

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Tools of the trade

Carpenter’s tools, rural Visayas, The Philippines This post was written by niti bhan and rss originates from www.nitibhan.com

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Mapping global seasonality: national times of abundance and scarcity?

Connecting some dots made me think of this exercise. If national governments are increasingly looking at ways to bridge the informal economy with the formal, in order to provide more inclusive benefits to their citizens and at the same time there’s an increasing focus on providing inclusive financial services to those outside of the formal […]

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Welcome to Bazaaristan: global informal economy being recognized

Across the globe, 1.8 billion people — a quarter of the world’s population — work off the books each day. They are paid in cash for the goods they sell and the services they provide, and due to their ubiquity, there’s a word for these merchants in nearly every language. As Robert Neuwirth reports, in […]

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The global prepaid economy – map

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Worldwide informal economies – infographic

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Reflecting on managing retail at the BoP

When I think about my time in the Filipino village last year, the most significant learnings from the field are the ones I never really wrote about or pondered deeply at that time. They were too specific to retail, I felt, or business management, and while this shop was one of the sources of income […]

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Core values: business models meant to serve the BoP

(Republished from old Perspective 2.0 blog March 10th 2009) The biggest shock for me in the Phillippines was learning that airtime minutes purchased on a prepaid plan came with an expiry date. The smaller the amount the faster the expiration. For example, the lowest amounts of “load” that can be purchased are 10 or 20 […]

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iBoP Asia 2008 Small Grant Projects – Part two

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