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Social Entrepreneurship on the Rise in Vietnam

"In Vietnam, the growth of social entrepreneurship has been aided by the growth of micro-credit institutions and by the government adopting freer market policies."

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Indonesia Gets Electronic ID Cards

In 2010, Indonesia launched a pilot project to provide national identification number or electronic identification card (e-KTP) to around 172 million people (population above the age of 16 years)… Since the beginning of the Single Identity Number System over a year ago, approximately 0.15 million people have been issued the e-KTP. The

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Students in India Launch Satellites to Help Farmers, Fisherman, and the Environment

Over the next few years, India is likely to witness launch of around 20 to 25 student satellites that are specifically dedicated to environment and development in the coming decade. In last one year alone four student satellites were launched into space.

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Pollution and child malnutrition could be a factor in type two diabetes

"According to a new study published in Germany’s Environmental Health Prospect, pollution may have a part to play in the spread of Type 2 diabetes, along with faulty diet and poor childhood nutrition. The study looked at 1,775 women who were analyzed over a 20-year period, and the primary cause for Type 2 diabetes was attributed to pollution and rapid urbanization. Dr.

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India providing financial aid for healthcare

“The Government of India will set up a financial aid fund for the poor suffering from life threatening diseases. In its first year, the government has allocated approximately US$20 .392m to the fund known as Delhi Aroyaga Kosh (DAK). This initial investment will be deposited at a nationalized bank. In its second year, financial aid will be given from the interest earned on the initial allocated amount. Eligible applicants for funds will be people living below the poverty line, those who have an Antodya ration card, or those who make up to INR100,000 (~US$2,000) per year.

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Microfinance believed to be connected to poverty alleviation in India and Bangladesh

"Nearly 45 million people saw their incomes rise above US$1 .25 (INR 56) per day in the two decades ending 2010. A report based on a survey of more than 15,000 Indian households by the India Development Foundation finds that: ‘There is significant correlation in both India and Bangladesh between the presence of microfinance and the movement out of poverty in the rural areas of both the countries, especially in the early years.’”

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Delhi’s private hospitals told to treat poor people for free

“The Supreme Court of India gave private Delhi hospitals the mandate to administer free treatment to poor patients referred to them by government institutions. This arrangement would be in effect until private hospitals and the government are able to form a common policy on free treatment to poor patients. Until the policy is put in place, the Court has ordered hospitals to maintain a separate account of incurred expenses of treating poor patients. The Court has also asked private hospitals to submit proposals on free treatment immediately.”

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India may offer loans to poor nations to develop infrastructure

“In 2010, India made one of its goals crystal-clear: the country wants a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Ahead of a possible restructuring of the council, India has announced that it will loan and fund infrastructure projects in economically poor, resource-rich countries in Asia and Africa. The goal would be to strengthen international relations. India is already involved in capacity-building in many of these countries.”

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Bangladesh needs consistent power and gas supply to maintain growth

“The ongoing shortage of power and gas supply will be the main obstacle to Bangladesh’s economic growth, as forecasted by the Bangladesh Bank (BB). The government’s ability to eliminate energy shortages and to add capacity will have significant effects on short- and medium-term growth.”

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We often focus development efforts on new technologies and innovations, this signal however points out something very important. Without basic infrastructures growth will only reach a certain level, until basic infrastructures are in place.

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Bangladesh: No minimum wages for 34 industrial sectors

“Bangladesh is known in the global market for its cheap labor. Thirty-four industrial sectors do not have a minimum wage, and the minimum wage for 12 other sectors has not been revised in 14‐28 years. The Minimum Wage Board is currently working to set wages that satisfies both workers and employers.

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