Macedonia

Here's a picture of Tara with the owners of Sitipak, a self-adhesive tape producer and distributor in Macedonia.  We met this family of entrepreneurs on our recent site visits in Eastern Europe.  They've been in business for 20+ years, have…

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Hola de Honduras!

We've spent the last week in Managua, Nicaragua, doing some work on behalf of Arrow Global Capital.  As we gear up for the beginning of Arrow's pilot phase later this year, we met with members of our local partner's staff…

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LEADERSHIP CAPACITY > CAPITAL

Leadership capacity is more important than capital in emerging markets.  Yep, you read that right.  Don't get me wrong, capital is extremely important, but focusing on building leadership & managerial capacity is what makes the capital work, it's what makes…

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40-Minute Credit Rating

You and I both know how vital a credit rating is to what we would probably consider basic borrowing power.  But what about people who don’t have a credit rating – either because they don’t have collateral or because credit…

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CCEW Presentation

Our incredible team of fellows have a big presentation tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  They'll be talking about some of their findings from the emerging market finance project they've been immersed in the past few months.  We couldn't be more thrilled…

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Africa Rising?

I read an insightful article earlier this week that challenged the concept of Africa Rising - the idea that the continent is on an upward swing, open for business, full of possibility.  The author believes good things are happening, but…

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Obama in Africa

President Obama is in Africa right now, a historic trip.  He's revered on most the continent, due in large part to his own African heritage.  We've been discussing the need to reshape the perception of the continent and her budding…

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