Weekly News Roundup: Recognizing the importance of social health enterprises for poverty alleviation

Program News:

Redefining Social Change: BP Agrawal’s social enterprise programs Akash Ganga and Arogya are profiled in this beautiful pictorial during a recent visit to India.

In an effort to increase antenatal consultations and facility-based deliveries, SHOPS’ latest report examines and evaluates Changamka’s savings micro-savings program in Kenya. The study, conducted between 2011 and 2012, evaluates the program’s benefits, challenges and potential opportunities for maternal health.


PLOS Medicine and the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard School of Public Health announce a call for papers on the theme, Integrating Health Care to Meet the Needs of the Mother–Infant Pair. Learn more here.

Between January 8 – 14, Dasra Foundation’s new workshop will bring together non-profits and social businesses from various sectors to discuss how senior management can strengthen their organizations and improve fundraising.

The Global Impact Investing Network is hiring for three open positions: an ImpactBase Manager, Investors’ Council Manager and a Research Senior Associate. Search GIIN’s career center site, here.


Using the World Bank’s assessment of Tanzania’s private health sector, a follow-up workshop was held in November to discuss the sector’s potential to improve health outcomes in the country. Read more here.

Interested in investing in early-stage impact enterprises? Toniic’s “7-Step Framework” e-guide shows you what is being done around the world using a series of case studies and regional guides.

Helping people understand the role of the private sector in health starts with understanding the community as a whole. SHOPS’ latest factsheet discusses why assessment is the first key step to engagement.

General News:

As the private sector continues to play a key role in health improvements, it is also pulling people out of poverty. Oxfam International’s Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, discusses how just how deep the influence and impact of private companies is to poorer communities in her blog post.

Disrupting the cycle of poor health demands innovative products and ideas. Steve Davis, President and CEO of PATH, discusses how his organization defines innovation and shares some of their recent successes.

At this year’s World Innovation Forum for Health (WISH) on December 10, decision-makers and influencers from across the world will gather to discuss long-lasting and innovative solutions to global healthcare. Lord Ara Darzi, Executive Chair of WISH speaks with Forbes to discuss the upcoming event.

MIT Sloan School of Management professor Yasheng Huang speaks about the importance of basic services for the people of India, especially in healthcare and education. Read more here.

In case you missed it!

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